Imagine a William Shakespeare work presented with elements of Bollywood, Broadway and folk music.
What you get is a feast of theatre and music — just like the one at the Sanskriti School, Chanakyapuri, on Friday.
The highlight was a novel rendition of the Bard of Avon’s comedy, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, by the students of classes 8 to 11.
“If music be the food of love, play on.” That rousing opening line of the Shakespearean play Twelfth Night aptly described the magic woven by soothing music and robust performances as Sanskriti students presented the tale of tender romance, pain and betrayal.
As the event approached its high point, the mood turned electric, drawing loud applause from the audience. In a fitting finale, Principal Abha Sahgal rose up from the audience, hopped on to the stage and matched the performers’ steps.
Later, lauding the excellent performances by the students as well as the efforts put in by members of the staff, Sahgal said: “Even Shakespeare would have been proud of this, if he was alive. There was innovation in each step.”
The smile on the face of management guru and noted author Gurcharan Das, who was the chief guest, seemed to indicate that he was in agreement with the principal’s remarks.
The performance was part of Sahitya Sangam, the school’s four-day annual cultural celebrations from November 25 to 28. The opening day featured an adaptation of Roald Dahl’s Matilda by Class 6 students.