Stepping into enchantment
Bringing two of the best loved fairytales to life, a host of talented, young dancers will take the stage on August 18 and 19, at the Lionel Wendt, at 6.30pm. "A World of Enchantment," the junior show produced by the Oosha Garten School of Dance, will go on board, next weekend, and will be a sure treat for all of you fantasy lovers.
Walking into a hectic practice session, we experienced "perfection" first-hand. With kids ranging from about 3 years to mid-teens, the discipline and dedication instilled in them was apparent. The most vital part about the productions of the school, according to Oosha Saravanamuttu herself, was that the students get a feel of the entire story, and they also not just dance, but also learn to mime and act.
While the younger kids will be doing "Thumbelina", "Sleeping Beauty" will be performed by the older kids. "This is the junior outing of the ballet school, and audiences will be able to experience the stories of ‘Thumbelina’ and the abridged version of ‘Sleeping Beauty,’ at the show," she said. Having been in the profession for fifty two years, she has had a number of wonderfully gifted students under her, throughout the years.
Speaking to Amanda Illeperumaarachchi (17), who plays the part of Sleeping Beauty, we got a glimpse of the calibre of training they receive in the school. "I've been at the school for the last six years, and I've been a part of Peter Pan, The Little Gardener, Amanda's Doll House and Little Mermaid.
“All I can say is that I love dancing, and it's been just amazing throughout. Aunty Oosha is tough, but at the end, the satisfaction you feel is just out of this world. I started off as a little goldfish in the Little Mermaid, and have always dreamt of playing a big role. So to now actually be able to play Sleeping Beauty, is just awesome!"
Over 150 students will perform at the show, giving ample room for maximum participation. The school's prestige show is scheduled to be held next year, with it being the senior school's performance.