Schoolchildren Bring Opera To Life

Children from three schools are getting the chance to take to the Norwich Theatre Royal stage in their very own opera.

Pupils from Trowse Primary School, Poringland Primary School, and Harford Manor School in Norwich are creating each work from scratch with the aid of professional opera singers, musicians, and drama practitioners. They are spending lessons alongside performing professionals creating plot, writing songs and working on ideas for the productions which will be inspired by Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty.

Each set of pupils then take part in an intensive series of rehearsals prior to the final performance at Norwich Theatre Royal on Sunday March 13 at 2.30pm. The media are invited to watch the children from all three schools rehearsing for the finished production at Poringland Primary School on Thursday March 3 at 2pm.

Victoria Abrahams, Norwich Theatre Royal’s education manager (projects), said:

“The whole process offers so many benefits to the young people taking part. As well as enhancing their creativity and giving them the chance to perform on stage, they get so much more. They learn the value of teamwork, and it can also really boost their self-esteem.

She also added:

“Teachers have told me about pupils who were reticent to put their hands up in class or get involved in group activities who find the confidence to get more involved in lessons and boost their social skills after taking part in the project. Of course, they also love the chance to perform in front of family and friends on the Norwich Theatre Royal stage.”

The Norfolk Schools Project is just one of many activities organised and run by the Norwich Theatre Royal education department. It sets up a number of workshops and special events linked to performances at the theatre as well as other curriculum-based activity.

From the autumn, it will move into the purpose-built Stage Two behind Norwich Theatre Royal alongside the venue’s popular arts courses for children and adults.

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Norfolk Schools Project, Sunday March 13 at 2.30pm.

Tickets are free but must be booked in advance from the Norwich Theatre Royal box office.