STUDENTS have been bringing the musical of loveable orphan Annie to life in their school’s new professional theatre.

Tudor Grange Academy students have been donning the distinctive curly ginger wig and belting out classic songs such as Tomorrow and It’s A Hard Knock Life.

There has even been a real life dog belonging to a teacher used in the production as Annie’s faithful pooch Sandy.

In total, 40 students have been preparing for the show since October getting involved in everything from acting, music and set design.

It will be the first performance in their new fully functioning theatre which was completed in January and will be available for hire by community groups.

Tudor Grange Academy, formerly Elgar Technology College, was established in 2009 and has undergone a dramatic transformation which is set to be completed this year.

Usually the school performs a Christmas pantomime but decided to wait until the theatre was completed to hold the well known musical instead.

Jenna Butler, curriculum leader for the arts, said: “In the new building we wanted to do something that would entice the community and chose a well known show people would recognise.

“Traditionally, we used older students but we have now got some fantastic actors, singers and musicians in the younger years too so it is great to give them a chance to get involved too.”

The show is on tonight and tomorrow (Wednesday and Thursday) with doors opening at 7.15pm.

Tickets cost £5 adults and £3 concession and can be reserved by calling 01905 454627.