The prince of heaven, the rain love, soft and touching "legend of the white snake" in the NAIS grand theater. Mary Zimmerman, a famous playwright, will present the stage play of traditional Chinese stories from the unique perspective of NAIS students.
When the scene fell, applause broke out. Three months of hard rehearsals and repeated run-in of the script are the cornerstone of the success of the performance. The audience's smile and applause are the best praise for the students.
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When asked about the main work of the stage manager, CAI said, "actually, there are four parts. The main part is communication and coordination between different departments. We have three months to prepare. We need to think about and coordinate how to complete scene design, material editing, prop production, set construction, training and rehearsal, etc. The third part is called recording, which is to record all the things needed before and after the performance, the actors' movements and the changes of their lines and so on. The last one is a formal performance as a whole, flexibility in our school is very strong, actually gives us very big display space and autonomy, I, as the stage as a whole, the formal performance, is a revolutionary brick, where need to move, have the actor didn't come, I might have to play as the actors (laughs)." The work content is very multifarious, and the preparation of the drama festival can be carried out in such an orderly way, but also requires the efficient and reasonable overall arrangement of the person in charge, as well as the students' active unity and cooperation.
Indeed, in a collective activity, in addition to a clear division of labor, teamwork is also an important way to promote progress. CAI Shared with us, "actually, no matter which drama is produced, no one department or several people finish it alone. It is always a process that needs coordination. So there's a lot of coordination going on between the actors and the production, as well as within the production department. In the first step of assigning tasks, the most important thing is to clarify the responsibility. Everyone should know what to do and make sure that nothing is missing. The second is that in the actual implementation process, all of us need to collectively take responsibility for this activity, work together and help each other. For example, students who do sound and sound effects need to help make stage sets after completing their own jobs... So the full presentation of drama is an independent and integrated process."
When it comes to the division of labor, like last week's drama festival mentioned in the article, the drama class before the formal class, the teacher can let students have the freedom to choose, into the drama of the six departments, led by an experienced senior, in one area in more depth to contact, to dig, to practice, raises the student individual cognition of drama.
The combination of traditional Chinese elements and western artistic styles was one of the highlights of the performance. As a very classic folk tale, the tale of the white snake has been adapted into various versions of works of art, each of which has its own unique charm. From the point of view of western drama, the performance of NAIS school presents more details in a very realistic and straightforward way, embedding the story into the level close to daily life, and expressing complex emotions in a three-dimensional and concrete way.
As for this new form of drama performance, CAI jihong, the stage leader, thinks that this drama performance across Chinese and western cultures is a very innovative consciousness. "On the basis of loyalty to original Chinese works, it is integrated with western thinking. In terms of performance, the legend of the white snake itself has several ACTS similar to Peking Opera. We integrate the essence of western drama performance, such as music, sound effect, lighting and so on, and use modern performance philosophy to bring the whole story to life."
This performance is also a bold attempt of the students, the teacher will not interfere much, the students are the leader of the drama festival. The preparation process involves a lot of practical and innovative contents, such as background board drawing, stage setting, lighting transformation and so on, but these have been practiced in daily drama classes. "The drama course is not simply conducted through the rigid narration of textbooks, but is more inclined to the practical course, in which students find out what they should or need to do. Test yourself by trial and error." The study of any course cannot only rely on the textbook, practice often can make the knowledge stay in the mind more deeply, also can guide the students to think independently, actively explore, find their own point.
In essence, NAIS drama course not only teaches students knowledge and ideas about drama culture, but also trains students' ability of active learning and exploration, cultivates critical thinking ability, and learns self-affirmation and adjustment through practice and reflection. The school’s integration of Chinese and western education philosophy, is meant to give students personalized development space, enhance the desire for knowledge and practical ability, shape the courage to express themselves, with an international vision and Chinese culture heritage!