San Kamphaeng School gets help from Shangri La Hotel
Shangri La Hotel has
been fundraising to help area schools, here they
join students from Baan Kho-Sa-Leam School at A.
San Kampaeng to clean and repair walls.
Recently, Shangri-La Hotel, Chiang Mai’s CSR
committees and colleagues joined teachers and
students from Baan Kho-Sa-Leam School at A. San
Kampaeng to clean and repair walls in
preparation for painting. This activity is a
result of donations from the hotel, which
periodically hold garage sales at the front of
the hotel with items for sale at affordable
prices in order to raise funds for the school.
The charity program has been well received by
guests, tourists and the public in the Chang
Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts remains committed
to operating in an economically, socially and
environmentally responsible manner while
balancing the interests of diverse stakeholders.
In striving to be a leader in corporate
citizenship and sustainable development, a
corporate-level CSR Committee drives the
company’s initiatives in the strategic areas of
stakeholder relations, the environment, health
and safety, the supply chain and employees.
Under the umbrella of “sustainability,”
Shangri-La’s social responsibility program
consists of the two elements of “embrace” and
“sanctuary.” “Embrace” focuses on Shangri-La’s
Caring People Project, which aims to promote the
highest level of education and health support in
underprivileged communities. In “sanctuary,” the
program concentrates on Shangri-La’s Care for
Nature Project, which promotes the conservation
and restoration of biodiversity. For more
information, please access the CSR section on
A perennial holiday favorite; The Nutcracker Ballet
The beauty of the Nutcracker is that even the
littlest ones have a place in the show.
By Shana Kongmun
I think many hold a place in their hearts for this annual Christmas
favorite, the Nutcracker Ballet. The Nutcracker, by PyotrTchaikovsky, was
performed by the students of Sangdao Ballet on Sunday, December 9, 2012 at
the Chiang Mai College of Performing Arts for a nearly sold out audience.
Featuring guest appearances by the Chiang Mai Art & Music Choir, Stephan
Turner (Director of the Gate Theater) and Principal dancer Ruangyut Srakaew
from the Bangkok City Ballet, the show of course, featured many very
fantastic costumes with pirouetting ballerinas. The Nutcracker tells the
story of a handsome prince who was transformed into a wooden nutcracker and
saved by the beautiful Clara. The performance begins in the real world and
then transforms into a fantasy with sugar plum fairies, Arabian princesses
and the Mouse King.
This special performance transcended the usual show however, by combining
dance, acting and live-music to give the show a fresh and lively air. All
proceeds from this charity show went to the “Support the Children
Foundation” which offers support to abandoned children with HIV/AIDS and
provides education to stop HIV/AIDS transmission.
The Nutcracker features performances by
children, which earned Tchaikovsky criticism at the time but has turned the
ballet into a perennial Christmas favorite performed by ballets around the
Harvey at CMIS
The delightfully eccentric Elwood P. Dowd,
played by 12th Grader Chandler Kientz
By Sydney Holofoener
On the 16th and 17th of November, the Chiang Mai International
School Drama Department presented the hilarious classic, “Harvey,”
originally performed on Broadway in the late 1940s. “Harvey,” is a
comedy about Elwood P. Dowd, an endlessly pleasant and delightfully
eccentric middle-aged man who claims his best friend is a “pooka”, (a
mischievous spirit), who takes the form of a six-foot-tall rabbit named
Harvey. However, Harvey is invisible and arguably, imaginary. Elwood
introduces Harvey to everyone he meets; while his social-climbing
sister, Veta, does everything she can to avoid his embarrassing ways.
Even though she ironically sees Harvey herself sometimes, she finally
decides she has had enough and seeks to have her brother committed to a
sanitarium, in order to spare her, and her daughter Myrtle Mae, from
future embarrassment. When they arrive at the sanitarium, a comedy of
errors ensues. Dr. Sanderson, a psychiatrist at the sanitarium, and head
of the sanitarium, Dr. Chumley suggest giving Elwood an injection that
will make Harvey go away forever; however it will change him and his
kind and child-like ways. Throughout the many amusing mishaps and
laughable tribulations, everyone realizes that Elwood is alright just
the way he is- carefree and charming- even if it means they have a “live
I love the kind of plays that leave you feeling all warm inside and full
of smiles once it is over, and that is the exact affect “Harvey” had on
its audience. The actors from the CMIS Drama Department were absolutely
wonderful and hilarious, coming into their roles perfectly, and doing
whatever they had to in order to look the part. Sam Ridgley, a 12th
grader at CMIS, played Dr. Chumley, an old stubborn psychiatrist. The
first thing you saw when he walked on stage was his hair, or lack of it!
He had shaved it all off in order to look like he was a balding old man.
All you could do from the second he stepped on stage until the moment he
walked off was laugh. For the duration of the play, he was an old man,
and he played his role perfectly.
Chandler Kientz, 12th grader at CMIS, played the charming Elwood P.
Dowd. He had the difficult task of interacting with Harvey, and by the
end of the play he had me believing Harvey was real. The majority of
actors of the cast were in 8th and 9th grade, and for many of them
“Harvey” was the first play they had ever been a part of. I was very
impressed with the talent shown on stage, and I think they performed in
a way far beyond their years. I could see the hard work and passion
pouring out of them throughout the whole performance. However, Harvey of
course stole the show- with his likability and charm and, in the end, I
was left wishing I had a six-foot-tall rabbit of my own!
Veta’s daughter Myrtle Mae( played by 12th
Grader Sophie Poulsen) and long term friend and legal advisor Judge
Gaffney (played by 9th Grader Joshua Bosma) comfort Veta after her
traumatic stay in the Sanitarium.