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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

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

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


HS Play- Blood Brothers- The Musical

Blood Brothers PosterTickets are now on sale for Blood Brothers, a musical with book, music and lyrics by Willy Russell. The show runs for three nights from the 9th to the 11th of October and starts each night at 6pm. Tickets cost 150PHP for students and 300PHP for adults.

History of the Play

There are only three musicals in London that have thus far achieved the distinction of being performed more than the 10,000 times: Les Miserables, The Phantom of the Opera and Blood Brothers. Willy Russell wrote the first version of Blood Brothers as school play in 1982 and then developed into it a musical the next year. Since then it has been a staple of the West End and ran for 23 years before taking a break this year to complete a yearlong tour of other theatres throughout the UK. It has also been a popular and often prescribed play in British Drama Curriculum since its creation.

Plot Summary

Set in Northern England, the play opens in the 1950’s and then follows the next 30 years in the life of Mrs. Johnstone, a woman who falls on hard times and gives up one of her twin sons to an illegal adoption. The twins, Mickey and Edward, are kept separated by their respective mothers yet find each other again by chance when they are seven. Their friendship is instantaneous and they decide they should be blood brothers yet never find out they are actual biological brothers until a girl, Linda, and “some would say superstition” comes between them. Although the play is a commentary on the changing economic and political climate of England throughout the 2nd half of the 20th century, most audiences view it as a personal tale of love, family, friendship and power of superstition.

Audience Notes

If you are considering bringing younger, non-high school students, please take the following into consideration:

  • Some of the themes dealt with in the play require a mature response and there are also a few mild curse words used for context’s sake.
  • There are scenes where fake guns and knives are used alongside coresponding sound effects as well as some depictions of violence. If you are considering bringing younger, non-high school students, please take this into consideration.
  • The show runs for approximately 2 hours, including a 15 minute intermission.

If you have friends and/ or family from outside of the ISM community who you wish to invite please pass their names and any vehicle details to security before October 9th.

For further questions, please email me, Marsha Hillman, on

HS Play Auditions 2014

This year, after many requests, we are putting on a musical. Blood Brothers follows the story of twin brothers, Mickey and Edward, who are separated at birth yet find each other again by chance when they are seven. Their friendship develops and they decide they should be blood brothers yet never find out they are actual biological brothers until fate takes a nasty turn…. Here is a link to the Phoenix Theatre, which was home of the show in West End London for many years:

The HS Play will be staged between October 9th and 11th, 2014. Auditions will take place on Monday, August 11th and again on Wednesday, August 13th in the Fine Arts Theatre from 3pm to 4.45pm. Because of the copyright laws surrounding musical scripts anybody who is contemplating auditioning should fill our the following Google form. I can then share the Google audition folder with you and you can make a choice about coming to Mondays audition… Don’t be scared by the fact this is a musical; there are parts for actors who don’t mind singing as part of a group. Maybe you will discover a hidden talent……

Request to see audition materials- sign up here

If you are keen to help backstage, fill out the following form by August 13th. The first meeting for crew will be Wednesday, August 20th in the Fine Arts Theatre @ 3pm:

HS Play Crew sign up form

For anybody who has more questions or any problems with the forms above, email me on

Fine and Performing Arts Events 2014/15

Welcome back! Here is a list of the Fine and Performing Arts events for the year. Make this the year you try something new! The first big events for HS are auditions for the HS Play and in MS the afterschool program includes a a One Act Play Festival. For more information, come and see me, Mrs. Hillman, at the Fine Arts Office.

Fine Arts Events 2014/15

Private film screening to raise money for Typhoon Haiyan relief fund

The Adventurer for blog

The hype for discerning film critics….The film is based on the Mariah Mundi series of books by G.P. Taylor, which critics have compared favorably to the writings of J.K. Rowling. The Adventurer: The Curse of the Midas Box is the first film of what is to be a series with similar appeal to that of the Harry Potter, Indiana Jones and The Golden Compass films.

Be the first in the Philippines! Captive Cinema Distributors is allowing this special private screening five days before the film actually opens in Philippine cinemas as a way to contribute to the ISM disaster relief fund. (They are also foregoing any profit…Thanks Captive!)

Need to feel even more exclusive? January 10th is the US release date so, because of time difference, we will even see it before the world preview! So come be some of the first people in the world to enjoy this film and also contribute to a good cause while you’re at it……

PLOT: The Adventurer centers around 17 year old Mariah Mundi whose family has been kidnapped by an unknown enemy. In order to unravel the mystery of their whereabouts he must embark on a journey to a remote island with the enigmatic Will Charity. Click here to see the trailer.

DATE & TIME: Friday, January 10th, 2014. We will open the doors to the ISM Fine Arts Theater at 5.15pm so people have the chance to take pictures on the red carpet and then select a seat before the film starts at 6.00pm

FILM RATING: The US MPAA rating board classified the film as PG (Parental Guidance suggested for younger children) because there is “some action and violence, some peril and brief incidences of smoking”. The film will be rated in the Philippines later this month and expects to get an equivalent rating. Essentially, this means it is left to the discretion of parents to decide whether they wish to approve of their child’s solo attendance or buy tickets and accompany them. (As a general guide to help with this decision, the film is fairly similar in terms of levels of violence and action to the later Harry Potter films)

TICKETS: Tickets cost 250PHP and are available from the ISM cashier’s office or via the new electronic top up machines on campus (make sure to print and keep the receipt as proof of purchase). The Fine Arts Council will also be promoting ticket sales at lunchtime outside the canteen in the last week of school before semester break and also during the week of the event.

CAN’T ATTEND? WHY NOT LET SOMEONE ELSE GO IN YOUR PLACE! If January 10th is not a great date for you, you can still buy a ticket and donate it to children from our service learning partner groups. For every sponsored ticket sold, we can let more students from these groups attend! In this way, the event not only addresses our immediate concerns about victims of Typhoon Haiyan but also continues to support our long term partnerships with our service partners.

If you have any further questions, email the Fine Arts Office at or phone 8408400 ex 630/631


Thank you for supporting Metro Manila film showing!

ISM hosted its first Red Carpet Night on November 7th as a fundraiser for two of the school’s service learning partners,  Berdesaco and Papaya Academy . The film Metro Manila has  already won Audience Choice at this year’s Sundance Film festival and is now in contention for Academy Award selection. The audience was lucky enough to not only view the film but also to meet with the lead actors, Jake Macapagal and Althea Vega, who posed for photos and signed posters. The event was extremely well supported with 122600PHP being raised for the groups. In addition, many of the schools contract workers from around the school (security, cleaners, canteen staff etc) were able to enjoy the film free of charge because of the kind support of Captive Cinema Film Distributors, the company who is promoting the film in the Philippines.

The Fine Arts Council and Service Learning Council would like to say a big THANK YOU for this support and are already looking to have another Red Carpet event soon! In the meantime, here is a link to the album containing pictures of the event: