YMCA of Hong Kong Christian College
Theatre Arts Club members at YMCA of Hong Kong Christian College thrilled the audience last month with a delightful version of a Broadway musical.
Their production of The Music Man, with a cast of more than 120 students and teachers, delighted more than 1,000 people at the school auditorium during performances on April 8, 9 and 10. Primary and secondary school students saw another performance of the play on April 7.
Director Maureen Coulter said: 'The performing arts play a vital and essential role in developing students' confidence, problem-solving skills, language skills, creativity, self-discipline and teamwork. These are all attributes necessary for our young people as they begin their adult lives.
'The Music Man is a show requiring a big cast and a high level of singing skills and excellent stage craft. It has been hard work - as well as a great deal of fun- and we have made it. It has given our students and teachers a chance to work together as performers - a hallmark of our productions.'
The Music Man, by Meredith Willson, is set in a small town in Iowa, United States, in 1912. It tells the story of Harold Hill, a conman who arrives in River City and tells people he is going to set up a brass band for the children. But Hill falls in love with the town's librarian, Marian Paroo, leading to much hilarious action as he tries to keep one step ahead of the law.
School principal, Dr Nick Miller, said at the end of the performances: 'We see our school as being on the road to excellence, and trust that tonight our version of The Music Man will be another milestone on our journey to success.'
YWCA Hioe Tjo Yoeng College
'Social networking is a blessing to humans'. 'Gay marriages should be legalised in Hong Kong.' These were the topics for an intense inter-class debate at YWCA Hioe Tjo Yoeng College on March 30.
Each student had only one minute to present their argument, make rebuttals and answer questions.
Students from 6A and 6B were divided into four teams of 16 members. They debated over two rounds, with each taking the affirmative or negative stance.
After two hours, judges Mr Khader and Betty Bhownath announced that 6A won the first round and that 6B won the second.
It was impressive to see students stepping out of their comfort zone and coming up with their arguments as a team. The teamwork and preparation was excellent.
The debate boosted students' confidence and fluency in English. We are all looking forward to another challenging debate with teachers after the exams.
CCC Kei Yuen College
March 25 was a really exciting day for all the fourth-formers at CCC Kei Yuen College, especially our class, 4D, which was the winner of the inter-class drama competition.
As director, I was thrilled to know that our efforts finally paid off.
Initially, when we were told about the competition, we all thought it was an impossible mission. We only had two weeks to practise our play.
To be honest, the first week was quite frustrating because of the lazy attitude of our classmates. However, things changed dramatically in the second week. Everyone in the class started taking the play seriously and we were quite well- prepared to put on the show.
Unfortunately, on the day, a little technical problem occurred - the microphones did not work. However, the actors and actresses were calm and said their lines loudly. The judges and I greatly appreciated their performance.
All my classmates did a great job, including those handling the lighting and sound effects and the efficient backstage helpers. It proves team spirit is always the key to success.