- 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 too 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 and 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.
|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|
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:
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.
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.
- 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 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.
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!
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:
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.
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:
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:
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!
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:
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.