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By Fiona Reid
Dumfries and West
Children’s opera heads for region

PUPILS at some of the region’s primary schools will be treated to a spooky opera performance in March.

Scottish Opera is bringing The Curse of MacCabbra Opera House to Dumfries and Galloway on five different dates.

Lasting 30 minutes, it’s a “chilling tale with a good dose of comedy” and is described as a gothic horror aimed at P5-7.

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

Can Compo and Libby hold their nerve to finish their masterpiece? Will the singers get to put on one final performance? Will the workers revolt? Are the critics just revolting?

Scottish Opera’s Jane Davidson said: “We’re thrilled to the bone to introduce this creepy and kooky opera to second level pupils across the country.

“Located in a gloomy Highland glen, the long forgotten MacCabbra Opera House’s doors are creaking open once more to welcome a new generation of young performers. Come up with us if you dare; meet the mysterious Madame Dee Parton and the cast and company of the opera as they race to stage a new opera before the sun comes up!”

Participating schools are: Springholm, Lochrutton and Hardgate; Crossmichael, Gelston, Dalry and Kells; Kirkgunzeon, Palnackie, Colvend, Borgue and Auchencairn; Castle Douglas and Calside.

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