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PHUKET: In early December, another successful musical theater production was staged at the British International School Phuket (BISP). Hoodwinked, a funny musical tale based on the story of Robin Hood, was performed three times to an audience totaling 1,000 people over three afternoons. At the dress rehearsal, the young actors, aged between eight and 11, were a little nervous as the curtains opened and the auditorium filled with their friends and teachers from the rest of the primary school.

Mr Neill Thacker, BISP Head of Arts and Hoodwinked producer and director said: “The dress rehearsal is the hardest performance as this is the most nerve-racking moment in any show. The other primary-aged children in the audience loved the costumes and the songs.”

So, with the dress rehearsal out of the way, it was on to the real shows performed for parents, siblings and others from the Phuket community. Mr Thacker said: “Our students did not disappoint – that’s for sure! The performance levels rose for the remaining two performances as the adrenalin kicked in and the nerves were left outside. The audience were in fits of laughter at so many of the very funny jokes, one-liners and all of the puns.”

Once again, Hoodwinked goes down in history as another success for the arts program at BIS Phuket. The bar keeps getting raised higher and higher each year, particularly after The Lion King whole-school musical production, watched by many Phuket residents earlier this year and which gained rave reviews.

“This is because the artistic standard and confidence of our BISP students is getting higher and higher each time they perform. It was wonderful to see some newcomers to the stage for Hoodwinked and also to see some of the children who had had minor roles in the past, emerge and flourish this year in leading roles. Thank you to all staff, students and parents involved as it was really a huge team effort,” Mr Thacker said.

Auditions are now complete for BISP’s much-anticipated next whole-school musical production of Grease, and the rehearsals are well underway. Grease will be performed at the end of March 2014, with tickets going on sale on March 3, 2014. For more information contact:


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