See the virtual show that proved a hit on Facebook after school's performance was cancelled due to coronavirus

Teachers at Dene Academy in Peterlee have ensured that students got to show off their musical talents, despite the school’s big show being cancelled due to coronavirus.

Tuesday, 14th April 2020, 6:00 am

English teacher Amy Nicholls and her colleague Rochelle Charlton-Lainé, gave students, staff and parents a week to contribute a song to be broadcast on Facebook, chosen from three big musicals.

The three songs chosen were Hakuna Matata from The Lion King, the Glee version of Don’t Stop Believin’ and You Can’t Stop the Beat from Hairspray.

Those who contributed are singing, playing instruments or lip-synching. There is even a sign language version of Hakuna Matata. The emphasis was very much on fun.

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Students, staff and parents at Dene Academy have created a virtual musical after their show was cancelled due to coronavirus.

After a week of editing, Amy and Rochelle, who have put on other shows in the past, put together the nine-minute video which became an instant hit on Facebook.

“It was myself and Rochelle, who’s a DT (design technology) teacher, who both came up with the idea. We sent out a message through WhatsApp inviting the kids, staff and their parents to take part. It was to give everyone a bit of fun while they’re isolated. That was the thought process.

“We put it up of Facebook at about four o’clock on Wednesday afternoon and by about nine o’clock we had over 1,600 views.”

Dene Academy English teacher Amy Nicholls, front right, appears in the video with her family, including mam Michelle, front left, an NHS midwife.

Amy and Rochelle both appear in the video, as well as Amy’s mam Michelle Nicholls, who works for the NHS as a midwife.

To see the end product, visit Dene Academy’s Facebook page.

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