Pupils take on TV glee club challenge

TEAM EFFORT: The members of Elevate.
TEAM EFFORT: The members of Elevate.
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FLEDGLING theatre stars proved a hit when they appeared on national TV.

The Academy theatre school in Peterlee took part in CBBC’s Sports Relief Does Glee Club after getting through a tough round of auditions.

The team of eight 11 to 15-year-olds, called Elevate, went before celebrity judges Carrie and David Grant, as well as dancing star Sisco Gomez.

During the challenge the group, which includes pupils from The Academy at Shotton Hall and Dene Community School, went up against others from across the country.

They performed dance routines to Journey’s Don’t Stop Believing and Kings of Leon’s Need Somebody.

Callers voted for their favourites, with Elevate placed sixth in the competition.

Kathryn Ackley, who leads the theatre school, said: “The experience was really positive. It was a really hard competition.

“They handled some of the criticism, because they said they wanted more soloists, very well.

“We are extremely proud of what the group have achieved.

“The skills that the students developed throughout this process has been invaluable. The group worked hard and enjoyed every moment of this fantastic opportunity.”

The children were also interviewed by CBBC presenters Sam and Mark as part of their appearances.

The team was made up of Harry Davidson, Sam Burrell, Jack Clarke, Ruth Bains, Bryony Eldrett, Sharni Digby, Holli Graham, Georgia Alvey and Alex Brown.