Ultimate School Musical looks for budding talent

Ruby Rose will host a new reality series that plucks one lucky high school in Australia to star in Ultimate School Musical: Fame.

The series will give budding young musical theatre performers the chance to work alongside professional theatre performers from the upcoming new stage production of Fame, which opens in Melbourne next March.

In the series, students will rehearse a production of the Fame musical themselves, culminating in a performance for the show's finale.

"I am so excited to be a part of this amazing series which will allow me to work with high school students in a positive way and help create an opportunity for them to build their confidence and achieve the goals they never thought possible," Ruby said.

"My time at school was pretty turbulent and challenging. I welcome this opportunity to give students from all walks of life the chance to be a part of something really special and I will be there to help and mentor them all the way through."

Appearing in the series is Kelly Aykers, successful choreographer and director of the Fame production, who has also appeared as judge and choreographer on So You Think You Can Dance Australia.

Foxtel's Brian Walsh says: "The series is a unique blend of music, performance, creativity and the celebration of youth which provides an opportunity to discover the next generation of Australian talent."

Talent and performing are all the rage at the moment. It's not just Ultimate School Musical: Fame, So You Think You Can Dance Australia, Australian Idol or even Glee that features singing and dancing.

The ABC is currently filming Dance Academy, a 26-part drama series in which six teenage dancers have one year to prove they’ve got what it takes after winning a place at the National Academy of Dance. It features Tara Morice and Home and Away's Jordan Rodrigues, AFI Best Young Actor nominee Tom Green, Dena Kaplan (Flight of the Conchords) and Tim Pocock (X-Men Origins: Wolverine).

Meanwhile, the hunt is now on for one lucky school to be thrust into the Ultimate School Musical: Fame spotlight.

Interested schools should check out fox8.tv and send a promo tape that demonstrates the singing and dancing abilities of their students.

The show will air on FOX8 in 2010.

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