“Show the world that they can make it!”

Friday 29th, Saturday 30th September and Sunday 1st October, 45 students from TPS took part in their school production of Fame Jr! Set in 1984, at the old New York School of Performing Arts, the musical explores the trials and tribulations of a bunch of teenage attendees, following their progress, from Freshman Year to Senior Year graduation.

All three nights were played to a packed house; the energy and enthusiasm from the performers really shone out to its audience, and the backstage crew were really well rehearsed too! Highlights of the performance were the most famous of songs from the show “There She Goes – Fame!” led by Avril Lim performing as Carmen Diaz and supported by the whole cast in a big song and dance number. Another part of the show that really stood out was the powerful teacher’s argument duet, between the English teacher Miss Sherman and dance teacher Ms Bell, played by Sharifah Afra Arijah and Keesha Lau. To end the show was another big, whole cast number as the characters graduated from their 4 years at the coveted performing arts school.

From the audience, there was exuberant praise for the show. Angela Williams, Head of Creative and Performing Arts at TPS and Director and Choreographer of the show said “It was fantastic to see so many people turning up to see our wonderful students performing their hearts out. I am extremely proud of their achievements and sincerely grateful for all the help we have had from a variety of people in making this production happen”. Mark Steacy, who is Head of Mathematics and Science at TPS, and Stage Manager of the production said “it was truly a whole school production, with students from Years 5 to 11 working together with teachers and helpers from across the primary and secondary sections”. Stuart Fallows, Head of Primary commented “it was a brilliant show with a real sense of cohesion across the cast, performed with an energy that showed that they were really enjoying the experience”.

Mrs Williams continued by congratulating all involved and praising them for their commitment and delivery. She is looking forward to beginning next year’s production, although there was no hint as to what it might be.

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