Grace production a sell-out
All that hard work finally paid of as Grace International
School presented this year’s production, “The Mail-Order Bride” to
sold-out audiences on May 13th and 14th.
“I thought we got married.” Eli, “Yes, that’s what matrimony
As the audience found their seats, the room was filled
with authentic music from the 1920’s to set the mood for what was to come.
There was an air of anticipation as the house lights faded and the first
actors entered the stage.
“C’mon Jim, hurry up!” Eli starts.
“I’m a comin’, I’m a comin’, I’m not as young
as I once was,” Jim replies. And the so the fun and laughter began.
(Bradley Favazza) explains to Anya how much Eli loves her
The storyline unfolds as we discover with Eli that his
fianc้e, to whom he sent a letter every week, has married the postman
who delivered them and has sent a Mail-Order Bride in her place. Soon the
whole town is involved and rumors abound.
The eight-member cast, ranging from grades 9 to 12, had
the audience on the edge of their seats. “I usually watch the audience
most of time,’ says Renee Weygandt, the show’s Director, “I want to
see if they are being touched in any way by what they are seeing on the
stage. The young people seemed to get caught up in it the most. There were
even a couple of girls who were bouncing in their seats when the two lead
characters were reunited and then married at the end of the show. That tells
me the actors did their job.”
Cast: Stephanie Percy, Peter Harris, Hannah Hudson, Adrienne Huser, Joe
Tehan, Justin Hughes, Natalie Hallead, and Bradley Favazza
The actors did more than just their job; they left
lasting impressions on the audience. “The fact that the main character’s
fianc้ married the postman was just classic. We laughed about it all
the way home from the show,” said one audience member who attended
Saturday night’s performance. “We were so impressed with Peter Harris
(who played Jim) and Bradley Favazza (the Russian sea captain). He was so
convincing with his Russian accent and the way he carried himself. Very
(Natalie Hallead), Elizabeth (Stephanie Percy), Mabel (Hannah Hudson)
discuss Anya’s fate.
Another audience member agreed. “Watching their
performance I almost forgot that I knew these kids. I thought they were very
“This is the first Grace play that we’ve been to,”
said one older gentleman “we won’t miss any in the future.” Rave
But it wasn’t just the actors who impressed the
audience. The stage crew was a well oiled machine as they quickly (and
frequently) made set changes. “We don’t have a curtain to close when a
scene ends so the stage crew had to do their jobs with all eyes watching,”
says Renee. “On Saturday night they even received applause from the
audience, who obviously appreciated their hard work. They were our
This year’s production was polished and as professional as a High
School play could be. The actor’s pulled off what some might have thought
impossible. They did what they were taught. They remembered (most of) their
lines. They stayed in character. They held for laughs. They made their
director and producer proud, and they impressed their audiences and made
them laugh. Who could ask for anything more ... Except maybe for another
CMU student invents tool to help autistic children
Suradech Oothisin, student of the Occupational Therapy
Department, Faculty of Associated Medical Technology, Chiang Mai University,
has succeeded in developing an instrument to assist autistic children to
control their balance.
Normally, the therapist uses a tipping chair to stimulate
autistic children as they do not know how to position their head while
moving the body, resulting in inability to balance themselves and thus often
If normal children lean forward and fall down, they learn
how to step to prevent falling, but autistic children need 200-300
experiences before learning the same thing. The tipping chair, however,
leaves them uncertain of their own speed, therefore, Suradech has invented
an improved tool called a Vestibular (a word relating to the sense of
equilibrium), using electricity from a battery to turn a motor to distribute
electricity to a fiber chair to tip and measure speed.
Autistic children are often of high intelligence but
suffer a lack of motor skills.
Chiang Mai group inspects drug rehab programme at Sattahip
Sakorn Kongrahong, director of the public health and
environment department of Sanpatong district, Chiang Mai, led a group of
local youth leaders, volunteers and department officials to survey the drug
addiction rehabilitation programme at Wiwat Pollamuang School, Sattahip, on
The school is situated in Sattahip Naval Base 2 area and
is currently providing a programme for 200 drug-addicted convicts from
various prisons. Currently there are not enough cells to accommodate them,
creating an overflow of offenders at several prisons throughout the nation.
The government is attempting to resolve this problem by transferring the
prisoners to rehabilitation centres.
Vocational training is provided by Wiwat Pollamuang
School during the 120-day programme, along with physical and psychological
therapy, so that when the prisoners are released back into society there is
a better chance of them not reverting to drug use.
Get dressed and jump in!
Prem students swim fully clothed
Grades six through ten at the Prem Tinsulanonda
International School have been learning swimming survival skills in their
physical education classes, following a course set out by the Royal
Lifesaving Society of Australia.
claws his way through the water as he stays afloat during survival skills
The survival skills included: diving underwater to
simulate an escape from a sinking boat, treading water while waving and
calling for help, throwing a rescue rope, putting on a life jacket while
treading water, and swimming fully clothed.
According to swimming instructor Ajarn Wally, this
survival program is in a trial stage at Prem. If successful, it will be
implemented within the curriculum next year.
Grade Nine students jump into the pool fully clothed as they simulate
fleeing a sinking boat.
Ajarn Luke, another swimming teacher, explained that the
sidestroke, elementary backstroke, and treading water are all skills that
encourage a swimmer to keep his or her head out of water – to look for
survivors or a flotation object.
According to Luke, “Many people feel that swimming is all about speed
and stroke technique, but in actual fact it is also about surviving in
water.” To these students at Prem, going to school can save their lives.
company send distress signal waves as they practice survival skills at the
performs a survival jump during her physical education class.
SME fashion show “En-Or De Lanna”
Governor Prinya Panthong presiding over the opening ceremony.
Northern region SMEs organized a fashion show dubbed
“En-Or De Lanna” under the “To Develop Lanna Designers” project, to
improve fashion business by developing the designers to reach an
international standard. It was also to support Lanna designer groups to gain
more experience and knowledge. The event was organized on May 13 at Nimman
Promenade on Nimmanhaemin Road Soi 4.
Wanchai Ratchadamad, director of Chiang Mai
Branch Office Industrial Promotion Center Region 1, said, “En-Or De
Lanna” is a systematic work in cooperation with Northern SMEs Center,
Chiang Mai Branch, Office Industrial Promotion Center Region 1, Department
of Industrial Promotion, Chiang Mai Classic Model, Kings Collection Co.,
Ltd. and International Academy Place of Chiang Mai University”.
the models presenting young Lanna fashion design.
The project aims to establish a Lanna International
Fashion Academy curriculum and to practice designers skill in a Sudden
Design Competition by assigning ten designers to design and present their
own collections to teachers and professional designers within 4 months, to
reach designing standards and support them as professional designers in
future,” he added.
Prinya Panthong, Chiang Mai vice governor, said that “En-Or De Lanna”
was a way to prove Lanna designers skills, supported by local SMEs.”
Awards in Thailand
CMU and ABAC students take first prize
Thanapon Euatrakul, senior student of the Faculty of
Science, Chiang Mai University, and Jesada Toneratanakul, student of the
Faculty of Business Administration, ABAC University, won HSBCs first prize,
and 100,000 baht, and will visit Washington University in Seattle, USA, for
The pair presented a business plan for IT, Technology
Internet GPRS Bluetooth to help customers to locate products and called
their joint cooperation BOO. They will represent Thailand in HSBCs Young IT
Entrepreneur Awards in Hong Kong in May, competing against the winners from
Malaysia, Hong Kong and the Philippines.
The HSBC Young IT Entrepreneur Awards in Thailand is
supported by the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology, to
encourage bachelor degree students to dream up new business plans by using
communication technology, and to offer them opportunities to develop their
business knowledge and skill. There were 269 competitors with 102 proposals.