THESE pupils are looking forward to making their own bit of rock and roll history – performing on stage with the legendary Drifters.
Twenty seven to 11-year-olds at Craneswater Juniors will share a stage with the legendary American doo-wop and soul vocal group at the Kings Theatre next month.
And Drifter Michael Williams popped into the Southsea school to run through Stand By Me and Saturday Night at the Movies, and to teach the boys and girls their trademark swinging and finger clicking.
Amelia Palmer, 10, said: ‘It was exciting meeting someone famous and talented.
‘Michael was so nice and he has such a great presence.
‘I love The Drifters’ music, especially Stand by Me which I’ve played on the ukulele.
‘I’m looking forward to singing and swinging on stage.’
Jamie De Beer, eight, said: ‘Michael is a brilliant singer, I give him 10 out of 10.
‘I feel so lucky to have the opportunity to perform on stage with him.
‘My favourite song is Saturday Night at the Movies because it is fast and there are some good moves with our arms swaying and clicking our fingers. The show is going to be great fun.’
Katie Schofield, nine, added: ‘I had a great time rehearsing and even though I’m nervous about the performance I feel incredibly proud that our school was chosen.
‘We’ve all been practising very hard and it was good to have the opportunity to see what it will sound like on the night.
‘Michael is such an inspiration – I’m still pinching myself that it’s happening for real.’
The good vibes were mutual for Michael who told The News he was impressed with the pupil’s talent and enthusiasm.
He said: ‘This is my first visit to Portsmouth. It’s a wonderful city, and the children at Craneswater are fantastic young ambassadors.
‘Our rehearsal went extremely well, they’ve certainly done their homework and they picked up the dance moves very quickly.
‘Our music is very uplifting and it was wonderful to see the children smiling and having fun with it.
‘I can’t wait to perform with them on stage when I know they will be the real stars.’
The school was chosen by The Drifters’ management company as it has a strong music department and the band wanted to give the pupils a chance.
To book £25 tickets for The Drifters’ Masquerade Tour on Sunday, May 20 at 7.30pm call the Kings box office on (023) 9282 8282 or visit kings-southsea.com