And so it was that Jon and I performed Monty Python's famous "Argument Sketch" for our students and their parents and fellow teachers. Note that the greatest burst of applause we receive is the moment we first show our faces. God, we're terrific.
The rest of English Night 2010 (actual title: English Festival 2010: The Evening) was, like most things our best students do, not just super-cute but very impressive. From our honored guest third-row seats we were privileged to witness an epic retelling of the final scenes of Pirates of the Carribean III (so epic as to bring to mind the last scene of Rushmore), a lip-bitingly cute a cappella version of "That's Not My Name" (fun fact: did you know that the Ting Tings named their band after one of their Chinese friends (婷婷 Tíngtíng)?), and a passionate redubbing of the argument scene from The Break-Up, which includes a double-mention of the word "prick", which, lest the administrators in the audience forget, is a naughty, naughty word. Plus, the headmaster (who, apparently, annually regales everyone with an English speech despite his not being able to speak English) switched it up this year with a soulful, not-quite-on-the-beat-or-even-consistently-off-it rendition of "Edel Weiss". I wish I could have recorded it all for your viewing pleasure, but I told our cameragirl Serena to save memory card space in case our skit got a six-minute standing ovation plus triple encore. It didn't but, you know, gotta plan ahead.