Talented Shirebrook pupils in bid for stardom as end of year show returns

Shirebrook pupils are heading for stardom as a ‘wealth of talent’ was discovered during auditions for their school’s 2021 show.

Thursday, 24th June 2021, 3:16 pm

Students showed off their acting, singing, stand-up and ventriloquism skills ahead of Shirebrook Academy’s live end-of-term talent show returning on July 22.

Shirebrook’s Got Talent will see 13 acts battle it out in front of a panel of judges and will be broadcast live on YouTube for the school to watch due to social distancing restrictions.

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Shirebrook Academy students have been taking part in auditions for its end-of-year Shirebrook’s Got Talent show.

Four staff members will make up the judging panel in the eagerly-anticipated contest – which first took place 10 years ago – while students will also have a say.

Organiser Natalie Mehrotra-Hughes, head of computing and acting assistant principal, said the standard this year was ‘as high as ever, with a wealth of talent’ despite many students honing their skills during lockdown.

Natalie, who is leaving the academy for a new life in Gloucestershire after 14 years, said Shirebrook’s Got Talent was a ‘wonderful opportunity’ for the school to come together after a ‘difficult and challenging year’.

“Everyone is looking forward to it. It’s going to be very difficult whittling down the acts,” she said.

“I’ve really enjoyed being a part of the show. I’m sure I’ll be in bits on the day. I’ve seen so many examples where that experience has changed someone’s life. There’s a wonderful camaraderie among people who put on a school show.

"I’m going to miss that, I’m hoping that this year I’ll be going out on a high.”

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