On Tuesday 4th April at the Whitley Bay Playhouse, four of our North Tyneside primary schools put on a special show. Students from Amberley Primary School, St Bartholomew’s CE Primary School, Holystone Primary School and Whitehouse Primary School all took to the stage to perform the first ever performances of five new mini-operas for the Snappy Operas project.
Snappy Operas is a new nationwide project created by Mahogany Opera Group. They are creating ten new, ten-minute operas with and for young people aged 7-11. Once all ten mini-operas are complete by spring 2018, Mahogany Opera Group will publish the operas along with learning resources to allow Snappy Operas to be restaged and enjoyed by even more children in years to come.
The show began with "The Feast That Went Off With A Bang" performed by Amberley Primary School, the story being about mice, birds and sausages that at first, lived peacefully, but by the end nobody was happy and there was indeed, a big bang!
Next came "The Itch-Witch" performed by St Bartholomew's CE Primary School, the Itch-Witch is of course the Tooth-Fairy's evil older sister who sends her Nits to steal children's blood. That is, until the children fight back and defeat the Nits.
"Counting Sheep" was performed by Holystone Primary School - 5CB and is indeed about counting sheep jumping over a fence. This proves to be a difficult task when walkers come along and sit on the fence, and again later when the shepherd comes along, luckily in the end the sheep can jump again and the counting can commence.
"The Lighthouse Wave" was performed by Holystone Primary School - 5TR and is based on a true story about a lighthouse at the edge of the world. But what happens to everyone when light goes out?
The final mini-opera was "The Magical Music Tree" performed by Whitehouse Primary School. This story is about a dodo, a fish and a unicorn who all live in a tree that makes music. Hunters are coming to destroy the tree but instead discover the power of singing.
All the children performed fantastically and many in the audience were in awe of what the pupils achieved over the course of the evening. The students showed off their music, acting and performance skills and they all created wonderful stories and gave themselves delightful memories to keep. We hope to see more young people getting involved in the upcoming events this term.