MALALANE – The importance of music and culture activities was highlighted during Riverview Prep School’s cultural evening on October 25.
Principal Gareth Dry told parents that learning to play an instrument had numerous benefits and participating in cultural activities helped children become well-rounded.
The choir opened the evening with a wonderful performance of Setswana songs and an amazing musical illustration of a rainstorm in the bush.
Jaime Maritz, Lukhanyo Mhlangeni and Khosi Nkosi recited poems with lively expressions. Abbygale van Vuuren performed an energetic dance to “Flashlight”, Michaela Möhle looked adorable in her Netherlands-inspired outfit for her sweet ballet dance and Libby Ralfe confidently twirled and posed during her ballet performance.
Reatile Mahlatsi told the story of a cheeky ladybug during her dance, while Bella Vieira leaped and pointed during her dance to Moana’s “How Far I’ll Go”. Nadine Vermeulen’s energetic performance and colourful costume for Trolls’ “Get back up again” was also very entertaining.
A group of grade sevens opened the second half of the show with a great hip-hop performance they choreographed themselves.
Charlotte Dry played piano and her little brother was so delighted at her performance that he hugged her as she went to sit. Cayli Plath also tickled the ivories with an instrumental version of “Beauty and the Beast”.
There were several singers and guitar players on the programme. Olwethu Nkambule performed John Legend’s “All of Me”, Daniel Storey sang Ed Sheeran’s “Photograph” accompanied by Tristan Plath on guitar and Nova Sutherland performed a beautiful rendition of “Cups”.
Little Hugo Vieira braved the spotlight to play guitar and sing “This Little Light of Mine”, with some moral support by music teacher Michael van Niekerk.
Daniel Storey performed a second time, this time playing guitar as well, followed by Megan de Zwart who beautifully sang a gospel song titled “Mary Did You Know”. Renée Sutherland ended the first half on a high note with her performance of the funky gospel song called “Beautiful Day”.
In the second act Holly Muggeridge played guitar and sang “You Raise Me Up”, followed by Realeboha Mathlatsi who impressed with “Issues”.
Music teacher Michael van Niekerk amazed the audience with a skilful guitar solo of the Pirates of the Carribean theme and the choir closed the entertaining evening with Frozen’s “Let it go”.
The school hopes to regularly host these culture evenings to help pupils gain confidence in their talents and skills.