LIPA Students in live BBC broadcast
Students from the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA) will get their first big break when they perform at a major event to be broadcast live on 16 December on BBC Three.
Liverpool Nativity is a contemporary retelling of the nativity story using the music from the city's great pop legacy.
Dance students at LIPA will play the security guards and courtiers of Herodia (Cathy Tyson), a paranoid minister desperate to cling to power in a fictional state.
The 28 students, who are taking part in the project as part of their curriculum, will perform live on television during three songs: Round And Round (by Dead or Alive), Bouncing Baby and Reward (both by The Teardrop Explodes).
People who would like to watch the event live can head down to William Brown Street in Liverpool City Centre.
From here, the students will be seen on big screens throughout the hour-long event.
In addition to appearing live on TV, they have also choreographed dance routines to entertain the crowd during the full hour.
Sue Judd, Executive Producer of Liverpool Nativity, has seen the rehearsals currently taking place: "The students' energy and their enthusiasm is gobsmacking!"
Giles Auckland-Lewis, Director of Higher Education at LIPA, says: "The students are ecstatic! Some of these students are only eight weeks into a one year course and already they're appearing in a live TV production. LIPA is very geared towards professional development, so we're delighted to be working with the BBC to offer them this experience."
In addition to the students who will appear live on screen during Liverpool Nativity, LIPA students are also involved in work behind the scenes, including production and sound management.
In preparation for the broadcast, they have assisted the BBC in recording the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra at LIPA's studios.
Liverpool Nativity can be seen Sunday 16 December at 8pm on BBC Three.
Crowds who would like to watch the event live should head to William Brown Street, Liverpool, from 7pm.