Taking part in any theatre production is not all about 'lights', 'sound check' and 'curtain up'. It usually involves a lot of waiting around, in silence, followed by a few minutes of action, and lots more waiting. It's not the most exciting way to spend your day. Yet 100 students signed up for just that when they accepted their roles in Shakespeare 4 All's production of the Taming of the Shrew. Rehearsals ran for two weeks over the summer holidays, with the youngsters having to commit to the performing arts and to learning The Bard's work - albeit in simplified English. It may not be trendy, but those who made the effort are reaping the benefits. Students from a wide variety of schools were given the chance to audition for the play, which is about a man who teaches a woman to obey him as her husband. Their teachers said the project had taught students confidence, responsibility and English. Charles Wong of Taikoo Primary School said the play had given the students a chance to get a taste of the classics. 'We don't teach English literature,' he said. 'This exposes students to that, and the English language.' Mr Wong said many more students benefited from the idea, as those who had taken part would be able to share their experience with those who had not. Sha Ya-lee of the Cotton Spinners Association Secondary School said she had noticed her students gain confidence and become more willing to speak in English. Many of her students are from migrant families. 'English could be their third, or even their fourth language,' said Mrs Sha. 'They've developed self- discipline. I've never seen them do something so seriously.' Christina Wong Lok-ming, 11, is a student at Diocesan Girls' Junior school. She has only been acting for a year but has been awarded the role of Katherine - the shrew. 'I think I'm very fortunate to be able to have such a good role in this play,' she said, 'so I'm trying very hard to do it well.' She got the part in May and her family celebrated with a good dinner. Although the two weeks of rehearsals were hard work, Christina said they were fun. 'I've met many new friends.' The Taming of the Shrew will run from October 3-5 at Kwai Tsing Theatre. Tickets are available from Urbtix for HK$50-HK$200.