SIS News Archive
This year's traditional Bayside Musical managed to morph into an original production inspired from stories that were told by SIS students or teachers and were then re-imagined as films, plays, songs and dances.
Many people have asked me recently how this project came to be, and why we replaced the traditional spring musical with a devised multimedia performance. The answer is that this play evolved out of a series of happy coincidences and accidents. Last spring, we thought it would be fun to collect historical stories, urban legends, folktales and personal anecdotes in order to make short skits and films for the fall drama club showcase. We were amazed by the sheer number of stories that students and teachers shared with us, and it was decided that we should bring as many stories to life as possible.
In December, student volunteers chose which stories they wanted to work on, and decided which medium they preferred. We held auditions, made schedules and began rehearsing. The entire process took over 13 weeks, with students re-writing, shooting, blocking, choreographing, and editing their pieces.
The final step was to move our entire production into Level 5, where John Burns has created a multi-purpose make space that was ideal for combining live theater with film. With a lot of help from Ah Chen and the maintenance staff, we hung lights, set up a sound system and a projection system, all operated by students. They did this within two days, and we had our first invited dress performance on April 19th.
The final show was a million miles from what we had imagined but we couldn't be prouder of the result. Thanks to everyone at SIS who helped make it happen!
Clayton Dowty, Bayside Humanities Teacher