LTM PANTOMIME 2012/13 SKOOLAZ
One of the Little Theatre Movement’s most remembered Pantomimes is “Schoolers” which looked at the high schoolers of that generation and the issues which they faced. First staged in1989 and then updated for 1995, the LTM is once again bringing our younger generation, the internet-generation, into focus. The storyline of “Skoolaz” is substantially different for this staging of the 72nd Pantomime but still brings the expected fun and underlying message that LTM productions are known for.
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The story is set in the vicinity of two high-schools – Manus Rulus Academy, an all male school with a long, proud tradition of excellence and the Sunlight Finishing School for Ladies, where girls are ladies and ladies wish they were girls. The Principals and staff of both schools are facing the challenges of today’s youth and are making every effort to turn out worthy students into the wider society. The students have their own way of looking at the world. While some are intent on studying hard and doing their best, there are others who are more interested in socialising and finding an easy path to riches in the near future.
Watching the students and the school staff are members of the School Gate Vendors Association led by Miss Ina who provide the students with their daily needs, words of encouragement and reminders of the school rules when necessary. Miss Ina is particularly supportive of her adopted Jameeka who would give anything to be admitted into a prestigious school like Sunlight. Her only way in is to study hard and pass a scholarship test which would give her a place at her dream school. While Jameeka is focussed on that goal, Miss Ina’s grand-daughter Platinum, who is indulged by her mother Angela, only dreams of when she will become a world-famous fashion model – studying and homework are an annoyance.
When a wealthy past student of Manus Rulus Academy gives a monument to his alma mater there is much excitement on the school grounds. It does not escape the attention of a rapping scoundrel Scrappa Rappa, the fastest scrap metal scavenger around. But there is more to the monument than meets the eye and when the story come-to-bump, students, staff and vendors will all have to work together to preserve their schools and keep the traditions of the past intact.