HUNDREDS of students at Holyrood Academy have showed their “outstanding acting and singing” with their performances of Shrek the Musical.

A spokesperson for the school said: “Over 100 students took to the stage at Holyrood Academy last week to wow audiences in their sell-out run of ‘Shrek The Musical’.

“Students have been working hard since October rehearsing for the musical comedy and their work certainly paid off.

“With large choral numbers and an ambitious score, we were incredibly impressed by the talent of these young people.

“The role of Fiona, played by both Ava Larcombe and Rosie Zbijowski-Harris, was excited with the perfect balance of sweetness and quirkiness not to mention excellent comic timing.

“Lauren Miller took on the role of Donkey and gave immense energy and superb humour to this loveable character.

“Meg Pike had the audience loving her outstanding characterisation of Lord Farquaad – a performance hard to believe came from a Year 9 student.

“But credit must be given to Toby Peacock taking the title role of Shrek himself whose voice boomed through the audience and was vocally perfect – Scottish accent and all.

“The outstanding acting and singing were also seen in additional roles such as Young and Teen Fiona, the comical guards, the powerful voices of The Dragons, and the excellent collaboration and characterisation of all the Fairytale characters.

“All of the above was perfectly topped by the brilliant ‘Gumdrops and Buttons’ who added that special extra to the show.

“It really is hard to believe this show was put on by young people, they certainly gave the west end competition.

“A special mention must go to the lighting and sound crew who again were students and ran the show smoothly and confidently, as well as the standard of the utterly super house band.

“Mrs Lowe, Mrs Wilsher, and Mrs Spiller, alongside the Creative Arts Team, are so immensely proud of all the students involved – Holyrood certainly has talent.”