Delightful time spent at school concert
I've always had a soft spot for school concerts - as long as I didn't have to take part, that is - but it's been a number of years since I last attended one. So it was with fond memories and anticipation that I took my seat to watch "It's Time", the play produced by Holy Cross Primary School this year. I was not disappointed. It was a colourful display of music and dance, mixed with some humour, and it was fun visiting various moments in the (mostly recent) history of music with grumpy Professor Potts, his blundering assistant Ivan and his class of rebellious learners.
The professor is driven by some unknown urgency to visit music moments in the past, and insists on using his invention, a time machine, that is not really ready yet. Inevitably he ends up in confusing and funny situations from which he is sometimes saved by his students, who couldn't resist trying out the time machine themselves.
One wonders why they bother, because they start out echoing Pink Floyd's mutinous
"We don't need no education...". A "duel" between Beethoven and the prof follows - a piano duet performed with panache. The professor proceeds on a series of visits to stage moments, joining the Beatles, Beyoncé, Elvis (Presley, not Blue), the Grease cast, Michael Jackson and his zombies, the
Spice Girls, and - last but not least - a talent competition where he, as a young man, botches up completely because he had brought the wrong sheet music. Two of his students witness this and, realising that this is the cause of his constant grumpiness, decide to stick their necks out and try to change his fate. The time machine works right for once and the girls are able to revisit the same scene, this time seeing to it that the prof has the correct sheet music. He gives a brilliant performance and is acknowledged as a true genius. Returning to the present, everybody can now look forward to a much pleasanter music class!
The actors, musicians and dance groups worked together very well and put up a delightful show spiced with jokes on the theme, "time". In each scene a different group of learners showed their steps, colourfully dressed according to the time they represent. The choir made two appearances, first with a Beatles medley and at the end with a medley of time-themed songs. Talented learners showed off their prowess on the piano playing duos, and an instrumental ensemble accompanied the dancers for a classical dance and a Strauss Waltz. Some of the scenes were also enhanced by the live voices of girls from the Holy Cross choir.
It's time I start going to more school concerts. - Liryke Ferreira
Learners trying out Professor Potts’s time machine.
Elvis Presley (played by Grade 7 teacher Leon Prezens) with his cast.
Professor Potts and his blundering assistant Ivan (left).