Archive for the ‘Performing Arts’ Category
Neil Simon’s hilarious farce puts four upper crust couples through an evening of utter chaos as they scramble to save themselves from scandal. It is the tenth wedding anniversary of Charley and Vivian Brooks, but when their friends turn up at their house expecting a party, they find the hostess missing and the host, a prominent government official, lying upstairs bleeding from a flesh wound. The guests try to conceal from each new arrival – and the police! – what has happened, creating an ever more precarious tower of lies.
20th & 21st May 2011 (Friday & Saturday)
7.30 PM – 9.30 PM
Hwa Chong Institution (High School Section)
$8, free seating
KEN & CHRIS – Luk Yean & Jennifer Yip
LEN & CLAIRE – Greg Alva Ng & Jesslyn Chee
ERNEST & COOKIE – Look Woon Wei & Felicia Choo
GLENN & CASSIE – Kenneth Loh & Natalee Ho
PCs CONKLIN & CASEY – Andre Lee & Tricia Teo
DIRECTOR – Nicholas Perry
ASSISTANT DIRECTORS – Ariel Navas & Janne Hu
ART DIRECTOR – Andrea Quek
PUBLICITY ASSISTANT – Charlotte Hong
SET DESIGNER – Lew Bing Quan
STAGE MANAGERS – Ryan Mak & Chia Pei Ling
LIGHTING DESIGNER – Esther Lee
ANNA WINTOUR – Ephraim Tan
Please place orders at email@example.com. You may also contact Cheryl at 93218366. (Please include your name and school, and specify WHICH day you’re buying tickets for!)
Neil Simon is one of America’s best-loved playwrights. He has written 28 plays, many of them long-running hits, including THE ODD COUPLE and LOST IN YONKERS. His work has won three Tony Awards, two Emmys, a Pulitzer Prize and four Oscar nominations. Of him, Time Magazine wrote that ‘if Broadway ever erects a monument to the patron saint of laughter, Neil Simon would have to be it.’
Nicholas Perry‘s previous productions include Tom Stoppard’s ARCADIA and Neil Simon’s THE FEMALE ODD COUPLE, among others. He most recently directed Willy Russell’s EDUCATING RITA at the Alliance Francaise Theatre.
On the 4th of May, the past six months of tireless practices culminated in a fifteen-minute performance in the Singapore School of the Arts. The choir successfully delivered a focused and rousing performance in this year’s Singapore Youth Festival Central Judging. Imagine the exhilaration and joy when the international panel of seven judges awarded us the “Gold with Honours” that we had aimed for.
Every chorister’s ultimate fulfillment lies in bringing the music to the audience, thus communicating with them. Following our experience in the 38th Festival of Songs in Olomouc, Czech Republic last year where we received a standing ovation, we were determined to attain the same level of performance and feel the same tingling sense of satisfaction. We are proud to say that all of us worked as one and hope that we inspired our audience as we felt and created music on stage together.
No doubt, the past six months was not smooth sailing. There were setbacks whereby we faced problems, especially technically and musically. Still, resolving them united the choir even more. Indeed, once a Hwa Chong chorister, always a Hwa Chong chorister. Many of our seniors came back to teach us and suggested how to improve on our pieces. On the day of SYF, we were greeted with many familiar and reassuring smiles in the audience. To many of us, rioHC (read it backwards!) is one big family, with our conductor as the matron, and our teachers never failing to give us their support.
For this competition, we performed three contrasting pieces of music, bringing our audience on a journey through the imaginatively poetic The Dawn Wind, followed by the sacred early Baroque Crucifixus and ended off with a mischievous and interactive performance of the Lithuanian piece Irritations. For this last item, we surprised the audience as everyone “irritated” our conductor so much with our individual clashing melodies that she stormed off stage and returned with a clash of the cymbals to demand silence from the choir (all part of the script, of course)!
We would like to extend our joy of attaining the Gold with Honours with our loved ones and those who helped us tremendously. The credit of this success goes to our alumni, teachers – Mr Colin Loy and Mrs Lim Shufen, our conductor Ms Lim Ai Hooi as well as the school. We would also like to thank all our friends, family and subject tutors for their endless support and encouragement.
This entire SYF experience has been remarkable. The greatest satisfaction was perhaps not from the award we received, but from the music jointly created …it was pure magic ♥
HC Choir 2011
On this sweltering Monday, while most people were enjoying the day off school, the Chinese Orchestra were feverishly preparing for their SYF competition. Their efforts paid off as they returned with an amazing Gold with Honours! Congratulations, CO! We are extremely proud of you:D
Today saw 5 of our teams take it to the floor in a bid to earn their respective awards.let’s see how they fared:
Our Badminton Girls played against TJC in the round of 16, emerging winners with a score of 3-2. Congrats Girls!keep up the momentum and don’t EVER give up!We’re behind you all the way!
The Hwachong Band took part in the biennial SYF and achieved a Silver. Its ok guys! Take this as a stepping stone and do even better next year! We are proud of you anyway!
Our Floorball Girls continued their hot streak,beating RVHS with a one-sided score of 6-1. Their next match against MI will determine whether they get through to the next round.You can do it girls! GO GO GO!!!!
Meanwhile, the Touch Rugby girls’ semifinals match against SAJC have been postponed due to heavy rain.
Finally, our Choir took part in the SYF and brought back Gold with Honours! Congrats Choir! All those intensive trainings sure paid off
“Serial number ST 23: Hwa Chong Institution”
As we walk through the black backstage and into the light of The Republic Cultural Centre, our senses flood us. The stands and the chairs (“ahh where am I sitting why is there a huge empty space here”), the judges (“woah they’re all really old”), the audience (“oh look our juniors!”). Yet all these fade away as our conductor picks up his baton – the universe shrinks, and there is naught but us and the music.
The Singapore Youth Festival Central Judging has always been a highlight of any performing arts member’s life in their CCA. It represents an opportunity to play with the very best of musicians from across Singapore, an opportunity to showcase our own caliber, an opportunity to perform in front of among the most qualified musicians in the world.
All of us had slightly differing perceptions of the Central Judging. For some, it was an opportunity to come back after less-than-ideal previous Central Judging results. For others, it was their first endeavor of this nature. Whatever our views, our goals coincided – to play to the very best of our ability. And we all knew that the path ahead was marked with difficulty and intense work.
And work we did.
All that work culminated in a short, ten-minute performance on stage. It hardly seemed enough to warrant our effort, yet we all knew what was at stake.
The performance itself was a blur. We breathed as one, and played as one. We were acutely aware of tiny mistakes that we made, yet all that served was to spur our determination to play the rest of the music as close to perfection as possible.
As we left the stage to cheers and applause, we were filled with anxiety, exhilaration and sadness – leftover anxiety from the performance, exhilaration that we had played our music to the best of our ability and a tinge of sadness that it was all over. But above all we felt hope – hope that our music had spoken, and that others had heard.
“ST 23, Hwa Chong Institution: Gold with Honours.”
Screams and tears of joy and exuberance. Hugs and high fives. And an overwhelming gratitude – to our conductor for guiding us, to our teachers, family and friends for being with us for this journey, and to each other: for contributing to this ambiguous whole we call our CCA.
And a few days later, work begins anew.
In the final two matches of the round robin, the Touch Rug Girls emerged triumphant with a 5-0 win against TJC, and a 6-0 win against NYJC! Fantastic results! This brings them right to the semi-finals which will be played against SAJC at turf city this coming Wednesday. Here’s wishing ALL THE BEST to the touch rug girls! Should they attain victory against SAJC, the finals will be played the same day against either PJC or JJC. Do lend them your support for this extremely crucial match, and JIAYOU!!!
Earlier in the week prior to the Huang Cheng production, another team from Chinese Society was busy preparing for their SYF Competition, and are proud to announce that HC attained the Gold award! This is by no means easy, and congratulations for such an astounding result! Break a leg for this weekend’s Huang Cheng too:)
With April coming to a close, the Floorball Guys finally started their season. Unfortunately, our Guys lost 2-7 against a strong MJC outfit. Don’t worry Boys! Its only the first match of the season! Pick yourselves back up and give it your all till the very end!
Back at the basketball court, our Basketball Guys battled it out with PJC and eventually won 68-41. Surely, the large difference in scorelines bodes well for our Boys’ battle to win this year’s A division trophy as well. Jiayou Boys! Keep on going
After months of intense hard work, ur Strings Ensemble went to compete in the biennial SYF competition today with one goal in mind: Gold With Honours, and that is exactly what they achieved. Great job Stringers! We’re proud of your awesome achievement and determination!
Do stay in tune for results of Chinese Drama’s exploits in this year’s SYF!
Hot Off The Press: Volleyball guys, Volleyball girls, Softball guys, Rugby, Floorball girls, Badminton guys, Harmonica, TennisApril 25th, 2011 by CCA PRO
It was an exciting Monday with many competitions taking place all around town. Let’s take a look at the results for today:
Today, the guys met AJC early in the morning for the first match of their quarter finals. They lost 29-31 in a closely fought first set, and 17-25 in the second set. There are still 2 more quarters this week for you guys to show that fighting spirit, and that magic we know you can bring on court. Jiayou.
Following the guys match, the girls played PJC and with much support from their guy counterparts, won 25-8, 25-11! Congratulations:)
The softballers trashed NJC, 11-1 today! Congratulations, and jiayou:)
The team met MI this afternoon, and having suffered defeats in the past couple of matches, it seemed that we had a chance at the beginning when we led strongly with a score of 6-0. Unfortunately, we lost this precious lead and eventually lost 6-10. Don’t let this get you down, guys.
In the opening match of the season, the floorball girls met heavyweights VJC, and lost 4-8. This is a good comeback for the girls, who lost by a scoreline of 1-8 against the same school last year, and threw off their opponents who were expecting an easy game. We believe that you girls will show strong performances in the next few matches of the group stages, so keep pressing on.
Also in the first match of their season, the team won JJC, 3-2! Nice start to the season, and keep achieving greater heights in the rest of the season.
In their SYF today, HC’s Harmonica Ensemble brought home the one and ONLY gold award of the competition! Congratulations to HC Harmonica, and check back for a detailed competition report soon:)
Also playing in the quarter finals today were the Tennis Boys and Girls. The Boys lost 2-3 to ACS(I) in a close fight, and certainly did not let their opponents have it easy. The Girls won convincingly 5-0 against SAJC. Well done! Both teams will be playing two more matches each on Wednesday and Friday, which will determine if they can continue on to the semis. Jiayou, and unleash the spark within you!
It is just the start of an exciting, and extremely crucial week for many CCAs as they enter the later stages of their respective competitions. Let’s rally behind our schoolmates, and give them our utmost support. HCunite!
It never gets tiring writing posts about the extraordinary feats of our schoolmates. Today, like any other day, saw our friends bring their A game to their opponents.
First up, our Table Tennis girls triumphed over RJC 3-2 and finally brought the championship back to HC! Great job girls! Do look out for the full match report soon!
Up next, our Chinese Dance Girls brought back Gold with Honours for the umpteenth time! GOOD GOING GIRLS
Finally, our Shooting girls added the icing to the cake by coming 1st runners-up and winning Silver ! Keep it up HCSC! We’re all proud of your achievements!
Water Polo (Boys)
They came, they saw, they conquered. Just about an hour ago, the Polo Boys were at ACS(I) for the final 7 minutes of the finals against RI. Yesterday, the match ended with a cliffhanger score of 4-5 to RI. The moment where they won 6-5, holding RI to emerge National Champions is forever inscribed in history. Their win ended their gold drought and showed everyone the determination they had. We are extremely proud of you! Look out for the full match report!
In other news, our MLDDS girls took part in the Malay Dance SYF today and brought home a Silver! Congratulations, girls:) We are proud of you and you girls be proud of yourselves too!
In the Wushu Finals today, the boys were awarded with a team Silver, while the girls were awared with a team Bronze as they came in 3rd place overall. It has been a tough road to the Finals with the competition spread over these two weeks. These are extremely commedable results and we are so, so proud of you all. The Wushu team deserves a pat on their backs for the discipline in their training and determination to give nothing but the best. Well done, Wushu!
Also, our Volleyball Girls won 2-0 today against JJC and have continued their unbeaten run. They have also yet to concede a set, winning by this score in every match since the start of the season, showing their stronghold on the competition. The girls are now through to the Quarters, and their opponents have much to fear! Keep it up, and all the best!
Today, our ‘A’ division air pistol girls made history, hitting personal bests and writing unprecedented history by placing 5th in an intense competition amongst strong rivals including traditional powerhouses Raffles Institution and ACJC. The team, comprising Ke Chyan Wen of 10S6C, Clara Teo of 10S74 and Jarin Tan of 10s77, has done both the school and the shooting club proud with this remarkable achievement. The shooting club’s season has only just begun and we look forward more updates on their stellar performance in the coming week
Dance is the expression of the body and soul of one and dance is a language that knows no boundaries.
Picking up a skill is hard; learning something cross cultural proves to be even harder. Thus in order to succeed, with our ultimate goal in mind, the 25 of us from Hwa Chong Indian Cultural Society, students and teachers included, persevered through the tough times, put in many hours of extra effort and encouraged each other right through the end to perform our very own dance item entitled Shakti at the Singapore Youth Festival 2011 on 7th April. Although the results were not as expected, we believe that through more hard work, determination and practice, we will be able to do even better at the next SYF and obtain better results.
When we first started the SYF journey months ago, we were already aware of the hard work that we would have to put in in order to excel in this field. Not only were we new to this culture, many of us also did not have any dance background and thus had to start from scratch. However, this did not deter us as we trudged valiantly on this conquest in the name of passion for the art form. During the preparation for the SYF, many strong friendships were forged and the team went through thick and thin together. Albeit, having problems with our costumes and music initially, we pressed on against all odds and even spent our entire March holidays in school to perfect our dance and to settle the occasional glitches that occurred along the way. Even though trainings were physically and mentally exhausting and we had to steal time during the breaks to study for our upcoming tests, we all knew that giving up was not an option for all of us.
Finally, the big day arrived and everyone was looking their best. Deep down, we all knew that it was our last chance to perform and to shine on the big stage. Everything came down to the five minutes that we had on the stage. Each and everyone of us fought till the end, putting up our best performance as yet and receiving much cheers and applause from the audience and various other choreographers. We then waited for the results in anticipation.
We could only hope for the best as we heard the results being announced. “Hwa Chong Institution – Silver”. Our hearts momentarily sank as we expected more from ourselves and felt that we could have done better. However, we picked ourselves up and believed that not all was in vain as we still had the memories that we fondly shared during the 6 months in preparation for this SYF. We still had each other, the HCI-ICS dance family.
We were once down but we promise to fight even harder as we prepare to go on a show and also to perform for Republic Polytechnic’s Dance Night 2011 in the upcoming months. Although we fell short of our expectations this time round, we believe that this will not be the end.
Of course, this journey will not be possible without the help of many others. We would like to take this opportunity to thank:
1) Ms Subha, our instructor and choreographer, for coming up with such an inspiring piece of choreography and for always being there for us.
2) Ms Kiran, our teacher-in-charge, for providing us with the much needed support, guidance and care.
3) Mrs Chin and Ms Chen, for coming down to UCC to support us on the actual day of our performance.
4) The school, for all the administrative support and for always being there for us.
4) Families, friends and people who have helped us in one way or another.
Let the HCI-ICS flame be ignited in our hearts forever!
Submitted by: ICS
It was a perfect day out today as our polo,soccer and basketball teams all recorded victories in their respective matches.
The results are as follows
HCI(boys) 8-6 ACSI
HCI(girls) 9-4 ACJC
On another note, the Polo boys will be challenging RJC in the finals on the 13th of April at CCAB! The Polo Girls will be challenging SAJC in the 3rd/4th placing on the 11th of April at ACS(Indep)! Jiayou polo!You can go all the way!
HCI 2-1 TPJC
HCI (boys) 71-36 RVHS
WELL DONE GUYS! Keep up the great work and never give up as you strive to win the championship!
In addition, the Indian Cultural Society took part in the Indian Dance SYF today, and walked away with a SILVER! Congratulations on this great result! Check back soon for a detailed write-up of the competition!
It was a great day for HWACHONG! Today, our athletes and performers were out in full force as they battled it out on the field, on court, in the arena, and on stage. We displayed our strength and athleticism as Hwachongians did our school proud at all parts of the island. Let’s round-up today’s competitions:
Both the guys AND girls team were the champions in trampoline, continuing to dominate the gymnastics scene! On top of coming in as team champions, our gymnasts did well individually as well.
Individual 1st (boys): Heng Yi Xiang
Individual 1st (girls): Cherie Lee
Individual 2nd (girls): Charlene Tang
We would also like to extend our congratulations to both the B and C division from the High School side for clinching team champions as well! Well done, HC Gymnastics!
Squash (Guys and Girls)
Last year, HC Squash emerged as double runners-up to much pride. In a bid to go one step further, the guys team met with AJC today in the first match of the season, and gave our opponents a tough time, eventually beating them 5-0! The girls team performed equally well on court and beat TJC, also with a score of 5-0. Both teams opened their seasons with great scores, and here’s wishing them all the best in their upcoming matches!
Today, our soccer girls met with IJC and it was a tough fight, but we emerged the winners with a score of 1-0! Well done, girls! Keep this up and we’ll be well on our way to advancing to the next round! HCunite is behind you all the way:)
The Touch Rugby team took it to the field today, and opened their season with not one, but TWO wins against PJC and SRJC today, both with a score of 2-1! It wasn’t easy, playing one match after the other. May this mark the start of a bright and successful season for the Touch Rug Girls!
In addition, our MAD Modern Dancers took part in the SYF today. They danced their hearts out and wowed the audience with a mesmerizing performance. The results will be released tomorrow so stay tuned!
Enamour is a concert extravaganza held in aid of Blessings in A Bag and is a joint collaboration between Hwa Chong Institution and Raffles Institution (JC). Funds raised from this concert will be channelled into the purchasing of school and hygiene blessing bags for children in orphanages and shelters across the region.
The concert features young local talents like Inch Chua, Charles Wong, Lip Lock Liberation,Flowers for Scott, Rachel Chiu & Clarence Liew, Jacklyn, One Class Act, Victoria, Common Consensus (consisting of Yuquan, Yichao and Sheng Hong), Thursday Rain, and even dance acts from both institutions (Triple B Club and M.A.D.).
1 ticket = $12 = 2 blessing bags = 2 Happy Children = 8895685 karma points
Visit Blessingsinabag.org for more details on the organisation and how you can help
Alternatively, head down to 20 Camden Park on Sundays between 2-5pm for sorting sessions or donate your old toys, clothes and books at our drop off point at scape Youth Park.
Tickets are priced at $12 and will be sold at booths set up in Hwa Chong Institution canteen from monday to wednesday (until 4.30pm)!
Tickets can also be reserved/purchased at the door.
+ With every ticket purchased, you receive one free toppings voucher from Frolick!
Alternatively, to RSVP for this event, please contact Hui Mei at 96781793.