Cantonese Opera at Schools Cantonese Opera in Practice Project
(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
  • Project includes an introductory performance, a series of Cantonese Opera workshops, fringe activities and a finale performance.
  • Filial Piety a new Cantonese Opera for children, will be performed in the finale

Content

Filial Piety is a play based on traditional Chinese folklore Twenty-four Paragons of Filial Piety. The essence of the ancient classic is extracted to create an all new story that brings out the theme of benevolence, love, filial piety and loyalty on earth.

Implementation

The project will last for 11 months, from September 2017 to July 2018, and will be implemented in three phases:

Event Date Activities
Phase 1:
In-school Introductory Performance
September to October 2017 This in-school introductory performance includes a brief, interactive introduction to the “four skills” of Cantonese Opera, i.e. singing, speech, 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 2017 to June 2018 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 2018 Participants will take an active part in the staging of the finale performance, which will be held at a formal performance venue. The troupe will prepare costumes and props, while scheduling professional make-up artists and musicians to participate in the performance. “Filial Piety”, 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 2018 Cantonese Opera Make-up Demonstration(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 $280 for cosmetics at this workshop.

Demonstration on Costume Wearing for Cantonese Opera Leading Male & Female Role (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 Once or twice per week. Each session 2 hrs
Total No. of Workshops 32 sessions
Fees Payable # $512/student*
* Each participating student must pay $120 to purchase bazi.
# Fees are at a per head basis. All fees paid are non-refundable.

Download Application Form (Chinese Version only)

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Finale Performance

“Filial Piety”, a newly created Cantonese Opera script for children, which is written by Ms Leung Sum-yee will be performed. Stories from the traditional Chinese forklore Twenty-four Paragons of Filial Piety will form the backbone of the performance, which will be presented in four individual stories, namely Forgetting, Love, Friendship and Gambling? Don’t do it. The different aspects of the human world would be depicted to highlight benevolence and filial piety. The finale will also include a group performance in fight choreography by using of bazi.

Programme Details

Programme Schedule 14.7.2018 (Saturday) 2:30pm
Auditorium, Yuen Long Theatre
Ticket * $50
Duration The duration of the programme is approximately 2 hours 30 minutes including an intermission of 15 minutes
Language Cantonese
Participating Schools
(In alphabetical order)
Catholic Mission School
CNEC Lui Ming Choi Primary School
S.K.H. Chai Wan St. Michael's School
TWGHs Ko Ho Ning Memorial Primary School
Production Team Planner/ Playwright/ Director/ Workshop Instructor: Leung Sum-yee
Project Administrator/ Assistant Workshop Instructor: Doris Kwan
Assistant Workshop Instructor: Wong Yuk-wah, Ng Sin-hang

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: 2396 8847 (Kim Sum Cantonese Opera Association)
Ticketing Enquiries: 3761 6661
Credit Card Telephone Booking: 2111 5999
Internet Booking: www.urbtix.hk

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 Enquiries: 2591 1733 (LCSD)
Programme Enquiries: (2396 8847) (Kim Sum Cantonese Opera Association)