South Peace News
These vicious pirates never use swords or guns to fight their battles.
Rather, they used the power of music!
Grade 6 students at High Prairie Elementary School staged Pirates: The Musical June 6 in the school gym. Under the direction of Andrea Pollack and Crystal Hopps – and several other staff – the students’ energy resonated throughout the gym in song and dance.
The musical tells the tale of Stowaway, a young man who desperately wants to be a pirate. He persists in pursing his dream only to find himself in the brig, and possibly a short walk down the plank in the near future to hungry sharks.
However, the lead pirate, King of the High C’s, gets a bad case of laryngitis and the crew is desperate to search for a new leader. Suddenly, Stowaway sings to the delight of the crew, who say they never heard anything so beautiful. Stowaway is welcomed onto the ship and becomes a pirate.
Pollack says the students started practicing in February by listening to the play. As time wore on, parts were assigned with students making a 100 per cent commitment to the production.
Although all the students were not on stage, all had a part in the play.
“We had sound crews, everyone had a part,” says Pollack. “Not everyone wants to be on stage.”
It was pleasing to Pollack that so many students auditioned she amended the script to include new characters.
Grade 6 students interested in pursing their drama roles are transitioning into the junior high program.