THE silent stage adorned with flying birds, sailing boats and fish skeletons erupts in excitement as children, dressed in colourful, shiny, costumes hurtle into action, clearly speaking their lines to their captive audience. Two wooden sailing boats, the Soggy Frog and the Curry Bean, are about to collide in the Caribbean.
This is how the Wembley Senior Primary play, “The Pirates of the Curry Bean”, begins, delighting the audience with gangs of bearded, ropey pirates, energetic rats, squawking monkeys, confused sailors, and noble tribesmen who cajole and pound across the wooden decks. A pair of motley jokers, Scuttle and Slack, two navy captains, one named Captain Cod, and the magnanimous Pearl with her sea-faring family, and two cats called Fiddle and Sticks entertain the audience with verbal wit and humorous banter.
Drama is one way for our children to express themselves. This term Wembley has exploded with culture. It is spring and this is the time when the Ancient Greeks celebrated and performed in honour of Dionysus.
At the beginning of August, Devon Hull, a Wembley old scholar with his own production company in Cape Town, hosted a four-day Musical Theatre workshop at Wembley College, a Cambridge School in Greytown.
The workshop focused on drama, dance and singing and Hull’s company choreographed a number of dances and a musical interlude which are to be performed at the Cultural Commotion. Performers have been hard at work practicing their dance steps and learning their lines for the performance.
Wembley is trying to nurture and grow its culture. Mrs van der Walt offers individual music lessons and Cambridge AS Music at the Cultural Centre and Mrs Yeadon started Cambridge IGCSE Drama at the beginning of the year. This term, the Form 2 class is being taught drama in one of their English lessons. With this kind of momentum, our stage will blossom with performance not only in Spring. — Supplied.