School brings folktale to life

KELVIN TEIXEIRA
Last updated 11:03 27/06/2012
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No fools: St Joseph's School pupils Misionare Ulu-Kini, as Ivan, and Caitlin Sanson, as the Devil, in the school's production Ivan the Fool.

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St Joseph's School's senior pupils have taken to the stage this week to perform the folktale Ivan the Fool.

The musical production is based on the book by Russian author Leo Tolstoy, with the script, music and lyrics written by St Joseph's teacher Adam Praat.

It tells the story of a simple working man called Ivan who is unknowingly battling the Devil and three imps, all trying to ruin Ivan's honest way of life, said Praat.

"Along the way, Ivan, through his selfless and simple actions, teaches the villagers and his own ungrateful family that happiness and harmony can be achieved by working hard, not giving in to the things that tempt them, and trusting God."

With about 60 pupils involved on stage and behind the scenes, the show has more than 20 speaking parts and features solo, group and chorus singing, as well as dancing, accompanied by a live band.

The lead actors are Misionare Ulu-Kini, 12, playing Ivan, and Caitlin Sanson, 12, the Devil.

They have much of the script to learn and both admit learning their lines has been the biggest challenge.

While Misionare has had lead roles before, this is the first for Caitlin, who said she is enjoying the thrill of being centre-stage.

Although only in year 8, both pupils are looking at performance art for their future careers.

This is the third year since 1995 the school has presented the show.

There are three performances for pupils and parents this week, while the public has a chance to attend tonight's show at 7.15pm. Tickets are available from the school office, $5 for adults and $2 for school-aged children.

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