Junk Kouture - The inside story
8th March 2020
Junk Kouture Success for Castlepollard Communmity College
The Western Regional Finals took place on Thursday 5th Match in TF Royal Castlebar. For the second year in a row the Castlepollard Community College entry met the high standards set to enter the competition. The group however were looking to take it one step further this year. With a spring in their step, our students, David Tulgara, Robert Kennedy, Jack Scally and Sian McLaverty left at 7.30am taking two cars as the dress, cloak and stand could only fit in one. Staff members, Ms Carberry, Tracey Cullen and Marie Mulvery were also there to provide the support they have given the students since the start of the project.
It’s not just about the presentation in the evening. There was a lot of preparation to get through as the group arrived at 10am with so many details to perfect. Finding a space in the holding area was a tough task as there was over 80 other schools trying to get ready and prepped also. The group really enjoyed chatting with other schools about designs and assembly. Then it was time to get the make-up, glitter, glue and hairspray out as backstage banter turned to serious business but everyone was in great form.
The judges began their walk around 2pm. They spent at least 10 minutes meeting with the Castlepollard hopefuls, discussing the design and materials. They seemed really impressed and one member of the Instagram crew for Junk Kouture interviewed and took pictures of the group.
The rehearsals were next where every design got a run through on stage and last minute tweaks were made. Standing out, the Castlepollard design was so large it needed its own entry way onto the stage. That got the group lots of attention, but in a good way. We like to bring the drama in Castlepollard!
Finishing touches were then applied before show time at 7pm. The buzz and excitement backstage was amazing.
There were 15 designs out of 80 chosen for the finals in 3 Arena and thankfully Castlepollard took that step further this year as they were one of them. The hard work, long hours, chopping and changing and sometimes tears paid off and the group are so excited to represent Castlepollard Community College in the finals in Dublin on April 30th 2020.