St. Andrews hosts 3rd Student Spotlight Drama Festival

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St. Andrews International School, Green Valley hosted its third annual St. Andrews Student Spotlight (SASS) Drama Festival on Saturday, March 22nd at their Sathorn campus in Bangkok.

The SASS Drama Festival was created to heighten awareness and interest in theater education and to highlight student excellence in this curricular area.

Students performing their improvisational skits.Students performing their improvisational skits.

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.”

Five Primary Schools took place in this year’s festival: St. Andrews International School, Green Valley, St. Andrews International School, Sathorn, St. Andrews International School, Samakee, St. Andrews International School, 107 and Bangkok Pattana School.

Students show imaginative improvisation skills.Students show imaginative improvisation skills.

The daylong event consisted of two main parts: drama workshops and a improvisation drama competition. Workshop topics covered many aspects of the stage, such as character development, improvisation techniques, magic illusions, voice projection/annunciation, musical theater and voice training.

Each school was given a themed topic and was responsible for creating and rehearsing a short improvisational skit (10 minutes in length) and were judged on various different criteria including (but not limited to) creativity, vocal prowess and character development.

In the end, St. Andrews School, Green Valley took home many of the honors winning the much-coveted first place trophy for best over-all skit as well as Best Male and Female Actors.

The winning team from St. Andrews, Green Valley, having fun performing their skit.The winning team from St. Andrews, Green Valley, having fun performing their skit.

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!