CTMT 2010: Rehearsals Part 1

The last couple of days have been really busy, with all the preparations for the Cape Town Military Tattoo 2010 at the Castle of Good Hope in the city centre. Have a look here for some pictures of the work being done on the arena, which included the erection of the lighting towers, the wiring of the lighting and sound equipment, the construction of the seating stands, etc. Over the weekend, the various groups of performers and marching bands arrived, some having traveled from far outside Cape Town, and thus the intensive rehearsals in the main arena were able to kick off on Saturday afternoon.

I spent the day at the Castle and took some photos of the rehearsals of the SA Navy Sea Cadets, the Drill Squad from the Western Cape Schools Marching Drill and Exhibition Association, the dancers from the Celtic Dance Tapestry, and the Drum Majorettes of Curro Private School.

To give you a bit of a taste of what will happen at the Tattoo, here are some pics I took on the day. Enjoy! 😀

Some General Photos

SA Navy Sea Cadets

The SA Navy Sea Cadets are a group of school-going youngsters who train on weekends and after hours, under the guidance of staff from the SA Navy. Their training does not only consist of basic discipline and drill, but also includes seamanship, navigation, engineering, communication, catering and leadership.

Celtic Dance Tapestry

It was lovely to see the beautiful lasses of the Celtic Dance Tapestry (which was known as the Alexander School of Dance in 2007 and 2008) returning to the Tattoo again this year. Their school, which is based in the southern suburbs, teaches Scottish Highland and Irish dancing.

Western Province School Marching Drill and Exhibition Association

The Drill Squad is made up of learners from various schools around the Western Cape, including primary schools and high schools in Mitchell’s Plain, and high schools in Manenberg, Beaufort West and the Strand.

In their mid-term holidays in September 2010, the members of the Drill Squad had attended a training camp with the SA Army Band Western Cape, where they received intensive training from the professional soldiers and musicians of the Band. I wrote a couple of blog posts about this, which you can find here:

Curro Private School Drum Majorettes

The prize for the cutest and most energetic participants of the CTMT 2010 definitely has to go to the Drummies of Curro Private High School from Durbanville. The team consists of girls aged between 8 and 13 years, and they train three times a week, with Miss Candice Combrinck and Miss Leanne Beattie. Despite the hot weather, the girls jumped and danced, threw their batons high, and twirled their flags, with seemingly boundless energy, and big joyful smiles. They were absolutely delightful to watch!

And with that it was time for me to head home, download the photos and do a write-up for the blog.

And charge the batteries and clean the lenses for the next day. 🙂

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