故事擂台 @唐城坊 Story Challenge @Chinatown Point

By , December 28, 2012 3:54 pm

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也许大家有所不知,“故事擂台”的诞生地就在牛车水,年份是2006!
所以我们在12月22日受邀来到唐城坊表演英语版的《故事擂台》时,有着满满的回忆。
Many would not know, but our unique Story Challenge format was first unveiled to the public in 2006 right at Chinatown itself!
So it seems somewhat nostalgic to be invited by Chinatown Point to perform our English Story Challenge show for them on 22 Dec 2012.

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表演之前:3位兴致勃勃的演员们都热烈地邀请在场的人群过来看热闹。
First up: Our 3 hyper-excited actors raring to get the show on, as they holler to one and all at the newly-renovated mall, to come and join in the excitement.

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首先登场的新编故事是“Toy Story”(《玩具总动员》),演员也充分地利用场地,一直跑上跑上舞台,很卖力的在演这独特的故事。
They performed a new version of “Toy Story”, and ran up and down the stage so that they effectively widen their space to include the audience.

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接着,观众提供了故事题目和小条件,来考考演员们当下即兴编故事的本领。他们只有5分钟来准备新编的故事哦!这次的题目是《3只痛苦的小猪》。故事中讲到3只猪无法逛街买圣诞礼物,因为遇到地铁故障、巴士司机罢工、还有乌节路淹水事件。的确是富有本地色彩的一个故事!
Next, audiences provide story topics and conditions for the actors to improvise and create new content on the spot – in just 5 minutes! They performed “The 3 miserable little pigs”, which had elements of thwarted Christmas shopping due to MRT delays, bus drivers going on strike, and the ponding issue in Orchard Road! A very local story indeed 

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最后,2位勇敢的小朋友也上台与演员一起讲故事。谢谢大家的热情!
And finally, we invited 2 courageous kids onstage to perform yet another improvisational story with the actors. Thank you for their spontaneity and enthusiasm!

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我们也就结束了一年“故事擂台”的活动。新年快乐!
With that, we conclude our Story Challenge outreach and shows for the year. Happy new year everyone!

*“故事擂台”是一项由实践剧场首创及主办,别具一格的即兴讲故事活动。“故事擂台”包括学校巡回演出、训练工作坊、全国比赛、社区演出等。预知详情,请浏览我们的网页:
www.practice.org.sg
cn.nationalstorychallenge.com

*Story Challenge is an original improvisational storytelling activity, created and organised by The Theatre Practice. The Story Challenge format has been developed into school assembly shows, training workshops, a nationwide tournament, community road shows, and more. For more information, please visit our websites:
en.practice.org.sg
www.nationalstorychallenge.com

儿童课程试一试! Crash a Course for children!

By , December 7, 2012 3:06 pm

假期到咯!在2012年11月25日星期天下午,在实践剧场的课室里,我们举行了儿童课程的免费试课。
It’s the holidays! On a recent Sunday afternoon on 25 Nov 2012, we had free trial classes for our children’s courses right here at The Theatre Practice!
那个星期天,不同于平时宅在家,家长和孩子们成群结队的来到四马路参与试课。
That Sunday, instead of lazing it away at home, several excited parents and kids trooped to Waterloo Street to take part in free trial classes.
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王老师在用一系列的活动带领同学们体验上戏剧表演课(10-12岁)的乐趣。他们吟诵了诗歌,又变形为椰子树、直升机,还有很多剧场游戏。一位家长也上前参与。
In our cosy studio, Teacher Wang guided 6 children through a series of activities in her Drama Class (10-12 years). They recited poems, and transformed themselves into “coconut trees”, “helicopters” and more in theatre games. See how one parent took part as well!
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还有艺术游戏课(4-6岁),红老师在做什么呢?通过一些简单的游戏,创意活动,让孩子都乐在其中。他们也学习了怎么集中注意的用眼看和用耳听。
For the Play in Arts (4-6 years) class, look at what Teacher Red is doing? Through some simple games involving bouncy balls and creative movement, the kids have lots of fun, while also learning the importance of focusing by using their eyes and ears carefully in class.
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还有故事银行课(7-9岁)上,小朋友们先专注的听周老师讲了一个故事,又继续参与游戏和绘画的活动。家长们也十分投入,下课后还继续与老师交流到忘了时间。
And in Story Banq (7-9 years), Teacher Zhou tells a story to the attentive children, and then they participate in follow-up activities such as games and drawing. Both parents and kids were so involved in the lesson that they continued drawing and talking to the teacher even after the lesson had ended!
若有家长对我们的课程感兴趣,可以拨打63372525询问,或者电邮至: TTPeducation@practice.org.sg。您也可以在我们的网站www.practice.org.sg/education/littlewindmills/上,找到更多资讯。
Parents who wish to know more about our courses can call us at 6337 2525, or email TTPeducation@practice.org.sg. Information is also available on our website: www.practice.org.sg/education/littlewindmills/
2013年的课程还在公开招生,第一学期的开课时间是1月5日。
We are still open for registration for classes for 2013! Term 1 starts on Sat, 5 Jan 2013.

与鱼尾狮、大熊猫、芒果恐龙和“呼啦圈特技演员”一起度过的奇妙一夜! A night with the Merlion, pandas, Mango dinosaur, acrobatic hula-hoopers and more…

By , December 6, 2012 6:51 pm

2012年11月22日星期四的夜晚,是一年一度的“小风车上台咯!”演出呈现之夜。
Thursday, 22 November 2012. It was the night that The Little Windmills Took the Stage for their annual presentation each year!
在此之前,同学们经过了好几个礼拜辛苦和勤奋的排练。若想了解更多内幕,不如先一瞥他们上课的样子。
The rehearsals were intense in the various studios at The Theatre Practice. Students practised diligently during their extended lessons in the weeks before the performance. Let’s take a quick look at their lessons first.
这是我们艺术游戏课(4-6岁)也就是年龄最小的班级。他们在用呼啦圈和弹力球做什么呢?
These are our youngest kids from the Play in Arts (4-6 years) class. What are they doing with hula hoops and bouncing balls?
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接下来,我们来看看大一点的班——故事银行课(7-9岁)。两班合并,一共18位同学一起创作的逗趣短剧!啊,看那3个活泼的男孩子正与4个可爱的女孩子对阵。他们是在玩,还是真的吵架?
Next, let’s move on to the older kids in Story Banq (7-9 years) classes. With both classes combined, there are a total of 18 children to put together a surely engaging skit! Ah, I see the 3 lively boys seemingly pitting themselves against 4 lovely girls. Are they having fun, or a disagreement?
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艺术游戏的红老师为了排演从未有过的开场和结尾用尽全身解数。看看这些热闹的图片——有梯子、饼干桶和竹竿等等——多么异常的搭配。
Teacher Red from Play in Arts class also put a lot of effort into rehearsing ALL the students for the Opening and Finale acts – something that we are doing for the very first time. Here are some exciting photos! With a ladder, biscuit tins and bamboo sticks… what an unusual mix:
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然后,大家前往月眠艺术中心准备正式演出啦!先化妆,梳头,打扮漂亮。哇~~小朋友们看上去如何?穿上“小风车”T恤的他们可以上台了吗?
Then it’s off to Goodman Arts Centre to prepare for the actual performance. First, put on the make-up and spruce up the hair! Awww, don’t the kids look all ready to go, especially all dressed in their new Little Windmills t-shirt?
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很快就到8点了,门关起来,家长和朋友们都坐下等待开演了。艺术顾问吴丽娟老师和教育与拓展总监梁晓端正在介绍课程规划和教育理念——让家长更明白孩子一年来的进展和问题。
Soon, it’s 8pm. The doors close, all family and friends are seated, and Artistic Advisor Mdm Goh and Education & Outreach Director Melissa take the stage to introduce the programme and philosophy of the courses. This helps to give parents a greater understanding of how the students have progressed through the year and the issues faced.
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在开场表演的打击乐非常生动,立刻活跃了全场气氛,为接下来的演出奠定基调。看孩子们灿烂的笑容!
The Opening Percussion segment is breathtakingly lively, and immediately sets the atmosphere for a euphoric start to the programme. Look at the brilliant smiles of the children!
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首先出场的是故事银行的同学!看他们各种角色的扮相多么生动——鱼尾狮、鳄鱼、猴子、蜜蜂、花朵、说书人和熊猫!配合着时下最流行的“江南Style”音乐,他们演的是邀请熊猫来新加坡的中国之行。
First up are the vibrant Story Banq kids! They look amazing all dressed up as the various creatures: From the Merlion, to the crocodile, monkey, bees, flowers, scholars and pandas! Tapping on the popular tune from Gangnam Style as their sound cue, they perform the journey taken to invite pandas to come visit Singapore.
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接下来是戏剧表演班的同学!他们表演了两个短剧,都以“一分钟”为主题。用简单又扎实的演技征服了观众。值得一提的是,两个剧本都完全由学生们自己创作,他们还自己动手制作了道具。
Next are the Drama Class students! They performed 2 different skits, both under the topic of “One Minute”, and dazzled us with their simple yet solid performances. Incidentally, both scripts were completely penned by the students themselves. They came up with the props on their own as well.
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最终,艺术游戏班的小同学出来了,吴老师带领几个男孩完成前段表演,她对家长强调——让孩子发展自己的潜能很必要,因此,应该看他们对于给出的指令如何反应和行动,而不是重复的训练他们单一动作。
Finally, we have the tiny kids from Play in Arts. Mdm Goh led some of the boys in one segment, and emphasised to parents on how it’s essential to let each child grow to his/her own potential. Hence, it’s important to see how they respond and act upon certain instructions, and less on drilling them to do repetitive motions.
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爸爸妈妈的快门一闪,全部同学的集体大合照,演出就此画上完美句点。
With the Finale nicely wrapping up the programme, all of us then come together for a group shot – with Daddy and Mummy’s cameras merrily clicking away.
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各位家长不要着急,我们会尽快电邮给大家如何获取演出照片和影像DVD的途径。
Don’t worry, we will email all parents shortly on how to access the performance’s photos and to order the DVD of the whole show.
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最后,观众们、同学们、老师们和工作人员们在剧院外的小小招待会上互相交流、分享。感谢大家与我们度过这美妙的一晚!
Lastly, all audience, students, teachers and staff adjourned outside for a small reception to further share their joy and experiences. Thank you for a magical night!
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