[SCMP Archive] An Evening of Artistic Revels
[First published on Mar 09, 1986] High school students at the Hong Kong International School revealed their hidden talents recently at a Gong Show which they organized in their school chapel.
“Actually this is a comedy talent show,” said Adam Levowitz, organizer of the show.
“This is something new and exciting. Before, we usually staged shows at a more serious level, but this time we intended to give ourselves a whole evening of joy and fun.
“Another purpose of the show was to raise money for the junior and senior prom,” he added.
Three teachers were invited to be adjudicator during the show and were given the right to strike the gongs whenever they disliked any of the acts. This happened seven times that evening. By Theresa Li
Despite that, the audience thoroughly enjoyed the 20 act show especially the one put on by the school’s principal, Mr Arnie Holtberg, who sang Beauty School Dropout, a song from the popular musical film Grease.
“This was the first time I sang in front of the students in the school,” said Mr Holtberg.
“And as the entire evening was meant to be fun, I thought it would be very entertaining to have a song about school dropouts coming out from the mouth of a school principal.
“This also made me remember my high school days,” he added.
Other performances included songs and dances, magical acts and a large variety of comedy shows.
Preparation for the two-hour show began as early as November by a team of students headed by Adam Levowitz.
“This gave us a rest from out heavy school work and a chance to exhibit out hidden talents in the comedy acts,” said Adam who did a magic show by bouncing a pingpong ball on his nose.
Three teachers were invited to compete that evening, and among the three, the chicken imitation act by Mr Walt Erhardt, a mathematics teacher, capture the hearts of audience and won him a sum of $113.79.