Outstanding Rock Challenge Performance in Premier Division

5th May 2018

Our students recently performed at an incredibly high standard in this year’s Rock Challenge Premier Division finals, which comprises top 10 schools and colleges in the region; proving exactly why we deserved to be there. To make things even better, we’ve just found out that we’ve already secured a spot in next year’s Premier Division competition off the back of our spectacular performance, titled ‘Three Lives Collide’.

The judges were certainly impressed with our vibrant eight minute production that was inspired by the Notting Hill Carnival! In fact, we received no less than four awards of excellence for the categories of drama skills, entertainment, set design and visual enhancement.

We received commendation from the panel for our impressive costumes and set, which were entirely designed and constructed by our very own staff and students. Special mention should also go to the Rotary Club Southampton for supporting our entry with a kind donation for the fifth year running.

Rock Challenge has proven to be, yet again, a hugely rewarding enrichment option for our students. We’re very proud to have had an enormous team of over 75 students, ranging from dancers to stage crew and hair and make-up. Each and every student did us proud!

Student Natasja Bracewell says, “Rock challenge has been an incredible experience for me and I feel so lucky to have the privilege of taking part with Richard Taunton Sixth Form College. During the past six years our college has been successful in qualifying each year to the southern finals. We have worked really hard to improve our costumes, set and choreography but most importantly being able to portray a powerful storyline.”

Another student, Crystal Turner-Brightman, says, “Rock Challenge has been an amazing experience for me. Being a part of Rock Challenge has allowed me to make new friends and improve my performance skills. Our showcase day was so fun, I loved being able to support others and the environment of the event.”

Lisa Fernandez Adams, Head of Performing Arts and our Rock Challenge Director, says “This was a steep learning curve competing for the first time in the Premier Division, but once again our students were committed to our piece and did us incredibly proud on the day. We knew the competition would be tough and our aim was to maintain our status as a Premier Division team which we have done! Thank you all our staff and students for their fantastic efforts and I look forward to competing again in 2019!”

Our performing arts department have already started to think about next year’s production and how to make sure that we continue to take the competition by storm!