Students are a hard act to follow
The Bord Gáis Energy Student Theatre Awards are up and running for the 2016-17 school year and entries are invited.
The awards, now in their fourth year, are open to primary school pupils from third to sixth class and all second-level school students.
The awards have been a huge success since they were launched, with more than 1,000 schools participating.
Bord Gáis Energy Theatre General Manager, Stephen Faloon, says schools with little or no experience in this area should not be concerned as some of the winners in recent years were from schools that had staged their first production.
There are 12 categories, ranging from production - Best Overall School Musical, Best Overall School Play, Best Set, Best Costumes and Best Performance In A Leading Role (male and female) - to written - Best Short Scene Script and Best Dramatic Review.
A new category - Best Original Production - has also been added to the 2017 awards in recognition of the outstanding quality of original productions entered in 2016.
Shortlisted schools will be invited to a special awards ceremony at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre on May 8 next year and will also be in with a chance to perform on stage.
Our picture shows 11-year-old third class pupils from Carrigaline Educate Together NS, Cork, which was one of the winning schools at last year's awards.