OUR COMMUNITY
HEADLINES [click on headline to view story]:

Premiere of “The Dodo Bird” brings in the crowds

Ballet Academy honored at commencement ceremony

A beautiful day in Chiang Mai

Voting instructions for Australian expats

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 production.”
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 commencement ceremony

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]


Voting instructions for Australian expats

General election to be held Nov. 24

Australians in Thailand are encouraged to submit an application for a postal vote or visit polling facilities early to avoid queues. The Embassy will accept postal vote applications until 4pm Thursday, 22 November. Postal vote applications can be downloaded and printed from the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) website (www. aec.gov.au). Voters should first check their eligibility to vote through the AEC website.
The Australian Embassy Bangkok (Consular Services) will accept pre-poll votes for two weeks prior to the election (from Monday 12/11/2007). Consular Services office hours are from 8 am – 4:30 pm Monday to Friday. The Embassy will also open for pre-poll voting services from 9am – 12 noon on Election Day 24 November 2007. Australians intending to submit a pre-poll vote are requested to present a valid Australian passport for security purposes.
Australians not in Australia on polling day will not be penalized for failing to vote.
For further enquiries please visit the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) website www.aec.gov.au or contact them by email at [email protected] gov.au, or contact the Consular Services Section, Australian Embassy Bangkok, telephone 02 344 6300 facsimile 02 344 6310 email consular. [email protected]”.