Production a history lesson
Tocumwal Public School entertained a large crowd of more than 300 spectators at its annual whole school production last week.
All students from Kindergarten to Year 6 took the audience back in time through different moments in history set to music and dance.
The premise of the script — written by teachers Nicole Laker, Beth Hatty and Kate Bunnett — was a game show where the host Morgan Crabshackle asked questions to the contestant Margarine Muffin, based on short clips that she was shown.
Each clip was a class performance of a selected moment in history.
Margarine was assisted in her endeavours by a ‘brains trust’ and there was much laughter as she tried to answer the rather simple questions.
The Kindergarten students re-enacted the first moon landing, while Year 1 replicated dinosaurs stomping through the land.
Year 2 covered the Greeks with gods, dancing and Spartan battles and Year 3 recreated the discovery of Tutankhamen’s tomb with mummies com- ing alive and walking like an Egyptian.
Year 4 looked at the moment ‘the day the music died’ in 1959, Year 5 celebrated the technological revolution and the invention of the iPhone and Year 6 took us to the Glenrowan Inn and Ned Kelly’s last stand.
Principal Darren White said the immersion of creative arts in other areas of the curriculum created enjoyable and memorable ways in which the students could discover moments in history.
‘‘I would like to thank Nicole Laker who coordinated the production once again with the assistance of music and sound effects by Beth Hatty, as well as all the teachers who developed their own class act,’’ Mr White said.
‘‘The stars of the evening were the students who put aside fears of performing in front of such a large audience and practised hard to learn their dances and lines.’’
Year 3 students sparkled on stage in a retelling of the discovery of Tutankhamen’s tomb.