[First published on May 18, 1986] Gossip and rumour – how far can they travel? Youngsters at the Hong Kong International School explored the question in their musical production Disco Disco. It concerns high school three students, who for their science fair project, set out to do research on the impact of rumour on people. They begin a very simple rumour “that there will be state-wide disco contest held sometime in the near future and watch what happens. At the start of the project, the students of their high school are excited about the “contest” and practice for a chance to win the competition. But the project snowballs and other schools get involved and a state contest is actually held. Hollywood promises to donate big prizes to the winners in return for the “exclusive”. Problems come when the Hollywood people want to get in touch with the original steering committee – but just where is that committee? “The production was entirely for fun, but it provides a vehicle for the kids to be involved in it,” said Mr Joe Feia, director of the production. “It is important to let the kids know that no matter what their abilities are, they can surely find something that they can help.” Disco, Disco, the third major production to be undertaken by the Drama Club since its founding in spring 1984 by Mr Feia’s wife Anne, involved the largest number of students, around 70. The production was also the first one to have been accompanied by the whole orchestra, conducted by student Adam Levowitz. “This is a lot of time and hard work. But this is good experience for me as a conductor and a goo change of the members of the orchestra to play a different kind of music,” said Adam. Not only was this a very memorable experience for Ada, the first student conductor of the school, but also a special one for the Feia couple who are expecting their first child this week. The couple, together with the student, worked for two or three hours every school day since February. As ambitious as ever, Mr Feia and Adam are planning to write their own script for next year’s musical.