A MUSICAL extravaganza is getting Durham students ready for the world's most spectacular sporting event.
Talented youngsters staged ‘Olympics’ at Durham’s Gala Theatre last night.
The performers, from Durham High School for Girls, have been working for months on their production and last night the curtain rose on the show for the first time.
The show was the culmination of a musical outreach programme which saw teachers at the high school work with pupils at primary and junior schools across the county.
One of the highlights of the production was a gymnastics routine, performed by Olympic hopeful for 2016 and Durham High School for Girls Year 7 student Amy Tinkler.
A recorded message was also shown from Upper Sixth Form student and champion bobsleigh driver Mica McNeill, who is currently in Austria representing Great Britain.
Mica, 17, made history with her partner Jazmin Sawyers by scooping silver for Great Britain in the two-woman bobsleigh race at the inaugural Winter Youth Olympic Games in Innsbruck on Saturday.
Lying fourth after their first run, the pair produced a flying run of 55.66 seconds to split up the two Netherlands team into gold and bronze positions.
Their win came in the same city that Team GB won its first ever bobsleigh gold medal in 1964.
Kath Anderson, director of marketing and development at the Durham High School for Girls, said: “The students all enjoyed being involved in the production. Mica sent a message that was played on the night as she is in Austria.
“It was a wonderful opportunity for the girls to be able to perform on stage the Gala Theatre.
“The productions are always very popular and well supported by family and friends.”
The Durham High School for Girls outreach programme is run by Val Dyson, director of music, Judith Lonsdale, head of drama, and music teacher Louise Pickering.
The pupils involved in last night’s performance were from Howletch Lane Primary School, Shincliffe C of E Primary School, Finchdale Primary School, Bowburn Junior School, Chester-le-Street C of E Primary School and Ouston Junior School.
‘Olympics’ was written by composer Alan Simmons and featured an extra song written especially for this production.
It is the fourth year the school has staged a production at the theatre.