Last night we went to Her Majestys Theatre in town to see the school entry in the Australia-wide Wakakirri story festival The oldest son was one of the players.

6 Schools, each having about 10 minutes to tell a story through music, acting and dancing. No singing or speaking! And everything must be done with an emphasis on low cost and use of recycled sets and props.

There are 3 divisions ranging from newcomers to old and experienced. Our school was in the top division (having done well in previous years I suppose).

I had no idea what to expect, and was very pleasantly surprised. 5 out of 6 were really good, and the 6th was OK but the story was so politically correct I wanted to cringe.

Our school told the story of “Around the work in 80 days”, by Jules Verne. I was just astonished – sophisticated but very portable sets, well coordinated set changes (about 4 in less than 10 minutes), good props, great costumes. AND it even told the story well! All with primary school children aged between about 7 and 12. Well done, everybody.

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