Marymount Secondary School and Marymount Primary School will stage an experimental fund-raising production next month. In a fusion of ancient and modern, western Greek myth will meet hip-hop and jazz dance in this musical extravaganza. The event is aimed at raising funds to upgrade the school's facilities so that students can have a better study environment. The fund-raiser will be staged at the school auditorium in Happy Valley from July 7 to 9 at 7pm. It will be divided into two parts: a variety show performed by the primary school students, and an English musical staged by the secondary school students. In the variety show, students will showcase their artistic talents through music and dance. They will also test their problem-solving skills through an educational programme called the 'Odyssey of the Mind'. In the second part, more than 100 secondary school students will present a 90-minute English musical Orpheus. While the plot is an ancient Greek legend, all the songs are composed by the school's music teacher, with lyrics written by the NET teacher. The play revolves around Orpheus, the son of the Sun god Apollo. Orpheus was the greatest musician and poet in Greek myth. He was taught to play the lyre by his father. He was also a romantic. When his lover, Eurydice, is killed by a serpent's bite, he tries to use his magical lyre to rescue her from the underworld and bring her back to life. His songs are so beautiful that he succeeds in bringing Eurydice back. In addition to the singing, the actresses will also present dances in jazz, rock and hip-hop style, giving the old Greek myth a modern touch. The school hopes the audience will find it refreshing and contemporary. Fourth-former Joey Wong Hon-yee, who will play the main actress, is excited about the musical. 'I've been in other shows before, but this is the first time I can help raise funds for the school and make the performance more meaningful,' said the 15-year-old. The narrator of the musical, Ingrid Lam Hiu-tung, 15, also feels proud. 'We practise very hard, and we hope the audience will enjoy it,' she said. Tickets from $100 to $1,000 are available at the schools. For details, visit www.mss.edu.hk or call 2572 8221.