Scottish Opera's festive children's musical adventure

Published: 15 October 2021
Reporter: Vera Liber

Chris Alexander (Farmer MacNeep), Marie Claire Breen (Flossie The Sheep Dog) in Mister MacNeep Has Lost His Sheep Credit: Bartosz Madejski
Laura Sergeant, Stuart Semple in Mister MacNeep Has Lost His Sheep Credit: Bartosz Madejski

Scottish Opera will present Mister MacNeep Has Lost His Sheep, a festive musical adventure for children aged 3 to 7, at the company’s Edington Street Production Studios in Glasgow.

Running from 3 to 20 December 2021, this 45-minute show immerses its young audience in live music, along with interactive puppetry that encourages the children to sing, dance and get involved in the production. Midweek performances are for school groups, while weekend shows will be available for the public to attend.

With music written by former Scottish Opera Composer in Residence Gareth Williams and words by Ross Stenhouse (Tiny Chef 2019), the story invites children to help Farmer MacNeep and his sheepdog Flossie on their search party to find his favourite sheep, Laa-mie and Baa-mie, on a cold, snowy, winter evening. But unbeknown to Farmer MacNeep, the clever pair build themselves a cosy cave in the snow to weather the winter months. However, worried for their safety, Flossie and Farmer MacNeep require the assistance of the audience along with their farmyard buddies if they are to find the lost duo in time for Christmas.

The shows are directed by Allan Dunn and performed by soprano Marie Claire Breen and actor Chris Alexander, alongside cellist Andrew Drummond Huggan and percussionist Darren Gallacher.