Lime Tree Theatre and Galway’s Branar will team up to bring musical theatre to the classroom

Covid-19 may have brought live entertainment to a halt, but that hasn’t stopped the creative minds of Galway theatre group in conjunction with Lime Tree Theatre.

Rockin’ Rhymes, the hit musical from Branar, was due to be revived for a tour of Irish schools this autumn. However, with a pandemic in full swing that can’t happen now.

Instead, it’s getting a new outing as a multi-platform show that’s being made available throughout Galway, Mayo and Limerick.

Teaming up with Lime Tree Theatre and The Linenhall Arts Centre in Castlebar, Branar has created “Rockin’ the Classroom’ an exciting new music project for children in Junior & Senior Infants, 1st & 2nd Class.

The innovative project hopes to inspire children to create their own “rockin’ rhymes”.

Director of Branar, Marc MacLochlainn said: “We really miss performing for children. The atmosphere they bring is second to none.”

Performed by a band of 5 musicians, Rockin’ Rhymes is a rock-n-roll adventure that “takes the themes of well-known nursery rhymes and reimagines them with a rock and roll, doo-wop twist.”

The Rockin’ the Classroom initiative offers children and teachers the opportunity to explore these classic nursery rhymes, discover the world of music and learn all about making music.

By signing up, each class will receive a CD album, a dedicated education pack for teachers and exclusive access to a short interview series introducing children to the ‘Rockin Rhymes’ band and their various instruments.

There are currently over 200 schools signed-up for the programme.

The Lime Tree Theatre’s Gillian Fenton said: “As always Branar are leading the way with innovation and creative ways to reach their young audience. Teachers and young pupils will get so much from Rockin’ the Classroom. It’s so much fun.”

“Over the past few months, Branar along with our partners in venues and festivals around the country have been exploring ways to reach our audiences in the absence of live performance. We completely understand the challenges young children and teachers are experiencing at this time, and we hope that Rockin’ the Classroom will bring joy and rich teaching and learning opportunities,” Marc MacLochlainn added.

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