Pupils impress residents with performance

Robert Gordon's College pupils are pictured (back l-r): Adam Morrison, 12, (Cults) and Cameron Stephen, 12, (Peterhead); (front l-r): Kendall Taylor, 12, (Banchory), Lorena Duguid, 12, (Newmachar), Milly Merry, 12, (Peterculter), Georgie Milne, 11, (Insch), Leoni Proctor, 12, (Aberdeen), Gaby Yates, 12, (Ardoe), Lucy Harris, 11, (Aberdeen).
Robert Gordon's College pupils are pictured (back l-r): Adam Morrison, 12, (Cults) and Cameron Stephen, 12, (Peterhead); (front l-r): Kendall Taylor, 12, (Banchory), Lorena Duguid, 12, (Newmachar), Milly Merry, 12, (Peterculter), Georgie Milne, 11, (Insch), Leoni Proctor, 12, (Aberdeen), Gaby Yates, 12, (Ardoe), Lucy Harris, 11, (Aberdeen).

Youngsters from Cults and Culter were among P7 pupils from Robert Gordon’s College who presented the 1982 American musical Annie to locals from Angusfield Care Home and Forest Gate Care Homes as the first of three performances recently.

The children delighted the locals with their representation of Annie, a young girl living in a New York City orphanage during the Great Depression.

Annie attempts to flee to find her parents, but the story soon takes a turn when the orphanage’s cruel and alcoholic supervisor, Agatha Hannigan, catches up with her.

Head of junior school, Mollie Mennie, said: “This was a great way to kick-start the three-day run. The pupils performed to family and friends over the following two days, where they raised funds for Kids Action, supporting communities in Sierra Leone affected by civil war.

“Preparing and presenting these shows also has an important role to play in developing qualities of co-operation, responsibility for self and to others, loyalty and leadership. It is a fantastic way for the children to combine charity fundraising and celebrate their final year of junior school - creating valuable memories for their school years.”

The audience were in for a treat when the Gordon’s boys and girls sang their hearts out to recognisable tunes such as ‘Hard Knock Life’, ‘Tomorrow’ and ‘Easy Street’.

Drama teacher Elizabeth Hawkey added: “The show has provided a great opportunity for pupils to get involved in costume, set design, backstage work, sound and lighting, as well as acting. The children really embraced their roles and got into character. Not only learning, but having fun with it!”

Music teacher Amanda Watt said: “Combining expressive arts studies and their year group enterprise project in junior school, the P7s have been building up to this throughout recent months. The guests had an enjoyable time at the show where they then retired to the junior school library for some refreshments and a post-show chat with the children. “

Kids Action will use the funds to buy goats in Sierra Leone as part of the Give a Goat project.