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XI No.14 - Sunday December 16 - Saturday December 29, 2012

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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 Klan area.
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 (PR)

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 world.

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 with” Harvey.
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.

HEADLINES [click on headline to view story]

San Kamphaeng School gets help from Shangri La Hotel

A perennial holiday favorite; The Nutcracker Ballet

Harvey at CMIS



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