Scottish Opera’s interactive hit show for 3-4 year olds returns this Autumn, with a first performance of a children’s show at the new award-winning Johnstone Town Hall.
Building on the phenomenal success of BabyO and SensoryO, the much loved productions for babies and toddlers, Scottish Opera developed KidO for a young audience of 3-4 year olds and their parents or carers, proving yet again that you are never too young to enjoy music.
The show demonstrates that you can make music out of anything – as long as you have a bit of imagination. KidO uses vocal and body percussion to build up words, tunes and beats that children can get involved with. It takes everyday household objects such as teacups and a bowl of fruit, injects some fun and makes the ordinary extraordinary.
Directed by award-winning children’s theatre director Lu Kemp, with music by Glasgow-based composer Katy Lavinia Cooper, KidO tells the story of Major who is super-efficient and likes to keep his space neat and tidy. When the chaotic and noisy Magpie arrives looking for a place to store some precious possessions, the two are on a collision course until a friend intervenes to help them live in perfect harmony. Performers Frances Morrison-Allen, Stuart Semple and Adam Gilbert bring the 45 minute show to life.
Jane Davidson, Director of Outreach and Education at Scottish Opera said: ‘We aim to build on the interest from young audiences and their parents and carers as we take the show to a host of different venues, we hope they find it fun, but there’s also evidence that musical experiences such as this can help children with their cognitive and emotional development. At this age, most children are learning how to build relationships, responding to the actions and attitudes of others as well as testing the boundaries of accepted behaviours. In KidO, they encounter all of these which helps them to identify with the highs and lows (both musical and emotional) of three quirky, engaging characters who inhibit a shared space’
KidO takes place on Wednesday 16 September at 2pm at Johnstone Town Hall. Tickets are £4 + bkg fee* and are available from the Box Office on 0300 300 1210 or www.renfrewshireleisure.com/arts