STAFF and pupils at an Andover school are thrilled after one of its students has reached the final of a national theatre competition.

Rookwood School has been celebrating the success of talented Year 11 student Macey. Having achieved her Grade 8 Musical Theatre LAMDA with Distinction, Louise Parsons, head of performing and creative arts at Rookwood, collaborated with Macey on a video recording of her first performance piece, I Cain't Say No! for the Independent Schools Association (ISA) Musical Theatre Competition 2024.

Pupils from ISA member schools (of which there are 659 in the UK) were invited to showcase their singing and acting abilities with a solo or duet performance of a song from their favourite musical. During the judging process, quality of tone, technique, interpretation, dynamics and stage presence were all taken into consideration.

READ MORE: Almost 200 drivers handed fine for parking on this Andover road in past year

Andover Advertiser: Year 11 pupil Macey at Rookwood SchoolYear 11 pupil Macey at Rookwood School (Image: Rookwood School)

In the rendition that Macey submitted, she portrayed the character of Ado Annie with vocal expertise and superb characterisation, showcasing her talent and dedication to the arts.

SEE ALSO: A34 and A303: Road closures for drivers around Andover

Having submitted the video, and with more than 270 entries, the school was delighted to find out that Macey has reached the final of the competition, taking place in Ascot this May.

Mrs Parsons said: "Macey's journey and dedication to her craft are truly inspiring.

"Her performance in I Cain't Say No! exemplifies her exceptional talent and passion for musical theatre, and we wish her every success in the final."