Premiere of “The Dodo Bird” brings in the crowds
Howard and Steve arriving for
the performance of The Dodo Bird
The cast of The Dodo Bird -
l/r James Kateley, David Arnold,
Stephan Turner and John Quinn.
Dana Cook and Panyaphon at The
Dodo Bird’s first performance.
Celeste with Merja and Jari
waiting for the performance to start.
June and Dave Spencer,
Kanuengnit Wannachotphawet, Wilaiwan Quinn, Leon Rheeders and Melvyn Allmark
at the opening of The Dodo Bird.
English teacher Stephan Benet Turner, from Chicago,
Illinois teaches at the very well known and well respected Dara Academy in
Chiang Mai. He is also a theater artist, who took up the challenge of
bringing English language drama to a city where there was none. Stephen said
that, “After two years of living in such a wonderful place, it became
apparent to me that the only thing missing from this great old city was an
outlet for live stage drama.” “I left the U.S. in search of a quieter
lifestyle, to get away from the cliquish rat race of the theater industry in
New York and Chicago and to settle down in a more peaceful environment.”
“Chiang Mai has everything I was looking for, except a place to practice my
craft.” With this thought in mind, Stephan, with the help of four other
teachers, started a theater group within the old portion of the city called
“The Gate Theater Group.” Stephan added that, “Finding a suitable venue was
the most difficult problem we faced starting out.” But when I got the
opportunity to meet Mr. John Gunther, Director of the AUA Language
Institute, things just fell into place.” John is very interested in the arts
and even has experience as a theater technician, so he was very sympathetic
to our cause and agreed to let us rent the AUA auditorium for our first
There first production - “The Dodo Bird” an intense one act drama which
explores what it means to live on the fringe of society, to be a man who
failed to achieve the universal dream of being able to sustain himself and
his family and ceased to live by the culture’s standards.
Ballet Academy honored at
With ML Preeyapun, (back row,9th from left,)
are the winners from the Australia and Singapore Dance Competitions
2007, and guests of honor including Mrs. Junko Yokota, Consul General of
Japan, (back row, 3rd from left ), Mr. Michel K. Morrow, Consul General
of USA, (back row, 4th from left, ) , Mrs. Wu Hui Qing , Consul General
of China, (back row, 5th from left).
Recently, M.L. Preeyapun Sridhavat, Director of the Chiang Mai Ballet
Academy and the Honorary Consul of Peru in Chiang Mai presided at the
academy certificate commencement ceremony held at the Imperial Ballroom
of the Empress Hotel in Chiang Mai. The academy was also awarded by the
world renowned The Royal Academy.
A beautiful day in Chiang Mai
Chiang Mai Mail reader Harry Kraft sent in
this beautiful picture taken from his riverside condominium. Thank you
Harry! If you have a great photo, send it to [email protected]
for Australian expats
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