Rewarding lessons in drama and acting

Muhammad (right) and Dr Chan (second from left) with champions MRSM Parit as they celebrate their victory in style.

SOME 100 budding actors from nine secondary schools in Perak participated in Quest International University Perak’s (QIU) inaugural drama workshop and competition.

The event, organised by QIU’s Social Sciences Faculty and contemporary theatre collective Theatresauce, brought together drama ensembles from Westlake International School, SMK Sentosa Kampar, SMK Gunung Rapat, Wesley Methodist School Ipoh, SMK Jalan Tasek, SMK Main Convent Ipoh, SMK Seri Kampar, SMK Anderson Ipoh and Maktab Rendah Sains Mara Parit.

Themed “Creative Connexions: Drama for All”, the event was aimed at introducing students to the world of improvisational drama while unearthing prospective performing arts talents.

QIU chief operating officer Nicholas Goh said youths today had a lot to offer and all they needed was a platform to express their abilities.

Katyani from SMK Jalan Tasek (right) was named Best Actress.Katyani from SMK Jalan Tasek (right) was named Best Actress.

“QIU will organise more of such events as part of our continuous effort to unearth young talent throughout the state, ” he added.

The event started with an engaging improvisational drama workshop from the theatre where the students learned about voice projection, stage presence and teamwork.

After a hearty lunch, the students applied what they had learned by staging their own dramas in front of eight judges well-versed in the performing arts.

In the end, it was MRSM Parit that walked away with a RM1, 000 cash prize for its thriller titled The Perfect Birthday.

SMK Gunung Rapat and SMK Jalan Tasek finished in second and third place, winning RM800 and RM500 respectively.

The Best Actor and Best Actress awards went to Zulfakar Anwar Iskandar Daud from MRSM Parit and P. Katyani from SMK Jalan Tasek, respectively.

QIU registrar Muhammad MG Omar presented the prizes.

Zulfakar, who stood out for his portrayal of a sinister clown, said acting was something he loved from a young age and was grateful for being given such a platform to express himself.

“I learned so much from Theatresauce facilitators, ” he added.

Organising chairman Prof Dr Chan Nee Nee, who is also faculty dean, said, “We are extremely grateful to everyone who made this event a success.

“Our eight experienced judges travelled from all over the country to be a part of this event and our QIU students also helped out as drama facilitators.

“It was a rewarding and fruitful experience for all.”

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