Several schools in Ipoh have the privilege of having teachers from Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre (KLPac) and The Actor’s Studio conduct drama workshops in their schools. The team, consisting of Christopher Ling, Mark Beau de Silva, Lex, Kimmy Kiew, Kelvin Wong and Qahar Aqilah, comes on a fortnightly basis.
The aim of the workshops is to enhance and help hone the students’ drama and theatre skills. This in turn helps them holistically in their learning process. To inject fun into learning, games are utilised. The students are trained not only in drama but dancing and singing techniques, as well.
SMK Methodist, SMK Methodist (P), SMK St Michael, SMJK Sam Tet, SMJK Perempuan Perak and even Daybreak have benefitted from the team’s efforts. “It helps me to be more confident on stage,” said Shaun Pandian, 15, of SMK Methodist.
The workshops are intended to go on for a year, but KLPac and The Actor’s Studio hope it will be an ongoing affair.
When Mark Beau de Silva sees young people getting involved and interested in performing arts, he feels that there is a need for continuity. “Just as we’ve learned from others, we hope to pass it on to the younger generation.”