Monday, March 22, 2010

Tackling the World 10 minutes at a Time

I'm definitely going for the workshops this year after chickening out at the last minute last year. Anyone else coming?
Want to learn the Art of 10-minuters?

SHORT+SWEET Malaysia 2010

Workshops Now Open for Registrations

SHORT+SWEET Malaysia will be returning for a third season! And we're growing our SHORT+SWEET family in Malaysia once again... Last year, we introduced a new member, SHORT+SWEET DANCE. This year, we will be welcoming another addition SHORT+SWEET MUSICAL. You can look forward to six weeks of SHORT+SWEET festival this year.

As usual, we'll be starting off with a whole host of workshops conducted by SHORT+SWEET experts Alex Broun, who will be running the theatre workshops, and Nicole Stinton, who will be running the musical theatre workshops.

It's a fantastic opportunity to familiarise yourself with the whole SHORT+SWEET concept and it'll give you an early start to prepare for the festival in September / October 2010... do sign up with your friends!

Playwriting Level 1: 2 April @ 7pm - 10pm
Playwriting Level 2: 3 April @ 2pm - 5pm
Directing / Acting Level 1: 3 April @ 10am - 1pm
Directing / Acting Level 2: 4 April @ 10am - 1pm
Combined Session - Playwriting / Directing / Acting Advanced: 4 April @ 2pm - 5pm
Public Reading & Showcase: 4 April @ 7pm - 10pm

Composers & lyricists: 11 April @ 10am - 2pm
Performers: 11 April @ 2.30pm - 5.30pm
Performers / Composers / Lyricists: 11 April @ 6.30pm - 10pm & 12 April @ 6.30pm - 10pm

E-mail your contact details & state which workshop you'd like to attend
(registration fee of RM10 applies)

SHORT+SWEET 2010 Festival Dates
SHORT+SWEET Musical: 22 September - 3 October
SHORT+SWEET Dance : 6 October - 17 October
SHORT + SWEET Theatre: 20 October - 31 October

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Open Auditions for klpac's T4YP 2010 Ensemble

Do you want to be in the limelight? Do you want to try to see if you're cut out for the theater stage? If you're between 16 to 25 years old, here's a chance for you!

Since 2008, klpac’s Theatre For Young People (T4YP) programme has been providing a platform for young people to express themselves by creating meaningful theatre.

Once again, we would like to welcome young people between the ages of 16 to 25 years old to be part of the T4YP Ensemble as actors for Season 2010. Previous theatre experience is not essential. However, commitment, creativity and dedication are …

Season 2010 runs for a period of six months from April to September and features three mainstage productions in Pentas 2 and a 2-week season of experimental theatre in the Indicine. Throughout the season, compulsory weekly rehearsals on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday nights as well as Saturday afternoons.

Audition Details:
One Day Only: Saturday, March 27
Time slots: 10am to 1pm, 2pm to 6pm & 7pm to 9pm
Venue: Indicine, Level 2, klpac

Come Prepared with:

ONE Classical Monologue (2 minutes)

  • Text in verse by Shakespeare, Monologue must be memorised

ONE Contemporary Monologue (2 minutes)

  • Non-comedic/Serious, text in prose from any contemporary 20th, 21st century playwright or any movie screenplay, Monologue must be memorised

ONE Contemporary Monologue (2 minutes)

  • Comedic/Funny, text in prose from any contemporary 20th, 21st century playwright or any movie screenplay, Monologue must be memorised

OPTIONAL: ONE Song (1 minute) to be sung acapella

Looking for monologues for the audition? Try these sites :

Audition is by appointment only!

Contact Ashraf Zain (Production Manager, klpac) on 03-40479037 or

Closing date for registration: Thursday, 25 March by 6.30pm
After this date, no entries will be accepted. No walk-ins will be entertained on the day.

For more information on T4YP and their past productions visit their blog at also visit

Friday, March 05, 2010

The Week That Was – Feb 22 – 28, 2010

It was a quiet week at the office work-wise. People were just coming back from their long Chinese New Year break and we mostly catching up with all their messages and action items for work. For us who started work the week before, it was just a normal week at the office.

Highlight of the week was the “Bernarda Alba” musical that I watched at klpac on their preview night. It was definitely not the type of musicals that I was accustomed to so it was really an eye opening experience for me to watch. I have actually heard the soundtrack of the original cast production but it never really registered in my head until I actually got to see a full production of the piece. I guess it just goes to show that while listening to the original soundtrack CD might be enjoyable, it is still a poor substitute to actually watching it on stage.

“Bernarda Alba” was quite dark and somber but it was not without moments of charm and frivolity. A character study in effects of repression and social control, it tells the story of a domineering mother how literally imprisons her 5 daughters after the death of her 2nd husband in an attempt to protect them from the outside world. The reactions and conflicts that arose from this decision drove the narration which was beautifully conveyed through the songs being sung on stage. I definitely enjoyed myself at the performance even with the minor technical details that bugged me a bit while watching.

The other highlight of the week was my board gaming overdose. We had planned to have a board game session at a friend’s house on Sunday but a few of us wanted to have another session on the Friday before because it was a public holiday and they were all in town. We ended up going to the Boston’s Café near my place and staked out our own little corner to play our board games. We played and played and played! By the time we stopped, we had actually played almost 12 hours of board games in one sitting! We had “Settlers of Catan”, “No Merci!”, “Wits & Wagers”, “Times Up: Title Recall” & “Pictionary” on the table that day. Other than the 1 hour that we had to spend virtually in the dark thanks to a power outage at the café, it was just games and good company for the whole evening.

I was afraid that the guys would be all boadgame-ed out when Sunday came along but I guess that the board game bug has hit my group hard. After lunch at a nearby kopitiam, we adjourned to a friend’s house for games. We decided to whip up a batch of double chocolate chip cookies for the afternoon and proceeded to play several board games till it was time for dinner. We ended having rounds of “Settlers of Catan” (a group favorite), “Tribond”, “Kill Doctor Lucky”, “Wits & Wagers” & “Who Am I” that afternoon. I still didn’t get a chance to introduce the group to “Small World” yet but I hope to do so next time we come together for games.

It was a great weekend of games and great friends.