(The muhibbah spirit starts early – Indian, Malay and Chinese kindergarten kids as one Malaysian)
Last week, we attended a concert by my mom’s kindergarten. She works there as a helper and we tagged along as she need transport and also it was an opportunity to expose my son to such event.
As I was watching the kindergarten concert, I reflected back on my own involvement in school concerts. Although I was mainly involved as a back stage helper (the most wanted job back then was the job of pulling the stage curtains for each performance) for most of school concert, 3 particular concerts stands out in the list of concerts I was involved.
1. Kindergarten: Year 1979
I was “forced” to get involved in the concert – 6 of six to do some stupid dance. What I remember very clearly was the part where the teacher putting on lipstick on every one of us before the performance. Of course I resisted but being small, I could not fight off the teacher and I ended up have the “yucky” lipstick on my lips. However, it did not stay for long as I conveniently wiped it off my friend’s white jippa while we were lining up to come up to the stage (sorry friend…it was a do or die situation back then)
2. Standard 5: Year 1984
I was roped in by my wacky classmates to present “break-dance” for the year’s concert. I still remember my class teacher telling us that he is ok with the idea as long as we don’t break own necks in the process. We had some “crash” course on how to do the “break-dance” by one of class-mates’ brother and we spend couple of hours watching the some break-dance movies to get tips and more importantly to learn new moves. Even though, our practice sessions were difficult – rushing to my friend’s house for practice after school, it was worth it because it ended to be the best performance in the concert for that year.
3. Form 3: 1988
We did a short sketch based on the movie “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” where I played one of the cowboys in the bar that got shot by the bad guy who in turn will be killed by the “hero”. My class monitor, who was also the head prefect, came out with this idea. On the concert day, he narrated the story to the audience while the rest of us played out the story. The climax was when the bad guy (played by my good friend Jayanathan) was shot – he died in slow motion – doing funny movements in the process. It was so funny because it was done without any preparation.
In few years time, my son will be having his own kindergarten concert and I am sure he will have his own story to tell about it. Until then, reflect back on yours and see which part you played in your school concert.