Rupert’s Race for Rhythm was our middle primary musical production. The play was scripted by Chris Barrett along with ideas from grade 3 and 4 students. Chris also did the staging and choreography. Our musical director was Deborah Tait.
The play was about a boy called Rupert who had decided he wanted to be a dancer. Rupert was not coordinated and didn’t think he had rhythm. He travelled the world in search of rhythm. He travelled to Japan and saw Taiko Drumming, South Korea and watched a Fan Dance, in Russia he saw Cossack Dancing, he heard the Sao Roma song in Romania, in Austria he saw the Shuhplatter Dance, in Italy he saw the Tarantella dance, in England he saw the Maypole Dance, in Jamaica he heard Shake the Papaya song, in the USA he saw a Hoe Down and in Africa he saw the Rhythm Dance. Rupert learnt a lot from each of the communities he visited.
During his travels he wrote home to his family telling him about what he had seen, heard and tasted. So do you think he found his rhythm? Did he become a dancer? Well not on the dance floor… .Rupert became a world famous chef for his international cuisine restaurant.
I participated in the Fan Dance which is a traditional folk dance from South Korea. We decorated our fans and practiced weekly. I enjoyed being in this play.
It was a big event for middle primary. We did 2 performances for family and friends. One in the afternoon and one at night.