Opening Night is just around the corner and the cast and
crew of “The Mail-Order Bride” are putting on the finishing touches. It
has been a long and sometimes difficult road but the eight cast members from
Grace International School (GIS) have worked hard and are eager to share the
fruits of their labor.
learned that acting is hard,” says Joe Tehan, who plays Eli in the show.
“I’m nervous about Opening Night,” says Adrienne Huser who plays Anya,
The Mail-Order Bride.
“I’m not sure that everyone in the cast realized just
how much work was going to be involved,” says Renee Weygandt, the show’s
Director, “There’s more to presenting a play than getting on stage and
reciting lines. I’m always pushing them to understand their characters, to
discover their wants and needs. These things are important if you want the
character to be believable.”
All the characters in the play are adults and getting
inside the heads of these adults has proved quite challenging for these teen
actors. “I’ve learned that acting is hard,” says Joe Tehan, who plays
“Eli” in the show “But it’s good. Opening Night will be fine.”
“I’m nervous about Opening Night”, says Adrienne Huser who plays
“Anya”, The Mail-Order Bride “But I think overall it will be really
town’s busybodies: Hannah Hudson plays Mabel and Stephanie Percy is
“The Mail-Order Bride” is the story of a young man,
Eli Whittier, who was on his way to Pennsylvania to join the Quakers when
his ship was caught in a storm and he ended up in Newfoundland. Since that
time, he has been working to earn enough money to bring over his fianc้e.
Unknown to him, his fianc้ has married and sends in her place a
mail-order bride. The show is a delightful tale of caring, compassion, and
humor as two people try to face the differences of culture and new
beginnings, and the town folk learn not to jump to conclusions.
The other cast members are Natalie Hallead, playing
“Agnes”, the town’s “Mother Hen”, Peter Harris plays “Jim” the
feisty, yet warm-hearted, father figure, Hannah Hudson plays “Mabel” and
Stephanie Percy is “Elizabeth”, the town’s “Busy Bodies”, Justin
Hughes is “Whitman”, the town mayor and Customs Officer, and Bradley
Favazza plays “Victor”, the rough-around-the-edges Sea Captain with a
kind heart. The show also has a Student Director, Aasa VanderWaal, who
served as the SD in last year’s production of “Oklahoma!” “Aasa is
amazing,” says Renee. “I really enjoy working with her.” And of course
a production like this could not happen without a producer and Jeanette
Hall, the school’s registrar has done a tremendous job pulling things
together. “She has been invaluable,” says Renee, “She’s so busy
doing work for the school yet she still finds time to make sure all the
details are taken care of for the show. I don’t know how she does it.”
Hallead, playing Agnes, the town’s Mother Hen and Justin Hughes is
Whitman, the town mayor and Customs Officer during a scene.
Performances are scheduled for May 13th and 14th at 7p.m. in the GIS
Multi-Purpose Room. Tickets are General Admission. All seats are 200 Baht
and limited seating is available. For more information or to reserve tickets
call 053-442-185 or email [email protected]
Lanna International School (LIST) held its annual Science
Fair at the end of April. Grades 5-10 participated in the event by making a
number of displays that involved a variety of interactive activities and
it a lemon or a ping pong ball?
“Some projects were very interesting,” said Esther
Lee, a grade 7 student. Linkyi, another grade 7 student said, “I was a
little nervous when I explained the project.” The projects were across a
variety of physical, life, and earth sciences, and some last minute
additions even dazzled some of the schools’ veteran teachers.
Despite having only the middle and high school students
design projects, the rest of the school was very involved. The elementary
grades and visiting parents rotated through the project areas, giving the
students who made Science Fair projects the opportunity to teach their own
subject matter of which they were the expert.
involved a variety of interactive activities and experiments.
The senior students were instrumental in the event by acting as project
judges, and organizing both the event and science games in the afternoon for
the younger students to enjoy. “It was a good experience for getting to
work with children,” said Jenni, a grade 10 student. “I think the kids
learned a lot from it,” quoted Karen, a grade 10 student. A big thanks to
all those people who helped out making this day possible.
Paul Rose (Science
Students and staff at the Prem Tinsulanonda International
School celebrated World Environment Day as a community, on Friday April 22.
The day started at 6.30 a.m. with some “Breakfast with the Birds”,
involving a leisurely stroll around our campus to observe some of the more
common feathered visitors, followed by a hearty breakfast at a more
School students First and Marcus work together to plant trees during
Prem’s celebration of Environment Day.
Please look for our newly created Prem Environmental
Institute (PEI) link on the Prem website to view a complete list of the bird
species that have been observed on the campus, with linked photos and
information for many species (http://188.8.131.52/PEI/PEI_index.html). The
PEI site has a wealth of additional information as well.
Junior School students Amy and Stacey get their hands dirty while helping to
beautify their campus on Environment Day.
In the afternoon, students and staff worked in teams to
complete two major projects. A huge effort was put into completing one area
of the Campus Nature Trail, with hundreds of bordering plants and selected
native trees placed strategically along the newly designed coconut chip and
bamboo trails. It really has transformed the area and we are looking forward
to being able to use this space as both an Outdoor Education area as well as
a spot to relax and appreciate our beautiful world.
student Upin does her part in the creation of Prem’s “outdoor
classroom” during last week’s Environment Day.
This theme, “Our Beautiful World”, was also the springboard for the
second major project of the day. Each student and staff member created a
design that portrayed what the environment meant to them and then used the
time on Friday afternoon to paint their design onto one of four types of
tiles. The result is over 350 wonderfully creative tiles which will soon
come together to form a single large artwork representing the appreciation
and respect that all members of our Prem community have for our environment.