A GROUP of school kids are readying themselves for a night on the red carpet.

More than a dozen children from Rayne and the Notley's star in the film Stages, which is set to be premiered at the Courthouse Hotel in London's West End tonight.

The production has been put together by DT Film and Gripping Yarn Films and is based on a true story about two people who fall in love while dealing with the early onset of Parkinsons disease.

Pupils from Notley High feature in the film, as well as members of a youth football team in Rayne.

Co producer Donna Taylor said: "We were approached by Sen Monro and Gary Webster to bring their script to the screen.

"It was great timing as my co producer Michelle Orpe and I were planning to produce a film together, using local children. We both loved the script and development started straight away..

"We decided to involve our local children as planned, at the time I was teaching at Notley High and we were working on a school production.

"I noticed there were some really talented young people and asked Michelle to come along to see for herself. We all agreed on our lead boy Teddy Thomas and we cast local boy Isaac Dunlop from a self-tape.

"He is only six, so this was his debut role.

"Those lead boys were just brilliant, we were all so proud of them."

Among the cast for Stages is Gary Webster, Noeleen Comiskey, Lewis Nicolas, and Cassandra French.

A number of scenes in the film were shot in Rayne, with residents offering up catering facilities for the crew and cast.

Ms Taylor says she hopes Stages will be able to reach out to a variety of people who have themselves, or know of someone who has, suffered with Parkinsons.

As a resident of Rayne herself, she says she is proud of the village for its support during filming and has credited the many people involved in the movie.

She added: "The children were absolutely amazing and very professional.

"They took direction well and were a total joy to work with. It really felt special that we included our local talent.

"All the parents came along and took part in the football scene too and we all rallied around to make this as authentic as possible. It really was a case of the local community coming together."