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Peter Pan and Captain Hook crossed swords at Air Trail Tees Barrage as students from Stockton Riverside College hit new heights for the launch of their Christmas show.

Stockton Riverside College, students photocall for Peter Pan at Air Trail Stockton. Pictured Hook played by Nathan Brown, Ali Rasul as Peter Pan and Wendy played by Brogan Gilchrist. 4t6h November 2016 Michelle Maddison Photography 07798 724746 michellemaddison@btopenworld.com

Peter Pan, Captain Hook and Tinker Bell at Air Trail

The fairy tale favourites were among the cast members reaching for the sky as they prepare to take flight in the musical version of Peter Pan, arriving on the stage at Arc this December.

“We chose Peter Pan for our festive performance because it is such a magical story and has a message for everyone,” said Stockton Riverside College’s Course Leader for Musical Theatre, Sara Durkin.

“The show will have all of the usual professional choreography audiences have now come to expect from our shows.”

But, she added, making this performance one of their most spectacular yet, students will also be mastering the art of flying. And what better way to prepare than reaching for the dizzy heights of Stockton’s high ropes adventure course, complete with its own walk the plank challenge.

“Our students love to challenge themselves,” said Sara and it appears they certainly aren’t afraid of hard work.

Stockton Riverside College. Performing Arts Students Photocall at Air Trail Stockton, for their Christmas Show Peter Pan. Pictured Wendy - Caitlin Murphy. 4th November 2016 Michelle Maddison Photography 07798 724746 michellemaddison@btopenworld.com

Tinker Bell at Air Trail

The course leader explained that the learners are taught as close to professional standards as possible and never more so than when it comes to the Musical Theatre Christmas show.

Performing in a 30-show run, sometimes with three shows a day, on a professional stage, is without doubt one of their biggest performances of the year.

Guest lecturers have included West End performer, Mark Richardson, best known for playing Mr Mistoffelees in Cats, and professional dancer, and former Stockton Riverside College student, Nathan Zach Johnson.

Also returning to the college this Christmas, to work on choreography, is professional choreographer and former student, Daniel Todd.

“Working with former students who are now working as professionals is brilliant as it shows the students what hard work can achieve,” said Sara.

And there’s no shortage of budding young performers keen to get on stage alongside the cast of 44 students. Auditions for younger cast members saw 120 schoolchildren flood to Stockton Riverside College to show what they could do.

Peter Pan opens at Arc Stockton on Friday December 2 and runs until Thursday December 15. Tickets are adults £12 and concessions £10, available now from the Arc box office. Call 01642 525199 or visit: https://arconline.co.uk/whats-on/christmas-at-arc-community/peter-pan

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