Every year Beijing World Youth Academy (BWYA) holds An Evening of Art, Drama and Music to show parents and students what each department has been working on from the start of the year and to proudly perform or showcase their pieces.
On Thursday, December 6, the school re-opened shortly after the end of the school day and people strolled around the art classrooms to view exceptional student art works, which were featured with descriptions on the bulletin boards. Later that evening, the Year 9 drama class performed in English alongside a Chinese drama club, who performed in Chinese. Then the Year 10 orchestra performed the theme song from the television show The Simpsons, which earned huge applause from the audience. This was followed by a duo of Year 9 students playing acoustic guitars. Last but not least, the Year 10 drama crew performed three short scenes from Shakespeare’s play Romeo and Juliet, which will be performed in its entirety in March 2013.
Laura Li, a member of the audience, recalls her experience that night, saying, “It was really fun and I especially loved The Simpsons song played by the music group, and also the scenes from Romeo and Juliet because it had every actor or actresses contribute to it. Also, a few days before the event, there were a lot of great advertisements being made and so it must have been pleasing to see so many parents show up. The drama room, which was where all performances were performed, was so packed with people that it was difficult to get in and out of the room.”
Overall, An Evening of Art, Drama and Music was an entertaining night and a huge success, as everyone was all smiles regardless of leaving the school at so late a time. This made all performers and artists whose works were featured feel content to be a part of an event so significant.
Lauren You (Jung Won) is half Korean and half Chinese, and is currently in grade 10 at Beijing World Youth Academy. Previously, she attended a Korean kindergarten, then a Chinese school in Korea, and later went abroad to Malaysia to study English at a local school and then in a British international school. Her experience of studying in diverse environments allows her to explore the horizon. Lauren enjoys reading and writing and she actively writes articles for her school’s magazine as well as for her school’s newspaper.
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Photo by Lauren You