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    Hit Broadway Musical Performed at YCIS Shanghai

    School News

    06 May, 2013

    10 : 00

    • On May 2, the Music and Drama Department at YCIS Shanghai Century Park Campus presented their spring drama production, the hit Broadway musical Godspell. The musical is based on the story and teachings of Jesus as told in the Gospel of Matthew. Well-known tales such as "The Prodigal Son," "The Good Samaritan,” and many others were retold in creative ways using masks, improvisation and music. The production ran for three performances, and played to full houses every time. Audiences commented on how vibrant and energetic the student actors were in portraying their roles.

      The success of Godspell was a result of the hard work and dedication of many students, their families and staff members. The cast consisted of 10 students who had rehearsed their roles over several months. In addition, there were a number of students who worked backstage and on the lighting and sound.

      Preparing a school production involves many different roles, functions and responsibilities. At YCIS, the Music and Drama Department often works in cross-curricular ways to involve students throughout the process. Mr Tim Daley, a Drama Teacher at the Century Park Campus, explains, “The set was painted by several art classes as part of a unit in their art course, and the music was provided by several music students. All of these students spent many hours on their respective tasks. Over the course of the rehearsal period, students commented on how they got to know each other better, and how close they felt after having been part of the play. It was certainly an excellent exercise in teamwork! Additionally, the parents of many cast members were involved in obtaining props and costumes. Also, parents aided in providing refreshments for the audience. The Drama, Music and Art teachers also spent many hours in preparing for this production.”

      The hard work paid off, and students not only became more prepared for their future as a result of their experience in bringing the production together, but also from the experience of forming stronger friendships and learning about teamwork through the process.