PERFORMING arts students performed their end of year assessments recently, staging the rock musical Rent.

Level 3 performing arts students from the Isle of Wight College put on the show at Strings Bar and Venue in Newport.

The students began the process in March when they pitched the show to the senior management team at the college, in order to gain support for the high costs involved with performing a musical.

Since then, they have fundraised more than £1,000, planned and scheduled rehearsals, and worked as a team to get a show together in just six weeks.

As an additional element of their qualification, they had to not only perform within an ensemble, but also take on a role which informed the project.

As choreographers, vocal coaches, set designers and production coordinators, they were able to develop a better understanding of the making of theatre as a whole, and had complete ownership of it.

Performing arts coordinator and tutor, Katy Edmunds, said: "The production was a success ­— an immersive performance in a cool intimate space.

"The orchestra added an exciting dimension, accentuating the rocky musical score, and the students were a credit to themselves and their hard work."

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