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“Emily of Emerald Hill” Headlines ACS Ipoh’s ‘Evening of Grace’

By Anne Das

In a celebration that marries education, art, and philanthropy, Anglo Chinese School (ACS) Ipoh invites residents of the community to an enchanting event, “An Evening of Grace.” This event marks the momentous 128th anniversary of ACS Ipoh, a renowned Methodist Mission School with a rich legacy of empowering students from all walks of life, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Mark your calendars for Friday, 4th August 2023, at 7.30 pm sharp at the ACS Ipoh Auditorium on Lahat Road.

All smiles. Actress Pearlly Chua & Director, Mr Chin San Sooi on the road to Ipoh today

Prepare to be captivated as the talented Pearlly Chua takes on the iconic role of Emily in the compelling play, “Emily of Emerald Hill.” Directed by Mr. Chin San Sooi, an Old Boy and former teacher with an undeniable passion for the stage, the play is a monologue steeped in Peranakan tradition. Since its first performance in 1984, it has been re-enacted an astounding 233 times, each time leaving audiences spellbound. The presence of the esteemed playwright, Ms. Stella Kon,will add an extra layer of significance to this extraordinary evening.

The Late Mr Chin Yoong Kim with one of the past recipients. (

At the heart of this occasion lies the tribute to the late Mr. Chin Yoong Kim, a cherished teacher who touched the lives of countless students. His enduring passion for music and drama continues to inspire generations, and “An Evening of Grace” aims to support the late Chin Yoong Kim Commemorative Fund. This heartfelt endeavour seeks to provide essential support to underprivileged students, offering bursaries, meals, learning aids, tuition fees, and musical accessories for a span of 7 years.

The evening holds a historical significance as it also marks the 97th Anniversary of ACS Ipoh’s illustrious stage traditions, which commenced in 1926 with a Shakespearean play. This celebration of artistic heritage is a testament to the school’s enduring commitment to nurturing young talent in the performing arts for many decades.

(L to R) Principal of ACS, Mr. Chan See Tian with Datuk Lean Meng Seong and Dr Lai at the Auditorium going through details for the upcoming event

With anticipation building, The ACS School in Ipoh warmly invites teachers, students, and the wider community to be a part of this captivating performance. Experience the magic of “An Evening of Grace” as we immerse ourselves in the life and journey of Emily—an embodiment of resilience and growth that inspires us all.

This is an invite only, Private event. Capacity is 300 persons.

To secure your invitation for ‘An Evening of Grace’ please contact :-

1) Dr. Lai (Chairman of the Board of Directors for ACS Ipoh) at 016 5650456, or
2) Datuk Lean Meng Seong (President of ACS Ipoh Alumni Association) at 019 316 1001.

Event Details

Date               : 7th August 2023 (Friday)
Time               : 7.30pm sharp
Location        : ACS Auditorium, Lahat Road.

Note: For contributions to the Chin Yoong Kim Commemorative Fund, bank transfer to:

Yayasan Alumni Ipoh ACS (1196841-M)

Alliance Bank Account No: 14167 001 002 6274

(Upon completion of the transfer, please share a copy of the transfer’s image via WhatsApp to the undersigned. A receipt will be promptly issued.)

An Evening of Grace – Let the power of theatre and the spirit of ACS Ipoh’s legacy touch your heart.
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