I am a Kindergarten teacher teaching music and also in charge of the school yearly concert. In order to learn more about directing, I took up Intensive Directing training course. During the duration of the course, I was taught to focus on using the Stanislavsky’s method in directing a play, I learn to craft each characters in every of the cast and bringing them to life. I learned to analyze each character, traits, scripts, transform ideas and creativity on to stage performances. Technique and style in bringing stage performance to live was also imparted along the way. It was really an eye opener for me that under every circumstances, a director is supposed to be able to bring a production to life with or without props.
I was given the Director role to direct a musical showcase. Ground work preparation from liaison with the production manager to the vocal & dance director goes along when overseeing the dance & songs to fit into every scene not forgetting stage crew for sound & lightings. I have also learned different lightings methods and terms. Costume designing for each scene was very challenging but exciting when detailed functional and aesthetic aspect needs to match the time & era of the musical showcase.
Last but not least, endless hours of practices was put in to train the cast and to make sure they could bring their role to life when they are on stage. Along the way, we make friends, we laugh, we bonded, and learned to work as a team. It was all worth the while for all the sleepless nights of research. When casts part ways teary eyed, I know not only have they impacted my life but mine on theirs. It was a wonderful experience for me throughout my course and practical training.