Category Archives: Drama

HS Play 2017: In The Heights


This year’s HS Play,  In the Heights, opens for a 3-night run on Thursday, October 19th. Tickets are now avaliable from the ISM Cashier’s Office or the Electronic Kiosk. Here is the essential details:

  • Show Times: Thursday, Oct 19th @6pm/ Friday, Oct 20th @6:30pm/ Saturday, Oct 21st@6:30pm
  • Run time: 2 hour and 5 minutes, which includes a 15 minute intermission.
  • Tickets: 150PHP for students/ 300PHP for adults
  • Outside Guests: If you have friends or family from out side ISM who wish to watch, please make sure you communicate with ISM security at least a day in advance to arrange clearance. As an ISM ID holder, you can vouch for them to enter the campus.

Plot: In The Heights examines how immigration shapes a person’s concept of home. The action centres around residents of New York’s ethnically diverse Washington Heights as they face the consequences of impending gentrification. Usnavi, the proprietor of the corner bodega, guides us through a  neighborhood where the beats of hip-hop, salsa and soul punctuate the highs and lows of life. Over three of the hottest days in July 2008, fortunes shift, romance blooms, and tempers flair. But with a little ‘Paciencia Y Fe’, the characters may still be able to reconcile their love for distant familial roots with their lives in the United States.

Background: Washington Heights in New York has been shaped by several waves of migration. During the early 20th century, it was home to mainly European immigrants, including significant Irish and Jewish populations. However, by the 1980’s many Hispanic groups, including Dominicans, Cubans and Puerto Ricans, had also come to call it home. Lin Manuel Miranda, the creator of In the Heights, wanted to celebrate the vibrate sense of community that comes with such diversity. He originally staged In the Heights during his sophomore year of college. Three senior students and an alumnus, Thomas Kali, were so taken by the show, they convinced Miranda to produce a revised version with a view to gaining Broadway release. Five drafts and eight years later, the show opened on Broadway, with Miranda in the lead role and Kali as the director. In 2008, the show was awarded both the Tony and Grammy for Best Musical.

Who is this show suitable for? In The Heights is a full length Broadway musical.  This means the First Act is an hour and 5 minutes and the Second Act is 50 minutes.  It is made up of big dance and singing numbers mixed with some wonderful duets and solos. The whole show is high energy and will entertain most ages that can sit for the length of the show. That said, there are some mature themes such as identity and relationships, a few innuendos, and some mild cussing such as ‘damn’.  One scene is based in a salsa bar and there are also a few romantic scenes. Another thing to note is that several characters are Christians so there is are quite a few references to God. The websites I have read suggest that families who have brought young children have found that content that might be seen as to mature went over the heads of their children anyway. Children seemed to be focused more on the big, fun scenes.  In summary, depending on the sensitivities of your child or family, most Grade 7 or above students should  be fine to watch by themselves. Grade 6 and below would be better suited to coming with adult supervision, but will still enjoy the big dance and singing numbers.

 

ISM Fine and Performing Arts Events 2017-18


Fine Arts Calendar 2017-18

September 15-17 Dance Exchange Friday to Sunday All Day SAS Singapore HS
September 20 Great Works Concert Wednesday 5:30 pm FAT HS
October 13 & 14 MUN Locals Conference Friday & Saturday All day ISM Hosting HS
October 19 to 21 HS Play Thursday to Saturday All day FAT HS
November 8 to 12 IASAS MUN Wednesday to Sunday All day International School Bangkok HS TRIP
November 15 All Choirs Concert Wednesday 5:30 pm FAT ES/MS/HS
November 20 to 24 THIMUN Monday to Friday All day Singapore HS TRIP
November 21 Grade 2 Concert Tuesday 8:00 am FAT ES
November 21 ES AFAC Recital Tuesday 3:00 pm LT ES
November 27th MS Art Exhibition Opening Monday 3:00 pm FAT Lobby MS
November 27 to December 11 MS Art Exhibition Monday to Monday All Day FAT Lobby MS
November 27 All Strings Concert Monday 5:30 pm FAT MS/HS
November 29 All Bands Concert Wednesday 5:30 pm FAT MS/HS
November 30 to Deccember 3 Robotics Tournament Thursday to Sunday All day Taipei American School HS TRIP
December 9 K-12 Dance Recital Saturday 3:00 pm FAT ES/MS/HS
January 16 Manila Student Film Festival Tuesday 5:00 pm FAT MS/HS
January 18 TRI-M Music Night Thursday 5:30 pm LT HS
January 19 to 21 GIN Conference Thursday to Sunday All day Concordia International School Shanghai HS TRIP
January 25 Children’s Musical Theater Thursday wholeday FAT ES
January 24 to 28 AMIS Orchestra Wednesday to Sunday All day Hong Kong Interntaional School MS Trip
January 27 Fast and Fresh Theater Festival Saturday All day ISM Hosting MS
February 1 to 4 ISTA Thursday to Sunday All day Bangkok MS Trip
February 7 to 11 AMIS Band Wedensday to Friday All day United Nation International School of Hanoi MS Trip
February 19 to 24 IASAS Preview Dance, Drama, Music, Art and Debate/Forensic Monday to Saturday All day FAT/AMR/LT HS
March 3 GIN Manila Conference Saturday All day Brent HS
March 2-4 GIN Conference Friday to Sunday All day Canggu Community School, Bali MS
February 28 to March 4 IASAS Cultural Convention Dance, Drama, Music, Art and Debate/Forensic Thursday to Sunday All day TAS/ISM/SAS HS
March 7 to 22 IB Visual Arts Exhibition Wednesday to Thursday All day FAT Lobby HS
March 7 IB Visual Arts Exhibition Opening Wednesday 3:00 pm FAT Lobby HS
March 14 to 18 AMIS Orchestra Wednesday to Sunday All day Seoul Foreign School MS Trip
April 4 to 8 AMIS Boys and Girls Choir Wednesday to Sunday All day International School Bangkok MS Trip
April 17 HS Finale Concert Tuesday 5:30 pm FAT HS
April 18 HS Film Festival Wednesday 3:00 pm FAT HS
April 17 to 24 ES Art Exhibit Tuesday to Tuesday All day FAT Lobby ES
April 19 100% Dance Co Thursday 3:30 pm FAT HS
Apirl 25 to 28 VEX Robotics World Championship Wednesday to Saturday All day Kentucky USA HS
May 3 to 16 MS/HS Art Exhibition Tuesday to Wednesday All day FAT Lobby MS/HS
May 4 Preschool Concert Friday 8:00 am LT ES
May 4 & 5 MS Play Friday & Saturday All day FAT MS
May 8 Kindergarten Concert Tuesday 8:00 am LT ES
May 12 Dance Recital Saturday 3:00 pm FAT ES/MS
May 21 to June 1 IB1 Art Exhibition Monday to Friday All day FAT Balcony HS
May 23 HS Dance Finale Wednesday 3:00 pm LT HS
May 25 Grade 1 Concert Friday 8:00 am LT ES
May 30 MS Finale Concert Wednesday 5:30 pm FAT MS
June 1 AFAC Recital Friday 3:00 pm LT ES/MS

HS Play 2017 Audition Dates


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The HS Play for 2017 will be In The Heights. Auditions are in the first week of school on the following dates:

  • (All cast) Wednesday, August 9th, 3-5pm
  • (All cast/ start of lead auditions)Thursday, August 10th, 3-5pm
  • (Lead auditions) Friday, August 11th, 3- 5pm
  • Lead’s first rehearsal Saturday, August 12th, 8 to 12pm

Here’s a video explaining a little about the show and encouraging you to audition:

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On Wednesday, you will all work as a group to learn part of a song from the show and then some basic choreography. For the audition, everybody will then be split into groups of 5 or 6 and perform the piece together. If you also want to be considered for a lead role, there will be an additional solo audition involving part of a song specific to the role.

LOOK ON YOUR BATCH PAGES OR JOIN THE FINE ARTS GOOGLE + PAGE TO ACCESS THE AUDITION DETAIL AND CREW SIGN UP.

MS Play this week! (May 4 to 6)


After months of rehearsal, the cast and crew for the MS Play are excited to open on Thursday, May 4th. This year’s play is the the musical Man of La Mancha, which is based on the legend of Don Quixote. Over 70 MS students and 10 HS students are involved on stage or behind the scenes, making this one of the biggest MS activities of the year. Please come and support the students and staff who have been working since December to bring you a wonderful show.

Performance Dates:  

  • Thursday May 4th@6pm
  • Friday May 6th @6pm
  • Saturday May 6th @ 2pm
  • Saturday May 6th @6pm

(The show lasts about 1 hour and 30 minutes, which includes a 15 minute intermission.)

Tickets:

Tickets cost 150PHP for students and 300PHP for adults. They are for sale from the cashier’s office or on the electronic kiosks. There are no ticket numbers and it is open seating.

Show synopsis:  

17th century writer Miguel Cervantes wrote the famous book Don Quixote. In this musical, Cervantes decides to tell Don Quixote’s story one last time before his manual script is burnt. The musical is therefore a play-within-a-play, where the plot jumps back and forth between Cervantes the story teller and the adventures of Don Quixote the ‘crazy’ knight. As Don Quixote and Sancho search of adventures, they end up fighting wind mills, fall for the beautiful Aldonza, overcomes bandits, are robbed and finally stands up to their arch enemy.

MAN OF LA MANCHA became one of the most successful musicals in Broadway history when it was first released , winning 5 Tony awards in 1966. Powerful, brutal, hilarious, and heartbreaking, MAN OF LA MANCHA celebrates the perseverance of a man who refuses to relinquish his ideals or his passion. Sure, he is a little crazy, but sometimes that is what is needed if we are to pursue our passions in life. The  scores most famous and enduring number is “The Impossible Dream”

Design concept for this performance:

You will notice that all the costumes and set design have a distinctly Filipino style!

 

 

 

 

 

HS Play 2016- Tickets now on sale!


final-psd-much-ado-about-nothing-psd-google-driveGet 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.

 

 

 

HS Play Auditions 2016


The auditions for the HS Play take place after school (3:00 to 4:50) on August 10th, 11th and 12th in the FAT. You should be avaliable for both the 10th and 11th with the 12th being for lead character callbacks. If you are auditioning, please fill out this Google form before midday on Tuesday, August 9th:

HS Play Audition Sign Up

If you would like to be a crew member, please fill out this form by midday on August 16th. The first crew meeting is in the FAT after school on Wednesday, August 17th. You must attend this if you wish to be considered:

HS Play 2016 Crew Sign Up

The play this year is loosely based around Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing; however, the setting will be modernised and Elizabethan language will not be used. The play will be devised so students will be involved in creating the updated dialogue and and plot! There will also be a band incorporated into the action so having some musical ability for some of the lead characters would also be an advantage. More will be revealed at assembly on Friday by Ms. Monsod, the director for this year’s play!

IASAS Dance/ Drama Auditions sign up here


Last year a new IASAS rule change was past that gave the opportunity for schools to combine their Dance and Drama teams to create one hour long show if the wished.  This year Ms. Monsod and Ms. Barlongay have decided to try out the new concept and are therefore running auditions as soon as they return from October break.  Because this is a unique concept, auditions will run the following days and you should be avaliable for all dates if you are serious about being selected:

  • Nov. 5 and 6 (3-5pm at the FAT)
  • Nov. 9 and 10 (3-5pm at the Dance Room)

If you wish to take part, please fill out the following Google form:

IASAS Dance and Drama Audition Form

IASAS Cultural Convention Auditions begin


This week, the first auditions for  IASAS Cultural Convention are taking place. For those new to ISM, Cultural Convention is actually 3 separate events hosted by 3 different IASAS schools. This year, IASAS CC is March 3rd, 4th and 5th and is held in the following places:

  • Debate & Forensics hosted by ISKL in Kuala Lumpur
  • Art/ Dance/ Drama hosted by TAS in Taipei
  • Music (Strings/ Band/ Vocals/ piano) hosted by us!

This week we see Music auditions taking place. Students should have already talked to the IASAS coaches if they want to be involved. These are Ms. Carrie Grev for Vocals, Mr. Tom Nazareno for Band and Mr. Giovanni Bobbise for Strings.

In the first week after October break, Drama auditions will take place in the FAT on November 5th & 6th  and then Dance on the 18th. This year, Ms. Tami Monsod and Ms. Yek Barlongay will direct a joint Dance/ Drama piece, which will certainly be an exciting event.

Art has a selection process that happens within G22 Art classes.

Debate and Forensics coaches will also start selections in November so students should watch out for details of these mentioned in assembly and posted on the Fine Arts Office notice board.

HS Play 2015- The Crucible


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Show week is finally here and excitement is building as students are eager to share the fruits of the last six weeks of rehearsal. It would be great to see as many of the ISM community as possible there to  support the cast and crew. This year, we have continued our tradition of involving a wide cross section of the school. There are 59 actors, 52 crew and 30 design students who have pulled together to realize the show in such a relatively short period of time.

Here are some  details and background about the show:

Tickets- These are now available from the ISM Cashier’s Office or can be brought at the electronic payment machines by the school ATM or outside the HS/ MS canteen. Student tickets cost 150PHP and adults cost 300PHP.
Outside Guests- If you would like to invite family friends that aren’t already ISM ID holders, you will need to let security office know in advance. If these people wish to bring a non-ISM stickered  vehicle onto campus you will also need to provide the colour/ model/ make and plate number.
Age Appropriate?- Every family obviously has different sensitivities so it is up to the individual if they decide to bring younger siblings. The Crucible is an intense drama, which is generally only studied at HS level. There are challenging themes, staged violence  and references that you may feel inappropriate for MS students. That said, with some front loading, the play provokes rich discussion and is considered a classic of both Theatre and Literature. Here is a link to help you start the discussion: https://www.commonsensemedia.org/book-reviews/the-crucible
Videoing- This is a licensed show so no videos or pictures can be taken. Please leave your cameras at home. We are allowed to nominate official photographers and will then publish a folder of images next week.

Plot Summary-The Crucible is set in the Puritan community of Salem during 1692. As the settlers work to establish a society that reflects the spirit of their religious teachings, disagreements over land and leadership threaten to destabilize the town. When scandal  hits, Salem is already a town ripe for conflict.

Seven months previously, John Proctor, a married and respected farmer, has broken off  his illicit affair with Abigail Williams, Reverend Parris’s 17 year old niece. However, Abigail is still infatuated and seeks help from Parris’s Barbados slave, Tituba, to cast a curse of death upon John’s wife, Elizabeth. Several girls go to the forest to perform this ritual but are discovered by Parris. In order to avoid the consequences, Parris’s daughter, Betty, and her friend feign illness and this is taken as a sign of witchcraft.

These rumors create panic in Salem and Abigail, realizing she needs to divert the town’s attention from her actions, leads the girls in accusing other townspeople of witchcraft. These attempts to shift the blame are taken seriously and soon Reverend Hale, an expert in recognizing signs of Witchcraft, and Deputy Governor Danforth arrive in Salem to assess the validity of the claims. Individuals quickly realize they can take advantage of the situation to pursue their personal agendas.

Historical background- The Crucible is loosely based real events surrounding the Salem witch trials, which were a series of hearings and prosecutions of people accused of witchcraft in colonial Massachusetts between February 1692 and May 1693. The trials resulted in the executions of 20 people, most of them women. The episode is one of America’s most notorious cases of mass hysteria, and has been used in political rhetoric and popular literature as a cautionary tale about the dangers of religious extremism and abuses of power.

Arthur Miller, an iconic American playwright, wrote The Crucible as a condemnation of the U.S. government’s reaction to the perceived infiltration of Communists into society in the early 1950’s. This ‘Red Scare’ saw many prominent personalities, especially from the entertainment industry, blacklisted from their professions. Many of these people were Miller’s friends and he believed strongly (along with many others)  that they were accused with little or no credible evidence. Having  the studied the Salem Witch Trials as a university student, Miller noted many similarities between the language and actions of the government and that of the officials involved in the trials 250 years previously . He soon realized that a play about the trials would become a more timeless critique of abuse of power than  any contemporary play he could craft.