After the stressful rounds of final year exams, students finally get to relax a little and take part in all sorts of post-exam activities… such as our Story Challenge and Drama workshops, plus exciting school shows!
The Theatre Practice Education Project has been hurrying from school to school these past few weeks to bring the fun of storytelling, improvisation and drama to students.
We brought our Body-Mind Movement workshop to the eager Sec 1 students of Raffles Institution, where our bubbly teacher, Wah Wah, guided them to loosen up their bodies, open up their imagination, and form small groups to quickly create devised short pieces based on given topics.
Our teachers also went to Chung Cheng High (Yishun), and guided 2 classes of Sec 1 students in our Chinese Story Challenge workshop. Teacher Ric challenged students to act out a short “relationship” with a simple chair – to have no fear in trying, and not be afraid of “failing”. And Teacher Darius probed students into leading one another into different scenarios, and demonstrated amazing ways that a few chairs can be turned into literally anything: such as at a concert, audience, barriers, in an lift, and more.
Every year, a group of students from Nan Hua High would come on an immersion workshop to The Theatre Practice itself, as part of their Bicultural Camp. This year, Teachers Ric and Darius led them onto a whirlwind Chinese Story Challenge workshop as part of their overall “Storytelling” theme. See how they can sell anything, even an old tambourine! And what happens when Lady Gaga meets Jay Chou?
We also went to Ang Mo Kio Primary, where we train their regular Chinese Drama CCA groups from Primary 2-6. This time round, they invited us to conduct a 2-day enrichment camp for both CCA members and interested students. The super excited kids loved the freeze-frame activities by each small group, and the older kids kept us guessing with their fairytale-themed stories with alternate endings. Who said that Cinderella has to be the good girl?
On the performance front, we had gigs for quite a few school shows too! There’s the classic war tale of Calling the East Wind, from the legendary story of Romance of the Three Kingdoms. Chinese history was given a fresh spin with modern humour and jokes by our 4 talented and hilarious actors. The interactive show also saw Millennia Institute students join in for segments such as “shooting swords at the enemy ships”, and “crossing the bridge”.
接着， 《我要上天的那一晚》 在德喇撒学校漂亮又复古的校园上演，小学的同学们在看着小王子与“我”继续探索的同时，折出朵朵纸玫瑰花，写下片片字条。
Next, we performed Day I Met the Prince at the lovely old-school campus of De La Salle School. The primary students folded paper roses and wrote simple messages for us to keep as they watched the Prince go on his quest with “I”.
我们也刚在国大附中演出了英语故事擂台，同学们非常出色，完全地投入，给了我们许多有趣的题目，譬如“Iron Man”、“911”、“Insert Name Here”。还列下苛刻的条件如“故事里不可以有人讲话”还有“每句话都要押韵”。特别是最后一个条件，让我们所有人都捧腹大笑，就是演员们每句话都用“lah“”wah“或者“ahhh”结尾……
And we just had our English Story Challenge show at NUS High as well! The students were magnificent – they were totally engaged, giving us lively topics such as Iron Man, 911, Insert Name Here, and conditions like “No one is to talk in the story” and “Every sentence must rhyme”. The last condition, especially, had all of us erupting into laughter with tears, as the actors tried vainly to end each sentence with a “lah” or “wah” or “ahhhh” to meet the challenge. Kudos to all students!
As we move onto 2013, we will continue to bring our drama workshops, courses and shows into all schools, for both English and Chinese languages, so teachers, stay tuned for our brand new Education Booklet for more information!