A show with a twist,
and a difference
Charlie & the Chocolate Factory
Glen van Der Hoff describes the show
at a recent mini-performance.
By Shana Kongmun
Glenn Van der Hoff is the artistic director and mind that felt
Sangdao Performing Arts School students would enjoy stretching their
legs and wings to perform the first dance performance of Charlie and the
Chocolate Factory in Chiang Mai.
Glenn said he felt it was important to stay away from the mainstream,
what Bangkok is doing wanting Chiang Mai to offer its own unique shows.
He also said it was important that the show that was performed was one
that the students could join in and enjoy. The students range in age
from three and a half year old to early twenties and one young woman in
her early thirties who has a love of dance. Glenn noted that almost all
of the Thai students knew the story of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
and we relooking forward to the performance that will be held at Kad
Theater on November 23, 2014.
Glenn noted that it was important to focus on the creativity within each
child and not push them beyond their abilities but to allow them to grow
into those abilities. The show appeals to the fantasy in children and
the transformation of this musical into a dance performance allows kids
of all ages and levels to take part.
The school and Glenn focus on creativity, fantasy, and emphasize the
fact that each child is unique and each has their own individual
approach. Focusing on technical skills does not take into account that
dance is a tool for the kids to express themselves. Each child has a
different physicality and Glenn pointed out that the school must pay
attention to that. The school assesses each child and does not force
them into positions, which Glenn pointed out was the old way of teaching
There are one hundred students taking part in the dance performance and
Glenn noted that extras and some key male roles needed filling. Proceeds
from the performance will be donated to three separate foundations
including an orphanage in Chiang Dao and a foundation that assists kids
affected by HIV/AIDS. Sponsors interested in helping cover costs are
welcome to get in touch with Sangdao School. Tickets will be on sale at
Sangdao Performing Arts School on the Hang Dong Road and at Kad Suan
Kaew. Famed singer Nop Ponchamni will be joining the event to lend his
support and meet with VIP guests.
New library for German Christian School
TFrom left) David Nescholta (Chairman of the
School Board), Rainer Becker (Director of the Marburger Mission), Ajarn
Sayam Muangsak (General Secretary of the Church of Christ in Thailand),
the German Ambassador in Bangkok Rolf Schulze, Annette Severy (Culture
and Press Consultant of the German Embassy in Bangkok), Bastian Liebold
(Headmaster of CDSC), Hagen Dirksen (German Honorary Consul in Chiang
Mai), and Joerg Buck (director of the German-Thai Chamber of Commerce).
By Shana Kongmun
The German Christian School of Chiang Mai or CDSC opened a new
administrative building and library on Friday, October 31, 2014. The
German government donated 26 million baht to the school through the
German Embassy in Bangkok for the construction of the new building. The
building will allow the school to have both German and Thai
administration and school management under the same roof. Additionally
the new building holds a library, conference rooms and more classrooms
for the growing school.
The school received an award for excellence for German schools abroad at
the opening that was also attended by Chao Duangduan na Chiang Mai and
her son Pakinai na Chiang Mai. German Honorary Consul Hagen Dirksen was
joined by members of the German community, parents and students at the
opening ceremony which included performances from students and
congratulatory speeches from the Ambassador and the General Secretary of
the Church of Christ in Thailand.
Chiang Mai students meet with overseas schools
Mentor International held an education fair at Shangri La Hotel on Tuesday
November 4, 2014. The Mentor Study World was part of the International
Education Fair 2014 where 32 different educational facilities came to meet
with high school and university students interested in studying abroad.
Representatives from thirty two educational institutions from the United
Kingdom, the United States and Australia were on hand to meet with students
and help them determine which school and location best suited them. Here Ian
Bushnell an educational consultant with Mentor International chats with one
of the school representatives at the start of the fair.
World Federation of the Deaf RS
Asia Youth Camp held in Chiang Mai
The 7th World Federation of the Deaf
RS Asia Youth Camp saw youth from 16 nations visit Chiang Mai,
enjoying its cultural and natural attractions as well as
building relationships and expanding their knowledge and
The 7th World Federation of the Deaf RS Asia Youth Camp
was held in Chiang Mai from November 2 to 7, 2014 and the
opening ceremony, which was held at the Amora Tha Pae Hotel, was
presided over by Mayuree Yoktree, Head of the Chiang Mai
Provincial Office of Social Development and Human Security.
The Youth Camp was held under the theme “Human rights of Asian
Deaf Youth” and saw sixty three members of the camp from sixteen
countries including Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, India, Japan,
Macau, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Philippines, South
Korea, Singapore, Vietnam and Thailand. The first Youth Camp was
held in 1999 in Malaysia and since then has been hosted by New
Zealand, Japan, Indonesia, Macau and South Korea. The idea came
from seeing a meeting of deaf youth at the international level
working together to forward rights for the deaf. Organizers
determined to hold something Asia specific and the camp is now
held every two years.
The camp is held to build partnerships among young deaf people
in Asia, provide cultural exchanges and learning, and offer deaf
youth the vision and connections to develop as leaders in their
nations. The camp included many activities such as learning
activities from guest speakers on Thai deaf history and Thai
sign language research history, the development of deaf people
in Thailand, rights of deaf youth in Asia. The participants also
had historical tours visiting the city’s museums, a field trip
to Mae Sa Elephant Camp and a visit to Phu Ing Fah Resort. ,
show of reflect the rights of young deaf in Asia, Thailand
cultural historical tour at the Three Kings Monument at the
Three Kings Monument, field trip at Mae Sa Elephant Camp, and
leaning activities at Phu Ing Fah Resort.
Chiang Mai Ballet’s annual Nutcracker Suite gala performance
The Chiang Mai Ballet, headed by M.L. Preeyapun Sridhavat, held
their annual gala performance of the holiday classic, the
Nutcracker and the Beauty of the Four Regions of Siam
performances, with many performances in traditional style dress
as well as tutus and western costumes. The students from the
Chiang Mai Ballet held two performances; a noon performance and
the afternoon performance attended by many local and visiting
dignitaries as well as parents, kids and budding ballerinas.