AS the entertainment capital of the North West, Blackpool has done well to grow its home-grown talent from a young age.
That much was proven when hundreds of youngsters from the resort’s schools took to the stage on Tuesday night to wow a sell-out crowd with their dance, singing and musical skills for the 10th anniversary of Schools Alive.
The annual celebration of talent involves 37 schools over four nights at the Grand Theatre.
The energetic performance began with a musical treat of the Star Wars theme tune performed by youngsters from Layton Primary School.
The group kicked off a fun-filled evening, rich with colour and passion, providing parents and teachers a feast of talent which stayed with them long after the final curtain call.
Blackpool Council’s musical advisor Andrew White said: “This year is a massive celebration of the best of what Blackpool has to offer.
“We have the most schools taking part, and the most participants from each school.”
Host Hayley Kay, from Radio Wave, added: “You never know what is about to happen. Each school does something completely different, letting their imaginations run wild. It’s great the children have the chance to perform on such a beautiful, historic stage.”
Last night saw children from as young as six-years-old from Revoe, Hawes Side, St Kentigern’s, Roseacre, Mereside and Stanley Primary Schools, as well as the brass band at Blackpool Music School and BASSO put on a sterling performance.
The show had everything, from medieval dancing, a Blues Brothers dance, singing and dancing to Grease and a Shrek showstopper.
Mr White added: “It’s events like this that make the job worthwhile.
“If you could bottle the excitement these kids feel when they come off stage, you would make a fortune.”
Schools Alive is on for a further two nights, with its closing show tomorrow evening featuring pupils from schools including Our Lady Catholic Primary School and Collegiate High School.