To My Dear and Loving (Production) Students,
“I regard the theatre as the greatest of all art forms, the most immediate way in which a human being can share with another the sense of what it is to be a human being.”
– Oscar Wilde
Out of the hundreds of quotes that pay homage to the institution of theatre, Oscar Wilde’s quote encapsulates the very essence of theatre in its most primal sense- the connection it fosters between human beings. Such is the cornerstone mission of the Annual Drama Production in HELP Academy; to provide an avenue for students to shar their gifts with one another. Our stage accommodates actors ranging from amateur to professional and backstage that hosts the enthusiasts and experienced.
Essentially, our drama production is aimed at nurturing values and virtues in students more than putting on a brilliant show itself! Students come together from various disciplines and knowledge to learn the art of teamwork and solidarity. From spending up to 6 hours of rehearsals after class hours to working on weekends and at any given time to complete tasks and to put on a splendid production for the public, our students acquire skills that teach them life-long lessons. Between tears and laughter, they learn what it means to gain gratification and fulfilment from hard work.
While the production has been running for more than 13 years now, each year our college produces over 78 students who act, direct, manage and produce the entire show. Notwithstanding the honour to be able to cultivate the talent of so many students in a year, it is the student’s commitment, resilience and optimistic attitude that measures the success of every single drama production to this date.
Though this article may have started out as a gambit to promote the Annual Drama Production, it is actually intended to pay a tribute to all the students over the years who tirelessly worked alongside the lecturer advisers and whom were open-minded enough to explore embedded talents during their A-Levels tenure. Students’ passion for pursuits outside the classroom such as this production should be both conceded and admired, for the world would be a very dull place without them.
To all the production students in the past and prospective students in the future, know that every experience you encounter outside the classroom is as invaluable as the ones you learn within the walls of the class. Your external perusals will shape the person that you are becoming as each day passes. Thus, let not good opportunities slip when it comes your way. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for genuinely wanting to improve yourselves and for perpetually seeking new life experiences whilst being a student.