Eighty students from 31 schools across Hong Kong will put on a biblical musical starting on Friday. Organised by the It-Is-easy Ministries and the Chivalry Creative Theatre, Ruth modernises the Bible story The Book of Ruth and uses Canto-pop music to better relate to today's audience.
Participants aged 12 to 23 were divided into groups based on their interests to take on different roles from frontline acting to set design. The two-month-long intensive programme has given performers and crew a chance to develop more than just their acting. Director Charles Chan says the focus is making sure that the participants have a good time while building their creativity and confidence.
Lung Kwan-yi, a Year Two student from Hong Kong Baptist University, is too shy to face the audience, but she enjoys helping backstage. As a duty stage manager working with around 50 actors, she thinks the theatre programme has helped her to improve her communication skills.
"It helped me to understand myself better than ever before," said Lam Yue-hei, a Form Four student from True Light College who plays several characters.
"Dance, music and acting require you to [express] yourself, and you have to look [inside] to express those things."
As one of the few male students on the set, Ernest Tsang, from Lingnan University, said that he had gained a lot of experience in how to deal with the opposite sex.
Ruth is showing until Sunday at Yuen Long Theatre and from September 5-7 at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts