OVER 80 little treasures were given a taste of stardom when they trod the boards of a prestigious town theatre stage.
Budding actors and actresses from the drama group at Stranton Primary School, in Southburn Terrace, Hartlepool, performed Pirates Of The Curry Bean before fellow pupils and parents at Hartlepool Town Hall Theatre.
The huge town hall stage was chosen because of the popularity of the drama group at the school, which saw 85 kids turn-up to join at the start of the term in September, compared to half that number the year before.
Teachers were forced to find a venue with a big enough stage for the young thespians and luckily the Town Hall Theatre, in Raby Road, had a couple of slots free.
And after weeks of practising scripts, songs and dance moves, the children pulled out all the stops and gave two outstanding performances.
Class teacher Claire Noble said: “When we set the drama club up last year we had about 45 children come along and join, but when we started it this year there was about 85 children! We had a concern straight away that the school hall wasn’t going to be big enough for the production so the head teacher decided that we’d have to find somewhere else that was big enough.
“Luckily we managed to get the Town Hall.”
The show is about a mum, and her son and daughter, who run a London tavern, and they find a treasure map. Pirates overhear their plans to find the treasure and kidnap the mother, which sparks the children to set off on a quest to get their parent back.
“It’s really brought out the best in the pupils,” said Miss Noble. “You can just see how their confidence has grown.
“We did have some nervous children because it was the biggest stage they’ve ever been on, but I just kept reassuring them that as soon as they got over their first line then they would be absolutely fine, and they were. They gave 100 per cent and were absolutely fantastic.
“They have done themselves, the school and all of the teachers proud.”
Monies raised from the two shows will be ploughed back into the school’s next production.