SIPFLS IB DIVISION High School Programme
Learning Corners  Trips

Shanghai Shakespeare Festival Drama Contest Finals

    On Saturday 5th December, the IBDP department sent two teachers to watch the grand finals of the Shanghai Shakespeare Festival Drama Contest held in the Children's Palace theatre. English A teacher, Estella Wong and Chinese A teacher cum Drama Club advisor, Laura Xu had a wonderful time observing how other participating schools prepared their students for the contest, and the kind of standard that could be expected by high school students on a public stage. The event saw six schools performing various scenes in Shakespeare's plays, ranging from the more famous tragedies including Hamlet and Othello, to the lesser performed comedies, such as A Comedy of Errors. The mesmerising props and live music were a feast for the senses, as were the confidently delivered speeches and songs in the original Shakespearian language. The teachers also learned a lot about the students' practice process and creative changes to the original scripts through the 'question and answer' session conducted with the esteemed judges at the end of each performance. It was agreed that our IBDP students could also put on drama performances of a similar calibre in the near future given the right amount of rehearsal time and a professional stage.

12月5日,IBDP部门派出两位老师去上海杨浦区少年宫观摩了华东地区首届莎士比亚戏剧节总决赛,分别是英语A老师Estella和中文A老师徐在春,她同时也是戏剧社团的指导老师。通过这次观摩,她们考察了各个参赛学校为这次大赛所做的准备工作,也了解到高中生在舞台上令人期待的表演水平。参加决赛的共有六所学校,他们表演了莎士比亚戏剧中的众多场景,有最著名的悲剧《哈姆雷特》和《奥赛罗》,也有诸如《错误的喜剧》这类不常被表演的作品。这是一场感官的盛宴,不仅有现场音乐和迷人的道具,还有用原汁原味的莎士比亚语言表演的演说和歌曲。每场表演结束后,都设有评委提问环节,使老师们得以更多地了解他们的练习过程和那些对原作的创意式修改。老师们相信,如果有适量的排练时间和专业的舞台,我们IBDP的学生们也可以呈现同样水准的戏剧演出。


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