Musical Greatest Golden Tunes English Musical Theatre in Practice Project
(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 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.

Musical Greatest Golden Tunes is a comprehensive musical theatre education project for primary and secondary schools. On completion of the yearlong training, You’ve Got a Friend in Me, The Sound of Music meets The King & I, “Colorful and Exotic Animation Musicals” and “Fosse’s World” will be produced and performed by students through the collaboration among schools and theatres professionals.

1. Musical Theatre Programme

You’ve Got a Friend in Me
(for primary schools with some musical theatre production experience)
Newly written by HK3AMI, this is a fun and meaningful musical that will explore through a fun treasure hunt what we really want the primary schools’ students to learn in their daily life at school. This fun treasure hunt will take them to the Sharing Room, Giving Room, Empathy Room, and Caring Room. Teaching them that love comes in so many forms, it is all around them, with their classmates, schoolmates, families and their community at large. This touching treasure hunt will be supported by exciting musical songs from Disney Golden Selection of classics and other not well known Disney musicals by our current primary schools, such as Lady and the Tramp, The Fox and Hound, Aristocats, Dumbo and Bambi.

The Sound of Music meets The King & I
(for secondary schools with some musical theatre production experience)
Based on a new script by HK3AMI about the world of Rogers and Hammerstein (R&H) who created some of the best musicals of the Golden age era, such as The Sound of Music, The King and I, South Pacific, Oklahoma! and Carousel.

A class in a Hong Kong secondary school is preparing for a Musical Theatre Competition organized by the New York Musical Festival. The Wining class will be invited to NYC to perform classic songs from R&H at the opening of the festival. Their teacher Ms Amanda who is leading them through this preparation will help them go through their ups and downs, arguments, doubts and finally understanding that by accepting and understanding one another they might have a chance to be on the top list of this competition. Through the preparation students will embark on a journey of self-discovery by facing their real-self and being more compassionate toward some of their classmates.

This show will be enriched with great classic songs and music from R&H well known musicals, often referred to as the Golden Age of Musicals. Come and enjoy some of the most beautiful and enduring show tunes by R&H and meet our energetic and touching characters of The Sound of Music meets The King and I.

2. Song & Dance Programme

Colorful and Exotic Animation Musicals
(for primary schools with no/less musical theatre production experience)
Colorful and Exotic Animation Musicals is a mini-musical comprised of a series of non-stop song and dance numbers, selected from Disney exotic shows such as Aladdin, Pocahontas, Mulan, and Tarzan. The programme will be educational and entertaining to bring the colors, cultures and exoticism of faraway lands to our primary school students. It will take our performers and audience to the colorful world of exotic Disney through beautiful tunes and vibrant musical dance styles.

Fosse’s World
(for secondary schools with no/less musical theatre production experience)
Fosse’s World is also a mini-musical comprised of a series of non-stop song and dance numbers selected from the Broadway musical Fosse. Fosse was a very powerful and creative choreographer on Broadway. His style is very specific and entertaining and has been a great inspiration to many contemporary choreographers on Broadway. Our secondary school students will enjoy learning to dance with a bowler hat, white gloves, and a stick. Songs and Dance numbers will be selected from some of his most famous Broadway musicals such as The Pajama Game, Sweet Charity, Damn Yankees, Cabaret, Dancin’ and his famous film All That Jazz. In 1999 the musical Fosse has won a Tony award for best musical on Broadway and a Drama Desk Award. Fosse dance style is fun, entertaining, and classy.

Implementation

The project will run for 11 months from September 2017 to July 2018 and will be implemented in four phrases

Event Date Date
Phase 1:
In-school Introductory Performance
September 2017 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 2017 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 suitable and motivated participants to join the project.
Phase 3:
Training Workshop
October 2017 to July 2018 1. Musical Theatre Programme Workshop
(30 sessions)
(for You’ve Got a Friend in Me and The Sound of Music meets The King & I)

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.

April 2018
Intensive Training Session & All Cast Meet
(for You’ve Got a Friend in Me)

Selected students of leading roles will attend 3 sessions of intensive workshops, each lasting for 2 hours in their respective schools.

All Cast Meet
(for You’ve Got a Friend in Me and The Sound of Music meets The King & I)

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.

2. Song & Dance Programme Workshop
(28 sessions)
(for Colorful and Exotic Animation Musicals and Fosse’s World)

Students will be provided with basic training in musical songs and dance of which these two elements are essential in musical theatre.
Phase 4:
Integrative Training Workshop & Finale Performance
July 2018 Integrative Training Workshop (8 sessions)
(for The You’ve Got a Friend in Me and The Sound of Music meets The King & I)

All participating students 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.

Finale Performance
The You’ve Got a Friend in Me, The Sound of Music meets The King & I, Colorful and Exotic Animation Musicals and Fosse’s World 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
You’ve Got a Friend in Me The Sound of Music meets The King & I Colorful and Exotic Animation Musicals Fosse’s World
No. of Participating Schools 2 Primary Schools 2 Secondary Schools 2 Primary Schools 1 Secondary School
Target Students Primary 3 to 6 Secondary 2 to 5 Primary 3 to 6 Secondary 2 to 5
Required Experience Some prior experience in musical theatre production No/Less prior experience in musical theatre production
No. of Participants Δ 25 students/school 20 students/school 25 students/school 25 students/school
Course Schedule One or two sessions/week, 2 or 2.5hrs/session
Total No. of Workshops 38^% 38^ 28
Fees Payable # $608*/student $448*/student
Δ Students are required to wear soft dance shoes / jazz shoes when attending workshops.
^ 38 sessions of workshop included 30 sessions of Musical Theatre Programme Training Workshop, 8 sessions of Integrative Training Workshop and 1 addition session of All Cast Meet .
% Selected students of leading roles will attend 3 sessions of 2-hour intensive workshop at their respective schools.
* Students participating in the finale performance are 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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Finale Performance cum Exhibition

After a year-long intensive musical training, 170 students from 7 primary and secondary schools will present two full-length musical and a series of Broadway musical numbers to showcase what they have learnt and corp d' esprit (team spirit).

Programme Details

Programme Schedule 15.7.2018 (Sunday) 2:30pm
Auditorium, Tuen Mun Town Hall
Ticket * $50
Duration The duration of the programme is approximately 3 hours including 2 intermissions of 15 minutes each.
Language English with Chinese surtitles
Participating Schools
(In alphabetical order)
Chinese Y.M.C.A. Secondary School
Hong Kong and Kowloon Kaifong Women's Association Sun Fong Chung College
Pak Tin Catholic Primary School
S.K.H. Lee Shiu Keung Primary School
St. Matthew's Lutheran School (Sau Mau Ping)
Toi Shan Association Primary School
Yan Chai Hospital Wong Wha San Secondary School
Production Team Artistic Director: Mohamed DRISSI
Producer: Andrew CHAN
Lighting Design: PC SEI
Sound Design: WAN San-hong

Colorful and Exotic Animation Musicals
Vocal Coaches: Iris HO
Choreographers: Annie WONG

Fosse’s World
Vocal Coaches: Helena YIP
Choreographers: Desiree GUICO

You’ve Got a Friend in Me
Written by : Alan WAI
Director: Ralion ALONSO
Vocal Coach: Iris HO
Choreographers: Annie WONG

The Sound of Music meets The King & I
Written by : Alan WAI
Director: Donald CHUNG
Vocal Coach: Helena YIP
Choreographer: Marcus KWONG

Ticketing and Concession

Tickets are available from 1 June onwards at URBTIX outlets, on Internet, by Mobile Ticketing App and Credit Card Telephone Booking.

*Half-price tickets are available for full-time students, senior citizens aged 60 or above, people with disabilities and a 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: 2291 6357 (HK3AMI)
Ticketing Enquiries: 3761 6661
Credit Card Telephone Booking: 2111 5999
Internet Booking: www.urbtix.hk

Audience is strongly advised to arrive punctually. Latecomers will only be admitted when there is a suitable break in the performance.
Programme content and information do not represent the views of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department.
The presenter reserves the right to change programme and substitute artists should unavoidable circumstances make it necessary.

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Enquiries

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