It is time again for the Evening Concert Series and we have three wonderful evenings of music planned throughout November. Please note the change in date from the printed calendar for the Choir Concert. After the calendar was printed, we chatted with ES Music teachers and decided to include ES singers from the ISM Sing! group in the event for the first time! In addition, the ISM Staff choir will also present an item. This makes this a truly whole school event. Please mark your calendars with this year’s dates:
The ISM Fine & Performing Arts Office films many performances throughout the school year. Unfortunately, due to copyright laws, we cannot post many of these events to a public access site such as YouTube. In order to make access to these events easy for ISM families, we have now added a Google folder containing the films in the “Quick Links” list of the Parent Portal. Here is a screenshot of this link:
Once you have clicked on this link, you will be taken to the Google folder that contains folders label by the school year. Click on the year in which the event you want to watch took place and a list of video files will appear.
Because the file sizes are so big, downloading the video you want to watch to your personal computer is recommended. This also means you will retain access to it after you leave ISM and it will be easy to share with family members via file share sites such as Google Drive or Dropbox.
You can download by clicking on the video file you want. A similar screen as seen below will open and then you select the download tab, which is located at the top-center of the screen:
You will be asked to select where you want to save the file on your personal computer.
Currently we only have events for this year avaliable, but will work on shifting over the last two years as well in the coming weeks. We will also eventually include folders containing photos taken by our ISM student photographers at some events.
The videos in this folder are provided for private family viewing only. These videos SHOULD NOT be uploaded to the internet for public access. If this becomes an issue, we will have to stop providing the films in this manner. You can certainly share your downloaded files to family members in other countries but please make it clear to them that these videos SHOULD NOT be uploaded to any social media or public access site.
This year, IASAS Art/ Dance/ Drama/ Tech is hosted by ISKL. We have to spots avaliable for experienced tech students who are independent, proactive, and design focused. Here is the application for for these positions, which should be completed by November 4th:
IASAS TECH APPLICATION 2016/17
This next IASAS Debate and Forensics Convention is hosted by International School Bangkok. The group of 6 Debate, 3 Oral Interpretation, 3 Original Oratory, 3 Impromptu and 3 Extemporaneous speakers will travel on March 1st, 2017. If you would like to be considered for one of these spots you should already be talking with the coaches. Here is a list of try out dates. The teacher leading each group is underlined. Please talk with them ASAP if you haven’t already been in contact:
Here is the link to the IASAS Impromptu Speaking try out sign up form: IASAS IMPROMPTU SPEAKING- SIGN UP HERE!
Ms. Dodd, Ms. Godfrey and Ms. Wong will email all Graphic Design, Photography, Sculpture and Ceramics, Intro Art, Explore Art and IB Art students on November 7th. Please look out for that email and if you would like to be one of the 5 travelling IASAS Delegates, be prepared to complete this application by November 11th.
Ms. Wong and Ms. Rankin look forward to working with you. We will be exploring the play “Waiting for Godot: by Samuel Becket. We are not looking for a literal retelling of the play but we wish to explore the themes of repetition, waiting, filling the space, faith and nihilism through dance.
Auditions will be Thursday November 3rd and Friday November 4th in the HS Dance room from 3.15 – 4.45 pm. Please sign up on the form outside the FINE ARTS Office.
Thursday’s audition will require you to perform a 1 minute prepared dance based on your interpretation of the title. Please be able to explain your piece. As well as working with prescribed choreography.
Friday’s audition will include devising.
Places will not be announced until Wednesday 9th November as Drama auditions will take place on Monday 7th and Tuesday 8th.
WHEN and WHERE: IASAS Drama auditions are afterschool on Wednesday, November 2nd and Monday, November 7th. You will need to attend both days to try out for IASAS Drama. Both parts of the audition will take place in the HS Dance room 3050.
What does the audition involve? You need to come to both phases of the audition to be considered. On the Wednesday, we will be devising scenes. You will then be given specific tasks for developing these and be prepared to present on the Monday. Obviously, your ability to touch base with your scene partners will be part of the process.
What should I do before the audition? Number 1 is to complete this audition form before October 21st
IASAS DRAMA 2016/17 AUDITION FORM
Do I need to prepare anything for the audition? i don’t need any prepared scenes but you should research ideas that you can use in the devising process beforehand. See below for a list of starting points.
What are we looking for? This will be a devised ensemble performance utilizing physical theatre so the audition process will look for the following skills:
- *Adding or developing ideas during devising
*Researching and developing material in between rehearsals
*Physical and spatial awareness
*Willingness to act upon an idea quickly without too much discussion (Do it rather than talk about it! Follow your instincts!)
*Ability to establish clearly defined characters in a short space of time
Starting Point for Devising: The German legend of Faust
Faust was a celebrated academic yet dissatisfied with life. In exchange for infinite wisdom and power, he promises his soul to the devil. We will take this basic idea and explore what this might mean in a 21st century context. What aspects of your humanity would you give up in order to get what you want? Areas to research before auditioning:
- The basic outline of the legend of Faust (both Goethe and Marlow versions). Wikipedia is fine.
- What it means to make a Faustian deal
- The concept of Duende, both the idea of sprites but also in connection to the soul and art.
- Current news about people using the internet to gain power/ knowledge or using technology to enhance their natural abilities (e.g. Google glasses)
- Any other ideas you get from your research!
Get ready to be transported back to the 1980’s with this year’s High School play. Shake the Spears: Much Ado About Nothing is devised around the plot outline of this popular Shakespearean comedy but shifts the setting to small town Messina, Iowa. Director Tami Monsod has been working with students since August to create a modern retelling, where the action is punctuated by several 80’s music hits and some great dance numbers.
Plot: Since leaving town, local boy Benedict has made it big as lead singer of the nationally acclaimed band Shake the Spears. At the invitation of Messina’s mayor, the group returns to perform a special show. The band’s presence ignites new love, renews old flames, and provokes several intrigues along the way.
Content: This comedy includes several fun dance numbers, a band playing 80’s pop songs, and many comic characters so is great entertainment for all of the family. There is some mature content (mostly innuendo) and some serious moments the require focus so it is recommended that students Grade 6 or below come with an adult.
There are 4 shows, which take place in ISM’s Fine Arts Theater:
- Thursday, October 13th @6PM
- Friday, October 14th @6PM
- Saturday, October 15th @2:30pm
- Saturday, October 15th @6:30pm
Tickets: Tickets are avaliable from the ISM Cashier’s Office or the electronic kiosks situated outside the Cashier’s Office and the HS Canteen. If you pay via the kiosks, remember to collect a printed receipt. You can exchange this at the door for a ticket. Adult tickets cost 300PHP and student tickets cost 150PHP. There is no assigned seating.