“Viva Musicals with Shakespeare and Fairies” English Musical Theatre Animateur Scheme
(In cooperation with the Hong Kong 3 Arts Musical Institute)

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Highlights and Objectives

  • a school-year-long musical theatre education project
  • for secondary and primary schools with different experience in musical theatre production
  • aims to engage the teachers, students and the whole school in the unique art form of musical theatre, and develop the artistic abilities of students on becoming a well-versed and confident performer on stage
  • project includes introductory performance, musical theatre training workshops of singing, acting and dancing as well as finale performance
  • schools could choose from Musical Theatre Programme and Song & Dance Programme
  • participated students will perform at public performing venue

Content

Musical Theatre is a form of theatre combining music, songs, spoken dialogue and dance. Also known as “musicals”, they are performed all around the world in different venues, from Broadway and West End theatres, on international tours, to local community theatres and schools. This popular art form is both entertaining and artistically challenging.

 “Viva Musicals with Shakespeare and Fairies” is a comprehensive musical theatre education project for primary and secondary schools. On completion of the yearlong training, The Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Musical Fairyland, Shakespeare in Tune will be produced and performed by students through the collaboration among schools and theatres professionals.

Musical Theatre Programme
The Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
(for Primary Schools with some musical theatre production experience)
All our old friends, plus a few new ones, are here in this marvelous musical adapted from the original story by the Brothers Grimm.  We’ll meet the captivating Princess Snow White, the prince, the evil queen and, of course, the seven mischievous dwarfs — Sarge, Gabby, Gloomy Gus, Ticklish, Spritely, Snore, and Slowpoke.  There are also a hilarious palace cat and an enchanted vixen — a fox, you could say!  Following the traditional storyline, the fairy tale is brought to life with an eclectic score of toe-tapping tunes.

Song & Dance Programme
Musical Fairyland
(for Primary Schools with no/less musical theatre production experience)
Make your wishes come true – singing and dancing onstage with fairies. The participants will learn and perform song-and-dance numbers from many beloved musicals for children and families, including Pinocchio, Peter Pan, Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, The Little Mermaid and Pocahontas.

Shakespeare in Tune (for Secondary Schools)
It is all about Shakespeare and his works being adapted into musical theatre. Participants will learn materials from the musicals West Side Story, Kiss Me Kate, Two Gentlemen of Verona, The Boys from Syracuse, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Othello and many more. Cumulating at the finale performance will be a series of song-and-dance numbers with a mix of comedies, tragedies, musicality inspired by the world’s preeminent dramatist.

Finale Performance

After a year of intensive musical training, 180 students from 7 primary and secondary schools will present one full-length children musical and a series of Broadway musical numbers to showcase what they have learnt and corp d' esprit (team spirit).

19.7.2015 (Sunday)
7:30pm
Auditorium, Tuen Mun Town Hall
(3 Tuen Hi Road, Tuen Mun, New Territories)
Tickets: $50

Participating Schools (In alphabetical order)

CCC Kei Chun Primary School
Lam Tin Methodist Primary School
Sha Tin Government Secondary School
SKH Fung Kei Primary School
SKH Holy Carpenter Secondary School
Toi Shan Association College
Yuen Long Merchants Association Primary School

Production Team

Artistic Director: Mohamed Drissi
Producer: Andrew Chan

Musical Fairyland
Vocal Coach: Iris Ho
Choreographers: Kate Li, Annie Wong

Shakespeare in Tune
Vocal Coaches: Lianna Tse, Frankie Liu
Choreographer: Desiree Guico

The Snow White and Seven Dwarfs
Original: Gilbert & Sullivan
Adapted by: Bartlett-Billings-Leehy-O'Mara
Director: Alan Wai
Vocal Coach: Lianna Tse
Choreographer: Annie Wong

Programme Length

The programme lasts for approximately 2 hour 45 minutes with two intermissions of 15 minutes each.

Ticketing and Concession

Tickets are available from May 27 onwards at all URBTIX outlets, on Internet, by Mobile Ticketing App and by Credit Card Telephone Booking. Half price tickets available for full time students, senior citizens aged 60 or above, people with disabilities and minders, and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) recipients. Tickets for CSSA recipients are available on a first-come-first-served basis. Concessionary tickets holders must produce evidence of their identity or age upon admission.

Enquiries

Programme Enquiries: 2591 1722 (LCSD) / 2291 6357 (HK3AMI)
Ticketing Enquiries: 3761 6661
Credit Card Telephone Booking: 2111 5999
Internet Booking:www.urbtix.hk

Members of the audience are strongly advised to arrive punctually. Latecomers will only be admitted when there is a suitable break in the programme.

The content of this programme does not represent the views of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department.

The presenter reserves the right to change programme and performers should unavoidable circumstances make it necessary.

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Implementation

The project will run for 11 months, from September 2014 to July 2015, and will be implemented in four phases:

Event Date Activities
Phase 1:
In-school Introductory Performance
September 2014 From Broadway classics, West-End blockbusters to Disney's musical hits, the In-school Introductory Performance will last for 45 minutes, conducted in English and supplemented with Chinese, showcasing important song and dance numbers of musical theatre through live performances and video presentations.
Phase 2:
Audition
September to October 2014 Students are encouraged to take part in an audition. The number of students joining the audition in each school is not limited. The artistic director, director, vocal coach and choreographers will select 25 suitable and motivated participants to join the Scheme.
Phase 3:
Training Workshop
October 2014 to July 2015 Musical Theatre Programme Training Workshop
(for The Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs) (32 sessions of 2 hours each)
Students will learn the specific styles and techniques of performance. They will be challenged by the vigorous demand of a musical theatre performer in order to deliver the scenes with confidence and competence. Further training in singing, dancing and acting will be offered and the professional instructors will fine-tune their ensemble work on musical scenes. 

Song & Dance Programme Training Workshop
(for Musical Fairyland and Shakespeare in Tune) (28 sessions of 2 hours each)
Students will be provided with basic training in musical songs and dance of which these two elements are essential in musical theatre.
April 2015 Intensive Training Workshop & All Cast Meet
(for The Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs )
Participants and the teachers-in-charge will meet to share their training and progress. The cast will present songs and scene-work they have learnt and the creative team will provide comments and feedback to the students. Selected students of leading roles will attend 4 sessions of intensive workshops, each lasting for 2 hours in their respective schools.
Phase 4:
Integrative Training Workshop & Finale Musical Performance
July 2015 Integrative Training Workshop
(for The Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Shakespeare in Tune )
All participating students of The Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Shakespeare in Tune will attend the workshop to integrate singing, dancing and acting with the materials of the two musicals. The directors, musical directors, choreographers and the stage manager will also direct and guide the student through the different stages of the production process.

The Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs – 8 sessions of 2.5 hours
Shakespeare in Tune – 3 sessions of 2.5 hours
Finale Musical Performance
The Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Musical Fairyland and Shakespeare in Tune will be staged at a public performance venue. All musicals and songs will be performed in English with Chinese surtitles.
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Project Details

Name
Musical Theatre Programme Song & Dance Programme
Name
The Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Musical Fairyland Shakespeare in Tune
No. of Participating Schools 2 Primary Schools 2 Primary Schools 3 Secondary Schools
Target Students Primary 3-6 Primary 3-6 Secondary 1 to 5
Required Experience Some prior experience in musical theatre production No/Less prior experience in musical theatre production No limitation
No. of Participants 25 students/school
Course Schedule 1 or 2 sessions/week, 2 or 2.5hrs/session
No. of Workshops 40 sessions^ 28 sessions 31 sessions
Fees
Payable #
$504/student $392/student $434/student

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Students are required to wear soft dance shoes / jazz shoes when attending workshops. 
Selected students of leading roles will attend 4 sessions of 2-hour intensive workshop at their respective schools.
Students participating in the finale performance will be required to pay $230 (primary schools) / $270 (secondary schools) for hiring of costumes. Fees are on a per head basis. All fees paid are not refundable.


Download Application Form (Chinese Version only)

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Enquiries

Application & General: 2591 1722 (LCSD)
Programme: 2291 6357 (HK3AMI)