Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Cinderel-LAH! Performance - Reflections (By Eunice)

Overview of the show

Poor Cindy lives in a crowded HDB flat with her Evil Casino-Obsessed Step-Mother and two Ugly Step-Sisters, Precious and Treasure.  All she dreams about is going to The Grand Fish Ball where Prince Char Mee will choose a bride.  Fairy God Makcik appears, and Cindy is transformed from “no taste” to “fashion ace” and off to The Ball she goes!  But will the Prince recognise her?  Will the shoe fit?  And will true love find a way?


After watching the show, I feel that they have done a great performance, and that we, as a Drama Club, can learn from its good parts and the parts that are not as good, so that we can try to have the good parts and be more aware of the not-so-good parts to not commit the same ‘mistakes’ during our performances.

The Good Parts

The actors were really aware of the demographics of the audience, and they know which age group they are targeting at, such that the show really suited them, and everyone enjoyed it.

I think this is because the show was created to promote theatre to families and young children, such that not only can the kids learn to appreciate such performing arts, but also have some quality time with their families. So, the performance had very clear diction, even in the singing parts, such that everyone knows what the actors are saying/singing, and the actors made the audience participate in the performance as well, such that everyone is very engaged in the show. Such things attract their audience of young children, knowing that they do not have a long attention span and eventually get bored if they just watch the show.

We can learn from this point by being more aware of our audience and create our performance such that it suits them better. For example, for the SYF, because our audience is the judges, we need to impress them by doing a performance that they can relate to better, which is what we did (cars and parking, as there is a high chance that they drive.) Also, because the SYF is a competition, I think that we need to put in a lot of effort and creativity to give the performance that ‘extra something’ to make it different and outstanding from the others, in order to do well.

The Not-so-good Parts

There are some minor slips in their speech (the loss of accents at some points, leaving the audience wondering if that was on purpose and how it is part of the story, such that they might not engage with the following parts of the show that well).

I think this is because the whole act was 3 hours’ long (I think), and that to continue acting in an accent that you do not usually speak in would be really tiring and distracts them from being the character they were supposed to be. However, I think they did a great job catching themselves before it was too late and immediately changed back into their accents again.

We can learn from this by making sure we are always acting in character - and not who we really are - onstage. Our performances are definitely shorter than this show, so we should be able to be in our character throughout the whole piece and if we rehearse enough, we should not have any slip-ups.


All in all, I think that Cinderel-LAH! was a great performance, and that it was an eye-opener for me as I seldom have such theatre experiences. Hooray to all the actors - you were great! And to the playwright that wrote such a good piece! And definitely to all the musicians and all the people helping out to put this piece together! It was a success :D

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