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End of Semester events summary


As we enter the last quarter of the school year, many Arts classes are preparing a final sharing of their work. We would love to have you come and support the following events:

  • HS Finale Concert- Tuesday, April 17th@5pm in FAT(All HS Music Groups)
  • HS Film Festival- Wednesday, April 18th@3pm in FAT (Selection of films from Intro, Explore & IB classes)
  • 100% Dance- Thursday, April 19th@3:15pm in LT (HS Dance Company class members)
  • MS/ HS Art Show Opening- Friday, April 3rd@3pm in FAT Lobby (All MS Art groups/ HS Intro and Explore classes (Exhibition hangs until Wednesday, April 16th)
  • HS Dance Finale- Wednesday, May 23rd@3:15pm in LT (HS Dance and Advanced Dance class members)
  • IB1 Art Exhibition Opens- Monday, May 28th@3pm in FAT Lobby (Grade 11 IB Art students/ hangs until June 1st)

IASAS Cultural Convention 2018- Previews Week Feb 19 to 24

IASAS Cultural Convention Previews take place from Feb 19th to 24th. Please promote and/ or come and support the groups as they preview their skills and materiel before representing ISM at IASAS Cultural Convention 2018. (For those who don’t know much about IASAS Cultural Convention, here is a brief guide which will help you make sense of all the acronyms and jargon: a guide to Cultural Convention )
 
IASAS Debate & Forensics Previews schedule
You will notice that in addition to our wonderful delegates speaking, the coaches are also sharing their talents! However, rather than take on their own coaching expertise, they have challenged each other to try out another speaking format. Come & see how the Impromptu coach copes with illuminating an OI script or how the OI coach manages when they have to improvise. I asked coaches if this would be serious or fun and got a wonderful array of responses, which suggests you will be entertained by both students and teachers! 
 

IASAS Music Previews
The previews offers each Music delegate the chance to practice their solo and each music ensemble time to showcase their group work. Here are the maximum lengths of each performance so you estimate the length of the show you a re attending:
  • Vocal solos – 6 minutes
  • Vocal ensembles – 8 minutes
  • Band solos and ensembles – 8 minutes
  • String solos and ensembles – 10 minutes
  • Piano solos – 10 minutes
Here is the running order for each of the two preview nights:
 

Dance/ Drama/ Tech Previews
IASAS Dance performs a 20-minute original choreography and IASAS Drama performs a 45-minute play. Each group previews their shows twice. After the first performance, the groups hold a Question and Answer session with the audience who offer the insights about the piece. They then spend the remaining rehearsal time before the Saturday Preview refining and is some cases adjusting aspects of the performance. Each preview takes place in the FAT on the following dates:
  • Thursday, Feb 22nd @ 5pm
  • Saturday, Feb 24th @5pm
The dance this year is entitled Escape. The team is made up of:

Annika Allado
Erica Bertacca
Nicole Bitanga
Nina Cobankiat
Danielle Concepcion
Monique Godfrey
Jennifer Javier
Dias Konysbayev
Sarina Malik
Amanda Qua
Martina Qua
Sunny Seo


The play this year is an original piece devised by the cast call Smashing Magic. The cast is:

Sofia Caoua
Manuel Elizalde
Georgia Limcaoco
Alexis Lopez
Shubh Mahtani
Finn Morrison
Alex Pekin
Juan Periquet
Pari Pradhan
Sophia Quintos
Rocio Tambunting
Rahul Vanjani

IASAS Cultural Convention Art/ Dance/ Drama/ Tech- Host families needed!


International School Manila hosts….IASAS Music Cultural Convention: February 28th to March 4th, 2018

ISM will be hosting students from the IASAS schools (Singapore American School, International School of Kuala Lumpur, Taipei American School, International School Bangkok, and Jakarta Intercultural School) for the IASAS Art/ Dance/ Drama/ Tech Cultural Convention, 2018.  In order to put this event on, we need to provide home stays for 115 students while they are in Manila. Groups will arrive Wednesday, February 28th and depart on Sunday, March 4th.

Why host?

Hosting is an excellent opportunity for ISM students. It forges international friendships, which often last beyond High School into College. Indeed, there are many instances of IASAS friends becoming roommates or joining together for regular social events. In addition, hosting also has a very practical purpose as it keeps the costs of running the event at a manageable level for families. Many ISM students have already benefited (or will do so in the future) from home stays in other countries. Therefore, hosting IASAS students is a chance to repay past and future kindnesses as well as make new international friends! More importantly, it is a lot of fun!

General guidelines/expectations for host families when housing for an IASAS event:

  • Pick up and drop off from and to school on arrival and departure days (Feb 28th to Mar 4th, 2018)
  • Transport to school each morning and transport home each day of the event (can be bus in the mornings on school days).
  • Provide breakfast and evening meals (except for Saturday- IASAS banquet will be held at school. Students buy their lunch at the canteen.)
  • Ensure there is adult supervision when visiting students are at your home each evening. (This should be an adult family member, not a paid helper.)
  • Enforce the 9pm curfew for all IASAS delegates.
  • Answer curfew calls from the visiting students’ advisors after 9pm each evening.

Answers to commonly asked questions:

What guidelines are there for sleeping arrangements?

  • You will need to provide each student with a place to sleep, bedding and a towel.
  • If you have a double bed, it is fine: the visiting schools try to pair friends together so this isn’t an issue and we forewarn people so they have a chance to opt out if they are uncomfortable with this idea.
  • Airbeds, mattresses on the floor of your child’s bedroom and sofa beds are also fine.
  • If the hosted students are sharing a room, it must be with somebody of the same gender.

What expectations are there regarding supervision?

  • There must be an adult member of the family home during the evenings
  • In a car, there must always be a member of the host family. This may be an ISM student or parents.
  • Answer the curfew call from the visiting teachers, who do this after 9pm each night.

When will I know who I am hosting?

  • Unfortunately, hosting is like a giant puzzle. We can place the students until we have all the beds. We hope to be able share this with you at least 3 days before the event.

I am an IASAS Delegate. Does this mean I need to house?

  • Yes. All delegates need to house in the year they travel for an IASAS event. When a student is part of an IASAS event hosted by ISM, it is expected that they host for that event. If the student is travelling, then they must host for any event in that school year. Ideally, the family can host while the student is absent if there is another MS or HS sibling in the house.
  • If you cannot fulfill your obligation, you must find a family that can do so on your behalf.

What do I do now?

If hosting is something your family is happy to do, please fill in this Google IASAS CC 2018 Hosting Form.  If you have any additional questions regarding the hosting process, please feel free to call or email me. We will then contact you 2 to 3 days (or earlier if we get all beds quickly!) before the event to let you know the details of the students you will be hosting and other important logistical details.

Thanks for supporting the IASAS Music Cultural Convention at ISM!

A Guide to IASAS Cultural Convention


For those new to ISM or new to the cultural aspects of IASAS, here is a short guide to IASAS Cultural Convention.

IASAS Cultural Convention is held over 3 days with an addtional travel day either side. The dates this year are  February 28th to March 4th, making the convention days the 1st to 3rd. There are three parts to this event, each of which is held at a different IASAS School:

  • IASAS Music- hosted this year by Taipei American School (8 strings players, 8 band members and 8 choir singers accompanied by 3  pianists playing solos as well as performing in octets)
  • IASAS Debate and Forensics- hosted this year by Singapore American School (18 students competing in the areas of Debate, Impromptu speaking, Oral interpretation, Original Oratory, and Extemporaneous speaking)
  • IASAS Art/ Dance/ Drama- hosted this year by ISM! (8 Dancers presenting a 20 minute perfromance, 8 actors presenting a 45 minute perfromance and 5 artists accompanying 25 pieces of Art add to an exhibition. In addition, 2 tech delegates  design and run the tech elements for Dance and Drama. )

Being part of a Cultural Convention group is essentially the cultural equivalent of making a varsity sports team. All students who are involved have completed some form of audition or selection process. The students of our cultural ‘teams’ are called delegates and represent ISM against other IASAS schools.

WHAT IS THE FORMAT OF IASAS MUSIC?

Each school sends 27 musicians: 8 strings players, 8 band members, 8 choir members and 3 pianists. Each member of the group completes a solo performance on their chosen instrument in front a panel of adjudicators who will give a detail critique of the student’s playing. Each of the strings, band and choir soloists are supported by one of the 3 pianists. The groups also present as octets. The convention culminates in a showcase of performers from the various schools that have been recommended for an Honors award based on their solos or octet performances.

WHEN ARE IASAS MUSIC PREVIEWS?

Prior to travelling, IASAS Music holds previews for the ISM community. There are two previews, which have different programs so that each soloist and octet gets a chance to practice in front of an audience. This means that there are two wonderful nights of music to look forward to next week. All players involved are of an advanced standard so if you enjoy classical music please put the following dates aside:

  • Wednesday, February 21st at 5pm in the Little Theatre
  • Friday, February 23rd at 5pm in the Little Theatre

WHAT IS THE FORMAT OF IASAS DEBATE AND FORENSICS?

Debate and Forensics is a competitive convention with four different events being contested for gold, silver and bronze medals:

Debate– 6 Debaters break into two groups and compete over several rounds, which culminate in a final.

Original Oratory– 3 students prepare an original 5-7 minute speech prior to the convention the convention. The piece is marked on both content and performance.

Oral Interpretation- 3 students each learn a poem, short story or extract from a longer text of 5 to 7 minutes in length.  They present this and are evaluated upon how well they are able to covey thematic significance and character development through by using an array of oratory techniques.

Extemporaneous Speaking- Prior to the convention, schools submit a range of topics related to current affairs. These are sorted through and a selection of questions is created. Meanwhile, the 3 extemporaneous speakers spend as much time developing their understanding of topical current affairs and collecting a file of possible source material. In each round, the students are given a choice of two questions and then have 30 minutes to prepare a 5 to 7 minute speech which answers the question.  Evaluation is weighted 70% for content and 30% for delivery.

Impromptu Speaking- Our 3 impromptu speakers will each compete in three rounds to make it to a final. Each round sees them handed two topic choices and then given 1 minute to prepare a 3 to 5 minute speech on the one of their choice. Evaluation is weighted 60% for content and 40% for delivery.

WHEN ARE PREVIEWS?

Monday, Fe 19th and Tuesday, Feb 20th in the LT

WHAT IS THE FORMAT OF ART/DANCE/ DRAMA CULTURAL CONVENTION?

Each of the 6 IASAS schools brings 5 artists, 8 dancers and 8 actors to participate in workshops and to also share prepared work. This means that over the 3 days of the convention there will be many performances and an art exhibition to appreciate:

Art- Art delegates spend the first morning of the convention hanging an exhibition of the 6 schools’ art works. Each school brings 25 pieces of art that can come from a wide range of mediums, including painting, photography, graph design, sculpture and more. The 5 delegates that are present will each have at least one piece on display but there will also be work from students who are not present. The Art opening takes place on the first evening of the exhibition and then hangs until the opening of the last shows. During the convention, each piece is critiqued by delegates and this feedback is given to the artists. In addition to this they participate in 3 workshops and a trip to Intramurous.

Dance- Prior to the convention, each school choreographs a 20 minute dance based around a theme or story.  This will be shared during the convention with other delegates but is also open to the ISM community to watch. This performance will then be critiqued by the workshop leader and all other delegates. The Dancers also participate in 5 workshops led by a Dance professional.

Drama- Prior to the convention, each school prepares a performance of no more than 45 minutes in length to share with delegates and other interested members of the ISM community. The type of theatre can vary greatly.  These performances will each be critiqued by workshop leaders and all other delegates.

Tech- Two tech delegates are chosen who run the technical aspects of the Dance and Drama performances.

 

When are Art/ Dance/ Drama/ Tech Previews? 

Thursday, Feb 22nd at 5pm and Saturday, Feb 24th at 3pm in the FAT.

Fast + Fresh Drama Festival- call for participants

When is Fast + Fresh? The Manila Fast and Fresh Drama Festival is being held on Saturday, January 27th.
What does the festival involve? Groups of 3 to 6 students from different Manila schools devise a  10-minute plays to share. There are category prises such as Best Student Director or Best Dramatic Actor. Students can act, direct or work as crew member.  The festival started in Australia and now takes place in many countries around the world.  This year ISM is hosting the Manila festival. The time commitment up until Jan 27th is 2 to 3 rehearsals a week, depending on your group’s arrangements.
How do I get involved? If you would like to act in or direct one of the ISM entries, please fill out this form and then we’ll meet on Monday, November 20th at 3pm in the AMR.
(Hopefully, the people involved with this would then go on to work on the opening ceremony perfromance for IASAS Art/ Dance/ Drama/ Tech, which ISM is also hosting from March 1st to 3rd.)

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 available 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 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.

Video, Photos and Phones: This is a licensed show and ISM has therefore signed a legal contract regarding the distribution of images and video. Please DO NOT bring cameras to the show. Also, please be aware that you will need to have a phone that can be put into airplane mode because we are using so many microphones, which pick up texts etc.

 

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!