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Schools Alive 2011- Blackpool Grand Theatre

GHOSTS and ghouls, a pantomime cow, some cowboys and Indians and dozens of neon tutus saw Schools Alive 2011 make a triumphant return to The Grand Theatre.

Eight schools kicked off the eighth year of the annual variety show with a bigger programme than ever before.

Park School’s Brass Band gave a typically fine tuned performance with Any Dream Will Do and the Match Of The Day tune.

Tiny pink tutu wearing pupils from St John Vianney followed hot on the heels giving an enthusiastic homage to the music of Abba.

A trip to the 80s followed as Westcliff pupils in blazing neon threw some impressive shapes.

Young vocalists also wowed the crowds with a confident intro to Glee smash hit Don’t Stop Believing.

Palatine had the audience’s feet tapping with their high energy samba band and then revelling in culture as they paid tribute to Les Miserables. The male vocalist in Master Of The House could certainly be a rising star.

Devonshire Primary gave a spine tingling start to the second half with a thrilling tribute to Michael Jackson complete with dozens of tiny zombies.

Cowboys and Indians from St John’s C of E saw us transported to the Wild West before Anchorsholme took to the stage with another show stopping performance.

Their tribute to the kings of rock saw not only a mini Freddie Mercury, but also a headmaster-sized one who didn’t shy away from some well executed and ambitious choreography.

Excellent vocals from Montgomery’s Beauty And The Beast provided a magical end to another triumphant start of School’s Alive.

The show runs to Friday.