Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Week in Review – May 13-19 ("The Grade 8 Play")

“I’m mortified to be on the stage, but then again it’s the only place where I’m happy.”  ~ Bob Dylan

“As soon as I step on that stage, nothing matters.  I don’t think of it as work. It’s just so much fun.” ~ Miley Cyrus

" ... whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God."  ~ 1 Corinthians 10:31b

We have been consumed with preparation for the grade 8 play.  I’m having a hard time even remembering anything else that happened last week, to be honest, so here goes.

After the loss of a cast member the Friday before, dress rehearsals on Monday and Tuesday were extra critical in making sure the kids were not only ready with what they had already been preparing for five weeks, but that they also adapted well to the new stage dynamics.  Two students, including Andie, graciously and enthusiastically assumed the parts vacated by the loss.

The play, loosely based on several fairy tales including Cinderella, The Three Little Pigs, and Sleeping Beauty, was written by my friend Cathy several years ago.  She now lives here in PNG and it was she who directed the play.  It was billed as “A retelling of the classics – fairies not included.”  Clever and witty, and in many places unexpected, the play charmed and entertained our community at 2pm on Thursday (mostly elementary kids as it was a pupil-free day at the Primary Campus) and 7pm on Friday.  The students did a pretty good job on Thursday, but Friday night they smashed it out of the park!

I was so proud of this class!  It was such an honour to work with this group who I came to love when I taught them two years ago, and I was so grateful that Cathy granted me the opportunity to participate even though my attention ended up being more divided (with work responsibilities and putting out fires) than I initially expected when I volunteered.  I look forward to more chances to help with drama in this very talented community.  :)

 Andie (top right) and some classmates patiently enduring hair and makeup under the guidance of a talented backstage team.  :)

 Cinderella watches from the background as her evil stepmother (Stacey, right) trains the two stepsisters in anticipation of the castle ball.

 The stepfamily arrives at the ball and is greeted by the castle servant (Isn't she cute?!).

 Cinderella accepts a dance invitation from the prince.

 After Cinderella makes a fool of herself, the stepmother persuades the prince to give her eldest daughter a spin.

 He chose me!  Cha-ching!

 Once entrenched in the castle, the step-ladies discover that not only is the prince is not as charming as he seemed, he's too cheap to hire house help!

 Goldilocks evicts the three bears from the cottage.

 Little Red (Riding in the Hood) discovers that a wolf is impersonating his granny.  He ain't down wid' that!

 The middle pig (isn't she cute!?) begins to build her house of sticks.

 The two younger pigs take refuge in the moments before the wolf blows down her house.  I guess she can't say it "sticks" after all.

 The new queen and her new baby (stylishly swaddled in our dog's blankie - no lie!), with the doting new grandmother.

 Nearly sixteen years later, the "baby" (isn't she cute!?) proves she is not yet ready for the throne.

Grateful that Cinderella has agreed to help her despite the harsh way she was treated, and in light of the threat on her daughter's life, the queen accepts Cinderella's forgiveness and entrusts her with her daughter's care.

The princess returns to the castle a different person.  Isn't she cute?!  :) 

What an awesome cast!

(Thank you to our co-worker, Amy, for taking these pictures!)

1 comment :

  1. Yes, she is cute!! Wish I could have seen it.


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