On April 6th, ninth grade students from NEW VISIONS CHARTER SCHOOL FOR ADVANCED MATH AND SCIENCE II got a taste of Scotland right here in New York. In collaboration with ourÂ cultural partners fromÂ THEÂ NATIONAL THEATRE OF SCOTLAND, our students celebrated Scotland Week with music, song, and Scottish Ceilidh dancing.
Led by cast members fromÂ National Theatre’s hit show,Â THE STRANGE UNDOING OF PRUDENCIA HART, students explored the breadth of Scottish culture through differentÂ aspectsÂ of the production.Â The play centers on the character of Prudencia,Â anÂ uptight academic who – inspired by Scottish border ballads and riotous, rhyming couplets – begins aÂ dream-like journey of self-discovery. Cast members Annie Grace andÂ Alasdair Macrae channeledÂ Prudencia’sÂ expressiveÂ adventures withÂ the students, beginning with vocal warm-ups and theatre games before moving into traditional Scottish song and dance.
The workshop was hosted byÂ Sing for Hope’s academic partner, GLASGOW CALEDONIAN UNIVERSITY NEW YORK, in their expansive space in Lower Manhattan. By the end of the day, laughter and joy echoed through GCU’s centralÂ hallÂ as everyone dancedÂ together in celebration. Thanks to this special Sing for Hope dayÂ withÂ ourÂ National TheatreÂ artist partners and our New Visions students, The Bronx and the Scottish Borderlands have never seemed closer.