Once upon a time, fifteen pupils, a librarian and a Drama teacher made their way to Culloden library to entertain local toddlers with four traditional fairy tales…
The Culloden Academy Puppetry Club is one of the Drama department’s more recent ventures. Open to S1-S3, it runs weekly and had its first public performance at Culloden Library on 7th June, in combination with the regular Saturday storytime slot. Pupils performed tales as diverse as The Frog Prince, The Princess and the Pea, Sleeping Beauty and Spirit in the Bottle.
The room was full to capacity with young children and their parents. The puppeteers were a credit to the school and we were incredibly proud of them as the audience’s giggles and shrieks gave way to loud applause! Mrs Gowans, the school librarian, entertained the children while each new group set up, and changes were smooth due to our excellent backstage team, especially sound operator, Lewis Allan.
Just a few quotes to give you a flavour:
“It was much better than I expected. You got to do much more than just acting, like making props and doing the whole thing. You get to work with your friends, which makes it fun!” (Erin Matheson)
“I really liked hearing the little kids laugh in all the right bits. And no-one’s looking at you.” (Shannon Pryde)
“I really thought I was going to be more nervous, but I wasn’t. My favourite bit was walking around the kids with the puppets after the performance.” (Kelly Pryde)
“It was enjoyable because performing is fun with your friends. My sister and Mum saw it and they loved it!” (Kaitlin Mackintosh)
“I think we worked well as a team and managed to pull off all of the voices!” (Ewan Robertson)
We hope to take the fairy tales to some local nurseries as well as preparing for a Halloween showcase at the library. Shadow puppetry and marionettes are next on our to do list, so prepare to be amazed!
If anyone has unused puppets they would like to donate, these would be very welcome. Please send them to Mrs Henderson in the Drama Department.