Kindness pays | Sunday Observer

Kindness pays

14 July, 2019

Be More Kind - the concert of St Thomas’ Preparatory School directed by Sanchitha Wickramasooriya and co directed by Lihan Mendis, Pasan Ranaweera and Sachi Gamage ended on a high note by setting an example to most school choirs.

The concert was beautifully choreographed by Umeesha Rajeendra. The 35 school choristers between 11 and 16 were backed by the amazingly talented young artistes Ranil Goonawardena, Tehani Tissera, Johann Peiris and Charith Fernando.

The backdrop of the show - a collage of personal photos of choristers and old boys of the choir, was an eye catcher. Almost every musical item of the show was choreographed with a short drama, hinting on interesting socio-political themes - parenthood, spirituality, class difference and generational gap relevant to adolescence.

The audience was mesmerised throughout by the talents displayed. The show was coupled with a few thought provoking speeches by the choristers which gave the spectators an insight to the show.

Be More Kind was the final step of a series of projects carried out for the past one year that got the choristers have group assignments such as learning to cook (via Giovanni’s Pizzeria, Waters Edge, the Sushi Bar and Bakes by Bella), taking care of pets (via Embark), growing and nurturing plants and delving into visual identity (conducted by Tania Warnakulasuriya). All these practical activities were introduced to the students to establish a deeper connection and understanding in their lives and to know what ‘kindness’exactly means.

Speaking to Youth Observer, director of the concert, Sanchitha Wickramasooriya said, “The concert was well received with people reflecting a lot on what kindness meant to them especially after reading about the children’s experiences with the elders, orphans and homeless and watching these experiences culminate on stage. It was truly moving and quite touching for us to see the appreciation of the audience throughout the performance,”

It was surely a treat for all those who witnessed Be More Kind which was full of vibrant energy and good vibes.

Kudos to the choristers and the team.