Halifax students join birthday bash at 02

Students from Theatretrain Halifax performed with 3,500 others from across the UK in a "20@02" celebration at the O2 Arena in London.

Students from Theatretrain Halifax performed with 3,500 others from across the UK in a "20@02" celebration at the O2 Arena in London.

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Students from a Halifax drama school found themselves performing in front of thousands of people at a major London venue.

Sixteen students from Theatretrain Halifax performed alongside 3,500 other Theatretrain students from around the country in a spectacular 20th birthday celebration at the O2 Arena in London.

To celebrate 20 years of Theatretrain shows, this one-off spectacular - called 20@O2 - took a song from each of the franchise’s shows over the last 20 years.

The entertainment covered a wide genre of songs from ‘Goodbye to Love’, by the Carpenters, a Beatles medley, through to ‘Rolling in the Deep’ by Adele and ‘Viva La Vida’ by Coldplay.

Each centre sang for half the show as a choir and then performed in dance routines and drama pieces on the Arena floor.An audience of about 8,000 saw the coming together of all Theatretrain centres from across the UK and with the birthday in mind, the basis for the show was 20 years of Theatretrain productions. Pieces from all previous productions were included.

Sarah Clarke, centre director of Halifax Theatretrain, said: “This was a one-off experience for our students that no other performing arts company has ever done.“The show was a success with a standing ovation from the audience, who were dazzled with an en masse performance containing visual and audio delights.”

Classes at Halifax Theatretrain run every Saturday at Crossley Heath School, Savile Park, Halifax from 10am to 1pm. Cost is £14 per week.