Fun activities can be highly effective teaching tools, as the students of CCC Heep Woh Primary School (PM) will prove tonight when they stage the play The Blue Bird. Four professional actors will join students from Primary One to Six, teachers and parents in the production funded by the Quality Education Fund. Teacher Lee Kit-fong said the aim of the play was to improve students' public-speaking and organisation skills, boost their confidence and teach them how to work with other people as a team. One student in particular impressed Ms Lee with his progress as a result of taking part in the production. 'He had very low self-esteem before the drama but now he has established a clearer self-image and his exam results have also improved,' she said. The Blue Bird, which won Belgian Maurice Maeterlinck the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1911, is a children's classic. Two brothers undertake a long and difficult journey in search of a blue bird. The blue bird symbolises the happiness every human being is looking for. The story tells us that we are already living in happiness. Unfortunately, we do not realise it and spend all our time and effort searching for something that is already there. In the end, the two brothers find the blue bird and share it with other people, reminding us that we should not be selfish and always be ready to give. The story helped students gain insight into life. Primary Five student Chung Yiu-sing, who plays one of the brothers, said: 'It simply tells you that even if the biggest problem is in front of you, you shouldn't be afraid to overcome it.' Chan Ka-shu, who performs the role of the other brother, agreed: 'Sometimes people think they are miserable, but you must keep in mind that there is happiness all around you.' Ka-shu comes from a family which is interested in acting and has been involved in it since he was an infant. His advice to those interested in becoming a better actor? 'Lock yourself up in a room and read your lines out as loudly as you can. This will help you build up the courage to speak in front of an audience.' Other than knowing their lines, Ms Lee advised young drama fans to spend time observing more experienced actors. They should learn everything they can from watching them and use it to improve their own performances. However, acting is not all serious work and cast members admitted to having a lot of fun while preparing for the show. 'I have made a lot of friends during practice,' said Yiu-sing. 'I also feel a lot more confident about speaking and performing in front of an audience.' The Blue Bird will be staged at Kwai Tsing Theatre tonight. For more details call Ms Lee on 2381 4343.