Category Archives: Drama

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


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:
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.


MS Play Auditions

This week, MS students were offered the opportunity to audition for this year’s  MS play, an abridged version of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. In previous years, this play took place in May but because we are planning an outdoor performance, the show this academic year will take place from the 28th to the 30th of January, 2016.  Auditions are already underway so if there are still students who are interested and yet haven’t signed up they should contact  Ms. Rankin ( ASAP.

Initially, students will attend once or twice a week, depending on their role during AFAC club activity times. Rehearsals will then increase as we get closer to the performance date.

HS Play 2015: Auditions for The Crucible

Each year the HS Theatre Department tries to offer a challenging piece of Theatre for ISM students to be involved in.  We typically choose a play with a big cast and room to incorporate a large ensemble. We also have a very large backstage and technical crew.  For example, last year 140 students were involved in some capacity with the show.

With this in mind, we encourage as many people as possible to attend auditions or sign up for crew .

The Crucible is a classic dramatic play from one of America’s most famous playwrights, Arthur Miller. It explores the events surrounding a small religious community who is dealing with accusations of witchcraft. Some of the most memorable roles in American Theatre come from this play so take the opportunity  to be part of the drama!

Key Dates

In addition, to after school rehearsals, we will be rehearsing most Saturdays up until the performance days of October 15th, 16th and 17th. People in ensemble should expect 2 days after school a week. Actors with speaking roles will range between 2 to 4 days a week depending on what is being block at the time.  A detailed calendar will be handed with the cast posting.


The audition process is as follows:

1. Read through at least the first 3 pages of this information sheet about the play and the characters involved:

The Crucible Information sheet

2. Decide if you would like a main role, a smaller speaking role, to be part of the special choral ensemble or a member of the acting ensemble, then fill out this audition form. Ideally this will be complete by Sunday, August 9th:

Audition sign up Google Form

3. Go to this folder for audition scripts:

Audition material

4. Attend an Audition:

Monday, August 10th if you would like to be considered for a major speaking role

Tuesday August 11th, if you would like to have a smaller speaking role or be part of the ensemble groups.ensemble


1. Fill in this form

Crew Sign up Google Form

2. Attend a meeting on Monday, August 17th to get your crew assignment and begin working on  organization. You will be free  to go at 4.30pm.




Fine & Performing Arts Calendar 2015-16

Welcome back to another exciting year for the Arts at ISM. Having been inspired by various experiences over summer, teachers are back from the break and are now keen to see our talented students breath life into their ideas. The link below is a list of the major events the Fine Arts Office  supports throughout the year. (In addition, we support many curriculum-derived events and details of these will come throughout the year from the organising teachers.)

Fine & Performing Arts Events 2015-16