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Schools drama showcase life in institutions

BUSIA
By | April 10th 2011

By GEORGE ORIDO

Students hit the stage with plays over the situation in learning institutions on the third day of the Annual National Schools and Colleges Drama Festivals.

St Ursula opened the stage at 8am, with a narrative, The Synopsis Powerful presented by Deborah Museo and Fridah Zakayo.

The duo struck a perfect resonance to the story about Visiting Days popular with boarding schools. The synopsis takes the audience into Kitheeyoni Secondary School and its visiting days.

Students from St Ursula Girls in Eastern present a choral verse The Synopsis at Bomas of Kenya, Nairobi, Saturday.

[PICTURE: GEORGE ORIDO/STANDARD]

It is during this day that one’s background is manifested – rich or poor. "On this day cars that our school could not afford found their way to the school," goes the story.

Instead of parents going to the school to monitor their children’s academic development, parents come to show off their progress instead.

Arriving in a car was thus the least common multiple.

For children whose parents did not have a car they asked them to hire one lest they became internally desperate persons.

In case they could not hire a taxi, then they were to hike a lift from a parent who had a car.

The Synopsis is yet another bold look at inside schools and how affluence or lack of it, affects students.

Last year a narrative ‘School Bus’ by Murang’a High School mocked the school administration for investing too much money the bus project at the expense of academic and curriculum needs.

Alliance High School gave a good account through their play Hell’s Kitchen. The storyline is an onslaught on drug barons and narcotics trade.

Established in a university setting, Hell’s Kitchen gives one an insight into the trade and its side effects on the youth.

Family gala

Directed by Frederick Omondi Hell’s Kitchen revolves around a university couple Oliver (Rebecca Musyega), a needy student hooked in drug trafficking and his girlfriend, Cecilia (Forence Wanjiru).

When Oliver attempts to withdraw from the illicit trade the barons fight back and nearly fatally injure Cecilia.

Kakamega High School thrilled the audience with a dance, Musimi. Choreographed by A Odeny, the dance castigates unscrupulous persons who lure street children into crime and prostitution.

Another act of true artist and teamwork was manifested when the main soloist lost his voice and a student playing the drums picked up in such a smooth transition – it was hard to notice.

Later in the day Kangubiri Girls from Central Province presented an equally compelling piece, Vuvuzela.

Directed by Charity Muraguri the dance calls for integration of East Africa through sports. Vuvuzela illustrates this point using the South African experience of xenophobic attacks and the unity that came after successfully hosting the Word Cup.

The festival will close on April 13, after a family gala at Bomas and Lenana High School on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Today’s diary includes a choral verse (Sembe) – from Kyeni Girls, play (The Shadowy Conspiracy) - Nairobi School, dance (Nduta) – Karima Girls, solo verse ‘My Guitar’ Agoro Sare.

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