Horizon pupils explore cultures of the world in concert

Candy Madonsela puzzles over chopsticks which she was handed in Japan.

MALALANE – The pupils of Horizon Academy took the audience on a whirlwind tour of the world alongside storyteller, Candy Madonsela during their annual concert.

The preschool was up first and looked adorable in tutus, masks and bunny tails. Their antics, sassy attitudes and sweet smiles soon had parents cheering.

One of the preschool groups were adorable in tutus, bunny masks and fluffy tails.

Candy then took to the stage, where she found a hot-air balloon. She investigated and accidentally flew into the sky with the balloon.

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She first landed in Spain, where she met bullfighters and cheerful dancers (played by the grade one pupils).

Next, she was in Japan, where she met karatekas and learnt how to eat with chopsticks from Nthabiseng Maluleke and Andy Owethu. The grade two pupils’ routine was beautiful, with graceful moves and twirling paper parasols.

Andy Owethu as a karateka in Japan.

The storyteller then found herself on a pirate ship, travelling across the seas, landing in South America. The flair and colour of Brazil was captured by the grade threes, who were dressed in blue with “wings” like the main character in the animated movie, Rio.

During a short interval, parents and pupils could enjoy delicious snacks and beverages.

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The grade five to seven pupils entertained parents with wonderful Indian-inspired dances and colourful outfits, when the storyteller landed in India.

She was then transported to the USA, where she wandered around trying to decide if she wanted to meet the president. Yusuf Dadashov made a quick appearance as Donald Trump, whom Candy decided she’d rather not meet and was instead entertained by cowboys.

Storyteller Candy Madonsela decides if she wants to take a call from Donald Trump (Yusuf Dadashov).

Her balloon took her to South Africa next, where her bag was quickly stolen. However, she was warmly welcomed by the braaiing, soccer-playing locals and soon felt quite at home.

All of the groups looked like they enjoyed their time on stage and parents loudly cheered for the little ones. Teachers also went the extra mile to dress according to the countries their classes represented.

The school would like to thank all the teachers for their effort and Susan and Simone for the decor, NG Malelane for the facilities, Pick n Pay for the snacks and DJ Shukuma for manning the sound system.

See more photos of the performance here.

Retha Nel

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