Wednesday, April 6, 2011

BIS #2356 IT'S COOL TO BE HOLY

KAPADVANJ, APRIL 6, 2011: On April 1, 2011, the aspirants of Don Bosco Vocation Centre staged a Musical Opera in English entitled “IT’S COOL TO BE HOLY”. It was scripted, choreographed and directed by our dynamic practical trainee Br. Royston Colaco who craftily knit together the lives of the young saints and blessed like Dominic Savio, Laura Vicuna, Zefferino Namancura, Maria Gorretti and John Berchmans and brought them on one platform to see how their lives could inspire a love for holiness.

The opera was glittered with a blend of soulful, sacred and contemporary music, electrifying dance sequences and youthful vigor. It was an amazing performance by our boys and what stands as credit to their achievement is that these are boys from the vernacular mediums who have completed barely nine months of the English Course conducted at our vocation centre. Also appreciable is the fact that in spite of being a meager ten boys, they stage-managed the show with astounding precision having had to be involved in all the dances, the drama, the backdrops and props transitions, besides donning multiple roles.
Besides the Opera, the aspirants had a firsthand exposure to singing the choir piece Whispering Hope, and also to the taste of Instrumental Harmony in which they played THOU ART WORTHY and O MAA MARIAM.The show was graced by the presence of the Coadjutor Brothers of the Mumbai Province together with the Provincial, Fr. Michael Fernandes who was the Chief Guest. Also present were the Salesians, the Salesian Sisters, Fathers and Sisters of the Deanery, parishioners and friends. Every single person who witnessed the show expressed their appreciation and awe at what they described as a fantastic, beautiful, and enjoyable performance.

It was edifying and encouraging experiencing the sense of solidarity among the communities in the Gujarat region who generously shared their confreres, stage, light, sound, and costume equipment for the show.

Our Congregation is emphasizing the need to promote Salesian Youth Spirituality as the Spirit infusing the Salesian Youth Movement. This year has also been declared as the International Year of Youth. In this light, our production is a small effort to inspire youngsters to youthful sanctity.

Congrats to Br. Royston, the boys, and the confreres of the community who were single minded in their efforts at communicating the beautiful message of ‘Youthful Holiness’ so originally, creatively, and effectively.

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