Who Said Giraffes Can’t Dance?
May 27, 2021 at 1:04 PM
The much-loved children’s picture book, Giraffes Can't Dance by Giles Andreae, was brought to life with colourful costumes, cool dance moves and catchy music this morning at the Preschool. From a dancing giraffe to a talking lion, the performance by the College Drama Academy was the first show of their ‘Giraffes Can't Dance Theatre in Education Tour,’ performing for Saint Kentigern Preschool, the College, Stanhope School, and Sommerville Special school.
As part of their studies, the Drama Academy students in Years 12 and 13 were required to perform a piece aimed at preschool-aged children. Part of this exercise was choosing a children’s book that had a meaningful message. Giraffes Can't Dance was chosen for its quirky storyline and important message; a message which teaches children about the value of accepting that everyone is different, embracing their differences, and building confidence and self-esteem in themselves and others.
The story is a touching tale of Gerald, the giraffe, who wants nothing more than to dance. With crooked knees and thin legs, it is harder for a giraffe than you would think! In the end, Gerald is finally able to dance to his own tune when he receives encouraging words and support from the Pukeko.
The Preschool thoroughly enjoyed the show and thanked the academy students for their visit.
Well done to the following students for their outstanding performance.
Mathew Parkinson (Y12) – Gerald the Giraffe
Sam Everitt (Y13) – Sheep
Travis Allen (Y13) - Lion
William McMorran (Y13) - Monkey
Olivia Costello (Y12) – Pukeko
Oliver Barclay (Y12) – Cow
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