'Matilda The Musical' - an absolute triumph for BISA!

This week saw the culmination of months of effort and hard work with BISA's production of 'Matilda the Musical' being performed to audiences in Nairobi, Arusha and Dar-Es-Salaam.

Based on Roald Dahl’s classic children’s book of the same name, Matilda follows Matilda Wormwood, a bright little girl who immerses herself in books. Matilda is discarded and belittled by her dimwitted parents—her father insists on calling her a boy and harps on her “stupidity” for preferring reading to watching the telly—and her hostile headmistress, the outrageous and wicked Miss Trunchbull. Reclusive, but with an ever-growing imagination and sharp mind, and with a caring protector in her teacher Miss Honey, Matilda dreams of a better life, daring to take a stand against unjust forces and to grasp her destiny in her own, tiny hands.

With a cast made up of everyone from Year 7 to Year 13, and an incredible set that was adapted for every different theatre as they toured, this truly was a whole school effort. The cast of eccentric, hilarious and sometimes truly outrageous characters were brought to life by our students and they did an incredible job. Their comic timing and commitment to character was truly delightful to watch.

The musical itself was written by Australian musician-comedian, Tim Minchin, and is filled with catchy songs like 'When I Grow Up', 'Revolting Children' and 'Miracle' which our students clearly loved performing alongside the huge amount of physical theatre and choreography.

The final result was a truly spectacular show that will remain in the memories of audiences and performers for years to come. An absolute triumph! Congratulations to you all.

'Matilda' Goes On Tour

It's an exciting two weeks for the BISA Performing Arts students who have taken their production of 'Matilda The Musical' on tour. They left for Nairobi on Friday and, on arrival at Braeburn Garden Estate, were quickly put to work unloading the set and getting into rehearsals.

Based on the famous Roald Dahl book, and with music and lyrics by Australian musician/comedian Tim Minchin, 'Matilda' tell the story of the extraordinary title character and her encounters with the nasty Miss Trunchbull, the delightful Miss Honey as well as a cast of colourful characters in her school and in her home.

This really has been a whole school effort and we can't wait to see you all perform back here in Arusha. See below for all performance dates here in Arusha, in Nairobi and in Dar-Es-Salaam. 

Carthage Women's Choir and Ibuka delight students at BISA!

Last Wednesday, Year 4, 5 and 6 had the privilege of hearing the Carthage Women’s Choir perform, alongside dancers from Ibuka Dance Foundation. CWC is a university choir coming from Wisconsin, USA.

They are currently touring with Ibuka, all around Tanzania. Our students were in awe of the stunning choreography and beautiful harmonies. It was a lovely showcase of local and international performers.

Preparations are in full swing for 'Matilda' - coming in February 2019!

The Secondary BISA touring production is always an eagerly anticipated event. Following the past few years of incredibly successful productions, we are looking forward to BISA's adaptation of the music 'Matilda'! Here is a word from Mrs Miranda Rashid, one of the production team, on how preparations are going.

"Although we only perform 'Matilda' at the end of January/beginning of February 2019, we start planning almost a year in advance, and rehearsals begin in September. For a musical such as 'Matilda' there are songs to be learned, lines to be perfected, set to be built and dances to be choreographed. Here are a few pictures of the rehearsals so far. Don't miss the actual performance!

Nairobi: 28th and 29th January 2019
Arusha: 31st January and 1st February 2019
Dar es Salaam: 3rd February"

BISA Arts Evening

The Braeburn Arts evening, at Monday 19th November, was a huge success. There were many different performances from our BTEC media, art, dance and drama students. The theme of this performing arts evening was a contrast between happy moments and dark topics, such as Josephine Kiaga's movie about domestic violence, our Art student's stunning drawings and paintings, the Year 10 and 11 Drama performances, a dance performance from our dance BTEC students and a dance from our future dance BTEC students, were all unique in their own way and had their own hidden meanings.  

The nervousness felt by our performers was completely gone once they entered the stage, introduced themselves and started to present their act, and they all stepped up and presented themselves as confident and strong.  Our Year 11 had two self-devised pieces: ‘Choices’, a story about a girl inside her mind and her choice to believe in negative or positive things which tackled many different emotions such as anxiety, anger and depression which lead to suicide, and ‘Malboro’, a story reflecting the struggle about street kids and children running away from their homes in Tanzania. It had a comedically twist on the sadness of their lives. These two pieces were made out of a stimulus, which can be a quote, picture or story heading and was enjoyed by the audience as well as the actors.                                                             

Our BTEC dancers showed us an incredible contemporary dance, which was about not talking life for granted and very strong relationships. It was the last performance of the evening and left a calm and peaceful atmosphere.

Everyone enjoyed themselves and did amazingly well. What a wonderful celebration of BISA Arts!