'Teachers’ encouragement Gave Me Confidence to Stand on Stages'
Our teachers were really concerned about us. They discovered our strengths and hobbies through observation and conversation, which was important.
I have always been a drama lover since childhood. I have been learning folk dance since grade one, and I practiced musical drama from grade 3 to grade 6. Since grade 7, I have been learning bel canto. So when I joined NACIS, I yearned for stage performance. However, my introverted personality always made me stand still. I had no bravery to perform on stage.
At the beginning of Grade 11, the school drama ECA was recruiting actors and actresses and auditions would be arranged. I was hesitant. I wanted to participate in it, but I was afraid that I might perform poorly. Ms. Rebecca always remembered my hobby. One day, when I stopped at the poster again, she stopped and asked me, ‘You love drama, don’t you? Just have a try!’
Her encouragement helped me to make up my mind. I passed the audition andmet many younger students who loved drama. Without Ms. Rebecca’s words, I would have missed the audition which meant a lot to me. From then on, I rehearsed every Wednesday till 5 p.m. With other students of drama ECA and went to other Nord Anglia schools to perform. We also took part in NACIS’s first summer showcase. Our teacher gave us trust and space to show ourselves. Each house had 15 minutes to perform its own program. As a student of the highest grade, I led fellow students to design programs and compose dances and the drama. With my stage and performance experience, I linked all programs into a complete performance, and we finally won the first prize.