Douglas Ewart High School Pupils Trip The Light Fantastic

Twinkle-toed residents in Wigtownshire will have the chance to trip the light fantastic, thanks to the artistic talents of pupils at a Newton Stewart school.


Try Strictly with Wigtownshire-based six piece band Café Largo is a lively evening of music, dance and a spectacular light show with the emphasis on fun and kicks off at Wigtown County Buildings on Friday, 27 May as part of the Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival.

The light show will feature artwork specially produced by pupils of Douglas Ewart High School. The S2 and S3 pupils were commissioned to produce the images based on particular tracks from the evening’s set list, which includes old and contemporary Latin, swing and rock favourites from the likes of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, the Isley Brothers, the Eagles, the Beatles and many more artists.

Ruth Paterson of Café Largo, said: “The pupils have produced some really stunning work and designed a suite of unique images inspired by each of the songs.

“Each pupil was given a song and had to research the era and come up with an image that would reflect the song. The results are fantastic and we are really grateful to the school for adding a wonderful new dimension to the event.

“These are original productions combining a variety of artistic techniques and will be digitally projected on the evening as part of an atmospheric light show created by an experienced lighting specialist.”

As well as music and light, the evening will include dancing with demonstrations by members of Galloway Dance during the intervals who will also be on hand to teach willing participants a cha-cha or foxtrot.

“We hope to make this a really good night for everyone,” Ruth explained, “and, although the emphasis is on live music and dance, there is absolutely no pressure on anyone to get up and dance.

“People can either sit and listen to live music from the band, take to the dance floor or try a bit of ballroom.

“We don’t want to frighten people off who can’t or won’t dance. We just want to provide something for everyone. No dance experience is necessary but fun and enjoyment of a great evening are compulsory.”

Tickets, £7.50 are available from the Midsteeple Box Office, Dumfries, on 01387 253383 or locally from Wigtown Festival office 01988 403222.


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