Opera is on the timetable for pupils at three Norfolk schools

Young people from Poringland Primary School, Trowse Primary School, and Harford Manor School in Norw

Young people from Poringland Primary School, Trowse Primary School, and Harford Manor School in Norwich during rehearsals for their own opera that they will perform on stage at Norwich Theatre Royal. Photo : Steve Adams - Credit: Steve Adams

Opera is on the timetable at three Norfolk schools where pupils are preparing to take to the Norwich Theatre Royal stage.

Young people from Poringland Primary School, Trowse Primary School, and Harford Manor School in Norw

Young people from Poringland Primary School, Trowse Primary School, and Harford Manor School in Norwich during rehearsals for their own opera that they will perform on stage at Norwich Theatre Royal. Photo : Steve Adams - Credit: Steve Adams

Children from Trowse Primary School, Poringland Primary School, and Harford Manor School are taking part in the theatre's Norfolk Schools Project, and they have been creating their own production inspired by Tchaikovsky's Sleeping Beauty.

The pupils have been working with professional opera singers, musicians, and drama practitioners to develop the show which they will perform on Sunday, March 13, and they have also enjoyed a look behind the scenes at the theatre.

Today the young cast gathered at Poringland Primary School to run through their scenes.

Nolwenn Tighe, nine, from Poringland Primary School, said: 'I like making up songs. It is a lot of fun. 'We do activities and use words that you say in the songs. I am really excited about going on the stage but it will be a bit scary as well.'

Young people from Poringland Primary School, Trowse Primary School, and Harford Manor School in Norw

Young people from Poringland Primary School, Trowse Primary School, and Harford Manor School in Norwich during rehearsals for their own opera that they will perform on stage at Norwich Theatre Royal. Photo : Steve Adams - Credit: Steve Adams

Jem Gordon, 10, from Trowse Primary School, added: 'I like making the songs because they are all our own ideas and are all completely original. I think the nerves will kick in on stage but it will be fun.'

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.'

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The Norfolk Schools Project performance will be on Sunday, March 13 at 2.30pm. Tickets are free but must be booked in advance from the Norwich Theatre Royal box office. To book, call 01603 630000.

Do you have a Norwich arts story? Email arts correspondent Emma Knights at emma.knights@archant.co.uk

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