ONLY six weeks ago the students and teachers of Portlaoise College gathered together to make plans to produce a show.
Many ideas were thrown into the mix including Annie, Grease and My Fair Lady.
However, wanting to be unique and be fully involved, the transition year students and five teachers from the school sat and wrote their own script.
Ms Alex, French teacher, put forward the idea of showcasing different countries, and so the title ‘Around the world in 80 minutes’ was born.
The plot of the show displayed many surprises. Four girls set out to travel the world together with the hope of experiencing all that is good in each of the countries they visit.
In England the legendary Mary Poppins gave advice about how to take medicine, while England’s own Roald Dahl’s Oompa Loompa’s came to give their own bit of advice too.
Moving forward to France, a live Mona Lisa amused the audience with funny faces while the real essence of France romance was paraded.
In Africa, fantastic dancing routines were performed with music by Shakira - Waka Waka (This Time For Africa). One cannot envisage scenes of Africa without recalling the childhood memories that is The Lion King.
With very talented singers, Leanne Talbot and Ciaran Farrell singing the Circle of Life, the scene was reproduced and enjoyed by all.
Following Africa, the four girls travelled into India experiencing the religion, markets and spices and of course the very gifted Bollywood dancers, and all this in just act one. The show was a great success, and no doubt plans are underway at the school for the students’ next performance.