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TFX Performing Arts Academy are gearing up for the return of their big annual show on Saturday

By Imogen James

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TFX performers in their Grease costumes. Picture: Gary Anthony
TFX performers in their Grease costumes. Picture: Gary Anthony

This year more than 300 students will take to the stage at Eden Court for two shows – Time to be Awesome and Come So Far, showcasing skills learnt at the Highland’s longest-running musical theatre school.

There will be a collection of performances from musical theatre to hip-hop, including classics like Grease and Matilda and newer hits such as Come From Away.

Time to be Awesome allows younger pupils from ages three to seven to perform in front of a crowd.

The later show Come so Far has more than 200 of the older performers, many who have been with the academy since they were young.

One student taking part is Alicia Curtis (18), who has been at TFX since she was three.

Alicia, a Karen Gillan Scholarship winner, recently got accepted into Performers College and will be leaving TFX this year.

She is excited to perform with the group for one last time.

Alicia said: “I remember my first one like it was

yesterday and feel so emotional thinking about this being the end of an era for me. Of course I am looking forward to the performing aspect of the show, but honestly for me it’s the friendships and memories made backstage that make it extra special.”

TFX’s last summer show, Time to Shine, was in 2019.

TFX Grease the musical rehearsal for the big show. Picture: Gary Anthony
TFX Grease the musical rehearsal for the big show. Picture: Gary Anthony

The show has been postponed for two years due to Covid, so it will be many students’ first time performing and the excitement has been building up.

Dance teacher Amy Crook has been helping the students prepare in their weekly classes.

She added: “It’s come up so quickly. The staff are so excited. I don’t think we have ever been so excited for a show.

“Our last show was nearly done and nobody ever got

to see it which was devastating for the kids and us. It was a lot of work for nothing to happen. It’s good to get the kids back on the stage. We’re all quite relieved.”

Tickets for Come so Far can be bought here.

Tickets for Time to be Awesome can be bought here.

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