14 Music Review

posted Dec 5, 2018, 8:58 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Dec 5, 2018, 9:02 AM ]

'You will never grow old'

A Sunday church announcement that the musical "You will never grow old" was being staged by St Vincent de Paul parish, Chuim, Khar, to commemorate its Platinum Jubilee, scripted and directed by Fr Austin Norris, Parish Priest, evoked my attention and interest. I have known Fr Austin well for years, and I knew of his skills as a preacher and orator, but I was not aware of his dramatic abilities as well, and I decided that I must go and see the show. Staged on November 17-18, 2018, it proved to be a delightful experience.

Let me say at the very outset that it was not a classic production of any high standard, but what made it remarkable was that it was a parish team effort, involving simple, common people—many of them apparently on stage for the first time in their lives, but participating with verve and zest, and in a spirit of joy and gay abandon, which was refreshing.

The musical revolved around the familiar theme of an elderly couple, Eliza and Henry, on the verge of celebrating their Golden Wedding, reliving their past, as they take a swift nostalgic flight down Memory Lane, pausing to recall some of the major milestones in their married life. The couple—Eliza (played by Marian Pereira) and Henry (played by Rudolph Alves) were both very down to earth people, who performed in a very natural manner, with confidence and zest, and did justice to their roles. Eliza's tolerance of some of her aging husband's unpleasant habits was especially delightful.