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PROJECT PARTNER: Kiwanis Down Syndrome Foundation (info@kdsf.org.my)

Theater students of The American Degree Transfer Program (ADP) under the School of Liberal Arts & Sciences (SLAS) presented ‘Macbeth - A Musical Theatre’ on Saturday, 8th August 2015. It was their first full scale theatre production presented on such a magnitude in Taylor’s University Lakeside Campus.  Under the tutelage and direction of the ADP’s theatre lecturer, Ms. Pat Chan, the performance offered a platform for the novice actors to showcase their talent as well as to exercise the knowledge and skills they have acquired through the theatre course.  

According to Dr. Andy Nazarechuk, Dean of ADP, this educational charity event supported their students who are not only engineers, business or applied science majors, but who understand that they can embrace and enjoy the arts as they seek their primary careers.  These students would understand that the arts can provide a level of personal satisfaction that is difficult to find any other way. “They have been rehearsing on almost a daily basis for several months – no grades, not points, just the opportunity to do something that brings them a memorable event and provides satisfying personal satisfaction.  Additionally, their efforts will also help support a worthy charity,” he added.  

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Macbeth was written by William Shakespeare, an English writer who was born in 1564 and have written at least 37 plays and collaborated on several more. Set in Scotland, the play is considered one of his darkest and most powerful tragedies in English literature. It dramatizes the corrosive psychological and political effects produced when evil is chosen as a way to fulfill the ambition for power. Homeward bound from victorious battle, Macbeth, a brave Scottish general, witnesses a prophecy from three witches: he will sit on Scotland’s throne. Once planted, this seed of lethal ambition grows into an all-consuming desire not only for Macbeth but for his impassioned wife.  A king is murdered, heirs are dispatched, a crown is seized, and the prophecy plays out to its bitter and bloody end. The Bard’s tragedy of betrayal, power, and vicious political aspiration is a timeless and timely warning of how the rush of glory and power can transform into greed, treachery, and personal destruction.

Dr. Nazarechuk shared his thoughts, “Two shows – hundreds of local high school students, parents, community members, and friends all praised our student performers for their efforts to stage such a quality show.  This event is a true example of holistic education, as our performers didn’t participate because of grades, scores, or points, but for the love of the arts!  We are already getting ready for next year’s performance!!”

The two-session play was written by Roland Francis, with Nik Amiin Imran and Emalina Zulaikha Aruludin Raj both played Macbeth and Lady Macbeth respectively. The first show was the Student Matinee, has provided opportunities for the high schools in the valley to send their students to enjoy something they may have never experience before. A collaboration of the ADP/SLAS lecturers and students, the performance was being hailed as “An Educational Charity Event”, net proceeds of which were channeled to the Kiwanis Down Syndrome Foundation. SLAS believes it is a privilege for young novice actors to be involved in a professional classical play such as Shakespeare’s and an even bigger privilege to give to charity at the same time.

For more information of ‘Macbeth - A Musical Theatre’ and other projects by the Taylor’s ADP, please contact Senior Lecturer of ADP, Ms. Anna Edward at graceanna.e@taylors.edu.my  

 

Written by Amelia Ooi

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