“Active English” English Drama Animateur Scheme
(In cooperation with the Seals Players Foundation Ltd.)

Trailer of the project (In Cantonese)

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Highlights and Objectives

  • a school-year-long English drama training project
  • suitable for any secondary and primary schools’ students that are interested in English drama
  • read, analyze and adapt classical English drama with students, and nurture their interest in drama and ability to appreciate
  • enhance students’ ability to express, problem-solving skills, critical thinking skills and working in a team
  • project includes voice and acting, audition, rehearsals and in-school performance
  • participating students will perform at public performing venue

Content

Primary schools will be learning Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves and secondary schools will be learning Androcles and the Lion.

Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves (for Primary Schools)
From the book of One Thousand and One Nights comes the tale of Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves! Ali Baba, a poor woodcutter was in the forest one day when he accidently discovered a cave that belonged to forty thieves. To his delight he found lots of treasure inside. Realising that someone else knew about their cave the thieves tracked Ali Baba down. Fortunately, with the help of a clever slave girl called Morgiana, Ali Baba successfully defeated the thieves – she tricked them into killing two of their own, then took down thirty-seven thieves by pouring boiling oil into the jars where they were hidden, and finally stabbed the leader of the thieves to death while dancing in front of him. Ali Baba was saved and lived happily ever after. He rewarded Morgiana by marrying her to his son.

Androcles and the Lion (for Secondary Schools)
Androcles was a Roman slave who escaped from his oppressive master and started living in the jungles. There, he saw an injured lion with a thorn stuck in his paw. Kind Androcles plucked out the thorn and put the lion out of pain. They lived together until the emperor’s men found Androcles and took him back. As a punishment for fleeing, Androcles was thrown inside a ring to be eaten up by lions. Lots of people, including the emperor gathered to watch this spectacle. The lion came. But instead of eating him up, it stroked and caressed Androcles. It was the same lion that he had helped in the forest! Shocked at this strange behaviour, the emperor demanded an explanation. When Androcles explained what had happened, he was pardoned and the lion was set free.

Finale Performance

The Scheme introduces primary and secondary school students to the whole gamut of the course, students will participate in a finale performance to share with the public on what they learnt throughout the year.

11 July 2015 (Sat)
7:30pm
Cultural Activities Hall, Tuen Mun Town Hall
(3 Tuen Hi Road, Tuen Mun, N.T.)
Tickets: $50*

Participating Schools (In performing order)

11.7.2015 (Sat) 7:30pm
Hong Kong Student Aid Society Primary School
St. Paul’s Secondary School
Precious Blood Secondary School

12.7.2015 (Sun) 2:30pm
Li Cheng Uk Government Primary School
St. Matthew’s Lutheran School (Sau Mau Ping)
Fung Kai Liu Man Shek Tong Secondary School
Lions College

Production Team

Director/Artistic and Creative Consultant/Producer: Dr. Vicki Ooi
Assistant Director: Donald Chung
Project Coordinator: Teresa Wong
Course Instructors (in alphabetical order): Daniel Garcia, Yolanda So, Doris Yu

Programme Length

The programme is about 2 hours, including an intermission of 15 minutes.

Ticketing and Concession

Tickets are available from May 27th onwards at all URBTIX outlets, on Internet and by Credit Card Telephone Booking

*Half price tickets are available for full-time students, senior citizens aged 60 or above, people with disabilities and the minder, 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 1798 (LCSD)/2520 1716 (Kim Sum Cantonese Opera Association)
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-House Introductory Session
September 2014 Seals Players tutors will be going into every participating school in early September to introduce the scheme and to explain what the company will offer throughout the year. Students will have the chance to participate in various English drama games during the Introductory Session so that they could experience before they sign up for the programme.
Phase 2:
Workshops, Rehearsals and Auditions
September 2014 to June 2015 English Drama Lines Reading Workshops
The tutors will teach students some phrases used in dramas, as well as how different intonations can help express their emotions and ideas. Workshops will also include studying and analysing adapted classic Western plays to enable students to read through the lines and to understand the meaning.
Drama Workshops
Students will learn basic skills in drama and acting, such as the use of space, body language and movement.
Rehearsals and Auditions
Students will rehearse in groups to consolidate the basic knowledge in drama, and experience the process of stage production via audition. Students not only could take part in the performance, but could also have the opportunities to participate in producing sets, props and costumes. Audition result and allocation of work will be decided by the Artistic Director and tutors.
Phase 3:
School Performance and Rehearsals for Finale Performance
June to July 2015 There will be additional rehearsals specially devoted to the performance within school, and special additional training by a guest director before public performance.
Phase 4:
Finale Performance
July 2015 There will be final rehearsals with Dr. Vicki Ooi, the Artistic Director of Seals Players Foundation Ltd., for the performance in a public venue.
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Project Details

Group
Primary Secondary
No. of Participating Schools 4 Primary Schools 4 Secondary Schools
Target Students Primary 4 to 6 Secondary 1 to 3
No. of Participants 30 students/school
Course Schedule 1 session/week, 1.5 hrs/session 1 session/week, 2 hrs/session
No. of Workshops 28 sessions (Phase 1 and 2),
6-hour rehearsal for in-school performance (Phase 3) and
1 session of final rehearsal in public performing venue (Phase 4)
Fees Payable# $392/student

# 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 1798 (LCSD)
Programme: 2520 1716 (Seals Players)