Cracow, Wawel and the Dragon
Emceed by Margarete Kraemer and her co-compere, Smok, the programme started with a reading of the legend of the Wawel Dragon to enable the audience to follow the plot of the ensuing theatre piece. The story was re-enacted in Polish by children from the Polish Language School under the guidance of their teacher, Magdalena James.
The first half of the evening concluded with a Krakowiak dance, thus rounding off the Cracow focus of Part One with a melodious tune and a colourful display of costumes. (--> continue reading below slideshow)
Piano music by Polish composer Fryderyk Chopin was certainly the highlight of the evening. Magdalena James and Bethlehem College student Hector Fitzsimons each played two pieces, sharing the very essence of Polish romanticism in music with the audience.
The evening ended with a surprise birthday song, Sto Lat, for Marcin Polomka, father of four of the performing children, and the drawing of the raffle prizes – beautiful alabaster glass plates from Poland.
Event photos: Simi Merhar