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     FrontPage Edition: Sun 23 Oct 2005

LASALLE-SIA to launch scholarship for acting & musical theatre degrees


LASALLE-SIA to launch Scholarship for Acting and Musical Theatre degrees
LASALLE-SIA College of the Arts is pleased to announce the establishment of the Veda Mekani Scholarship for Acting and Musical Theatre in memory of the late Veda Mekani, a former Theatre Arts student.
The scholarship has been designed to encourage excellence and is dedicated to nurturing creative talents to be professional performers for the world stage through the College's Acting and Musical Theatre degrees.
About Veda Mekani
Veda was passionate about the arts and lived her life around that passion. An aspiring actor, dancer and script-writer, she had a particular passion for bringing the magic of theatre to the under-privileged youth. In this respect, she often organised theatre workshops for them through her own theatre company, Theative.
She enrolled in LASALLE-SIA's Theatre Arts programme with an interest in a practicebased approach to learning Asian and Western theatre techniques. Her dream was to direct a play written by herself and she had embarked on a project to stage her own play from the ancient text of Sanskrit theatre, but which was unfinished. She passed away in September 2004, two months before her twentieth birthday.
Colours of the Wind - songs from animated movies
The Veda Mekani Scholarship for Acting and Musical Theatre will be launched on 28 October 05 at The Arts House. For the occasion, LASALLE-SIA will be presenting the first public performance by its pioneer cohort of BA (Hons) Musical Theatre students.
In this cabaret-style presentation, students will perform a range of songs from the early classic animated features including Snow White, Dumbo and Pinocchio, and through to the recent masterworks like Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, The Little Mermaid and Toy Story.
This presentation by the BA (Hons) Musical Theatre students will be their first public performance since the programme was launched in July 2004 to offer Asia's first degree in Musical Theatre.
Comments Denis Follington, Programme Leader - Musical Theatre, "this programme is practice-based, and students are given the opportunity to be involved in actual productions to test and fine-tune their performance skills throughout their degree study at the College. Colours of the Wind will be an excellent platform for our group of very talented and enthusiastic performers to reach out to the audience on a personal level, and it will be a quality performance that the audience will enjoy."
LASALLE-SIA's Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Musical Theatre Programme
The BA (Hons) Musical Theatre programme offers rigorous conservatory-style training delivered within an encouraging and supportive environment and is the first comprehensive course of its kind in Asia.
The programme focuses on developing the craft, technique and creativity necessary to build a professional career in the performing arts. Along with the practical elements, students develop an understanding of the need for research and intellectual enquiry to support their performance work.
Lecturing staff, directors, choreographers and visiting international artists are drawn from established theatre industries in UK, Australia, USA and Asia to provide students with exciting cross-cultural learning opportunities.
This programme is led by Denis Follington, who has worked extensively with some of Australia's finest cabaret and musical theatre performers. Students are also trained in voice by lecturer Amanda Colliver who was voice coach to Hollywood celebrities including Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor in Moulin Rouge.

Source: Press Release 20 Oct 2005

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