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Posted by portugalpress on January 03, 2018

The Vale Verde International School (VVIS) in Burgau was at its most creative during the run up to the holidays with its seasonal entertainment.

On December 12, the Secondary department put on a gala concert featuring its 50-strong band of instrumentalists and singers who performed a whole range of solo and ensemble items varying from classical works by Beethoven, Pachelbel and Paganini to film music and traditional Christmas carols.

There was something to please all the audience which included everyone from very young children to grandparents. The quality of performance reflected the fact that many of the students take ABRSM music examinations. On the following evening, a small contingent of soloists took part in the carols service at Luz church.

On the penultimate day of term, it was the turn of the younger children to perform their annual bilingual nativity play under the inspired direction of Victor Torcato, a drama/art specialist at VVIS.

“With the continued expansion of the school, it has naturally proved a tall order for the show director to accommodate everyone, but the result created pride amongst the performers and parents alike as it allowed total involvement by the whole Primary sector,” said assistant director Roger Foreman.

“Anyone imagining the Bible story of Jesus’ birth, and its human and animal witnesses, will only be recognising an element of this spectacular production which actually managed to incorporate in the script, Santa Claus and his little helpers, Dickensian characters such as Scrooge and the ghosts, a recycled Grinch (from last year) and even an allusion to the seven dwarfs amongst the cast of 45 performers!

“The sub-plots were ably sewn together by the confident narrators. The costumes, make-up and sets complemented the originality and quality of the production which was punctuated with some fine episodes of music/choreography ranging from ‘Three Kings Rap’ to the more traditional ‘Twelve Days of Christmas’ - a tremendous and clever production!”