“I believe arts education in music, theater, dance and the visual arts is one of the most creative ways we have to find the gold that is buried just beneath the surface. Children have an enthusiasm for life, a spark of creativity, and vivid imaginations that need training – training that prepares them to become confident young men and women.” (Richard Riley)

In Union’s ongoing bid to educate the whole child, the school staged ๐—” ๐—•๐—ฅ๐—œ๐—Ÿ๐—Ÿ๐—œ๐—”๐—ก๐—ง ๐—ฃ๐—ฅ๐—ข๐——๐—จ๐—–๐—ง๐—œ๐—ข๐—ก of โ€˜Encantoโ€™ last week, and on Thursday and Friday night, the audience was thrilled by excellent acting, singing and dancing that filled the packed hall!
With increasing demands on teachers to complete the syllabus in very little time, ๐™ฌ๐™š ๐™˜๐™ค๐™ข๐™ข๐™š๐™ฃ๐™™ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™ก๐™š๐™–๐™ง๐™ฃ๐™š๐™ง๐™จ, ๐™จ๐™ฉ๐™–๐™›๐™› ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™™ ๐™ฅ๐™–๐™ง๐™š๐™ฃ๐™ฉ๐™จ for all that they did to make the production such a success.
One only has to look at the faces in the photogrqaphs to see how our learners embraced and relished the roles they performed. It is wonderful to know that such talent is nurtured in our learners.
Unionโ€™s adaptation of โ€˜Encantoโ€™ could have held its own at any drama festival and those who were privy to the few hours of sheer energy, joyful song and dance, and clever witticism were in for a treat that way surpassed any regular high school production with Janet Kingwillโ€™s beautiful set design being the perfect backdrop to this Columbian-set tale.

The show was cleverly narrated by Matthew Basson who held the story together with excellent acting and clear enunciation.ย  In his likeable role as seรฑor Diego, Matthew told the story of a young girl, Mirabel Madrigal, who has to face life as the only member of her family without magical powers.

Asa Matross, who was aptly cast as Mirabel, delivered a splendid performance. Her execution of this sometimes vulnerable, sometimes comedic protagonist was remarkable, and the passion with which she fought and danced and loved and sang her way through the story made for many a โ€˜goosebumpโ€™ moment!
Finn Cilliers had the audience in stitches as Felix. Abuela Alma, the matriarch of the Madrigal family, was convincingly performed by Ayabulela Goliath, while the shapeshifting Camilo was played by Josh Arends, the perfect Isabela by Chloe Shires, the super strong Luisa by Brigette Oelofsen, the ostracized uncle Bruno by Arno Nell and the nurturing caretaker Julieta by Grace Merifield, among the many other excellent members of the cast.
๐—ง๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐—น๐—ถ๐—ฏ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐˜€๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐˜„๐—ฎ๐˜€ ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐˜๐˜€๐˜๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐˜๐—ต๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐˜†๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ, ๐˜„๐—ถ๐˜๐—ต ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐˜ƒ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐˜€ ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜€ ๐˜๐—ฎ๐—ธ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐—ณ๐—ณ๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐˜‚๐—น๐˜ ๐˜€๐—ผ๐—น๐—ผ๐˜€ ๐˜„๐—ถ๐˜๐—ต ๐—ฎ๐—ฝ๐—น๐—ผ๐—บ๐—ฏ.

Union is so grateful for the incredible vision of Mrs Avrille Putter who produced this fantastic show, backed up by Mrs Sanette Brink, the staff, and of course our wonderful thespians without whom, this would never have happened!

๐˜š๐˜ฐ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜บ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฑ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ฅ ๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ต๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ฃ๐˜ถ๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ช๐˜ณ ๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฆ๐˜ง๐˜ง๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ต ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ๐˜ธ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ฅ๐˜ด ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ด๐˜ฉ๐˜ฐ๐˜ธ ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ช๐˜ณ ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ถ๐˜ด๐˜ช๐˜ข๐˜ด๐˜ฎ ๐˜ธ๐˜ข๐˜ด ๐˜ค๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ญ๐˜บ ๐˜ท๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ช๐˜ฃ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ. ๐˜Œ๐˜ข๐˜ค๐˜ฉ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ด๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ธ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฐ ๐˜ธ๐˜ข๐˜ด ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ท๐˜ฐ๐˜ญ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ด๐˜ฉ๐˜ฐ๐˜ธ, ๐˜ธ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜บ ๐˜ธ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ต ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ข๐˜ค๐˜ฌ๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ข๐˜จ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ค๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ธ, ๐˜ข๐˜ค๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ, ๐˜ฑ๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ท๐˜ช๐˜ฅ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ถ๐˜ด๐˜ช๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ญ ๐˜ข๐˜ค๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฑ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ช๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ต ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ข๐˜ฌ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ถ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ด๐˜ค๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜บ, ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ๐˜ด ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ข๐˜ฑ๐˜ฑ๐˜ญ๐˜ข๐˜ถ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ง๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ญ๐˜บ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ข๐˜ฌ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ช๐˜ต ๐˜ข ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ง๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ฎ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ค๐˜ฆ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ.