Ancient stories brought to life

INDIGENOUS elders watched as spirit healers weaved to tribal tones at the launch of yesterday's Perth Primary School production.

Perth Primary School ‘‘tribal healers’’ Jordan Grant and Eden Arrieta-Shadbolt. Picture: PAUL SCAMBLER

Perth Primary School ‘‘tribal healers’’ Jordan Grant and Eden Arrieta-Shadbolt. Picture: PAUL SCAMBLER

A stunning cardboard backdrop, pupil-made costumes and impressive lighting treated audiences to the school's afternoon opening of Tribe.

Perth Primary School music teacher Sarah Stagg said all pupils from grades 1 to 6 were engaged in delivering the performance.

Mrs Stagg said the musical production, written by Matthew Perry, had been developing for the past 1½ terms.

"What we've been doing is looking at the first people all around the word," she said, watching the spirit healers dance.

"For the spirit healer dance, the children used YouTube to research movements from healer dancers to incorporate in the production."

Mrs Stagg said a group of children dressed as tribe elders watched from the side of the stage and helped narrate the story.

Two choirs and a range of musicians of difference ages were also involved in delivering the show, which will be held again at 1pm and 6pm today.

Mrs Stagg said an overwhelming response by parents and friends of the school would see tonight's event sold out.

"Everybody has pulled their weight and are very, very excited," she said.

"The whole school sings."

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