Wednesday, March 20

Full steam ahead for The Tempest

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Rehearsals in full swing as performance day draws closer.

Rehearsals in full swing as performance day draws closer.

KUCHING: Students of St Joseph’s Private School will soon face their moment of truth with only one day to go before they take to the stage to perform a modern language version of William Shakespeare’s The Tempest.

Preparations and rehearsals began in February. In recent weeks, the young cast and production team have upped their efforts – relentlessly rehearsing and polishing every detail from costumes to choreography to ensure that all goes as planned for the school’s maiden drama production.

Last weekend, during one of a series of full-dress rehearsals leading up to the actual performance, production advisor Brother Stanley Goh Yu-Ming, told The Borneo Post that things were really coming together.

“It’s a time of integration and making connections. All the various parts of the production are getting to see what the
others are doing and the students are starting to see their part in the whole picture.

“As this happens, we get to see the ‘aha!’ moments in their faces as all the things that they’ve been doing are starting to truly make sense. There’s an air of anticipation amongst the cast and crew as we draw close to the production and everyone’s getting excited about ‘the day’ that’s looming large,” he said, adding that the camaraderie backstage with the cast and crew had also been getting stronger.

The play is the culmination of a student-led initiative which began last year, with students taking the lead in every aspect of the production from ticket sales and logistics to directing and costume creation while teachers and staff took on supporting and advisory roles.

The Tempest will be staged on Aug 7 and 8 at the Archdiocesan Curia and Cathedral Parish Centre, St Joseph’s Cathedral.
The play will commence at 7.30pm on both days.

Tickets are priced at RM20 and RM40 and may be obtained at the school during office hours. Those interested can contact 082-414575 or 082-420575 for further details.