A group of budding performers received valuable advice from the cast of the popular musical Saturday Night Fever this week. Most of the 30 students, aged between 15 and 21, who took part in the 'master class' were selected by the Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups (HKFYG). They all attend drama, singing, dancing or music lessons organised by the HKFYG. Resident director/choreographer Jason Coleman and actor Peter Olsen welcomed the students and took them backstage at the Lyric Theatre of the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, where the show is running until June 19. They saw the hi-tech sound and lighting system, the wigs room and the wardrobe. They also took to the stage to get a taste of what it feels like to dance in front of a packed audience. After the tour, leading actress Monique Montez, who plays Annette and actors Dale Pengelly (DJ Monty) and Richard O'Brien (Joey) shared their experiences, on and off stage, with the students. Montez, 28, who used to sing on cruise ships before landing the role in her first musical, encouraged the group to set a goal and work hard to achieve it. 'If you are determined to become a professional singer, dancer or actor, then try your best and don't give up easily no matter how tough it is,' she said. Montez was named the best new talent on Australia's club entertainment circuit in 2000. 'There were more than 100 girls auditioning for my role and I was very blessed that I got it. I didn't give up though the competition was keen,' she said. 'You have to believe in yourself, push yourself hard and aim for the stars. 'There is no overnight success. I have worked my way up to where I am today. But I am not stopping and I keep on trying and learning.' Some of the students said they plan to pursue a career in the performing arts. 'I want to be an all-round performer or do something related to music production,' said Ian Ng Ka-chun, a sixth former at POCA Wong Siu Ching Secondary School. 'I'm very excited to meet the cast. I want to be like them one day. I already have career plans - I have been learning to sing and dance and to play the clarinet, piano and Chinese flute. I will study music abroad.' All the students were later invited to watch the show.