The foyer, a hive of parents; small off-spring,
in lurex and cardboard, are teacher-whisked away.
The hive disperses, the buzz settles, expectantly.
The curtain rises on parrots, rainbow-costumed,
feathered, hooded and beaked; back stage creations
alive now, tiny arms flailing in simulated flight.
Unsynchronised bemused infants search the shadowed
rows for their own safe familiar belaying-pins
as they straggle off stage, beckoned and cajoled.
Suddenly, an explosion of music; pirates and wenches
flood the stage as Treasure Island erupts with
whirling skirts and clashing swords, adrenaline fed;
a hurricane of colour; tempest of sound as Mrs Reardon’s
spring-loaded arms pound the school piano and nodding head
elevates the untrained voices to concert pitch.
Junior school, class two, sails the ocean. A dropped sword
and gingham bonnet lie abandoned on the wooden beach,
deserted now, awaiting hurried change of scene.
Jim Hawkins and Long John Silver, surrounded by small
mixed infants, gold and silvered into pieces of eight,
weave their way through the plot, upheld by the
unflagging crashing waves of teacher’s music and her wide
all-encompassing smile. Pride of achievement soaring
now on the tumultuous acclaim from the audience.
The foyer, a hive again with Mums and Dads and Grannies
waiting with coats and praise and McDonald promises.
© Marion Sharville