Pupils’ plays build skills

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Rosebank School’s two latest stage productions are well on track for their debuts later this month and in October.

The year 5 and 6 pupils at the school have a cast of 81 as they continue to build props and costumes for their performance, ‘‘Down to Earth’’, which is scheduled to open later in October.

It is a story of a planet that is overcrowded. Its space scouts have discovered Earth, and they want to take it over as their new settlement.

The year 3 and 4 pupils are a step ahead and well into rehearsals of their production, ‘‘Pirates of the Curry Bean’’, which opens on September 21.

Deputy principal Sarah Reid said each of the four school syndicates did a production every second year, “so each child will be in a production four times over their primary school life”.

“A production immerses students in every aspect of the curriculum. There are the obvious ones like dance, music, drama, visual arts, but there is also maths in the creation of props and backdrops, visual language with designing the posters and the programme [and] oral and written language, as some of the script has been written by the children themselves,” Mrs Reid said.

“The children are loving the rehearsals and it is great to see their enjoyment, confidence and skill developing all the time.”