Scripts, roles, rehearsals and costumes have been centre stage in classrooms over the last two weeks. Children practiced lines, rehearsed songs and showcased their talents in preparation for the Christmas plays. From excitement to nervousness and everything in between children from Junior Infants to Sixth Class got set to take on the stage.
Numerous life skills and benefits are developed through the performing arts. The sense of achievement and confidence boost is fantastic as valuable lessons are learned: hard work pays off, every individual on the team counts, teamwork works, responsibility, commitment and dependability counts, if at first you don’t succeed – try again until you do, nerves can be overcome and you learn to think on your feet.
Ms McAnearney’s Junior and Senior Infants set the ball rolling with a lovely production of “Santa’s Hat” followed by a melody of song. This was followed by Mrs Meeneghan’s First and Second Class who staged the nativity “Following the Star”, they filled up the stage with great colour, costumes and creativity. More classic fare was whipped up by Mrs Lynott’s Third and Fourth Class which was full of snippets from children’s classics with lots of energy, excitement and enjoyment in a play called “Alas in Blunderland”. Mr Brennan’s Fifth and Sixth Class enacted “The Ghost of the Tree” a tale humorously scripted by Billy Varley which was flowing with linguistic flair. Mrs Mulhern, Martin Walsh and Colette Egan were invaluable members of the crew performing a myriad of roles tying the whole school effort together.
A big thank you is extended to Brendan Henry and Darren Bourke for building the stage. To the Parent Association and our generous sponsors for the fantastic Christmas Draw – Míle Buíochas!