By Ranee Mohamed
Yards of satin, splashes of colour and a multitude of voices lit up the eyes of thousands of adults as Kidz in Action got on stage on June 23, 26 and 27 at the Bishop’s College Auditorium.
Nervous parents and confident little ones set the shows in motion as Rohini Alles and Dinali Alles stood out as the prime motivators who made the show a reality on three quiet evenings on which the stars conspired to flicker to the soft voices of the little ones. There undoubtedly were stars in the eyes of both the students and parents too as the performances warmed their hearts.
Practising and making perfect close to 1000 little children – from Foundation to Key Stage 2 is no child’s play. But there they were, dressed up in their fine costumes, with their make up perfectly done and with a look of confidence on their faces which no cosmetic can heighten. “I am indebted to my dear teachers for the task well done. My heart goes out to them for their dedication and affection for our school,” says Chairman of Gateway College, veteran Educationist Ralph Alles in his message.
The stage was set, Muppet Show style scenes were expected, but there were no flaws here, expect for a forgotten applause by the mesmerized audience. The Pooja Dance by the students of Play Group aged from two and half years, the welcome song also from Play Group, made way for Heal The World by the Nursery, The Teddy Bear’s Picnic by the Play Group was enjoyed more by the parents than by the teddy bears.
The People Who Help Us by Kindergarten – aged four and half to five and half years; a creative dance, Wish Upon a Star, percussion band, and an exceptional kavadi dance (an inspiring dance and a brilliant, one of a kind idea) heightened the performances. An applause must go to the Kavadi dance too.. The students and teachers of the foundation school joined with This Is My Country.
On Day 3 was the performances by Key Stage One and Year 3. The Cry Of The Global Village showed much hard work, both in the efforts of the children to master their roles and the efforts of the teachers in getting impeccable costumes that spurred our imagination. Swaying trees, office girls and woodcutters were all portrayed via costumes.
An oriental dance and a DO-RE-MI with the teacher joining the little ones on stage, brought back memories of Sound Of Music – with this sound creation Kidz In Action. The ballet, junior choir and Western dance were all enjoyed in different ways. The Quest For The Golden Key lightened the hearts of all the viewers as it was — in addition to the protagonist’s adventurous spirit and sweet little nature — choc a bloc with happenings and items which featured different parts of the world – with dances endemic to those parts being performed by the students. The teachers’ item, thankfully showed us the people behind all this work. Happy Wanderer, Spirit, the Western dance troupe, and a dance from the film Grease with Listen To The Rhythm Of The Falling Rain were rare delights. Orpheus was a well-directed drama which went on to prove that nothing is impossible for these Kidz in Action. The Teachers items were exceptional and gave the audience a chance to applaud the hard workers.
Gateway’s Kidz in Action need to be viewed between the lines. The performance also portrayed hard work, dedication and a guidance unparalleled of a dedicated staff and brought forth an inspiring message that told us that anything is possible with the never-give-up approach.