St Andrews hosts first-ever Student Spotlight Drama Festival

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St. Andrews International School, Green Valley hosted its first-ever, annual St. Andrews Student Spotlight (SASS) Drama Festival on Saturday, March 19. The SASS Drama Festival was created to heighten awareness and interest in theater education and to highlight student excellence in this curricular area.

SASS event founder and chair, Christopher Parsons further explains, “Participation in this event allows students and teachers to utilize their talents and challenge themselves to integrate the performing arts into a hands-on learning experience that will stimulate imaginations and encourage the skillful art of risk-taking.”

Matt Walker and Galatee Cabanne practice their “reader’s theater” script.Matt Walker and Galatee Cabanne practice their “reader’s theater” script.

Two Primary Schools took place in this year’s festival: St. Andrews International School, Green Valley and Garden International School. The aim of the event was to start off small and expand each year as the festival gains momentum.

Mr. Parsons once again explains, “We wanted to use this year as a stepping off point. Starting out small has allowed us to see what works and what needs to be improved. For next year’s festival, we already have 6 schools (from both Bangkok and Pattaya areas) that have expressed interest in participating and anticipate that others will soon follow. We hope this will grow into a nationwide celebration of performing arts education.”

Students create characters with the aid of creative costuming.Students create characters with the aid of creative costuming.

The daylong event consisted of two main parts: drama workshops and a drama competition. Workshop topics covered many aspects of the stage, such as character development, set design, costuming, voice projection/annunciation, reader’s theater, musical theater and voice training.

Each school was responsible for creating and rehearsing a short play (15-45 minutes in length) and were judged on various different criteria including (but not limited to) direction, creativity, set design, sound effects, lighting, vocal prowess and character development.

Some students learn the fine art of set design.Some students learn the fine art of set design.

In the end, St. Andrews School, Green Valley took home the honors winning the much-coveted first place trophy with their production entitled “The Dragon’s Den.”

The concept behind this festival is noteworthy – it allows students and teachers to utilize their talents and challenge themselves to integrate the performing arts into a hands-on learning experience that will stimulate imaginations and encourage the skillful art of risk-taking. Bravo SASS Drama Festival!

Students make “newspaper costumes” and act out!Students make “newspaper costumes” and act out!

The official 2011 SASS T-shirt design!The official 2011 SASS T-shirt design!

Official SASS Banner.Official SASS Banner.