Two Everyday P-12 School teachers are locked in a fierce battle over whose grade will perform Old Town Road at the end of year concert.
Drama and Arts teacher, Ms Ava Hollywood, is determined her Year 9 drama class will perform the Lil Nas X hit to the families in the audience. However graduate teacher, Mr Sam Hargreaves, is adamant his Year 3 class will be performing the song.
It’s the perfect song; the kids love it and instead of me making up dance moves they can just act out the lyrics.
Mr Hargreaves says he has a legitimate reason for selecting the tune. ‘It’s the perfect song; the kids love it and instead of me making up dance moves they can just act out the lyrics.’ The teacher went on to demonstrate his point, ‘You know, “ride my horse” and they can do this.’ He proceeded to hold his arm out and trot up and down. ‘Hat is matte black, got the boots that’s black to match.’ Mr Hargreaves then placed an imaginary hat on his head and began to pull on pretend riding boots before he was informed he’d more than made his point.
Ms Hollywood laughed at Mr Hargreave’s reasoning, ‘He’s so bad at choreography that he wants his students to act out the lyrics? He should get them to perform a Wiggles song.’ She also outlined why her group should have exclusive rights to the song, ‘I started planning this performance in March. There’s been choreography, rehearsals, lighting, make-up trials, costumes ordered and there will be a special equine appearance … do you know how long it takes to teach a horse to dance? On top of that it took three months of auditions to decide which student would play Billy Ray Cyrus.’
There’s been choreography, rehearsals, lighting, make-up trials, costumes ordered and there will be a special equine appearance … do you know how long it takes to teach a horse to dance?
Approaching Mr Hargreaves in the School Performance Centre (aka the stadium), Ms Hollywood tried reasoning with her colleague, ‘I offered to do all the choreography for any other song he wanted his class to perform,’ she said. ‘He tucked his thumbs into the front of his belt, did this ridiculous cowboy dance and sang the hook from the song, “Can’t nobody tell me nothing, you can’t tell me nothing”. Now he sings that every time he sees me.’
Principal, Mr James Matthews, was predictably unaware of the issue … and the song. ‘I wasn’t aware that the town of Everyday has an Old Town Road.’