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RyderocksouthernfinalSaturday saw the 2015 Be Your Best Rock Challenge Southern Final take place at Portsmouth Guildhall, with an Island school sailing through to the national finals.

The spectacular show was a true testament to the hard work dedication and commitment of all the young people, schools and communities and certainly dazzled the audience.

Ryde Academy and Sandown Bay Academy both retain their premier division status after their outstanding performances and Ryde Academy were also awarded second place.

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Ryde Academy’s ‘Riddle of Riddle’ captivated the audience immediately as they retold the story behind the evil of Voldemort. Striking set moved with constant fluidity to seamlessly transport the audience back and forth in time and their interesting production swirled with neatly choreographed scenes, broody lighting, and terrific costumes to conjure the sinister threat of J K Rowling’s character.

SandownrocksouthernfinalPerformed with moments of striking melancholy, Sandown Bay Academy created their eight minute piece reflecting on the tragic 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami. Opening scenes full of colour, energy and excitement worked in such juxtaposition with the scenes of devastation for an incredibly dramatic effect. Each performer executed the choreography with unrelenting energy whilst the multitude of impressive visual elements embellished the piece throughout.

The top three placing schools from last night’s event have also qualified through to the prestigious Rock Challenge National Final which will be held on Monday 6th July at Milton Keynes Theatre. Only the third of its kind, the National Final will bring together the winning teams from the North, Scotland and the South of England for a specular display of youth creativity.

Ryde Academy join Arbroath High School, Angus, Peterhead Academy, Aberdeenshire Thornton Grammar School, West Yorkshire, West Lakes Academy, Cumbria, Outwood Academy Valley, Nottinghamshire, Yateley School, Hampshire, Oak Academy Le-AF Campus and Durrington High School, West Sussex as one of the 2015 National Final qualifiers.

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