Hwa Chong’s Musical of the Century31 May 2019
To commemorate Hwa Chong’s Centennial, more than 500 students from 18 participating co-curricular activities (CCAs) put up a stellar musical at the NUS University Cultural Center on 17, 18 and 19 May. Months of commitment and dedication came into fruition as the performers were greeted to standing ovations over the course of the three nights.
The musical, which brought staff, students and alumni of the school down memory lane, showcased significant moments throughout Hwa Chong’s 100-year history. These included acts by the Chinese Society depicting milestones like the founding of the school by the late Mr. Tan Kah Kee in 1919 and the establishment of the College section in 1974. Accompanying the play was the enthralling symphony presented by the performing arts groups, such as the Chinese Orchestra and Choir.
This perfect harmony of music, drama, dance, and chorale deeply resonated with the audience present in the theatre comprising alumni, current students and staff, whose collective experiences in Hwa Chong made them reminisce with pride of what the school has become today.
Graced by Senior Minister of State for Culture, Community and Youth & Communications and Information, Ms Sim Ann as our Guest-of-Honour, as well as special guest Senior Minister of State for Trade and Industry Dr Koh Poh Koon, who were both former members of the Hwa Chong’s Chinese Society, it was indeed a watershed moment as generations of Hwa Chongians stood in the theatre proudly singing the school anthem as one Hwa Chong family.
Production Manager, Titus Hutch Jr Yim Yi Zheng (18S76) remarked: “When we saw different CCAs comforting each other right before they entered the stage for the school song, we knew that that was what we all worked so hard for”.
Indeed, the musical could not be achieved without the countless hours and effort put into the staging of the musical by various students who had to juggle schoolwork and rehearsals leading up to the musical. Nonetheless, the support and encouragement from their teachers-in-charge as well as their peers motivated them to persevere.
As the curtains drew to a close, the musical might have come to an end, but the Hwa Chong legacy and family spirit live on.
Written By: Loh Kai Yuan (19S65)
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