Fame! The Musical at PTIS
Samata in rehearsal for Fame! at PTIS.
I’m going to live forever!
Baby remember my name!
The title song from the hit Broadway musical FAME! The
Musical is a catchy number and when it was performed in the Prem
International School Auditorium by a talented cast of over fifty students,
it was one that had the audience tapping their toes and clapping their
FAME tells the story of
a group of hopeful young actors, singers and dancers at New York’s famous
High School of the Performing Arts – or simply “PA”. The teachers at PA
tell their students that acting and dancing and music are all hard work and
that dreams of dancing on top of cars down 46th street are simply
that – dreams.
The Chorus in action.
At Prem this week, fifty Senior School students and some
Junior School dancers lived their dream as they performed the show,
accompanied by a fifteen-member stage band. Musical Director Gina Ryan
acknowledged that the many weeks of rehearsal were indeed hard work, but the
students’ enthusiasm and performances made it all worthwhile. In addition
to the work needed to get the music up to performance level, the students
learned many dance routines. Choreographer Agnieszka (Agnes) Kinga Wdowik
showed the Prem students that with practice and more practice and yet more
practice they could perform complex and eye-catching dance routines.
Following one of the performances, students were asked to
name their favourite parts of the production. Some said that the moving
song These Are My Children by Miss Sherman (Amy Kendal) was the best
moment – especially as the tiny votive candles held by the chorus gave it a
magical touch. Others voted for Fame! led by the talented Samata
Shakya as Carmen, but for many Grade 4 students the best part of the show
was the “awesome!” dancing by their classmate, Easton Schmuland, a member of
the dance chorus.
Dancing, singing and acting in a school musical
production and playing in the stage band are wonderful ways of boosting
students’ self-esteem and self-confidence – and when it all comes together
as it did at Prem this week, the result is one that had audiences believing
that they really might live forever.
Prem students play a part in annual Medieval Mystery Banquet
staff acted out a medieval European banquet at PTIS recently.
What happens when
you mix peasants with nobility, greed with trust, royal power with
indentured servitude, poison with wine, knights with village idiots, mummery
with revelry and princesses with goatherds?
Why, you get a
medieval banquet murder mystery, of course! In March the Grade 7 humanities
class acted out a medieval European banquet. Dinner included roast chicken
and pork, salad, leak and vegetable soup, grainy bread and a desert of apple
crumble. All was washed down with a fine wine (minus the fermentation)! Lord
Hamlet (A. MacLachlan) and his family hosted many suitors for the hands of
his daughters. Much intrigue was revealed when Lord Hamlet was poisoned by
his evil brother and a long-lost son and heir to the throne was found.
Jousts, juggling, mummery and the execution of a notorious villain rounded
out the entertainment.
Many thanks to
Maestro Patrick from Ye Olde Design Technology Shop and Dame Susan from The
King’s Artisan’s House for helping the revellers create wonderful
decorations to set the stage, and a thousand graces to Lady Malee and her
Cooking School servants for such a great feast.
banquet was established by A. Melanie and A. Mary in 2007 with a primary
focus to turn a traditional unit of study into a real-life learning
celebration for Prem International School seventh-grade humanities classes
marks the culmination of an extensive academic simulation of feudal European
society. Students live the history that they've been studying as well as
integrating units from English, DT and Art as they dress, eat and
participate in activities from the medieval times.
Applications being taken for City Youth Camp
The Chiang Mai Municipality is
organizing a Youth Camp for the summer season for kids. The camp, which will
offer taekwondo, badminton, volleyball, football,
gymnastics, and computer skills, will be held from 21 March to 7 April 2012
(except Sunday) at the Chiang Mai Municipal Stadium. Applications are being
accepted at the Office of Children and Youth Affairs, Chiang Mai Municipal
Stadium from Monday-through Friday 8:30 a.m.- 4 p.m. and Saturdays 9 a.m. to
noon. A 2 by 2 cm photo and copy of parent’s id cards is required.
Interested parents can contact 053-219181 or download the application at
Rotary Club and Makro organize painting contest
Siam Makro Public Company Limited teamed up with
the Rotary Club of Chiang Mai to organize an art contest on the theme of
“Preserving the Environment” to raise environmental awareness among the
younger generation. The contest, at which participants aged 8-17 bring
various perspectives to the subject through their paintings, is being held
in celebration of the Rotary International’s 107th anniversary. Siam Makro
Chiang Mai general manager Paisarn Rungvajira (fifth left) is seen
presenting certificates of honor and scholarships to the winners at Kad Suan
Kaew, Chiang Mai.