Curse of the Opera brings out the best in the Clooney Elementary kids!

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I went down CURSE on Buckie’s Cluny Primary recently – but it was so much fun.

The headdress was actually the gothic horror of Scottish opera The Curse of MacCabbra Opera House, part of the company’s education and outreach program that saw them spend a day at school on 8 March working with pupils from P6-7, culminating in two 30-minute performances.

The production follows composers Compo Zerr and Libby Retto as they work late into the night to finish their new opera at the MacCabbra Opera House. However, there’s more to their helpful host Dee Parton than meets the eye, and as the clock strikes midnight, the old opera house’s singers, workers and critics rise from their graves to give Compo and Libby some frightful help.

The question the audience was left with is: Combo and Libby holding their nerve to finish their masterpiece?

Cluny School Principal Laura Smith said: “All Years 6-7 pupils took part – they had a workshop from 10am-12pm and then had a rehearsal in front of the school.

They finished the day with a show for parents.

“Scottish Opera brought in all the costumes and props for the performances and all the pupils really liked it.

“In addition to being fun, it gave them the experience of being in a real production, some of them really getting into character. It was also an excellent opportunity to see some inspiring opera singers.”

Ms. Smith added that the event fit in with the school’s broader performing arts curriculum.

The day saw a welcome return for parents – while the Scottish Opera was able to return to school after closing last year, Covid regulations meant that invitations could not be extended to parents.

Clooney was one of seven Murray Schools on the Scottish National Opera’s tour, taking in a total of 120 schools and around 9,000 pupils across the country.

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