Camphill pupils have no time for stage fright

Two pupils from Camphill School Aberdeen are among the cast taking part in Culter Theatre Group’s production of “Beauty and the Beast” that runs from Wednesday, (December 5) to Saturday (December 8) at 7.30pm each night. The play is being performed in Culter Village Hall, Peterculter, Aberdeen.

The two Camphill pupils taking part are Callum Turner (16) from Newtonhill and Klae Russell (17) from Elgin.

Callum Turner is delighted to be taking part in the production:

“We have been working really hard for two-and-a-half months. I cannot believe that I am actually in the panto, I am so happy to be part of it.

“This is the first time I will have been on stage as an amateur. I am in the chorus and am a part of Gaston’s gang. So don’t ‘boo’ me, because I am a good person!”

Fiona George, co-director of Beauty and the Beast for Culter Theatre Club said:

“It has been an absolute pleasure having the two boys. They have been so motivated and they have come on leaps and bounds. They are absolutely brilliant!”

On behalf of Camphill School Aberdeen, Laurence Alfred, co-ordinator, said:

“This is a fantastic opportunity for these young men to be able to participate in a top quality amateur production in front of an audience of 250. Prior to being accepted they needed to pass their audition and once through that, learn many lines, songs and dances. We’re delighted at their success.”

Camphill School Aberdeen provides combined education, care and therapy for around 90 children and young people with additional support needs

A registered charity, Camphill School Aberdeen is the only school in Aberdeen to hold Autism Accreditation in recognition of its specialist services. It was also recognised as offering “sector-leading” standards in its 2012 Education Scotland and Care Inspectorate inspection.

The school, established in 1940 at Camphill House in Milltimber, Aberdeen, is the inspiration for the Camphill Movement that has grown from the city, across Europe, North America and Africa and now encompasses more than 100 centres in 20 countries.
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