West Lakes Academy has won the Rock Challenge Northern Premier Final for the third consecutive year. The premier team made up of over 100 performers and stage crew traveled to Grimsby on Saturday to compete against eight other premier teams in the final.
The academy finished in first place after impressing judges with their performance of ‘No good will come from a woman at sea’: It angers the sea gods to take a woman on board a ship. Some savage pirates ignore this warning and abduct women from a port, tearing a wife from her husband. Once at sea, the curse proves to be true. They panic and throw the women overboard as a sacrifice, but it’s too late. The sea gods want their vengeance.
West Lakes also scooped 13 awards of excellence including the Yorkshire Builders Federation award for Performers’ Choice plus the Henry Smith Charity Award of Excellence for Stage Crew, and further awards for set design and function, choreography, performance skill, stage use, concept, drama, soundtrack, costuming character, visual enhancement, entertainment and lighting.
West Lakes Academy teacher, Jenny Whitaker said, “I’m extremely proud of all the team and our achievements on Saturday. As always our students were extremely professional and supportive to all other schools on the day. It was very special to share the stage with both The Whitehaven Academy and St Benedict’s. The standard from all three Cumbrian schools was the best I’ve seen in a long time. We’d like to say thank you to everyone that has helped us in any way. The continued support is appreciated so much. We can’t wait to begin Rock Challenge 2020!”