Montrose to face the Rock Challenge

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FOR THE third time, a team from Montrose Academy will take part in Rock Challenge.

In 2010, the first Rock Challenge team part in the first Angus heats.

The team won with a dance drama based on domestic violence, receiving the accolades of Best Choreography, Best Costume Design, Best Lighting Design, the Award for Entertainment and the Performers Choice.

Despite being unplaced at the Northern finals in Grimsby, the team gained valuable experience.

In 2011 with ‘Plague’, a Montrose team again swept the board in Arbroath, and this time were placed third at Grimsby.

The 2012 team will perform their piece based on genetic experimentation at the Webster Memorial Theatre in Arbroath tonight (Wednesday). Tickets can be purchased from the box office on 01241 435800.

Success tonight would see them progress to the first ever Scottish final, to be held in Dundee.

Rehearsing twice a week, the team began work in August. Some of the senior pupils, through their involvement with Rock Challenge, have gained a dance leader qualification.

Each team must choose a theme for exploration and create a performance lasting up to eight minutes. They must create their soundtrack and ensure they have permission to use the tracks. Lighting must be planned and set, props, costumes and make-up must be designed, sourced, bought and/or made. They must conform to set dimensions.

Local businesses have been very generous. GSK provided items for costumes, William Nicoll discounted spray paint for the set, Robert Ritchie sold tickets for the fund-raising concert. David McNairn allowed the team to rehearse in his taekwondo studio in George Street.

The pupils mastered putting in white contact lenses bought with a £100 donation from Centre STAGE. Theatre School which also gave make-up.

Anyone wishing to donate to the Academy Rock Challenge can contact Selina King, drama teacher.