THE thrill and excitement of performing to a live audience was experienced by hundreds of schoolchildren at Portsmouth Guildhall.
Primary schoolchildren showed few nerves as they entertained the crowds with energetic performances for this year’s Rock Challenge, a week-long national event.
On Friday evening, youngsters at Solent Junior School, in Portsmouth, won best performance for their dance based on the story behind Picasso’s painting Guernica.
Pupils at Bedenham Primary School, in Gosport, also wowed the audience with their magic-themed performance.
The youngsters also won best concept interpretation, best video performance and best stage crew.
Performers from Northern Junior Community School, Portchester, won best concept originality for their display based in a theme called ‘What else is out there’.
Peel Common Junior School, in Gosport, scooped best hair design for their performance base on rivals with rhythm.
Dancers at St John’s Primary School, in Gosport, won best entertainment for their show which focused on whether the graffiti artist is a superhero or urban vandal.
On Saturday, the high standards continued.
Children from Northern Parade Junior School, in Portsmouth, won awards for concept interpretation and student leadership with their insightful look at children of the future being affected by what is happening in Britain today.
Paulsgrove Primary School won best make-up design award for their ‘mash-up’ of different musicals, which explored the benefits of healthy eating.
Rowner Junior School impressed with their performance entitled ‘Madagascar’, a humorous story about animals escaping from a zoo.
Winning first place, with awards for choreography and set design, were pupils from Wicor Primary School in Portchester.
Entitled ‘Cup of Life’ their performance told the story of football bringing hope to children of the ghetto.
Robert Pattison 11, Margot Wareham 10, Ellie May 10, Rebecca Young 10, and Ben Gringer, 10, were part of the winning performance.
Ellie said: ‘Rock Challenge is a good way of seeing your friends and getting to perform on a massive stage.’
Robert added: ‘We all loved it, I can’t believe we won.’