“Journey of the Classics” Drama Animateur Scheme
(In cooperation with Prospects Theatre)

Trailer of the project (In Cantonese)

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Highlights and Objectives

  • a school-year-long educational programme on classical drama
  • suitable for any secondary and primary schools’ students that are interested in puppet theatre
  • students will learn about theatrical elements and the human spirit using classic novels as a starting point to help familiarise them with drama.
  • encourage students to establish multi-perspective thinking of all-round learning and raise their ability to think critically
  • programme includes performance appreciation, drama training and performance
  • students will perform at public performing venue

Content

Classic dramatic works are an excellent vehicle for students to understand the basic theatrical elements, structure, classification, the human spirit and cultural features. This programme helps students to broaden their outlook, and engage in continuous learning about theatre using appreciation of worldwide classics as a starting point. Designed under the concept of “From Page to Stage”, the final stage production session is an essential component of the programme. Through the final performance, the students will not only be drawn to the allure of the theatre but also share a team spirit that will help them grow as individuals and in their community.

In terms of technique, drama is the most difficult of the arts as the themes carry both cultural and moral elements. A classic should be built on three principles: human spirit, social reflection and zeitgeist. Therefore, this programme is educationally important as it helps compensate for the widespread lack of drama courses in schools.

Finale Performance

Students are guided to learn the classical drama. Participating students will perform their plays on stage to share with the public what they have learned over the year. Through the session, participants will share their creative concept and the fun of being behind the curtain.

17-18 July 2015 (Fri-Sat)
7:30pm
Cultural Activities Hall, Tsuen Wan Town Hall
Tickets: $50*

Participating Schools (In performing order)

17.7.2015 (Fri) 7:30pm
Po Leung Kuk Anita L. L. Chan (Centenary) School
S.K.H. Ching Shan Primary School
Tak Oi Secondary School

18.7.2015 (Sat) 7:30pm
Chun Tok School (Secondary Section)
Y.C.H. Ho Sik Nam Primary School
Fanling Kau Yan College
St. Stephen's Girls College

Production Team

Producer:Franky Yau
Stage Manager:Sin Fuk-shing
Lighting Coordinator:Law Siu-wah
Sound Coordinator:Leung Po-wing

Programme Length

The programme is about 2 hours without intermission.

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 1717 (LCSD) / 2606 7272 (Prospects Theatre)
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 last for 11 months, from September 2014 to July 2015, and will be implemented in three phases:

Event Date Activities
Phase 1:
Introductory performance
September 2014 Prospects Theatre will conduct an introductory performance at the participating schools to stimulate students’ interest in drama and the training programme. It includes an introduction to the features of the programme along with interactive theatre games.
Phase 2:
Workshops
October 2014 to
Early-July 2015
Drama Training Workshop (30 sessions)
Depending on the play chosen by the school, students will study the script and be taught performance techniques and background.

Students will learn the "Six Elements of Drama", i.e. character, plot, theme, text, setting and music. In terms of plot, training will focus on the traditional linear structure – beginning, continuation, twist and conclusion – along with the techniques of conflict, suspense, discovery, surprise and satisfaction.

The training course will conclude with an excerpt of a classical drama, such as Hamlet, Midsummer Night's Dream, King Lear, Cyrano de Bergerac or The Mad Phoenix. The instructor will lead the students through the editing process to ensure the completeness of the final performance.
December 2014
Drama Introductory Talk
Hosted by Tsoi Sik-cheong, Artistic Director of Prospects Theatre, who brings a great deal of experience in directing and screenwriting. Tsoi is also a lecturer on the General Education course “From Page to Stage” at the Shaw College of the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Teachers and students are welcome.
March to May 2015
In-school Student Performances
Students will choose an excerpt of 10 to 15 minutes to perform at school. This will allow the students to understand and experience the whole process of rehearsal and performance of a drama.
April 2015
Stage Technical Workshop
Students and teachers from primary, secondary and special schools participating in the programme are eligible to participate in this workshop. They will watch a demonstration of stage techniques at the final performance venue, and then separate into groups to study stage and costume design, make-up, lighting, sound and stage management, and learn about the venue facilities for various stage techniques.
Phase 3:
Public Performance
June to
July 2015
“Students’ Performance for the Community”
Students will repeat their finale performance at social welfare organizations in the district of their school, so that the audiences who have no exposure to the theatrical arts can watch the play.
July 2015
Finale Performance
Students will participate in a public performance at the venue, with the support of LCSD, to share with the public what they have learned over the year. Through the session, participants will share their creative concept and the fun of being behind the curtain.
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Project Details

Group
Primary Secondary Special
No. of Participating Schools 2 Primary Schools 3 Secondary Schools 2 Special Schools
Target Students Primary 3 to 5 Form 1 to 5 Upon discussion with arts group
No. of Participants 25 students/school 18 students/school
Course Schedule 1 session/week, 1.5 hrs/session
No. of Workshops^ 30 sessions
Fees Payable# $420/student $420/student $210/student

^ The total number of workshops includes the above sessions and 3 rehearsals for the “Students’ Performance for the Community”.
# 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 1717 (LCSD) )
Programme: 2606 7272 (Prospects Theatre)