By Zac Boscoe and Meg Butler
Grade six, Howrah Primary School
DURING August, Howrah Primary School grade five and six students performed the Ali Babar and the Bongo Bandits musical play for the Howrah community.
Forty eager students participated in this year’s performance and had a great experience rehearsing throughout the school year.
The performance gave students an opportunity to try something new and explore their creative sides.
Students showed great amounts of courage performing in front of large audiences on both performance nights.
Howrah’s music teacher, Alison Mahoney, directed the show.
Mrs Mahoney and the students willingly gave up their lunchtimes to make “the magic happen.”
Mrs Mahoney said the group was energetic, enthusiastic and followed instructions.
She said there was a great balance of singing, speaking, solo roles, jokes and action.
Alakazam, the narrator of Ali Baba and the Bongo Bandits, sets this story in an Arabian City ruled by His Excellence Sultan Pepper and his daughter Princess Satsuma.
But on the other side of town, the Bongo Bandits worked with the Grand Vizier to make an evil plan to steal the Sultans most prized possession – the royal ruby.
Ali Baba is blamed for this false robbery and then a Genie suddenly appears out of the finest ketchup bottle and grants wishes for Flossy Baba to save her son Ali.
At the end, the Vizier and Bandits are stopped thanks to the Genie’s help.
It was a fabulous family friendly night out for the Howrah community, with just a hint of magic.
Ali Baba and the Bongo Bandits proved to be a massive success with two sell out shows.
On behalf of all the cast we would like to thank Mrs Mahoney for making it all happen.
If you missed this year’s performance be sure to bring along your family for the next adventure.
Caption: From left, Howrah Primary School students Ivy Tomkins, Emma Symington and Erin Kingston.