Blackpool school children swapped their classrooms for sequins and showbiz as they took to the stage in the twelfth annual Schools Alive production.
Around 2,000 pupils are taking part in this week’s music, dance and singing extravaganza, which runs until this evening.
Organised by Blackpool Music Service and Blackpool Music Education Hub, Schools Alive gives every Blackpool school the opportunity to perform on what is recognised as one of the most prestigious stages in the country.
St George’s School CE Academy in Marton performed ‘Enter The Circus’ on the opening night on Monday along with Bispham’s Westcliff Primary School’s production entitled ‘Magic Moments’ and BMS Youth Choir’s set ‘Diva Fever’.
Also joining them on stage were pupils from Kincraig Primary School, Bispham, performing a colourful medley of ‘Abba’ songs and Stanley Primary School in Marton giving their interpretation of ‘Matilda’.
Highfield Humanities College, South Shore, took the audience on a Disney journey while Ancorsholme Primary Academy put on an energetic performance of ‘Little Shop Of Horrors’.
Nicola Hudson, Year 4 teacher at Westcliff Primary School on Crawford Avenue, Bispham, said: “Our pupils performed lots of songs around the theme of magic, like It’s a Kind Of Magic by Queen.
Other schools performing on Monday evening were Park Community Academy, in Blackpool, Boundary Primary School, Grange Park, and St Cuthbert’s Catholic Academy, South Shore.
A spokesman for Blackpool Music Service said: “The event is always a huge success with performances from nearly all of Blackpool’s Schools and Academies.
“These performances can improve children’s personal confidence, self esteem, communication skills, support for each other and, enjoyment of life.”
For photographs from the second night of Schools Alive see tomorrow’s Gazette