Schools On Stage
Updated: May 29, 2022
In 1910, each of the three Kinglake district schools held a concert.
At Kinglake West, on Friday 22 April, after many weeks of practice, the scholars presented at lengthy program which was 'up to the standard of the most critical' and 'worthy of greatest commendation' according to the report in the 'Evelyn Observer' on 29 April 1910. Mr Thomas Dickson was the Head Teacher at that time and he was assisted in preparing the children's items by Mrs Christie and Mrs Scott, two of the parents who trained the children in singing and 'fancy dancing'. Other mothers 'entered enthusiastically into all dressing arrangements', producing everything from Japanese kimonos to sailor suits, and also a 'sumptuous repast' after the concert.
The program lasted three hours. Special highlights were 'Swing me Up A Little Higher', a song by Isabel Salisbury and Karl Muller, for which a 'temporary swing was erected on the stage with the ropes adorned with ivy', and the whole school joined in the chorus. Two 'little tots' with 'innocent faces' from the Beginners Grade recited 'Our Baby' and were 'too young to be self-conscious'. Jim Salisbury, 'with stockings down, trousers creased and laces undone', sang 'The Tardy Scholar'. The whole school presented a 'drill', each child with cylindrical blocks of wood with ribbons of red, white and blue and bells fixed', which was 'accurately done and gave a lively effect'. The older girls sang 'Japanese Fan', with appropriate costumes and actions, and 'Won't You Buy My Pretty Flowers?', 'each pair of singers in a large semi-circular arch of ivy entwined with flowers', and the boys sang 'Friends', a piece written with references to local events including the nearby saw mill's traction engine, 'The Terror of the Road'. The last item was an operetta which involved all the children and ended with 'Oh, Things Were Very Different In Our Young Days' which was much enjoyed by the audience.
Kinglake Central school concert group c1910