Our Lady of Carmel High School, Curtorim, staged their tiatr, Io Re Io Re Pausa, on the third day of the first All Goa Inter-School Tiatr Competition, held at Ravindra Bhavan, Margao.
ABOUT THE TIATR
The tiatr, penned and directed by Fr Milagres Dias, revolves around a differently-abled child, who despite all odds, tries to cope with different situations in life.
Russel (Russel Mascarenhas) is the differently-abled child and it is worth watching the upbringing of this special child in the family. Russel has Ricky (Luciano Rodrigues) and Nikita (Laneesa Malanie Mascarenhas) as his parents, who are understanding and supportive.
On the other hand, there is Rita (Roseeta Carvalho) and her three children, Valanco (Valanko Joseph Rebello), Cia (Meara Angel Mascarenhas) and Kayden (Cayden D’Mello). Rita’s husband is abroad and supports the family financially.
Ricky and Nikita accept their differently-abled child as God’s gift and try to inculcate in him a love for plants and nature. But, the neighbour’s children consider Russel as useless and often tend to make mockery of him.
In the end, what is Russel’s fate? Will he be able to grow and come up in life in the midst of love and care from his parents and the mockery that haunts him from the neighbours? What is the end result? Who comes out victorious?
BEHIND THE SCENES
The tiatr, Io Re Io Re Pausa, carried a good storyline, but appeared to be disconnected from the title. It had no connection or semblance whatsoever.
All the child artistes on stage have enacted their respective roles with ease and confidence. Russel Mascarenhas, as the differently-abled child, has enacted his character quite naturally.
The consolation provided by Laneesa Mascarenhas, as his mother, is impressive. These two siblings have a good background of acting in zomnivhele fell during Carnival and hence the confidence is displayed on stage.
Valanko Joseph Rebello, Meara Angel Mascarenhas and Cayden D’Mello were roped in for the comedy, and although Cayden was also in the negative role, the trio tried to tickle the funny bone of the audience.
In the singing section, there were songs in all the categories and the singers gave their best in their respective renditions. The live music, led by Senon D’Souza (first trumpet) and his team – Nolvert Cota (second trumpet), Sammy Braganza (trombone), Fr Lin (saxophone), Nevil Cardozo (keyboard), Casmiro Rodrigues (bass) and John de Maddel (drums) offstage – boosted the morale of all the singers with a good musical score.
As per the norms laid down for the competition, there were seven podd’dde and four cantos included in the children’s tiatr.
Ellis D’Costa was the set designer while Vishal Sawant worked on the background music. Gorakshanath Rane was entrusted with the light effects and he executed them effectively.
Swetha Fernandes and Meckline Cardozo shouldered the responsibilities of the costumes and makeup respectively.