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Day camps for kids at the Night Safari

KKU students make merit for HM the King

Searching for Sanook

Broadway Musical Magic Comes to CMIS

Municipal wide spelling bee sponsored by the Rotary Club of Chiang Mai North

NIS celebrates International Day


Day camps for kids at the Night Safari

Kids enjoy their visit to the Night Safari,
here they get up close and personal with goats at the Petting Zoo.

Chiang Mai Mail online reporters

The Chiang Mai Night Safari will organize summer day camps for kids and is now taking applications for interested parents.

On March 10, Dr. Sarawuth Srisakun, the CEO of the Chiang Mai Night Safari, said that the camping activities are held to encourage and support kids to spend their free time during the summer holidays learning new things and experiences with wildlife.

The camping activities are separated into two programs, the first runs from March 14-18, from 9 00 a.m. – 3 .00 p.m. With the activities like Behind the Zoo and Day Safari activities., and the second program is from March 21- March 25, 9 00 a.m. – 3 p.m.

The camp costs 1,750 baht per child per program, and there will be three special promotional packages for the general public from March 11- April 10; “buy one get one” for Day Safari and Night Safari and Chiang Mai Night Safari Day Camp, for youths under 15 years old prices for the Day Safari will be 100 baht, the Night Safari 125 baht, and the Walking Zone 25 baht, and the third promotion will be for children shorter than 100 cm a free visit to the Day Safari, Night Safari and Walking Zone.

For more information, please contact the Chiang Mai Night Safari Day Camp from now on, tel. 053-999088-89.

Feeding the animals is a fun experience for most of the kids,
here one of the camp kids feeds a rhinocerous.

KKU students make merit for HM the King

KKU Students paid a visit to the famous golden teak mansion, Vimanmek Palace as part of their field trip to learn more about the history of the Thai Kings and pay tribute to HM the King at Siriraj Hospital.

KKU students joined Asst. Prof. Likhit Amatayakong, the Vice President for Student Development and Institute of Learning and Teaching Innovation along with Student Development Division lecturers Assoc. Prof. Maneerat Pattarajinda, Asst. Prof. Nipha Milinthawisamai and Assoc. Prof. Orawan Buranrak in a merit making project recently as part of the Rak Por Luang or Love HM the King Project to pay tribute and offer blessings to HM the King at Siriraj Hospital in Bangkok.

Students who participated in the field trip to Bangkok also learned more about the history of the Thai Kings and Royal family members at Vimanmek Palace, the largest golden teakwood house in the world. Students also learned more about Thai youth who are doing good deeds for HM the King, and learned more about the contest to honor HM the King by making merit, chaired by Phra Maha Pongnarintre Thitawangso of Wat Suthas Thepwanaram. (PR)

Searching for Sanook

An exciting international collaboration between award-winning Interact Theater from the USA and Rajanagarinda Institute for Child Development (RICD) in Chiang Mai created an original play comprising actors with and without disabilities from the United States and Thailand. Interact's Artistic Director Jeanne Calvit, known for her work in the United States for the last 30 years as a pioneer in the field of Arts and disabilities, brought her creative team of Tod Petersen and Natalie Wilson, and two leading actors with down syndrome, Mike Brindley and Matt Dahlstrom, to work with twenty very talented young people with disabilities from Thailand.

Some of the disabled students perform during rehearsal for the show.

The musical play "Searching for Sanook" was performed Saturday, March 5, 2011 at CMU Art Museum Theater for the Chiang Mai public in a unique and interesting performance.

In November of 2009 Mike and Ann Leming (Directors of Spring Semester in Thailand affiliated with the Faculty of Humanities of Chiang Mai University) saw a performance of "Northern Lights Southern Cross: Tales From the Other Side of the World"--a cross-cultural performance by Interact Theater and the Tutti Ensemble of Australia at the prestigious Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, Minnesota. They were so inspired that they thought, "Wouldn't it be great if we could do something like this in Thailand?" As longtime supporters of the Healing Family Foundation of Chiang Mai they felt that the artists at Baan Sanook were capable of similar feats. It was this idea that served as a springboard for the idea of a pilot project with Interact and Bann Sanook. As things progressed other groups became involved.

Sponsored by The Healing Family, Baan Sanook, Spring Semester in Thailand, Rajanagarinda Institute for Child Development (RICD) and Interact Center for the Visual and Performing Arts (Minneapolis), Ms. Jeanne Calvit came to Thailand on February 14, 2010 for a one month Clown workshop with artists with developmental disabilities. She also worked with the leaders in the educational and mental health community of Chiang Mai working with the disabled.

Prior to her arrival Dr. Samai (Director of RICD) and members of his staff who worked with the disabled of Chiang Mai, Dr. Pradit (President of the Healing Family Foundation), Dr. Chaiyan (parent of one of the artists at Baan Sanook), and Ajarns Ann and Mike Leming met together to discuss this opportunity to collaborate with Interact Center for the Visual and Performing Arts (Minneapolis). As a result of this meeting it was decided to initiate a project to provide artists with disabilities and the educators and clinicians who work with them the skills and opportunities for creative expression, artistic growth, and professional performance opportunities. Last year the first clown shows were held at RICD.

As a result of the positive changes in the participants during rehearsal last year, RICD and Interact put together a much bigger effort involving professional musicians, actors, directors, and persons with disabilities. Their goal is to create a sustaining NGO Center for the Visual and Performing Arts for adults of disability and to affiliate with RICD–the premier Thai governmental mental health facility in Chiang Mai. In the next two years RICD will build a Performing Arts Center, built to look like a piano, and to be used in arts therapy for children and adults.

This center of international cooperation would serve the adult disabled population (post high school) presently underserved in Thailand. RICD would coordinate services by medical professionals with those of the artistic community in Chiang Mai as we challenge existing stereotypes that assume people with disabilities are only able to do menial work and are not capable of higher order skills that involve creativity, focus and discipline. We would also hope to challenge the artistic community to recognize and include the unique talents and visions of people who have long been marginalized in Thai society.

Broadway Musical Magic Comes to CMIS

The CMIS Fine Arts department will stage the Broadway Musical Magic, an evening of Broadway show tunes with a little drama and dance thrown in for good measure.

Broadway Musical Magic is an idea concocted by CMIS theater director and drama teacher, Stephan Turner. Stephan says, “After considering the level of available talent this year, I could not come up with a single piece that would have allowed me to display the diverse talents of all my drama students and others who auditioned. So, I started searching for a way to make them all stars. I decided to take a risk and try something exciting and completely different; a medley of Broadway show tunes spiced up a bit with a few acting scenes and dance numbers. I'm in suspense as to how it will all turn out, but it certainly will be interesting. That's for sure!”

“The rehearsal process has been quite different as well. A journey filled with all the usual ups and downs, highs and lows that come with any new project. Especially, one that didn't start out as a scripted and nicely laid out play, but one that's literally writing itself as we go, in terms of context, order, and style of presentation. Add to this the fact that most of our students are involved in a number of other after school activities, and one can begin to appreciate the degree of difficulty involved in getting everyone together at the same time, which made scheduling regular rehearsals a logistical nightmare. In the end, though, I think we will be able to pull it off.”

Broadway Musical Magic will take you on a journey to the Austrian Alps where, “The hills are alive with the Sound of Music.” Then, you’ll be off to the Apollo Theater, where a group of young women, known as the “Dreamgirls”, make it to the big time, only to come crashing back down to earth. However, these women became stronger as a result, and earned their place in American musical history. Finally, you'll experience the trials and tribulations of a group of talented young high school students as they seek fame and fortune at the most famous performing arts school in America, the High School of the Performing Arts Academy in New York City, the school depicted in the Broadway musical and motion picture Fame.

The show opens on Friday, March 25 with a matinee at 1:00 p.m. followed by an evening performance at 7:00. Additional performances will be held on Saturday, March 26 at 1:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. with a final performance on Sunday March 27 at 1:30 p.m.

Tickets are available for purchase in the school office. The cost for tickets is 100 baht for students and 200 baht for adults. Tickets can also be purchased from any cast member. Please contact the School Office for additional information or reservations. 053-242027

Municipal wide spelling bee sponsored by the Rotary Club of Chiang Mai North

The first place winner of the spelling bee
showed poise under pressure at the contest.

By Shana Kongmun

The Rotary Club Chiang Mai North, Payap University and the Municipality sponsored a spelling contest for students from 11 municipal schools at Wat Pa Paeng School on Friday, February 25, 2011. 5 children represented each school at the bee and the initial written test saw all 55 students listen to 30 spoken words and then write them down.

The top 12 students moved on to the second round where they were asked to spell 4 words after listening to them being spoken. The final round saw that top 5 students spell 5 words out loud. The top two students won prizes of 3,500 baht and 2,500 baht each with a Wat Pa Paeng School student taking second place. Two third place students won 1,000 baht each. All students were gifted with Thai-English dictionaries.

(Photos courtesy of Suwannee Sirinapapanth)

The students who won the top prizes show off their certificates.

The students listened with some trepidation but applied themselves to the contest.

Rotary Club of Chiang Mai North members led by Chanman Chanruang and a teacher from Wat Pa Paeng School were the judges of the contest.

NIS celebrates International Day

Switzerland featured a chocolate fondue fountain.

By Shana Kongmun

Chiang Mai’s international schools don’t lack for diversity and NIS is another one of those schools that celebrates that diversity with an International Day featuring the food, dress and customs of countries around the world.

With Korea, Taiwan, the United States, Egypt, France, Switzerland, England and Brazil just a few of the countries represented, there was no shortage of fun or delicious food. The fondue chocolate fountain on offer at the Switzerland table was a big favorite as was the nachos at the Mexico table.

John Richardson brought a classic MG convertible from his collection of classic cars as a feature showpiece at the England table. The Denmark table was also quite popular offering a traditional rice pudding and the Scotland table advertised deep fried Mars bars. The Canada table was a bit late but offered delicious looking apple pie and the Brazil table featured pictures of Carnival.

The kids had a lot of fun sampling the food and playing games while other students dressed in traditional garb roamed the party. NIS’s International Day was another in the calendar of fun for Chiang Mai students and their families.

The England table featured this classic car belonging to John Richardson.

Nachos at the Mexico table were quite popular.

Students from the Taiwan table dressed in traditional Chinese garb.

Wearing the mask of Carnival, this little boy enjoyed the Brazil table.