A Perfect Celebration with iStage 2020 Chinese New Year Productions

March 4th, 2020

Our 2020 iStage Chinese New Year performances were held in our iStage Black Box Theatre on January 11th and 12th. It featured almost 50 talented iStage students, from our Pre-Academy classes to our Academy Level 2 classes. The four shows were fully performed by our amazing students, without any involvement from teachers or outside actors. Here are some highlights we would like to share!

Aladdin - A Charming Performance with Great Team Work

The word “theatre” is derived from the Greek word “theatron”, which means “to view as spectators”. As the opening performance, Aladdin was a true spectacle, where song, dance, set, projections and costumes uniformly created the magical world of 1001 nights. The students worked well together on stage, and besides their young age, the students were able to engage the audience. The duet “A Whole New World”, sung by Aladdin and Princess Jasmine on the flying carpet and the fun and energetic “Friend like me” sung by the Genie, were amongst the highlights of this performance. 

Anastasia - A Journey to the Past Performed by Our Future Musical Stars

“Anastasia" starred nine students from our iStage Musical Theatre Academy Level 2. Anastasia tells the story of Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna of Russia, who escaped the execution of her family. This musical gave the Level 2 students a real challenge and gave them the chance to improve many technical skills and dive deeper into character work. Each student had plenty of moments to shine on the stage, and the students took those moments with both hands. The audience witnessed an exciting performance where the group worked solidly together on stage as well as off stage, during the many costume and set changes. 

Seussical - Anything is Possible

The musical “Seussical”, adapted from the Cat in the Hat book series, is a very popular show with a creative and imaginative story-line. The students from our Pre-Academy group performed the show with a lot of energy and dedication. The show contained many highlights, including Horton the Elephant speaking to Jojo in the tiny Who-ville - the audience could feel his loneliness on the stage - or the bird Gertrude McFuzz who brought a serenade on her blue guitar in "The One Feather Tail of Miss Gertrude McFuzz”. The young students showed us that anything is possible on the stage.

Lion King - Halmet in the Animal World

Like Shakespeare’s Hamlet, this is the prince's revenge story set in the African Pride-lands. “Lion King” was performed by 14 talented students from our Academy Level 1 and Academy Level 2 groups. With the support of African inspired costumes, music, projections, set and choreography, the Pride-lands came to life in this performance. The actors took the audience on an emotional roller coaster with plenty of moments for laughter and joy, but also with some serious moment along the way. All actors were able to engage the audience in this full-length performance and showed us that hard work does pay off!