SCHOOLS across Northern Ireland are taking to the stage this week as part of a new musical drama initiative.

The regional winners of the Set the Scene competition, sponsored by Tile Market, are currently performing in the finals week at the Waterfront Hall in Belfast.

The pupils from four schools are each spending a full day at the Waterfront getting their set right, their make-up on, lights tested, music tuned and rehearsals finalised - all leading to a live performance in the evening.

Today Ballymoney High are due to perform My Fair Lady.

Tomorrow St Michael's College pupils will travel from Enniskillen to perform West Side Story. As it is an all-boys school, they will be joined by pupils from The Collegiate and St Fanchea schools for the performance.

Rathmore Grammar and Kilkeel High have already performed for the panel of six judges.

Each school will attend an Oscar-style gala evening on March 26 when the overall winner will be announced, plus over 20 category prizes.