‘Italian Day’ play delight
THE madcap twists and turns of a small Melbourne theatre company’s ‘Fooling in love’ kept St Mary’s Myrtleford Primary School students enthralled during the school’s annual ‘Italian Day’ celebration on Thursday.
Pupils, staff and a number of parents and grandparents packed the former St Mary’s church at the school campus for Make A Scene’s contemporary take on commedia dell’arte.
The two-actor show portrayed the antics of four characters – Colombina, Arlecchino, Pulcinella and Patalone – who were constantly masked and unmasked in a farcical quest for love.
The roles were played by Jasper Foley and Lelda Kapsis in a whirl of Italian and English and with the help of some students, including Owen Griffiths and Shai Podubinski. PHOTOS: Jamie Kronborg
Parents and staff at the same time prepared pasta with bolognese sauce for a post-play lunch, for which the children lined up in a great range of costumes in their own takes on the colours of ‘il Tricolore’ – the green, white and red of the Italian flag.
Italian language teacher Maria Rinaldi said the celebration honoured the heritage of many of the school’s children and Italy’s cultural legacy.
FESTA: Italian language teacher Maria Rinaldi joined St Mary’s Primary School students Lucas Masin, Kaiden Parr-Liddell and Connor Sacco for a special ‘Italian Day’ lunch prepared by parent volunteers and staff.
CAVALLO: St Mary’s student Owen Griffiths, watched by Shai Podubinski, was delighted to have charge of Capitano’s horse while the Russian cavalryman was elsewhere in ‘Fooling in love’.