Chiang Mai Ballet Academy’s 11th annual Charity Musical Dance Play
Legend of the Rose and Little Mermaid
The lead performers in the Little Mermaid
performed more jazz style dancing, choreographed by the Artistic
Director, Senator ML Preeyapun Sridhavat.
By Shana Kongmun
The Chiang Mai Ballet Academy once again wowed Chiang Mai
audiences with their beautiful performance at the Kad Suan Kaew Kad
Theatre on Sunday, March 31, 2013. The magical costumes and beautiful
ballerinas floated across the stage in a performance that was a new
adaptation of King Rama VI’s “Matthanapatha” (“Legend of the Rose”) and
Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Little Mermaid”.
Senator ML Preeyapun Sridhavat, Chiang Mai Ballet’s artistic director
said that she chose the Legend of the Rose so that Thai students can
learn more about classic Thai literature and to show that perseverance
and determination can win through. The classic fable the Little Mermaid,
about a mermaid who wanted legs so badly she gave up her voice shows the
importance of considering major life decisions.
The Legend of the Rose and the Little Mermaid were both choreographed by
the Senator, and she noted that while the Legend of the Rose featured
more classical ballet with an Asian flavor, the Little Mermaid was more
jazz style dance with a European twist.
The three male leads were Peera Phanlukthao, who recently finished his
PhD in the UK and is teaching dance at Mahasarakham University who
portrayed the Huntsman in “Rose” and the Sea King in “Mermaid”. Shan Del
Vecchio, who was accepted into the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in New York
City performed as King Chaiyasen in “Rose” and Prince Eric in “Mermaid”.
While Japanese dancer Kotaro Tsutsumi is an exchange student at CMU’s
Faculty of Agriculture Science and played the Hermit in the Rose and Sir
Grimsby in “Mermaid”.
The beautiful show featured a solo by Kularat Saengchanopas. All
proceeds went to the Friends in Need (of “Princess Pa”) Volunteers
Foundation of the Thai Red Cross Society. (All photos courtesy of
Students from the Ballet Academy performed
to a packed crowd.
The younger students have a chance to shine
Camps that make
Students from Hong Kong traveled to Chiang
Mai and explored the environment, learning about the eco system and
Recently students from Kingston International School in Hong Kong
travelled to Thailand to take part in an “Exploring the planet” camp.
Travelling south from Chiang Mai they discovered that one setting, Doi
Inthanon (Thailand’s highest peak) was more than just a mountain. The
mountain’s natural geography, highland inhabitants and unique
environment offered a diverse range of activities for the students to
engage, explore and study – helping to build enduring bonds with the
natural world. From taking part in rustic farming practices of the
simple rice-farmer, studying the mountain’s slope and waters, designing
and arranging a public garden at Mae Kampong Village to zip-lining
through the forest canopy the camp presented new knowledge for the
curious participants to go forth with the confidence that they can help
protect and make positive change for the planet.
The Traidhos Three-Generation Camps program, located on the campus of
the Prem Tinsulanonda International School, has built a solid reputation
for the past ten years hosting and designing custom-made
out-of-the-classroom experiences for young Thai and international
students with broad and diverse activities that interconnect school
curriculum, expand environmental awareness, sustainable living, discover
Northern-Thailand’s adventurous side and distinctive culture, as well
organizing desirable community service ventures to experience during
their school holidays or as part of a school trip abroad.
Students from the Kingston International
School in Hong Kong visited Doi Inthanon on their recent trip.
City Kindergarteners graduate!
Deputy Mayor Soonthorn Yamsiri
chaired the opening of a project to raise funds for sending
children on to higher education at the Kindergarten Development
Center for the Chiang Mai Municipality on March 29, 2013. Here
he is joined by staff and kindergarten students who have
graduated from kindergarten school and will continue on to
Prathom 1 schools around the city.(Photo courtesy of Chiang Mai