Forget Me Not, the ambitious wartime tribute written and produced by Longridge Barnacre Road Primary headteacher Simon Wallis, looks set to be the largest such venture ever undertaken in the area.
Around 450 young people and 100 adults are preparing to take the stage at Preston Guild Hall on November 11.
Virtually all the Longridge cluster group of primary and high schools will be taking part in matinee and evening performances.
Parents, the army and the British Legion have also been involved.
The pupils will be bringing the Second World War memories of Mr Wallis’s family to life, as seen through the eyes of a child, through dance, drama, music and film.
“In every aspect it is a community event, not just for Longridge, but for the village commmunities too,” said Mr Wallis.
The older generation too, have been recalling their wartime memories to pupils, which can be viewed on the show’s own website, www.forgetmenot2013.co.uk.
“It is taking on a momentum of its own,” said Mr Wallis.
“It is going really well and gradually coming together.
“It is logistically very challenging, but all the schools are working extremely hard and doing their bit towards the show.
“I am drawing upon a range of expertise, such as a dance teacher from the high school who is teaching the children and staff to dance to Glen Miller and I have a small army of teaching assistants, parents and ex-pupils making costumes and props, for example four shopping trolleys are in the process of being turned into tanks.”
Publicity literature has been designed by a teacher; audio visuals created by a former teacher and Mr Wallis says they have been extremely well supported in sponsorship by 30 local businesses and philanthropic donations, to cover costs.
Mr Wallis was inspired by former Barnacre Road headteacher Richard Leighton’s Millennium Pageant and also the opening of the 2012 Olympics to stage such a show.
All are welcome and the £8 tickets are available from all participating schools.