Young talent in the limelight

High Storrs School in rehearsals for their production of  Billy Elliot the Musical. Students names from left clockwise: Jasmine Hill (Girl with grey top and black leggings - side profile view), Niamh Mitchell, Edie Lovett, Esme Moxley, Ellie Wain, Christina Higgins (red top), Josie Norburn (far right), Leah Tucci, Bethan Wilkinson (splits at front), Imogen Gledhill (checked shirt), Isabelle Baker (glasses) and Elliot Goodhill (centre, male ' plays Billy Elliot)

High Storrs School in rehearsals for their production of Billy Elliot the Musical. Students names from left clockwise: Jasmine Hill (Girl with grey top and black leggings - side profile view), Niamh Mitchell, Edie Lovett, Esme Moxley, Ellie Wain, Christina Higgins (red top), Josie Norburn (far right), Leah Tucci, Bethan Wilkinson (splits at front), Imogen Gledhill (checked shirt), Isabelle Baker (glasses) and Elliot Goodhill (centre, male ' plays Billy Elliot)

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THE programme has been announced for Sheffield Children’s Festival, running from June 20 until July 10, and it includes exhibitions, performances, workshops and family events at venues across the city.

And for the first time in several years some of the drama productions will be staged at the Crucible Theatre.

One of the schools looking forward to stepping into the limelight at the Crucible is High Storrs with their production of Billy Elliot the Musical.

In the meantime the group performed excerpts from the show at the York Theatre Royal as part of Billy Youth Theatre 2011 and hoping to be one of the select groups to be invited to take part in a West End Gala at the Victoria Palace Theatre in London in July.

High Storrs were chosen to participate in the second year of the countrywide Billy Youth Theatre scheme which offers schools and youth groups the opportunity to stage their own production of the internationally award-winning show.

More than 150 pupils auditioned for parts before the show was cast. The lead role of Billy Elliot went to a Year 7 pupil Elliot Goodhill who impressed with his talent and enthusiasm. The Billy Elliot story has special significance to him as his father trained as a ballet dancer before joining the police and is now the school’s community Police Officer.

The cast were given a boost when they recently found out that instead of performing the show at the school hall, they will be doing all three performances at the Crucible Theatre ias part of the Sheffield Children’s Festival on July 8 and 9.

The festival programme is out now and available at libraries, children’s play centres, shops, cafes, theatres, the Winter Garden and venues across the city or else online at www.sheffieldchildrensfestival.org