12th December 2013 was an all important day for Staford School’s children who presented a kaleidoscopic display of performing arts in their first annual concert “Expressions.” Every child is very special at Staford, which is why every child performed on stage in various presentations such as songs by the school and class choir, classical, sufi and bhangra dances, and even three different plays.
Performing for the first time on the stage came naturally to all the students of Staford, who set the stage afire with their brilliant performances, one after the other. Right from the tiny tots of Nursery and KG to the students of class VI, who had individual class performances on well choreographed dances, choral songs, and enthralling plays, each child exuded confidence and performed with zeal and great élan.
The programme commenced with the lighting of the lamp by the chief guest, Dr. Rakesh Chandra, Professor and Head Dept. of Philosophy, Lucknow University. The programme commenced with the welcome song by the school choir, comprising of children from classes III to VI. Up next was a presentation glorifying the girl child in the divine form of Nav Durga – a classical dance performance by children of class II and III.
Next on stage were the tiny tots from nursery. All 90 children from each of the three nursery sections performed on stage with great energy and stole hearts of the parents through a medley of nursery rhymes including ‘Old MacDonald,’ ‘Kentucky Fair’, ‘Chanda Mama’ and ‘Boogie Woogie.’
While the Nursery section presented songs full of fun, the kindergartners were drenched in colours of patriotism, and put on their dancing shoes for ‘I Love My India’ and ‘Maa Tujhe Salaam.’ KG – B demonstrated great skill, confidence and perfection in all the complex formations and dance postures woven into their presentations and had the audience cheering for them intermittently throughout their performance.
If the pre-primary section had people tapping their feet, the primary section’s junior most class- Class I, had the audiences admiring their acting skills, dialogue delivery, stage-ease and excellent execution of content in the dramatization of ‘Snow White.’ It was amazing to see five and six year olds present a ‘live’ play, entirely in English, with such confidence.
Class II and III sent out a message of peace and love with their dance presentation on ‘Har Taraf Har Jagah.’ The dance-drama was a comment on the society’s evils and the need to stand up against it. The presentation conveyed the children’s desire and their commitment to making a difference and bringing about a positive change in the society.
At Staford, we believe in giving adequate importance to music, dance, acting and communication. With this exposure already given, Class IV had the opportunity to present a choral song glorifying the seasons and conveyed the sense of appreciation for the surroundings, with the song ‘Bon fiara’. The children of class VI presented their song “Give Me Freedom.”
Class V had the audience erupt in peals of laughter with their brilliant conceptualization, presentation and execution of the English play ‘Tenali Raman in the Whirlpool of Languages.’ The stage setup, the use of props and most importantly, the performance of the children was clearly appreciated through the thunderous applause received by the play.
Another song giving expression to the children’s feelings for Staford and their endeavor to take it higher was “Meelon humein jaana hai”, especially penned and composed by the school’s music teacher Mr. Anuj Yadav on students’ request.
The power packed performance of the children from class II to IV in the Bhangra pepped up the mood and momentum of the afternoon and had the audiences clapping and enjoying the performance thoroughly.
‘Mera-Noor-e-Nazar’ another hilarious play in Hindi was the show stealer with excellent performance by the lead actors from classes IV to VI. The comical situations of the screenplay kept the audiences entertained all through.
Setting the stage aglow with poise and grace were the Sufi dancers from class IV,V and VI. Their soulful performance was the showstopper of the event and a grand culmination of “Expressions”
Chief Guest, Prof. Rakesh Chandra and special guests from the academic, medical, and elite services, all appreciated the efforts of the children who have within a year demonstrated a tremendous growth chart as was evident from their confident performances. The Director, Principal and staff were all present on the occasion as ‘Team Staford’ received a warm appreciation to their first annual concert. The Principal presented a vote of thanks.