Grey Coat Issue 20: February 2012
Alles wird anders - German play On Monday 16th
January two actors
came into the school from Onatti Productions (a company who do plays in foreign languages). Students studying German between Years 9 to 11 were given the opportunity to watch a play entirely in German; as well as getting to participate in some of the scenes.
The play, entitled ‘Alles wird anders’ (meaning ‘Everything Changes’) was about Mark, a slightly rebellious boy with a passion for singing who keeps his musical abilities quiet so that his friends and family won’t mock him. He uses the vacant house next door to practise; which is fine, until Melissa and her father move in. When Melissa finds him climbing in through her bedroom window she confronts him, and, with the help of myself and a fellow student, kicks him out. However, Mark left the CDs he practises to in his old den, and resorts to some unconventional, and very entertaining methods of getting them back. Melissa ends up discovering his love of singing and his up-coming audition for a Musical Theatre School. The play continued by involving students as the judging panel to help transform this shy singer and gang member into a confident star; with a happy twist at the end for both the characters involved.
As this play was performed entirely in German, most of us were apprehensive
Sophia Taiwo and Rachel Hill particpate as X Factor judges in Alles wird anders
at the prospect of trying to understand 45 minutes of a language, some of us have only been studying for two years. However the actors were clear with what they were saying, using much of the vocabulary we had already learnt and their dramatic gestures aided our comprehension of the play; so that it made for an amusing performance, even if the words were foreign to us! We were left pleasantly surprised at how much we were able to understand, as well as learning some new words to add to our vocabulary, and some of us even got
to practise our German skills when we were invited to be in the play. Overall it was a delightful way to spend a Monday morning.
Rebecca Dyke 11R
New Head Girl elected
Finding out that I had been elected Head Girl was one of the most exciting moments of my life; I was so overwhelmed that I broke down in tears! I am so grateful to have been chosen to lead the student body and I am eager to get started and work with the new prefect team. I hope to serve the school well so that at the end of the year I can look back at everything we’ve achieved, starting with the Talent Show this Easter which I am hoping will be the best yet. I would like to say thank you again to the school for giving me this opportunity and I promise to do the best job I can to lead the student body, through bringing new and exciting schemes to the school and continuing on all the hard work from the previous prefect team. Esther Ounounou
Esther Ounounou, our new Head Girl
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