Mystical Rose celebrates 10 years

By Natasha Fernandopulle

Mystical Rose Catholic International Girl's School first opened its doors to education 10 years ago, in 1998 as a Pre-School and as an Activity School with just 10 students. However, things have certainly changed as these sections aside, they now boast of a Primary School, Performing Arts Centre, Teacher Training Academy as well as a Test Centre and Publication.

The Performing Arts Centre of the school has students ranging from the ages of three and a half to 20 years of age. And in order to celebrate their 10th Anniversary, the school along with Asha Ilapperuma, the Principal of the school, will be having a concert on October 26 at 3pm at the BMICH. The show will be an evening of variety entertainment and will consist of items by the Nursery and one of the main items of the evening will be a play, Viva La Mexico. The play, directed by Indu Dharmasena, will consist of students of the Performing Arts Centre.

Viva La Mexico revolves around Ramon who is actually Zorro and the bandit Mendoza, a rebel who is intent on overthrowing the current president and saving the downtrodden people of Mexico. The other characters include Raquelita – Zorro's fiancé, Lopez – the police officer who wants to kill the hero Zorro and two ladies who are in love our hero, Lola and Lucille. The other characters include Pablo and Cheppe as well as the Senator and Zorro's mother – Mama. And while the story unravels, Zorro's identity in danger of being revealed as he tries to save the citizens of Mexico.

Indu has been working with these students, between nine and 20 years, for around two months. And along with Indu, Sanjeev Jayaratnam of Revelation fame, has been assisting with the voice training while the choreography for the play will be done by Sanwada Abeysirigunawardena.

Speaking to Viranthi Cooray, who is a senior teacher at the Performing Arts Centre she said, "this production is by the children and for the children," adding that such productions are held annually by the school. In preparation for the show the teachers help their students to bring out their leadership skills as well as group dynamism and dramatic skills.

Viranthi went on to say, "what the students learn in terms of miming, improvisation and so on, on a weekly basis, comes to a climax with the production," adding that the parents play a big part in the concert. This is the case because all the organising has been handled by them thus allowing the school to have an invitation show. According to Viranthi, the parents feel that by assisting this way, they will help their children come up, adding that as teacher they do their part in giving the students the required skills and training.

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