‘Woos’and ‘ahs’ came from the audience as our adorable 24 members Junior Orchestra charmed the whole audience with two Mexican holiday songs. The NACIS Orchestra’s grandiose sound impressed, playing ‘German Christmas Carols’ and ‘Jupiter’ adding to the celebratory atmosphere of the event. Andy Zou’s marimba solo mesmerized the audience with his fast moving mallets.
A traditional Chinese instrument ensemble played Miracle, and a duet (Appel Wang, Siri Zhu) gave the audience the serenity of wonderful sound.
Musical Theatre’s energy broke through this reminiscent movement and charged onto the stage with Matilda. The dance troupe Miao Girls’ delicate hand and foot gestures and acrobatic movements made the whole audience excited and happy. The NACIS choir brought us back to a Christmas mood with ‘Siyahamba’ and ‘In the Bleak Midwinter.’ Jazz Ensemble played cool jazz ‘When Sunny Gets Blue’ and finished off with Santa Clause is Coming to Town with the choir. It was really an enjoyable show. Thanks to our hard working students, the teachers and parents who were involved in the event.
To finish the week of exciting Performing Arts events, the Drama department shared their work from the first ECA cycle in the first Winter Drama Festival. Actor Training ECA presented an ambitious production of Shakespeare’s ‘Hamlet’ - with audience seated on all four sides of the action. Lead by Gregory Pan (Grade 8) as the title role, the ensemble of actors performed beautifully this most tragic of plays, drawing the audience into the world of the characters, delivering origin Shakespeare lines with confidence and expression. A wonderful achievement by all. Following this, we saw some stars of the future with 4 members of Primary Drama ECA delivering a fantastic rendition of the narrative poem - ‘The Spider and the Fly’ - a dramatic tale of deceit and bravery. The future is certainly very bright for these young actors! Finally, three wonderful songs were performed from ‘Matilda the Musical’ by the NACIS Musical Theatre Society. With lots of words to learn and some amazing choreography too, the students brought energy and passion to the performance, leaving the audience wanting more! With many thanks to all the parents and staff who came to watch, we look forward to future successes on the stage.