Penryn Pre-School play teaches that beauty is not skin deep

MBOMBELA – A roaring lion here and a trumpeting elephant there. This is how the play of Penryn Pre-School unfolded on Tuesday morning and Wednesday evening.

Though the audience quickly learned that these glorious animals were not the main focus of the play, but rather a different group of animals called “The Ugly Five”.

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The play is based on the eponymous book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, although the animals were changed. It tells the story of how the popular animals are mean to the so-called ugly ones, but how everybody finds their place in the end.

“Our ugly five were a hadida, warthog, crocodile, hyena and wildebeest,” said director of the play and teacher, Tammy Clarke.

“We wanted to create awareness of animals and also teach children that all animals and people are beautiful even if they look different,” Clarke said.

The children on the stage were between the ages of two and six.

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“Some of these children have never even been on a stage before and we are very proud of them for putting on such a stunning performance,” Clarke said and added they were “also extremely proud of the grade Rs who spoke during the play”.

Welcome to Penryn Pre-School's concert called "The Ugly Five"

Posted by Laevelder / Lowvelder on Tuesday, 4 September 2018

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Arisa Janse van Rensburg
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