2012年3月18日日曜日

'a children's story about political oppression'

That is the wikipedia summary of the play Amy's class performed at their end of kinder presentation day. It's an Italian story about a justice seeking onion called Cipollino. It sounds pretty complicated even just reading about it. When the play is presented with no less than six kids playing the main character in turn and multiple versions of every other character as well it was truly a mindboggling performance. From the puzzled looks on the faces of the mum's around me and the quizzical 'Is K-kun in jail now?' 'What is S-chan supposed to be?' 'Is Y-kun a good guy or a bad guy?' flying around I have the feeling that the story is not well known here either.

The kids did well with pretty long and complicated lines though and looked very cute in their paper mache vegetable themed hats. And we all ooohed and ahhhed and sniffed and said 'look how big they got... it seems like yesterday they were going off to their first day of kinder....' which was the purpose of the day after all so mission accomplished, hey?

Two onions discussing something very seriously. I am pretty sure this is two onions and not one onion played by two kids talking to itself. Can't be sure though....


A group of lemons and cherries arresting and manhandling an onion and a potato while a peach looks on. The fruit were the wealthy oppressors.


Amy and the other two narrators.

The kids in the front row are the other 5yo class. Their play didn't have the political overtone but it wasn't about to lose on adult themes and complete lack of fun and frivolity- it was about a group of animals escaping the slaughterhouse as they were all past peak farm production.

Seriously, I sometimes wonder about preschool education here...



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Vicky さんのコメント...

School plays here are the maddest most mental moral exercises utterly confused by having a million kids play the same parts.

You didn't mention the man-catcher in your last photo!!!