Animal Magic on its way to Portlethen

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Children at a Portlethen school are in for a treat as former members of the Singing Kettle are set to perform two shows.

The Funbox Animal Magic show is returning to play at the Portlethen Academy Theatre to raise funds for the Bourtree Preschool Group.

They played to a sell-out crowd last year, and will be back this year for two shows on Sunday, August 28: one at 1pm and a second at 3.30pm.

Funbox consist of Kevin McLeod, Anya Scott-Rodgers and Gary Coupland, who were part of the popular children’s show the Singing Kettle until it disbanded in 2015.

The Portlethen Academy Theatre is smaller than the Funbox’s normal venues, so the show should offer a personal, intimate and fun atmosphere.

Vice-chairman of the Bourtree Preschool Group, Darren Robertson, told the Leader that, although they have fundraising events all year round, the Animal Magic show is “fast becoming the highlight of the year.”

He added: “Fundraising is important to the group’s future.

“We are delighted that Funbox is returning to Portlethen with their Animal Show following last year’s sell out show.

“Audience members young and younger are encouraged to bring their singing voice and be ready for some action songs.

“Funbox deliver a great show and the children really have fun and join in. Many wait after the show to get photographed with the stars.”

Kevin McLeod said: “It’s a great pleasure to come back to Portlethen and do two shows.

“It went really well last year and the hall was great. There was lots kids in costumes and the adults got involved too.”

Attendees are invited to dress up as animals or other characters and there will be refreshments at the interval.

Tickets can be bought online through Aberdeen Box Office at www.aberdeenperformingarts.com/events/funbox-present-animal-magic.