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Schools Alive at Blackpool's Grand Theatre. From Kincraig Primary School-Ella Chandler (front) and Kelsey Glover.

Schools Alive at Blackpool's Grand Theatre. From Kincraig Primary School-Ella Chandler (front) and Kelsey Glover.

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REVIEW: Schools Alive, Blackpool Grand Theatre. Ninja squirrels, inflatable guitars, some dancing mushrooms and a set of gloriously groovy disco divas invaded the stage as the eighth annual School’s Alive kicked off at Blackpool Grand Theatre last night.

It was a night of comedy, song and dance as hundreds of Blackpool school children strutted their stuff in front of an army of proud parents.

Park School paid a brass band homage to Blackpool FC in a performance which soon had the dads humming along.

The civic theme continued with an imaginative and comedic look at the town’s heritage from St John’s Primary School.

Dance fans were in their element as Unity College Blackpool threw some street dance inspired shapes to the sounds from Sister Act. Palatine High and Our Lady of The Assumption added a more exotic flavour to the sounds of The Lion King.

Kincraig Primary impressed as they travelled back to the seventies with a sequin and sparkle filled section called Staying Alive. Four little dancers who performed I Will Survive shone particularly brightly.

A dazzling version of Greased Lightning by Roseacre Primary saw a fast paced start to the second half. And good vocal performances from Collegiate brought Oliver to life with a rousing chorus of Oom Pah Pah.

Thames Primary stole the show however with an inspirational if somewhat psychedelic musical adventure. A stunning solo performance from a guitar playing fairy, the tiniest Beatles ever, some wise owls who loved The Who and even some river dancing leprechauns – the show had it all.

A magically mind-bending finale which won a well deserved standing ovation.

PICTURE SPECIAL IN THE GAZETTE THIS SATURDAY.