YOUNG performers shone on stage when they took part in a summer sing.

The children enjoyed a five-day summer school at Moresby’s Rosehill Theatre, working with professional musicians, a director and a designer, and taking part in singing workshops, stage rehearsals and design workshops.

It all culminated in a performance of a Snappy Opera, The Magical Music Tree, for family and friends at the end of the week. Created by Mahogany Opera, Snappy Operas are 10-minute pieces of work for seven to 11-year-olds aimed at introducing and demystifying the essential elements of opera – singing, acting and making – in fun, bite-sized chunks.

The children also worked with award-winning composer Stephen Deazley to write their own song, The Tree’s Dream, which was premiered at the concert.

Rosehill and Mahogany have worked together with local primary schools on several successful projects but this was the first time they’d hosted a week-long Snappy Opera-themed summer school at the theatre.

Anne Timpson, Rosehill’s Taking Part manager, said: “Having seen the benefits of participating in a Snappy Opera first hand in primary schools, we were keen to offer this outside of term-time to more young people and our annual Summer Sing! seemed the perfect opportunity.

“It was great for children to explore their passion for singing, increase their confidence and make new friends.”

In The Magical Music Tree, the group told the story of a dodo, a flying fish and a unicorn living in the heart of the woods. A band of hunters wanted to destroy the tree, but the mythical creatures hatched a cunning plan that had everyone singing in harmony.

All those who took part agreed the experience was fantastic, and family and friends were amazed by the performance.

Esther Armstrong, mum of Phoebe, seven, shared their delight on Rosehill’s social media accounts. She posted: “Phoebe had the best time. Thank you for making my daughter feel safe and sound and giving her a brilliant opportunity.”

Among the young people taking part were members of Rosehill Children’s Choir for seven to 11-year-olds, which meets every Wednesday during term-time from 4.15pm to 5.45pm.

Sessions begin again on Wednesday, September 18, leading up to a concert at the end of term. New members are welcome. Call 01946 692422 for details.

Rosehill’s 2019 Summer Sing!