Nescot Performing Arts students won the Southern Open Final this year’s Be Your Best Rock Challenge in Portsmouth.
The 27-strong team of Level 3 Extended Diploma students performed a contemporary theatrical piece called Sayonara Mizuki at the event on June 19, beating 11 other schools and colleges to take the overall prize.
In addition, the group won 11 Awards of Excellence for student leadership, choreography, performance skill, stage use, concept, drama, soundtrack, set design and function, visual enhancement, entertainment and stage crew.
The students also won the Guildford heat on April 1, coming away with seven additional awards in categories ranging from set design to choreography, in what was their first year entering Rock Challenge.
Section leader Gavin Maxwell praised the students for their hard work, as well as Level 3 tutor Jamie Roberts, who directed the piece, and set designer Clair Prime.
"The team took a really holistic approach, so the students have been involved in everything from the choreography to the costumes and set design," Gavin added.
"The students have learnt so much through the whole experience, and they deserve all the awards they got."
Sayonara Mizuki told the story of a young girl who saw her father murdered and years later unleashed an army of warriors to avenge his death.
Rock Challenge aims to promote the drug-free high of performing, with students banned from drinking, smoking or using any kind of drugs, including energy drinks and coffee.