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Hwa Chong’s Musical of the Century

31 May 2019
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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)

音乐舞蹈史诗剧《世纪华中》展现华中百年辉煌

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       5月17日至19日,我校18个课程辅助活动的500余名学生聚集在国大文化中心,载歌载舞,联袂打造一幕精彩绝伦、波澜壮阔的大型舞台剧《世纪华中》,再现了华中百年风云的恢弘场面,做为献给学校百年华诞的贺礼。

       华中建校100周年恰逢新加坡开埠200周年,《世纪华中》以时间为经,事件为纬,结合了音乐、舞蹈、戏剧、合唱、独唱、朗诵等艺术形式,于时空之间回溯,演绎华中百年发展史上的创校、日据、复课、学潮、危楼、特选、合并等历史篇章,以及和新加坡一个世纪以来相互交织的发展历程。

       观众杨徐凤在观后不禁赞叹:“剧情、台词、演技、舞美等都很到位,音乐更是一大亮点。剧终全场起立唱校歌那段尤其激荡人心!”

       音乐剧学生总监徐嘉禄(18S6J)说:“风雨兼程,一路走来实属不易。学校如此,音乐剧的筹备亦不例外。有机会参与其中是我辈的荣幸,也是毕生难忘的珍贵记忆。”

       彭俊豪校长表示,通过历史和现实的对话,旨在让华中儿女把握“何为华中”和“华中何为”的真谛,让“自强不息”、“己立立人、己达达人”和“饮水思源”的精神内化于心灵里,流淌在血脉中,这是音乐剧最大的作用。

       时代的步履将随时光远去,百年璀璨的光芒照耀前行的道路,激励着华中大家庭成员,朝乾夕惕,砥砺自强,继往开来,迈向新征程!

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