International School Bangkok Art teacher Basil Tahan was a key figure at this year’s convention; Mr. Tahan and his camera, that is. In addition to taking beautiful and creative team shots (from overhead while the team was arranged on the floor in the shape of a flower) Mr. Tahan attended every performance and event, as well as many workshops – with his camera.
His photos of the Cul Con Students at work and in performance are stunning. As one ISM student stated, “He managed to capture all of the key moments in our productions – without ever having seen the shows before!”
Please follow this link to view the photos from Dance, Drama and Art CulCon 2012. Page 1 begins with the creation of the Art Exhibition. Photos of Obscurum begin on page 18 and the collection and Indulto shots begin on page 21 with a few more Obscurum shots following after the play photos. I guarantee you will want to look at the photos from all of the performances and events. Here is a taste:
They gasped, they laughed, they cried, they held their collective breath and at the end, the audience leapt to their feet for thundering standing ovations at both ISM dance and drama performances at IASAS Dance, Drama & Art Cultural Convention held at International School Bangkok this past weekend. The cast of Indulto, dancers of Obscurum and technician Dinesh Mohnani all received high praise for their work on stage and backstage. Due to the wonders of technology – and the internet – Teacher Yek (who was not able to travel with the dancers this year) gave notes and encouragement during the technical rehearsal via Skype. Parents, teachers, friends, family and alumni from all over the world and from a variety of time zones watched the performances live via ISB livestream. Praise, congratulations and support came pouring in via Facebook, text messages, Twitter and email. If you were not able to catch the previews or the live stream, recordings of the performances can be found here , as well as recordings of all of the Cul Con Performances from each of the IASAS schools. Direct links: (Obscurum) (Indulto – unfortunately, it seems the first 4-5 minutes were not recorded.) We thank everyone for the support and ISB for providing this service.
UPDATE: A higher quality version of Obscurum has just been posted to YouTube courtesy of someone who is clearly a huge fan of IASAS Dance performances (there are recordings that go back to 2006, including ISM’s Frieda (2009) and Spectra (2011).)
Congratulations to the Ms. Monsod and the cast of Indulto; Teacher Yek, Teacher Mimi and the dancers of Obscurum and of course to Dinesh for his incredible technical designs. We are so proud of you. Welcome home.
Unfortunately, IASAS Cul Con Delegates can not take their home-crowd audiences with them to this year’s Cultural Conventions, however, fans, family and friends of Dance, Drama, and Music delegates can watch the performances live!
Dance, Drama and Art Convention at ISB: visit the convention website for schedules and performance information.
Art Opening:Thursday, March 1 at 6:00 pm BKK time (7 pm Manila Time)
Indulto: an original play by Tami Monsod and members of the ensemble. “A woman (torera) in the bullring is rare. Equally rare is the act of indulto. the “pardoning” or sparing the life of an etraordinary noble bull (toro) that charges bravely, honestly and tirelessly. It is a great honor for a torero to fight a bull that is awarded indulto. – from the program notes for Indulto
It is Cul Con time again! “Cul Con” stands for IASAS Cultural Convention and it is one of the highlights of the year for ISM’s Fine and Performing Arts students. This year “Cul Con” has taken on a new format with the traditional 2 conventions being divided into 3 separate celebrations of student artistic and speaking achievement at 3 separate IASAS Schools.
The playwrights, musicians, cast and crew of this year’s Children’s Musical Theater ensemble are hard at work every Wednesday after school. With the help of Ms. Marnie, they have created a blog HERE to share their creative process and give others an idea of how a play is developed from an idea to a fully realised production. Please stop by and give them some feedback on their work.
Here are some photos from last year’s show The Giant’s Lullaby to remind you of the incredible levesl of creativity that can come from a group of talented 4th graders.
Calling all Middle School Performers and Technicians!
It is that time of year again. Auditions for the MS Play are coming up soon. We will be holding 2 pre audition information sessions regarding the MS Play next week. They will be held Monday November 21 and Wednesday November 23. They will be held in Ms Purdues Drama Room (1149) from 3 – 4 both days. These sessions are NOT the auditions but a chance to hear about what is involved in being part of the MS play, how to audition and a chance for you to ask any questions you might have. You do NOT have to attend both sessions.
Looking forward to seeing anyone who is interested on Monday and Wednesday.
ES Music teacher and Program Leader, Ms. Marnie Hurst has been working with her ES Writers’ workshop to come up with a script for this year’s Children’s Musical Theatre production (February 9 in the FAT). The production is primarily for 4th grade students. Please read on to find out about the play, auditions and rehearsal process.
Dear CMT Parents:
Auditions/crew placements for CMT begin on Wednesday, November 2nd. The theme (and possible title) of our show is “Better Together”. (You can also find all information on my blog). Just to clarify, there is a place for ALL kids who have signed up for Children’s Musical Theater! The audition process is just a way to determine which part each child will play in our production. And although it’s not possible to have 30 main characters, NO ONE WILL BE TURNED AWAY. I am hoping that every child will understand that this is a group endeavor and that every single role — whether offstage or on, big or small — is just as important as the next.
IMPORTANT REHEARSAL INFORMATION: Not all students will be needed at all rehearsals. We will have days when we work with just one or two groups. Once the audition process is complete I will send out a full list of rehearsals and which groups need to be at each one.
I am hoping to get as much of the auditioning done on Nov. 2nd as possible, but we may have to continue on the 9th. I will send you an email after the initial audition to let you know the status. Auditions and most rehearsals will take place in the FAT.
Regarding casting: if we have too many kids in one area and not enough in another then we may need to do a little shifting, so please send me yourchild’s 1st, 2nd and 3rd choice of roles (support and/or performance) by this Friday, October 21st.
Please share the following information with your child:
Performance and Production roles:
If you would like to be part of the support team – backstage help, set and prop design, costume design, lighting design, sound design, program design or publicity, you do not need to audition, but please still come on November 2nd so we can discuss your duties.
If you would like to be my Assistant Director please send me an email. I will discuss this role with anyone that is interested!
The members of Writer’s Workshop have been working hard to create our script and they have come up with a truly wonderful story! As we go through the rehearsal process we will add to our script, write the narration and make changes wherever we see the need. I am looking for a Script Supervisor – a creative writer, independent worker and confident typist. You will be asked to assist me in the writing process and part of your job will be to type our changes onto a laptop at each rehearsal.
If you would like to be a performer – a singer, dancer, actor, musician narrator, puppeteer or any combination of these, then you will need to audition on November 2nd. Please prepare according to the following guidelines:
Actors/Singers/Dancers: Everyone auditioning for a part in the play will do some type of role playing audition. Please look at the cast list and think about which character(s) you would like to try. Make up some ideas for these characters – how you would speak, walk, behave. I will give you some role play activities on audition day and if you have thought a bit about the characters in advance, this will help! This play will be mostly non-verbal, so I will be looking for really powerful expression in your face and body. The audience will need to see what you are trying to express with your movements. There may be some spoken parts and if you are interested in this I will also be looking for good expression and projection in your voice.
Most parts require at least a little singing. If singing isn’t your thing, don’t worry, we will find a part for you that doesn’t require much singing. However, if you like to sing, please practice the “Sharing Song” (it is on my blog – we are singing it on Friday at the whole school assembly so you should all know it pretty well). All kids who wish to be considered for a singing part, either for the chorus or for a main role, will sing this song together. The kids who wish to be considered for a larger role should also choose a song that you like to sing – if you can find something that goes with our theme than that would be great! Please practice your song and be ready to sing one minute for the audition. I will be looking for good projection (using clear, strong voice), good annunciation of words (so we can understand everything you are singing), good expression – both vocal and facial/body.
Most parts require at least a little dancing/creative movement. If dancing isn’t your thing, don’t worry, we will find a part for you that doesn’t require much dance. However, if you really like to dance, please make up a short routine to a song you like – one minute maximum. Any style of dance is welcomed. If you would rather not dance alone for the audition, that’s ok. I will teach a short routine to all kids who want to dance and then you can audition together. I will be looking for lots of energy and confidence.
Musicians: If you play an instrument and want to audition for the “orchestra”, please bring your instrument in on Nov. 2nd and be prepared to play for one minute – anything you want. There will be a piano in the theater if you need it. If you don’t have an instrument but would like to be part of the musician group (playing on instruments we use in music class – drums, xylophones, hand percussion, etc), please just come. I will have some instruments on hand and will give you audition instructions. I will be looking for good rhythm and ability to keep a steady beat. If you are playing a pitched instrument I will also be looking for good tone quality. In all musicians I will be looking for the ability to listen and work well with other musicians and to contribute creative ideas. We will attempt to compose one or more original songs, so I am looking for songwriters. We may also have some electronic music in this show so if you have any Garageband music you have created please send it to me as your audition. Otherwise, if you like to work on the computer and think that you would like to try making electronic music, just let me know.
Narrator: Please bring a story (can be a storybook or something you have written yourself) and be prepared to read for one minute. I will be looking for good projection of voice, good annunciation (meaning that we can hear and understand all the words you say), good expression and not reading too fast.
Puppeteers: If you have any experience in puppetry, especially shadow puppets, then please let me know!!! Otherwise, if this is something that sounds interesting to you please look it up online or find a book – do a little research over the break. We will learn together!!
Ms. Marnie Hurst
"I believe that creativity will be the currency of the 21st century." – Gerald Gordon, Ph.D., President/CEO, Fairfax County (Virginia) Economic Development Authority