I look forward to our Annual Functions with great expectation every year and it is always a thrilling experience for me to watch our students onstage. A novice photographer with little time to practise, I usually “click-a-pic” from an unobtrusive corner. Click HERE for my take on Live Life King Size.
I am happy to see that our function gets better with every passing year. This time, there are three additional highlights (and show-stealers) from Classes VIII-IX:
- The DPST Student Council
- The DPST News Bulletin
- The DPST Theatrical Company
The very significant participation of our Student Council Members has transformed our Annual Day with their vibrant presentation of the ‘DPST News Bulletin’. Their exuberant compering beautifully show-cased the entire evening. The teachers are also grateful for their help in ushering, handing out programmes and helping backstage from make-up to student movement. The DPST Student Council rocks!
Yesterday evening, our youngest pre-primary students etched out the various stages of life for different life forms with great style and panache. The lights, music and costumes added to their innate star quality and simply outshone all the rehearsals I have seen so far. It was marvellous how they even managed to depict experiences so far from their own reality, like plants, trees, eggs, caterpillars, butterflies, chickens and even their own grandparents, with absolute verisimilitude. I specially enjoyed the singing – such melodious voices should be frequently uplifted in song. Splendidly acted/danced/sung, all my little ‘Lifelines’. May you grow every day into better human beings who care for all forms of life on earth.
BUT “The play’s the thing…”
I am sure you all enjoyed The Battle of Hastings performed by our Theatrical Company of Classes VIII-IX. The actors and the production crew were absolutely “stupendafantabulous” (did I get that right?). Their proud teachers were bowled over by the super-magni-amaz-illating (superb+magnificent+amazing+scintillating) play presented. Kudos to all our team onstage and backstage for such perfect coordinating, timing and presence. I remember my own days as play director and producer – and from first-hand experience – I recognise and commend the sincere effort and enthusiasm that has gone into yesterday’s production. I sincerely admired the Great William, Duke of Bucket…oops! Sorry! Duke of Normandy, who is sea-sick and also completely at sea, looking for but not finding a Battle at Hastings. Poor fellow, I hope he reaches it finally in the history books! I also fell for the brave King Harold – beset by Viking, Welsh and Scottish foes, his feet killing him, but still game to take on the formidable bit of candy floss, the beautiful Duchess Mathilda! From the deck-chair salesman upholding the reputation of a nation of shop-keepers to the press agent operating with messenger pigeons not to forget the blood-thirsty security guards and the able side-honchos with google-maps who outshine their rulers, the Newsmakers certainly made headlines with their Breaking story. I notice that here is a play with not one lead player but every player leading the action.
The message our students have powerfully projected is: Stop judging us by marks and grades alone, our abilities extend beyond such puny measuring scales.
This brings me to the entire Team Tapi that orchestrated our First Annual Day. My heartfelt commendations and congratulations to our DPST Staff and Student Council Members who looked after the children waiting back-stage, keeping them happy and engaged before and after it was their turn to perform before the spotlights, those who ensured smooth parking for the parents and handed over their children after the function, those who saw to the seating, the electrical connections, the props and make-up and the thousand-and-one never-ending details that held our function together.
I felt like a king of yore, sitting back after a hard day’s work to see the talent unfold before one’s eyes – really lived it up king size!
I am looking forward eagerly to our Second Day of the Annual Function, Sarveshaam Shaantir Bhavatu.