VIDEO: Greatham pupils a cut above in Hairspray

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YOUNG performers did their village school proud in a fantastic end-of-term production.

Fifty youngsters from Greatham Primary School, Hartlepool, acted and sang their hearts out in their very own version of play Hairspray.

John Peers who played Link Larkin and Chloe Middleton who played Tracy Turnblad in the Greatham primary school production of Hairspray.

John Peers who played Link Larkin and Chloe Middleton who played Tracy Turnblad in the Greatham primary school production of Hairspray.

Auditions for the show started six weeks ago and very soon after the hard-working pupils started rehearsals, and learning their lines, songs and dance routines.

The children, aged from seven to 11, carried out a performance in front of the rest of the school, before unveiling the play to mums, dads and relatives during two evening shows.

The storyline is all about a TV programme starring children and one young girl’s quest to become cool enough to be able to take part.

Twenty-four actors starred in the production, while another 26 sang in the choir.

Teacher Rhiannon Ellis said each child had “shone and grown in confidence” during the process.

“We’ve had some children who were previosuly quite quiet zand shy, really come out of themselves,” she said. “Many of the boys who we didn’t think would want to be involved have also really excelled themselves.

“They have all thoroughly enjoyed themselves, and have done themselves and the school proud.”