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Reeling In The Decades 2009

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On the 16th and 17th December, the boys from 5th and 6th class performed songs from the 1960's, 1970's, 1980's and 1990's for pupils and parents. There were 4 seperate concerts; 2 matinees and 2 evening performances.

The boys had been working hard for the previous month, learning all the lyrics and dance moves, and a big thank you to all those who helped to prepare for the concert.

The procedes from the ticket sales, Ä1760, were donated to the local St. Vincent De Paul.

Big Congratulations to all the boys who took part;

5th Class: Mr. ” Broin's Class, Ms. Duignan's Class & Mr. Vance's Class

6th Class: Ms. Healy's Class, Mrs. Donnelly's Class & Mr. McGovern's Class

On Wednesday 16th & Thursday 17th December, the 5th & 6th classes did a show. It was based on four different decades the 60's, 70's, 80's and 90's.

My class (Mr ” Broin's) and Mrs Donnelly's were doing the 60's. Our songs were Daydream Believer made famous by the Monkees, Twist & Shout by the Beatles, Stand By Me by Ben E. King and Elvis' Blue Suede Shoes.

Ms Healy's and Ms Duignan's performed songs from the 70's; Amarillo made famous by Tony Christie, Video Killed The Radio Star by the Buggles and a number of Abba Classics. Mr Vance's and Mr Mc Govern's were doing the 80's and 90's, and they performed Uptown Girl by Billy Joel, Living On A Prayer by Bon Jovi, a Queen Medley and Time Of Your Life by Green Day.

We had to make our own costume to wear both nights. It was hard but fun to find the costume that fits. Some of us had tie-dye t-shirts, others got their costume from a charity shop. I made my costume. We also had rehearsals at 1 o'clock everyday.

The crowd cheered us on all the way through the 2 nights. It was one of those things I will always remember. It was a big hit with all the parents that were there. So I think that explains the 2 nights, also I hope you liked my summary of the night. Thanks for reading.

By Luke Whelan

Before Christmas, all the 5th and 6th classes in St. Cronanís put on a show called "Reeling In The Decades". We spent weeks practicing our Christmas songs. Mr ” Broinís and Mrs Donnellyís sang songs from the 60ís. We sang Blue Suede Shoes by Elvis, Day Dream Believer by The Monkees, Stand By Me by Ben E King and Twist and Shout by the Beatles.

Ms Duignanís and Ms Healyís sang songs from the 70ís. Mr Vanceís and Mr McGovernís sang songs from the 80ís like Living on a prayer.

We all dressed up in costumes; the 60ís had to wear hippy clothes, the 70ís had wear flared jeans, and the 80ís had to wear leather jackets and spiked up hair and guitars.

It was very hard work getting ready. Every class drew art work on a very big sheet of paper which we hung around the walls at the concert.

We performed the concert for half of the school in the morning; we got ready straight away when we came in the door. All the Dads and Mams and Grannys and Granddads came to see the concert on the 16th and the 17th of December.

It was a great success and we all went home tired and happy. The next day we were allowed come into school at 11am and we had a big party and sang carols.

By Ian Bracken

The hardest song to learn was probably Twist & Shout. We were always getting mixed up on the verses but I enjoyed it, and it was my favourite song to do because the actions were fun and it was really loud. Coming up to the concert we got the hang of it. The day time concert was grand, we performed for some of the classes in school, and was a bit of fun. On Wednesday night there was a bit more pressure because my family was there, but it was fine and it went really well, and the audience enjoyed it. On Thursday night we were used to it and we got to see Joven dance to Smooth Criminal, and he was unbelievable. It was an great experience and like what the teachers said; that we will remember this forever !

By Alan Kane

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