South Park pupils to tell Tam’s tale

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Pupils of South Park Primary School, Fraserburgh, are to host a stop in Scottish Opera’s current tour with Tam o’ Shanter.

On Tuesday, March 7, members of the national company will rehearse and perform an opera based on Robert Burns’ iconic poem.

Scottish Opera’s annual Primary Schools Tour hit the road in January with ‘The Tale o’ Tam o’ Shanter’, a show created to re-introduce young people to the works of the celebrated Scottish poet.

Written especially for children in primaries 5, 6 and 7, the fast-paced adventure features original lyrics by Ross Stenhouse and music by Karen MacIver, who also wrote the music for Scottish Opera’s popular family show, ‘The Little White Town of Never Weary’ (2016), and ‘The Cabinet of Dr Caligari’ (2016), a specially composed piece for Scottish Opera’s youth company, Connect.

Schools are provided with high quality teaching resources, including a teachers’ support pack, to help introduce the songs from ‘The Tale o’ Tam o’ Shanter’ to pupils in advance. A team of Scottish Opera performers and arts education specialists spend a day rehearsing and preparing the pupils for a choreographed, fully-costumed performance of ‘The Tale o’ Tam o’ Shanter’ for family and friends.

The show follows a farmer named Tam o’ Shanter as he makes his way home from Market Day with his faithful horse Meg. As the night darkens, the rain falls and the wind shrieks through the branches of the trees, he finds himself outside the church where he discovers a coven of witches dancing. Fascinated, Tam stops to watch, but suddenly one of them spots him, and he and Meg run for their lives.

This year’s Primary Schools Tour The Tale o’ Tam o’ Shanter is supported by many individuals and organisations including the Aberdeen Endowments Trust, the Gannochy Trust and the Robertson Trust.

Scottish Opera’s annual Primary Schools tour began in 1974 and is the longest running of any of Scottish Opera’s Education and Outreach projects.