Lameroo school students perform African fable

Great king: Nagwaja, played by Ben Harmer, talks to his mother, played by Molly Barrett, about his great plans to become king.

AUDIENCES were taught to follow their dreams, but in the right way, as they watched Lameroo Regional Community School’s 2014 production of the African-inspired fable Nagwaja.

Students from reception to year seven performed the production, written by Joan Scott Minter, which tells the story of a hare who, relying only on wishful thinking and his own good looks, wanted to be king of all animals.

The story followed the confident, self-assured character as he learned the lesson of what it takes to achieve goals – including hard work, honesty and patience.

Some of the crowd’s favourite scenes included the Battle of the Ants, where receptions and year ones charged and collapsed with their legs in the air; the Lion Rock, with lionesses dancing around their leader; the Hippopotamus Blues, with year twos and threes as the groovy chorus line; and the clever Jungle Rap by the year sixes and sevens.

The year four and five class of drumming warriors and their circus antics at interval was a hit and added another dimension to the show.

The upper primary students in lead roles produced notable performances, including Ben Harmer, who played Nagwaja; Molly Barrett, as Nagwaja’s mother; and Josh Smith as the American Gangster-inspired King Rat.

Year five student Sarah Pearce played wise Elder Nkosi and led a scene with the warriors that she had written herself.

As part of their SACE stage one studies, several senior students played a major role in the production, through sections such as costumes, front of house, hair and makeup, sound and lighting, stage management, and advertising.

Cassie Walter transformed the set into an African wonderland, complete with rock formations and a waterfall, as part of her stage two creative arts studies.

The diverse and entertaining production meant many community members came to watch for a second time.

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