The fairies' adventure in Exeter

Thursday 18 March 2010

A group of school children from Exeter count down the days until their operatic debuts at the Exeter Northcott in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Blog from St. Nicholas Church of England Junior School.

Children from St. Nicholas Church of England Junior School in Sidmouth, Devon have been busily preparing for ETO’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Northcott Theatre in Exeter. Nick Kitchen, head of Music at the school, said, “It really is the most fantastic opportunity for these eight children from Year 4. English Touring Opera brought their production of In The Belly of the Horse here last term for our Year 6 children. They absolutely loved it, so I was delighted when we were offered the chance to work with the company again.”

The children who are making up the Chorus of Fairies are Jasmine, Jemima, Alex, Billie, Amelia, Frederik, Theo and Harvey. Jemima (8) said, “I am really excited about it and I am looking forward to wearing the costume.” Alex (8) added, “I am very excited because we are going to be performing in front of lots of people.” Amelia (9) said, “I am really looking forward to it as I have never done an opera before.” Billie (9) is also very excited, saying, “I am really looking forward to it and can’t wait to perform at the theatre.” Jasmine (8) agreed, saying, “I am very, very excited. I have never appeared in a production as big as this.” As for the boys, Theo (8) said, “It is slightly embarrassing for boys to play the part of a fairy, but I am still looking forward to doing it.” Harvey (9) added, “I am a bit nervous because I am rather shy, but I am excited as well.”

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