Spe­cial ‘Fire­works’ stars on cen­tre stage show

Zululand Observer - Monday - - ZO CITY BEAT - Dave Sa­vides

PA­TIENCE and per­se­ver­ance paid off when the Thuthukani Spe­cial School learn­ers and staff hosted a spec­tac­u­lar ‘Fire­works’ con­cert at the Um­folozi Casino Re­sort’s Jab­u­lani Dome on Thurs­day evening.

The spon­sored venue typ­i­fied the in­cred­i­ble sup­port the school re­ceived on the night, with ev­ery­thing needed to put on the su­per show hav­ing been spon­sored, do­nated or pro­vided through vol­un­teer ef­fort.

The Ro­tary Club of Em­pan­geni added ‘the ic­ing on top’ with a do­na­tion of R20 000 and the pledge of a mo­torised wheel­chair to the school.

They also sent round the ‘col­lec­tion plates’ and the warm-hearted mem­bers of the au­di­ence added an­other R5 231 to­wards the night’s costs.

But it was the chil­dren who stole the show, with an ex­cit­ing show­case of tal­ented song and dance items across a wide spec­trum of genre – from Latin and ball­room to Eastern, jive and bal­let, with even those con­fined to wheel­chairs show­ing their unique ‘this-abil­i­ties’.

The eisteddfod gold win­ning choir raised the roof while the per­sonal tes­ti­monies of pupils as to the thor­ough ed­u­ca­tion, love and sup­port they en­joy daily, gave mov­ing in­sight to the lis­ten­ing ‘out­siders’.

Be­sides show­cas­ing the tal­ent on dis­play, the con­cert paid wit­ness to the in­cred­i­ble work be­ing done by the teach­ers, staff and vol­un­teers at Thuthukani.

Over 200 cos­tumes were made for the night, with re­hearsals hav­ing started at the be­gin­ning of the year and con­sum­ing hun­dreds of hours of prepa­ra­tion.

Af­ter the show was over, all the spe­cial needs chil­dren were trans­ported back to the school where they slept for the night

– no doubt hav­ing sweet dreams fol­low­ing their amaz­ing per­for­mances.

Rightly feel­ing as proud as Punch with their ef­forts, the grand fi­nale ended the con­cert on a high note as all the par­tic­i­pants took to the stage

‘Groove in Sophi­a­town’ as the chil­dren show off the dances their Mkhulu and Gogo grand­par­ents per­formed in times gone by Pho­tos: Dave Sa­vides

Mfana­futhi and Se­namile ex­e­cuted a fan­tas­tic

Thuthukani’s renowned song­bird Yoliswa, sup­ported by the Three Di­vas’, looked the part as she gave a won­der­ful ren­di­tion of ‘Lady in Red’

An­drew Kil­lick hands over the tremen­dous Em­pan­geni Ro­tary Club do­na­tion to Thuthukani’s Tanya Girvin

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