Chinese Roll Play Competition
On Tuesday the 27th of March all year 7 students at YCIS Gubei campus got together and watched the CAL Chinese Roll Play Competition. It was a great experience to watch all the CAL classes’ performances and see all their creative ideas come to life.
My class (CAL2) participated in this event as well. We performed ‘The Seagull-busters.’ My friend Mika and I wrote the script and made the taxi and other props you saw when our class performed. The actors that performed on stage were Brian, M.G., Jaeyoung, William, and Isaac. We were very excited and thrilled to find out we won! Mika, 李老师, and I were very proud of our classmates when they were on the stage and think they did a terrific job!
Additionally, when watching the others participate I was very pleased. Some of the performances were very entertaining and some performances told a very nice story. I was very impressed with CAL4’s performance. Their performance formed around an old Chinese folktale. I also liked their performance because of their costume decisions.
Overall, I think the Chinese Roll Play Competition was a really big success. It was fun, entertaining, and taught you a lot about the creativity that the students in YCIS have.
Brianna Finnegan – Y7D
The Y9 Chinese Roleplay competition which consisted of each CAL class before level 6 took place today, the 28th of March 2017. The theme was Chinese folklore.
The first group was CAL 4. A man who was born out of a peach (likely in reminiscence of the Chinese legend, [sūn wu kōng], portrayed by Semin Park, which describes the story of a monkey king who was born out of a peach), enters a singing competition, at first alone but ending up with two others and a thief. Together, the four manage to win the competition. There were certain moments sprinkled throughout the performance that made it overall entertaining and fun to watch. The group’s singing was especially entertaining to listen to. Their use of different props to evoke the image of an actual band playing was well used. Overall, it was a splendid and interesting performance, and it was no wonder that they were awarded first place.
The next group up was CAL 5, which happens to be both of our class. There is a group of friends who are terrified of a monster that has been spoken and feared for generations, the Nian, who appears at the Lunar New Year only. However, there is one friend who does not believe in the Nian, and therefore is not scared. She does not flee with the rest of the group as they run to hide in the mountains. However, the Nian manages to capture her. The friends who are holed up in the mountains remember that she owes them money, and subsequently rush to go and rescue her. After rescuing their unwilling friend, they remember that the Nian is scared of red lanterns, red posters that are hung on the sides of the doors, and red costumes. And so, as the Nian attempts to eat the group, they are all equipped with one of the previously mentioned items, and the Nian who is unable to eat them due to their items, eventually falls off the mountains. As our class is the highest among the performing groups, the Chinese literacy level used was the highest and perhaps pronounced the most accurate. The Nian, portrayed by Gabriel Banks, provided a fun performance for everyone to enjoy. The unbelieving friend, portrayed by Ketmie Bonnifait, provided a convincing act for the delight of all. It is no wonder that she managed to win the Best Actress award. The class both managed to provide a funny and entertaining roleplay, and also managed to stick with the theme of Chinese folklore perhaps the most.
The following group was CAL 1 & 2. There are four brothers. Upon their father’s death, the eldest inherits all his wealth and possessions. While another brother sides with him, two others do not, which leads to a halfway split between the family. The duo of brothers that did not inherit their father’s wealth beg for some money and possessions from the other two, but are refused. And so the two live a poor but honest life while the two with the money live a luxurious but selfish life. One day, the poorer two of the family encounter an injured bird. They bring it to a veterinarian to be healed. After the bird is healed, the brothers receive a strange plant that, upon opening it, provides them with many riches and luxuries. The next day, when the two brothers that have inherited the wealth encounter the same bird, they shoot it dead. The bird becomes a monster, and takes away their wealth and luxuries. While this CAL may have the lowest Chinese proficiency among the whole year level, they still managed to provide a compelling and interesting story. The performance managed to provide a clear message to all: eventually, karma would catch up to all.
The last performing group was CAL 3. A group of four friends are complaining about their current life, and a man overhears. He brings the four to a shop, where they drink a special form of fluid. They are all transported to a world where they do not have the complaints that they had been complaining about. One gets an iphone X, while another is twenty years old, etc. However, they do not like their new lives, and re-meet up with the man who had given them these lifestyles to beg to get their previous lives back. The man is surprised, but grants their wish either way. They drink another special liquid, and are brought back to their own lives. Their memories get erased, but not their determination to fix their current life and stop complaining. Their performance provided an intriguing plot, and teaches one to appreciate the current life that you have.
Overall, all classes provided a splendid and spectacular performance that everyone enjoyed.
Elizabeth Tan, Ketmie Bonnifait – Y9B
On Monday 26 of February, CAL 2 and 3 presented different role plays to the rest of Y10s. In my class, we were separated into two small groups of 5. We were given time in our small groups to plan and draft our plays, we rehearsed during lessons time and had to learn the lines by heart as homework’s. In our groups, we came up with the props needed.
The time to present our work came fast. I think that all of us had once felt the discomfort of stage fright. But we all stepped up and performed. Everything went smoothly. It was interesting to be able to watch what the other groups came up with.
At the end of the competition, everyone was happy to be finished. There were prizes for the best play and actors. When they received their awards, the performers were proud of their accomplishment.
Organising role plays every year is a chance for students to make new friends and to improve their speaking skills in a playful atmosphere. We get to learn and use new vocabularies. I think that it is good to perform in front of an audience whose Chinese level is higher so that we can get back constructive feedback and work on them for the next performances to come.
Verlaine Bergeret – Y10A