‘Ital­ian Day’ play de­light

Myrtleford Times - - News -

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’.

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