Arts lover gets in on the act

Arts lover gets in on the act

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Ko Ki-yan says she hopes to pursue a career in acting. Photos: Sunny Tse

A special programme has strengthened a multi-talented student's desire to become an actress, writes Sunny Tse

Ko Ki-yan, a Form Five student from Elegantia College, says she will always cherish her days as a member of the Arts Ambassadors-in-School Scheme. She was among the first batch of more than 500 students from across the city who joined the programme earlier this year.

'The programme is a great way to network with people who share an overwhelming passion for arts,' she says.

Ki-yan is multi-talented - she is a singer, dancer, public speaker and actress.

She says she hopes to pursue a career in her greatest love - acting.

'Theatre has an unbelievable bonding power. It gathers people from all walks of life and you can only experience it while you are in it,' she says.

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Artworks by Elegantia College students

Guided by teacher-mentor and veteran amateur actor Lui Chi-kong, who is also the director of Kwuntong Theatre, Ki-yan took part in a charity show that strengthened her desire to become a full-time actress.

During intensive rehearsals, she says she was inspired by the sight of drama enthusiasts getting together after their demanding day jobs to achieve the common goal of putting on a great show.

'It's their inexhaustible passion for theatre that keeps them going and I share that feeling,' Ki-yan adds.

As the school arts ambassador, she attended workshops organised by the Arts Development Council on a wide range of arts-related topics.

She was also thrilled to share her experiences with fellow students at morning assembly and promote art in school, Ki-yan says.

 

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Artworks by Elegantia College students

She is fully supported by her arts-loving principal, Tso Kai-lok, who believes exposure to the arts is the best way to arouse students' interest in the subject and discover their potential. 'You can't force them to pick arts, so the least we can do is to provide a favourable environment for learning the arts and hopefully that would arouse their interest and unleash their potential,' Tso says.

Apart from music and art rooms, the school has a public art corner where students can stage all kinds of performances.

Tso says he persuaded the school board to include Drama in Education in the regular curriculum for junior secondary students, besides music and visual art lessons.

The new subject teaches students Shakespeare's masterpieces and ancient Greek theatre, which are used to enhance their communication skills. This can help the students in their daily lives, Tso says.

 

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