“Cantonese Opera at Schools” Cantonese Opera Animateur Scheme
(In cooperation with the Kim Sum Cantonese Opera Association)

Trailer of the project (In Cantonese)

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Highlights and Objectives

  • Aims to promote Cantonese Opera across primary schools and cultivate young talents in Cantonese Opera
  • Teaches “four skills” (singing, speech, movement and martial arts) in an easy manner and enhances students’ understanding and interesting in Cantonese Opera
  • Features an introductory performance, a series of Cantonese Opera workshops, fringe activities and a finale performance.
  • “The Melody of Life,” a new Cantonese Opera for children, will be performed in the finale

Content

As an genre of Chinese Opera, Cantonese opera combines drama, literature, music, art, martial arts and dance. Stories are told through song and dance, and expressed through the “four skills” (four performing techniques), singing, speech, theatre techniques and martial arts. Performing of Cantonese Opera is specially matched with Chinese percussion and the Chinese name of this programme is quoted from a Cantonese opera percussion score. The same word of the name also implies the artistic goal of the programme. Through personal experience of acting, to let students, our new generation, know more, and thereby, have fun in Cantonese Opera - the first Intangible Cultural Heritage of Hong Kong.

Finale Performance

“The Melody of Life,” a new Cantonese Opera for children, will be performed. The finale will also include a group performance in fight choreography. All participating students will perform in full Cantonese Opera costume.

5 July 2015 (Sun)
2:30pm
Auditorium, Tai Po Civic Centre
(12 On Pong Road, Tai Po, N.T.)
Tickets: $50*

Participating Schools (In alphabetical order)

ELCHK Hung Hom Lutheran Primary School
Pui Kiu Primary School
S.K.H. Chai Wan St. Michael's Primary School
T.W.G.Hs Ko Ho Ning Memorial Primary School

Production Team

Playwright/ Director/ Workshop Instructor : Leung Sum-yee
Project Administrator/ Assistant Workshop Instructor: Doris Kwan

Programme Length

The programme is about 2 hours 30 minutes, 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 1733 (LCSD)/2396 8847 (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 last for 11 months, from September 2014 to July 2015, and will be implemented in three phases:

Event Date Activities
Phase 1:
Cantonese Opera Interactive Theatre
September to October 2014 This in-school introductory performance includes a brief, interactive introduction to the “four skills” of Cantonese Opera, i.e. singing, speech, acting and movement, and martial arts. Students and teachers will be invited to join the artists in learning various performing routines. They can also appreciate an excerpt of Cantonese Opera in this activity.
Phase 2:
Cantonese Opera Training Workshops
October 2014 to June 2015 An Elementary Course in Vocalization and Movement
(16 sessions)
Students will be trained with theatre techniques, such as the use of voice, body language and expression of emotion, equipping them for rehearsals and their finale performance.
An Elementary Course in Bazi Training (16 sessions)
“Bazi Training” makes up an important part of the training regime of classical Cantonese Opera professionals. On stage, fighting scenes comprise free-form hand-to-hand and weapon combat. For this elementary course, the instructor will teach participants some fundamental movements. Participants are expected to purchase their own bazi.
Phase 3:
Finale Performance
July 2015 Participants will take an active part in the staging of the finale performance, which will be held at a formal performance venue off campus. The troupe will prepare costumes and props, while scheduling professional make-up artists and musicians to participate in the performance. “The Melody of Life,” a new Cantonese Opera for children, will be performed. The finale will also include a group performance in fight choreography. All participating students will perform in full Cantonese Opera costume.
Fringe activities January to June 2015 Cantonese Opera Make-up (2 hours)
Professional Cantonese Opera make-up artists will provide a demonstration workshop on stage make-up. Some students will be invited to take part as models to demonstrate the various roles of each genre. Each participating school will be required to pay $240 for cosmetics at this workshop.
Male and Female Lead Costumes in Cantonese Opera (2 hours)
This workshop will introduce the concept of “role-specific costuming” to the participants, and the costumes of various roles will be briefly described. The troupe will provide eight sets of Cantonese Opera costumes, allowing participants to get hands-on experience in this aspect of the genre.
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Project Details

No. of Participating Schools 4 Primary Schools
Target Students Primary 3 to 6
No. of Participants 25 students/school
Course Schedule 1 or 2 sessions/week, 2hrs/session
No. of Workshops 32 sessions
Fees Payable# $448/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 1733 (LCSD)
Programme: 2396 8847 (Kim Sum Cantonese Opera Association)