by Emmalee Bialis (yr10)
photos by M. Gowland (staff)
On Sunday the 17th of May, some one obviously didn’t check the forecast as the music program had set up a busking spot at the growers green, which was pouring down with rain. Singers and players alike braved the wet and cold to put on a performance for the people at the growers green market.
Buskers set up at nine, which at the time wasn’t too bad, as the weather wasn’t at its worst. But as time went on, so did the weather, appearing and disappearing trying to dampen us with its rainstorms. I’m pretty sure at one point there was lightning. Students in years 7 to 10 showed their commitment and stamina, performing with gusto. Some students, not in the music program, helped with enthusiastic support, even joining in occasionally.
All did well despite the poor weather. All students earned a little busking money from the crowd and all earned respect for their commitment. The crowd showed loyalty above and beyond because when their tent started collapsing and blowing away, they stayed…and stayed…and applauded…which is more than I can say for the busker at the other end of the markets.
Music Coordinator, Mike Gowland, in defence of the dodgy timing, said that “we had this on the calendar long before we knew we were in a for drenching. It’s a good lesson though; the show must go on. What was really gratifying was to see the enthusiastic support the poor rain-soaked parents provided: a tough and constructive day for all”.
In the end, we succumbed to the weather and packed up, wet but a little wiser for the experience. It’s probably safe to say that Mr Benese’s case – which was collecting the money – will never be the same again.