Talent show is festive hit at the Academy

PUPILS at Rothesay Academy let their hair down in style on the last day before the holidays at the school's annual Christmas talent show.

And there was more than enough instrumental and vocal talent on display to suggest that the musical future of Bute is in safe hands with the island's young people.

Weeks of hard work in rehearsals paid off handsomely as each act won loud applause from their cheering classmates - and teachers too.

From the moment MC John McGinnes introduced the first act, Kaya Doblsz and Claire MacPhee singing Christina Aguilera's Beautiful, audience and performers alike got into the spirit of the occasion, with those watching giving their enthusiastic support to every act on the bill.

The school's ever-busy instrumental instructor, Tony Spencer, lent his talents to two numbers by accompanying Kayleigh McKenzie on Michael Jackson's 'Ben' and Rachel Shennan on 'Nobody's Home' by Avril Lavigne - with Rachel looking only slightly embarrassed by Mr McGinnes' insistence that the whole hall sing Happy Birthday to mark her turning 17!

Two bands got the crowd rocking in style - the Bi-Polar Bears with their version of Killing In The Name Of, Rage Against The Machine's 2009 Christmas number one, and More Than Conquerors, who covered Bloc Party's Helicopter - which seemed to go down particularly well with some of the senior pupils!

Chloe Glen and Daniel Sweet teamed up to cover Rihanna's Hate That I Love You, and the contemporary theme continued with Clara Thomson's version of Speechless by Lady Gaga and young Stuart Gilchrist's cover of the Michael Buble smash Hollywood.

The last act of the show finished the day - and the term - on a suitably festive note, school captain Amy Williams leading the senior pupils and cast of the show in Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree.

But the biggest hit for many of those in attendance was the one act which wasn't live at all - a brilliant skit entitled The Why Factor and featuring many of the Academy's teaching staff looking uncannily like this year's X Factor contestants, including Mr Briggs as Storm Lee, Mrs Cassidy as Cher Lloyd and, in an outrageous blond wig, Mr Phillips as the legendary - if now infamous - Wagner.

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