To honor three of English famous poets, the English department of my school held another choral recital/speech choir as a part of "Festival of Music, Speech and Drama" on the third week of February. The participating levels for the speech choir were level 8, 10 and 11. For grade 10 classes, we were given a poem that set during Crimean War. The poem was written by Lord Alfred Tennyson and it talks about the courage and the loyalty of the Light Brigade.
The Charge of the Light Brigade
by Alfred Tennyson.
Half a league, half a league, Half a league onward, All in the valley of Death Rode the six hundred. "Forward the Light Brigade! Charge for the guns!" he said. Into the valley of Death Rode the six hundred. Forward, the Light Brigade!" Was there a man dismay'd? Not tho' the soldier knew Some one had blunder'd. Theirs not to make reply, Theirs not to reason why, Theirs but to do and die. Into the valley of Death Rode the six hundred. Cannon to right of them, Cannon to left of them, Cannon in front of them Volley'd and thunder'd; Storm'd at with shot and shell, Boldly they rode and well, Into the jaws of Death, Into the mouth of hell Rode the six hundred. Flash'd all their sabres bare, Flash'd as they turn'd in air Sabring the gunners there, Charging an army, while All the world wonder'd. Plunged in the battery-smoke Right thro' the line they broke; Cossack and Russian Reel'd from the sabre-stroke Shatter'd and sunder'd. Then they rode back, but not, Not the six hundred. Cannon to right of them, Cannon to left of them, Cannon behind them Volley'd and thunder'd; Storm'd at with shot and shell, While horse and hero fell, They that had fought so well Came thro' the jaws of Death, Back from the mouth of hell, All that was left of them, Left of six hundred. When can their glory fade? O the wild charge they made! All the world wonder'd. Honor the charge they made! Honor the Light Brigade, Noble six hundred!
We used several rooms on the 4th floor to practice during lunch, after school and during weekend. We were even late on two classes; we illegally took 20 mins of Chemistry period and 10 mins of Biology period (We're really sorry Ms. Whel and Mr. Jose. I personally feel bad about that) but gladly, everything went well. No hate, no tension and we could precede easily and comfortably *fiuh*
We didn't win the first place but hey, we won two awards:
3rd Place and Best Costume!
I was glad that my contribution and effort for my class as the choreographer were actually paid off. I felt so relieved that this time, I took a small but the right step. It took me almost a week to putting myself in the front line to be the choreographer and I finally did. I've always wanted to direct and choreograph something, that's what I did every time I locked myself in my bedroom aside from singing and moving around haha.
I still thought that we as a whole class and also I, as an individual, could've done better but hey, screw that thoughts, we had fun and no war was started, so I would like to thank everybody for giving me the chance to try as well as to be a bigger part of the class. Congratulations to Dany, as the director, Justina and Dey who made those cool props, Karina as the conductor, Dwita and Aurel who made us thrived among the other classes because of the costumes, and also the whole class!! Merit point is waiting.