All The World’s A Stage
All the world’s a stage,
And all the men and women merely players;
They have their exits and their entrances,
And one man in his time plays many parts,
His acts being seven ages.
- William Shakespeare from, As you like it
From the age of two Kiphas loved to sing and make music.He has had the ability as he got older to add words to tunes and vice versa.It came apparent that he was a very intelligent little boy and I thought he might be a rocket scientist (that is an actual job you know) or an extreme mathematician (I made that job up).
For the last two years he has become obsessed with Britain’s Got Talent, X-Factor and Glee.He auditoned for the school choir two years ago and got a place.This was shortly after the school had won this area’s primary school Last Choir Standing competition.After a while he became bored and was thinking of leaving.He said most of his peers were getting to sing solo parts but he wasn’t.I told him to give it until the end of the school year.
Last year when he was in year 4 (8/9 year olds) he auditioned for the part of Charlie Bucket for the adapted version of Charlie and the chocolate Factory, ‘The Golden Ticket’.
He didn’t get the part.
He got the part of Willy Wonka.
He stole the whole show and I had mums, dads and teachers come up to me saying how brilliant he was for weeks after that.
And yes, I cried.
Due to the high quality of the performances of the children, the head teacher set up an after school drama club.Run by a qualified drama teacher 30 pupils signed to the classes.I’m fortunate to have the classes paid for by our local council as I’m entitled to ‘Free Time’.Kiploves it and is doing the classes along with the debate club last year and last term he joined the school newspaper, which is a new school adventure.
Last month the school entered the Last Choir Standing (it didn’t run last year) competition along with 5 other primary schools in the area.
His school won.
I’m terribly proud of him as he doesn’t hold back on his imagination and I have had to put with him practising his American accent (all his friends do it) and love to hear warble Lady Gaga as he washes up the dinner plates in the evening.
He’s not afraid to make a fool of himself either. This is him dressing up for Sport Relief.It was his idea for the costume and I did his make up.Whilst all his friends turned up in their sports gear to do their mile around the school field.
Kipdressed like this.
What do you think? A star in the making?
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