Andover pupils set to get a spooky treat next month

Andover Primary School Brechin

Andover Primary School Brechin

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Pupils at a Brechin primary school are in for a spooky treat next month thanks to a Scottish Opera Tour.

Children in primaries five to seven at Andover Primary School are to be among those Angus pupils lucky enough to see a production from Scottish Opera currently on tour in Scotland.

‘The Curse of the MacCabbra Opera House’ is a 30-minute tale full of ghosts, ghouls and gothic goings-on,” explained a spokesman for Scottish Opera.

It will visit the Brechin primary on March 20.

“The production follows writers Compo Zerr and Libby Retto as they work late into the night to finish their new opera at the MacCabbra Opera,” the spokesman added.

She continued that pupils learn the words and music for the production in their own classrooms and are then visited by a Scottish Opera team of arts education specialists and performers who spend a day with pupils to prepare them for a performance in their school for classmates, friends and family.

She said that the production was designed to work in line with the Curriculum for Excellence to enhance lessons already taught in classrooms.

“As well as expressive arts, the workshops and extension activities support their literacy and English, social sciences, enterprise and creativity through active
learning.

“This is a production that gives pupils not just the chance to perform but also learn more about the work needed to put on an opera or theatre performance which will really get their creative juices flowing and give them an insight into what it would be like to work in the theatre industry,” she concluded.