Blow the wind southerly.
Wednesday and Thursday this week Soma school played the English musical “Blow the wind southerly”.It is a musical where both the songs and the lyrics are in English. There is only English speech all the play through. The composer of the musical is Randi Margrethe Eidsaa.
We had two performances: On Wednesday we showed the musical for grandparents and people around in our area, and on Thursday evening to parents and brothers and sisters. It was a success!
The story is about a captain, a ship, Susannah, a magical bird, some ghosts, some sailors, some pretty ladies, and it is a story about music.
We did the play for the whole school, for pupils aged 6-13. The youngest ones took part in the songs and the drama, and the lyrics. The words did the oldest ones take care of. Every pupil in fourth to seventh grade had a role and words to say in the play. Some had a lot to say and some lesser.
In the beginning, the teachers thought that the youngest ones could sing along in two or three songs, but after a while, even the first graders could sing nearly all the songs by heart. That was amazing!
It was a cross-curricular project so a lot of subjects were included. We used the music lessons to learn the songs ,the drama and the dancing. In art lessons the pupils made the scenes like the Albatross, the magical bird, the ghost ship and the sea.
The youngest ones made the maritime scenes like fishes and seaweed. Everyone made their own maritime T-shirt with anchors and fishes.
We used the English lessons to learn the lyrics and the speech. And some Norwegian lessons were used for the dramatisation.
Earlier pupils at Soma school joined us in the orchestra. And an earlier pupil helped us with the sound and light. We are very thankful to them.
Both the pupils and the teachers think that this has been a nice way to learn English.
And it is possible for schools in other countries to do this.
Editor(s): Soma Skole
Modified: 10.12.2003 15:10