On Saturday, 25th February, another very successful Creative Arts Day was held at Lochinver. The boys arrived at 10am with plenty of enthusiasm for Art, Drama and Music. The groups worked separately and then came together at 7pm in the evening for a performance for family and friends.
The theme this year was Friendship. Two boys named Ed and Marty had to say their farewells after meeting up on a wonderful holiday on the Narrow Boats. 'Bridge Over Troubled Water' was played very sensitively by the Music Group as the two boys had to leave. Marty lost touch with Ed and decided to spend some time trying to trace him, thirteen years later. Marty had trouble in tracking Ed down and the reason was that Ed had been in trouble with the police and had been falsely accused of stealing. The family had been shamed into moving away. The man who knew the truth and had witnessed the real culprit stealing the money, finally revealed Ed's innocence and the friends were re-united and stayed in touch for the rest of their lives.
Marty's journey and search for his friend took him to a lively Fete in a village alongside the Canal. Here we were treated to a lively piece of music as the Music Group played an animated 'In The Mood'. The Villagers found themselves joining in with great dancing skills. They were all trying to win the prize of £200 for the Dance Competition. After he had left the Fete, Marty's search to find Ed took him to a Hotel. Here, he was met by an unfriendly atmosphere due to the Hotel not organizing the main Concert properly for the next evening. A piece of slightly eerie music from Aladdin set the scene very well here, played superbly by the Music Group. In the last scene we saw the two friends re-united while a delicately played reprise of the first piece of music was heard which gave the scene a clearly defined poignancy.
The Art Group painted and displayed a very imaginative Narrow Boat which was colourful and creative. They provided exciting posters to entice more holidaymakers to book Narrow Boat Holidays. They also came up with the all-important cake for the 'Guess the Weight of the Cake' competition. The improvisations and acting skills from the Drama Group were realistically portrayed. The many skilful and varied characterisations combined with clear speaking voices enhanced the piece greatly. The audience seemed to enjoy the whole performance with great enthusiasm. The hard work was certainly all worthwhile as it was, indeed, a very successful day for all of us and many thanks should go to Mrs Harrison, Mrs Hills and Mrs Heath-Walker.