We really Raised the Roof!

On Wednesday evening over 200 children from 7 schools across the Dawlish Learning Partnership took part in a fantastic production of ‘Raise the Roof!’ at the Riviera International Centre in Torquay. This was an exciting culmination of weeks of hard work by children and teachers alike, watched by an audience of over 400 family and friends. The auditorium was packed, and performances that had only been seen in glimpses at home and school were were eagerly anticipated, although maybe with a little nervous apprehension too!

After a warm welcome from Roger Kirk of the helen foundation, the performance opened with a heartwarming massed choir singing ‘You Raise Me Up,‘ setting the scene perfectly for an evening of warm, feel good pleasure. This was followed by the Starcross Primary School Choir led by Helen Brayley, singing a lovely ‘The Lion Sleeps Tonight’ followed in great contrast by ‘STAMP!” a tribute to the musical STOMP! which involved much energetic banging of brooms and bins in a rhythm that got the whole audience going. Next was Exminster Primary School Key Stage 1 choir led by Ian Moore, and as the youngest children in the show they provided a charming Medley of Fun songs, finishing in style by confirming that Alice the Camel was in fact a horse!

Oakland’s Park is a very special Community School, and led by Frances Pucknell they sang three songs from the Sound of Music. They sounded beautiful and everyone in the audience was clearly moved by the sincerity of their performance. Next was Westcliff Primary School led by Yvonne Mugford with a very colourful and lively selection of Caribbean Music in which the enthusiasm and sheer joy of performing shone through. As the last set before the interval the massed choir assembled under Ian Moore for a great performance of “I am the Music Man,’ an opportunity for each choir to perform a solo piece as well as join in loudly with the refrain ‘what do you play…… what do you play?’

After the interval the audience were shown that singing does indeed go on after leaving school by the talented River City Chorus Ladies Barber Shop Choir singing ‘Lean on Me’, ‘Somewhere Out There,’ and ‘The Lion Sleeps tonight.’ Their wonderful harmonies were really appreciated by the audience who gave them a rousing cheer.

Exminster Community Primary School with Ian Moore then reminded everyone what variety was about with a very entertaining mixture of singing and ballroom dancing, with ‘Clocks, I just called to say I loved you, and Rock around the Clock!’ All accompanied against a backdrop of their ‘Clocks’ artwork from school. Kenn Church of England Primary School with Jo Evans were next, with two hauntingly lovely African melodies ‘Baningati and Siyahamba.’ They were followed by Kenton Primary School with Angie Lunn. Their dance ‘Crazy Weather’ was based on their own experience of coping with school flooding! The excellent choreography was performed with confidence and style, with the final message to the audience ‘Crazy Weather’ indeed!

The final individual school performance was by Dawlish Community College led by Jonathan Waterworth, singing two very different songs, ‘Imagine and Teenage Kicks’ with great technical skill and energy, their excellent performance providing the younger children with an insight into how they might be performing in the near future. Finally, the massed choir assembled for its final performance, an inspiring rendition of “Drop in the Ocean.’ This life affirming song brought everyone together to remind us that we are indeed drops in the same ocean, and was the perfect end to a perfect evening.

The evening was very kindly sponsored by the helen foundation.

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