Bollywood to Grease at the Ringwood Waldorf School
By Lou_101 | Monday, March 05, 2012, 17:30
Tickets for this year's Variety Show at the Ringwood Waldorf School in Hampshire were like gold dust when students, staff and parents took to the stage this weekend.
The young Bollywood dancers
the parents' choir, Heartsong, don Grease outfits for a performance of Summer Nights.
From the Goons to Grease, ballet to Bollywood, there was something for everyone – one reason why the 700 tickets available for the matinee and evening performances were snapped up well in advance.
'Magic, mayhem and excitement' was how master of ceremonies and parent Richard Ryan introduced the show; his role for the third year running.
He was an excellent link man doing stand-up, audience participation, puppetry, mime, including a 'Robotic Richard' routine and magic tricks.
The show kicked off with a colourful Indian dance performance by the children's after-school group, called Tree of Life.
The school parents' choir, Heartsong, conducted by parent Jenny Drake, sang performances of Adiemos by Karl Jenkins and Summer Nights, from the musical Grease, in which they dressed up in 50s costumes.
As well as all kinds of music, there were comedy sketches and tales to gladden the heart including a retelling of the story of Robin Hood by the pupils' drama group.
"Our variety show is one of the highlights of our school calendar," said a school spokesperson. "Everybody gets involved and has great fun doing so."
Both performances were held in the school's Keir Hall and tickets were bought by donations rather than a set price. Proceeds from the show will go towards the school's Development Fund.