Galley to glory will inspire

2016-09-06 06:00

She always dreamt of lighting up a stage with her performances but now she is helping Portia Primary pupils explore their talent for acting and stage plays.

Teacher and alumni of the Hanover Park school, Lucille Crouch, says she wants to give hope to children from her community.

On Thursday 8 and Friday 9 September, the community is invited to come watch the work come to life as pupils tell the story of Galley to Glory.

“I think it is very important to tell a story of a community. Children are often seen as naughty or disruptive when you come form a broken society but with this play, we are aiming to inspire children to say they shouldn’t allow where they come from determine where they are going,” she says.

This play is about a girl born on the streets who reaches her goals against all odds. “While the play mirrors many of our learners’ realities, the message conveys that neither hardship nor circumstance will dictate their futures. It is also a chance to expose how we are using our new school building to make change. Many dedicated staff and learners have worked very hard on this production and we invite you to help us to shift the focus and narrative from the negative of our area, to exposing our story as well as our talents and our dreams,” she says.

Crouch, who herself has experience in the acting industry, says she is delighted to bring the experience back to the school where she was taught.

“Just to see their faces light up whenever it’s time for rehearsals and to see them tap into their creative side, leaves one with goosebumps.”

“I have a pupil who, when I started teaching him, would kick me or hit me while lessons were taught and it was a disturbance of course. However, now, after joining the team who is bringing this play to life, he is completely different. He is well-disciplined because he wants to be a part of the production and its process. He will come up to me and ask when the next rehearsal is. These kids are now seeing other avenues they can explore their creativity with,” she says.

Crouch says the play will be the first of its kind at the school and took about a year to prepare.

“We see this as our glory moment. We want it to become our defining moment. We are daring our kids to dream and to dream big,” she says.

V If you would like to book tickets to view the Galley to Glory play at Portia Primary on Thursday 8 or Friday 9 September, call the school on 021 692 1410. Tickets cost R40 for adults and R20 for children.

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