Students in Tin Shui Wai earned themselves a big round of applause last month when they performed the Broadway classic, The Wizard of Oz, at Yuen Long theatre. The performance was part of the Tin Shui Wai Youth Arts festival 2008, hosted by the Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups, a non-profit organisation. The show was a victory for the new town which has been known as the 'city of sadness' after horrific tragedies there. The production demonstrated local students' talent, while boosting their confidence and English skills at the same time. Helen Chan Hoi-lam, a Primary Six student from LST Leung Kau Kui Primary School, starred as Dorothy. She said she had a great time in the show. 'I had a lot of fun and learned a lot of things. The experience helped me become a better singer and actress.' But, on a more serious note, she added the performance had shown the public that Tin Shui Wai was being misrepresented in the media. Lau Ka-kee, a Primary Six student of Lions Clubs International Ho Tak Sum Primary School who played the part of the cowardly lion, wished the play could have lasted longer. 'I think everyone gave their best to make the performance successful,' she said. 'Apart from acting, I also learned English grammar and vocabulary from participating in the play. I think the success of the play made the people of Tin Shui Wai proud.' The audience was indeed very proud of the youngsters' achievement. They were deeply impressed with the beautiful scenery and the quality of acting. The students played their roles brilliantly and delivered their lines in perfect English. The show certainly showcased a lively community filled with talented and energetic youth. Federation president Lester Huang said young people can excel, when given the opportunity and space. He said the federation cared about the different needs of young people in various parts of Hong Kong. He hoped to continue to help youngsters live up to their potential. Sony Hong Kong and The Hung Hing Ying and Leung Hau Ling Charitable Foundation sponsored drama classes for 2,500 students, of which 150 were chosen for the performance. Local singer Jason Chan was appointed 'Caring Ambassador' of the event.