On its opening night, The Red Zora & Her Gang, a class play from Waldorf School Windhoek’s Grade 8s, impressed its audience with its sensitive portrayal of the adventures of Zora and a gang of children who live in a cave close to Walvis Bay, Namibia. To survive the children steal out of necessity. This brings them in conflict with the town’s residents who reject them except for Gorian, an old fisherman who decides to help the children.
The play also the story of the free Walvis Bay fishermen’s struggles against the fish factories’ control and their battle for the rights to fish without a license.
The play, performed in front of parents, students, and the general public, was hailed as one of the school’s best place, with one audience member calling it a “Great eight performance.”
The performance is the culmination of weeks of preparation from Barbara Stauffer-Meier (class teacher) and Tanya Terblanche (drama teacher) who have diligently encouraged, coached, and nurtured latent acting talent..
With performance and drama being key components of Waldorf’s education, it was rewarding for the two teachers to see their students put on such a dazzling display of acting prowess. One of the most important lessons taught by drama is the ability to express oneself, and through immersing oneself in a character one can learn empathy. Drama also teaches important aspects of communication and overcomes fears of public speaking.
With the Grade 8 class putting on an award-worthy performance, the entire WSW community cannot wait to see where these talented actors and actresses are headed to next. It is, however, certain that a great encore awaits them.