Elvis Aaron Presley becomes part of the Curriculum for Excellence in Scottish Schools!
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The ‘Symphony Of Dreams Trust’ in association with L.A.M. Productions are proud to
present the premiere of ‘The Dreamer’. A play that brings to life the remarkable story of
Elvis Aaron Presley to inspire children to believe in their dreams.

Scottish playwright/producer Linda Ann McConnell has created an inspirational new play
that is receiving rave reviews in Scotland. This new stage play tells the extraordinary story
inspired by the life and legacy of American artist Elvis Aaron Presley (8 January 1935 – 16
August 1977)

‘The Dreamer’ is an adaptation for children of her international critically acclaimed book,
The Memphis Lullaby - an original play script which has received excellent reviews from all
over the world including endorsements from people who knew, lived and worked with Elvis.
Originally staged as a radio play called, ‘If I Can Dream’ this new version was written as a
traditional stage piece especially for primary schools and youth theatre organizations.

The play takes students on a unique historical journey in the company of Elvis as he
reflects on his life in his own words. As the story unfolds of how a young boy with a dream
became one of the most important figures of twentieth century popular culture, children are
encouraged to aspire to greatness in spirit and creativity.

Ms McConnell playwright and founder of the initiative said, “‘The Dreamer’ is dedicated to
those who have ever felt in any way different and to all the dreamers who follow their

The show was an opportunity for 8 to 12-year-olds to star in a professionally produced
show, access free drama, dance and music activities and work with a professional writer,
director, choreographer and musical director to stage a full scale show.

The Show
The talented cast of 90 children, actors, musicians, singers and dancers from 8-11 years
old (P4-P7) from Garscadden Primary School performed ‘The Dreamer’ to audiences of
over 350 people. The family show celebrated Elvis and the talented pupil’s first
performances in the year that he would have been 76th anniversary of his birth with
birthday cake!

The Future
Due to the success of ‘The Dreamer’ Linda Ann McConnell is creating a new education document for teachers/educators on the life and art of Elvis Aaron
Presley which will be available 2012. A new anti-drug lesson plan focussing on prescription drugs is currently in development and will be piloted at the end of
the year.

Using Elvis Presley as a symbol: his stories, images, music, film and art, ‘The Dreamer’ has engaged people of all ages and through this opened up dialogues
with students about their own dreams and how they could realise them.

The charities dream is to produce the show in many more schools including working in partnership with a school in Memphis. Elvis may have left the building,
the applause may have faded, the cast may have hung up their blue suede shoes but, ‘The Dreamer’ may inspire children to follow their own dreams. As Elvis
Presley said, “When I was a child, I was a dreamer.”

Our Supporters
‘The Dreamer’ was funded by: The Hugh Fraser Foundation; The Robertson Trust; The JTH Trust and L.A.M. Productions. Sponsored by Rangers in the
Community Dance Coaches; Tony Stuchbury -; Larry Patrick - King Video.

If you would like to book ‘The Dreamer’ or would like further information please contact us:
A: PO Box 16221, Glasgow, G14 9WD.