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SCIS Students Showcase Skill and Creativity at School Musical

July, 2016
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14637scr_9a1df0b54997c46In the words of Detective Frank Cioffi, “Putting on a musical has got to be the most fulfilling thing a person could ever hope to do!” This would be totally agreed by the 70 Middle and High School students involved in this year’s musical production of Curtains. The show brought a little Broadway to Shanghai Community International School (SCIS) Pudong with impressive singing, exciting orchestration, large dance numbers, snappy one-liners, and playful costumes, not to mention a good murder mystery to round out the spectacle. The production reflected months of rehearsal time that many entered as students but emerged from as poignant singers, dynamic dancers, hilarious stage personalities, dedicated choreographers, visionary makeup artists, professional-level players, and supportive friends.

The performance that was shared on stage was quite an accomplishment of skill and creativity. But also take stock of the ‘behind the scenes’ achievements made while preparing a large show like Curtains. Students not only gained the satisfaction of honing their acting craft and musical chops through their individual roles, but also practiced collaboration, creative problem solving, overcoming nerves, self-discipline and initiative, and ensemble trust.

Curtains was directed by SCIS Pudong drama and choir teacher Katharine Enoch. The pit orchestra was directed by Mark Miller and conducted by Jessica Miller. Technical direction was Aleksa Moss with sound by Barry Johnson, lights by Arien Tan, and scenery by Mark Thomas. 


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