Neverland comes to Hartlepool for summer extravaganza

in the Lynnfield Primary school production of Pater Pan. Photograph by FRANK REID
in the Lynnfield Primary school production of Pater Pan. Photograph by FRANK REID

Audiences are set to be hooked by a Hartlepool primary school’s annual summer show featuring talented young performers.

Lynnfield Primary School will dazzle parents, family and friends with their take on the classic children’s story Peter Pan this week.

Peter Pan (Elly-Mae Roe) in the Lynnfield Primary school production of Pater Pan. Photograph by FRANK REID

Peter Pan (Elly-Mae Roe) in the Lynnfield Primary school production of Pater Pan. Photograph by FRANK REID

The cast features the school’s dance group DFC, which stands for Dance Fit Crew, who will represent the region at a national dance contest in Birmingham next month.

They have also given up their break times to fit in some extra practice.

Staff say the school will be packed with family and friends cheering the pupils on for the summer performance and reckon this year is set to be their best show ever.

Jay Mullen, a teaching assistant at the Grosvenor Street school, who leads the dance group, said: “They are performing a version of Peter Pan called Forever Young that focuses on the importance of love and when loved you really are forever young. “The children have been practicing hard, giving up break times to get the show perfect.

Pirates in the Lynnfield Primary school production of Pater Pan. Photograph by FRANK REID

Pirates in the Lynnfield Primary school production of Pater Pan. Photograph by FRANK REID

“This is fantastic preparation for the national dance competition and we hope to raise some money to help go towards that.

“The full school is buzzing with excitement due to the success of DFC and this annual show is a treat for all.”

The show will be performed to parents, friends and the whole school tomorrow and Friday, July 1.

Pupil Elly-Mae Roe plays the lead role of Peter Pan, the boy who never grew up, while James Hall stars as baddie Captain Hook.

The Lost Boys from the Lynnfield Primary school production of Pater Pan. Photograph by FRANK REID

The Lost Boys from the Lynnfield Primary school production of Pater Pan. Photograph by FRANK REID

Other key roles are filled by Zsofia Praczu as John Darling, Shannon Dennis as Wendy and Lacey-May Marshall as fairy Tinkerbell.

The show will be good practice for DFC who will take on dance troupes from around the country at Birmingham’s New Alexandra Theatre next month.

They are the only dance crew from the area to reach the national finals of The Great Big Dance Off which is open to schools all across England and Wales.

It is the only national dance competition aimed solely at schools.

Hook (James Hall) in the Lynnfield Primary school production of Pater Pan. Photograph by FRANK REID

Hook (James Hall) in the Lynnfield Primary school production of Pater Pan. Photograph by FRANK REID

DFC are made up of 24 boys and girls, from Year 3 to Year 6.

For the finals they have put together a dance routine inspired by Little Red Riding Hood-themed routine and hope to clinch the trophy.

in the Lynnfield Primary school production of Pater Pan. Photograph by FRANK REID

in the Lynnfield Primary school production of Pater Pan. Photograph by FRANK REID

Peter Pan (Elly-Mae Roe) in the Lynnfield Primary school production of Pater Pan. Photograph by FRANK REID

Peter Pan (Elly-Mae Roe) in the Lynnfield Primary school production of Pater Pan. Photograph by FRANK REID

(left to right) John (Zsofia Praczu), Wndy Shannon Dennis) and Tinkerbell (Lacey-May Marshall in the Lynnfield Primary school production of Pater Pan. Photograph by FRANK REID

(left to right) John (Zsofia Praczu), Wndy Shannon Dennis) and Tinkerbell (Lacey-May Marshall in the Lynnfield Primary school production of Pater Pan. Photograph by FRANK REID

Hook (James Hall) in the Lynnfield Primary school production of Pater Pan. Photograph by FRANK REID

Hook (James Hall) in the Lynnfield Primary school production of Pater Pan. Photograph by FRANK REID

The Lost Boys from the Lynnfield Primary school production of Pater Pan. Photograph by FRANK REID

The Lost Boys from the Lynnfield Primary school production of Pater Pan. Photograph by FRANK REID