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CC National Education Exhibition
the Odds - The Singapore Story
education exhibition was held in Bedok Community Centre and to officiate
its opening, the Community Centre organised a variety show at its premises.
Stage Pals, was invited to put up a sketch item for the show along with
The Native Drama Group.
It had an innovative concept in that one group performed on the stage
while the other acted off-stage, around the area where the audience
were seated. The cast of The Native Drama Group who performed on-stage
depicted present Singapore. Stage Pals, on the other hand, depicted
Singapore's past, which spanned from the 40's to the 60's.
The central idea of the sketch was about 2 grand-parents relating the
stories of old Singapore to the younger generations, and as they talked
about the Japanese occupation, the attention was drawn to the off-stage
area. This was where the cast from Stage Pals came in, they acted out
a scene of Japanese soldiers beating up a Chinese man, followed by attempting
to rape a young girl.
As the cast on-stage moved on to talk about how secret societies terrified
the people back in the 60's Singapore, the cast from Stage Pals again
drew the attention of the audience by acting out a scene of gangsters
collecting protection money from hawkers, beating up those who refused
to pay. The gangsters later tried to get fresh with a lady passer-by,
but were chased off by the hawkers and some student leaders.
Overall, the cast from both drama groups did an excellent job despite
waiting several hours for their turn as the sketch was the last item
for the night. Stage Pals would like to thank her cast, especially those
from the Stage Art Group who were kind enough to help with the sketch.
Their portrayals of the Japanese soldiers, gangsters, victims etc were
so real that the some members of the audience were 'frightened' away
by them. Great job!
Camp Officer Mess X'mas Party
Camp Officer Mess
staged 2 impromptu sketches at the above event: In the 1st sketch, 6
phrases were sought from the audience and the actors had to conjure
up a sketch in which they can only utilise these 6 phrases as their
lines. The 2nd sketch required the actors to use only the props supplied
by the audience and incorporate them in their performance.
the Project Coordinator's Desk
the projects that I had coordinated, this was the one which really made
me standing at my toes! -Gulp!- However, we scored many 'FIRSTs' in
this performance. It was the FIRST performance I ever had myself calling
people up the very last minute.(actually the night before lah!) Trust
me, it was not easy if not for the help of kind souls like Xuezhen,
Jonathan, Meiping, Dacheng and Xueling. The show was also Stage Pals'
FIRST performance in a Military Camp!(we have to thank MAJ Anthony Loke
for his recommendation!) Who knows, sooner or later we may even get
to perform at the Istana?!
We scored the last 'FIRST' when we actually took only 15 mins to come
up with 2 impromptu performances, the "6 items" and "6 phrases" sketches.
We divided ourselves into 2 groups of 3 to discuss the plots. And the
results? We were well received by the audience which were mainly made
up of families of the officers and regulars. The 2 shows were so entertaining
that the children who were seated in the front row came up to join us
in the second impromptu sketch! We were also praised for our efforts
by the organisers.
These are the things that we have to think in 15 minutes, can you people
List of 6 items
1) Nail Polish
2) Ball Point Pen
3) Card holder containing some cards
4) A photograph of kids having a ride on military vehicle
5) Bubble solution
6) Toy - DigiMon
List of 6 phrases
1) "You are SO FAT!"
2) "You are SO SEXY!"
3) "I was talking to him."
4) "No comments."
5) "You maybe short but you adorable!"
6) "Why me?!"
By Nelson Tong
Student Care Services X'mas Celebrations
Spirit of Christmas
Student Care Services Centre
Spirit of Christmas' was a short X'mas play specially written and performed
for the children of Clementi Student Care Services as part of their
Christmas celebrations. The play involved many colourful characters
like a witch, a Christmas fairy, an elf and of course, Santa Claus.
It revolved around Santa being captured by an evil witch but was later
saved by the Christmas fairy with the help of some children. However,
Santa was not angry at the witch for being nasty to him, instead he
instructed the fairy to turn the witch into a kind-hearted person. The
moral of the play was to always be kind and forgiving to others, which
is undoubtedly the true spirit of Christmas. The play was very well
received by the children, as could be seen from their active participation
in the course of the performance as well as in the acting game that
was played after the show.
the Project Coordinator's Desk
I do not
know why, but, whenever we have any charity performance for children,
the response from Stage Pals' members will always be spontaneous. I
have no trouble in getting actors for this charity act. I believe the
reason behind it is quite obvious - the 'MAGICAL' charm that a child
This time round, we even got 3 non-members who volunteered to help out
in the show - Jonathan's friends, Josephine and Agnes, and my friend
from the IRC, Shiqi.(whoever said IRC is full of CRAP?!)
Apart from them, we also had people like "XiaoDe"(Yanjun) and Yanru
helping us out, they are finally 'DEFROSTED' from our 'COLD STORAGE'
list. Xueling and Ashley Chai lend their helping hand too.(Oh, did I
ever tell you people that Yuda's alias is ASHLEY?) By the way, I want
to thank Xueling for making the MARVELOUS Santa costume for me!(she
really amazed us with her enthusiasm.)
When we arrived there, the volunteer workers and the children were in
the midst of playing games.(the children's age group ranges from 5 to
12.) We were then shown to another room where we quickly 'transformed'
ourselves into 'FAIRY TALE' characters!
I really wished you people were there to see the response from the children,
they were so 'enchanted' by the story that most of them were screaming
at the characters when they were doing something wrong. They were pleased
when we distributed sweets during the performance. At the end of the
show, we asked 6 children to imitate some of the characters in the show.
Three of them wanted to imitate Santa Claus(ME!) and the others tried
Christmas Fairy(Agnes) beating up the Witch(Xueling). All of us ended
up feeling happy, not because that we have finally ended our performance,
but, we were able to bring smiles to all the children's faces.
By Nelson Tong
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