Today we practiced the Junior School musical Peace Child. Every year rehearsed their songs and everyone was wearing their costumes. It was really fun singing and dancing to the songs. I liked the Sotongi tribe song because I loved it when all their heads turned in time with the music.
I also liked Haiy-A U-Tombya because the movements in the dance were different and interesting. I am now getting really excited about the musical because I’m looking forward to my relatives seeing me dance on stage.
I loved it when all of the Junior School danced and sang together in the Peace Child song. This will be a smooth and cool way to end the musical. I’m sure everyone in the cast will do a good job.
It would be great to buy your tickets now, I’m sure you’ll enjoy our musical.
By Laura Monin
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Wednesday Sept 8 Opening Night - 7.15pm
Thursday Sept 9 Matinee - 11.15am
Friday Sept 10 Finale - 7.15pm
The Junior School musical, Peace Child, is concerned about a very big question.
Opening night is Wednesday - just two weeks from today. You can feel the temperature in Junior School rising as parents put finishing touches to costumes – ‘Yes, you may have to wear lipstick, love’; teachers start worrying about the quality of their class items, ‘Smile kid, Smile!’ - and the directors constantly glance at their calendars asking, ‘Where has the time gone?’ In spite of this increasing angst, we are having lots of fun!
One of the questions the musical asks is for you to take a journey with us to Mambica, a vibrant mystical land set in Africa somewhere. Central to the story is a river - deep, cold and raging, splitting the land in two. Can you feel the spray?
Another of the questions we would like you to consider is to which tribe would you offer your allegiance? On one side of the river are the Wannakeekee – pleasant, affectionate, charming – lovers of the arts, especially poetry. On the other side are the Satongi – potent, dazzling, strong – warriors rippling with vigour and fortitude. Can you hear the drums?
A third question you will need to ponder is just how violent is this production? Two tribes who once were friends, through a series of spiteful events and growing mistrust, are brought to the brink of war.
Says the Satongi Chief… ‘Today I make a covenant before my people. I vow that if any Wannakeekee dare cross the river, the hand that grips this spear, the spear of my fathers, will act swiftly. An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth, a life for a life.’
Says the Wannakeekee Chief… ‘I’ve had enough of these murderous hyenas. We will rise up against them and strike like an Eaglehawk, swift and strong. Let us rid this land of their vile presence so we can live in peace again. Sharpen the spears. Prepare the arrows. Hide the children. Let’s Get to Work!’
A fourth question you cannot ignore must certainly be … If this musical is so violent, how could you even consider mentioning Peace in the title? A good question.
But the biggest question you should be asking is, and hopefully you have already found a solution … Have I purchased my tickets yet?