KEVII Hall Play Director, Choo Xin Hui

  What’s your most memorable experience in hall?   There was once where my friends and I wrote a fake confession letter to a guy, saying that this “girl” (whom we made up) wanted to meet him at the carpark near the hall. So we camped there at night and witnessed his shock when he realised it was us all along. It was hilarious!   You mentioned that you’re directing KEVII Hall Play for this year. Can you give us a brief introduction on it?  The play is called “Golden Child”. It is set in China in 1918, which happens to be exactly 100 years ago from now. It tells the story of a merchant called Tieng Bin. After 3 years of traveling, he brought back new ideas about the Western culture and modern takes of religion and liberalisation. He then introduces these new ideas to his traditional household. It’s a story about the East clashing with the West, set as a family drama filled with tension.   Any takeaways from this experience?  All my dabblings in theatre have been in the acting role. This is my first time taking the backseat and it’s a lot tougher than I first imagined it to be. As actors, you’re in charge of your role and you receive instructions. But as a director, you need to manage a lot of things, ranging from the sets to the stage crew and you need to have a strong artistic vision.   I think it’s slightly different from managing school projects because I feel that in hall play, people come in with different objectives. Some want to try out acting, others just want to have fun and bond with their friends. At the same time, there are also people who really want to make this a good show. So, you’ll have to manage all these different experiences together with the audiences’ expectations to ensure that you create an experience that’s beneficial for everyone.    Fun fact:  I ALWAYS bite my straws when I drink. My sister used to be quite annoyed with me so I'm quite conscious of not doing it now when I share drinks with her.

What’s your most memorable experience in hall? 
There was once where my friends and I wrote a fake confession letter to a guy, saying that this “girl” (whom we made up) wanted to meet him at the carpark near the hall. So we camped there at night and witnessed his shock when he realised it was us all along. It was hilarious!

You mentioned that you’re directing KEVII Hall Play for this year. Can you give us a brief introduction on it?
The play is called “Golden Child”. It is set in China in 1918, which happens to be exactly 100 years ago from now. It tells the story of a merchant called Tieng Bin. After 3 years of traveling, he brought back new ideas about the Western culture and modern takes of religion and liberalisation. He then introduces these new ideas to his traditional household. It’s a story about the East clashing with the West, set as a family drama filled with tension.

Any takeaways from this experience?
All my dabblings in theatre have been in the acting role. This is my first time taking the backseat and it’s a lot tougher than I first imagined it to be. As actors, you’re in charge of your role and you receive instructions. But as a director, you need to manage a lot of things, ranging from the sets to the stage crew and you need to have a strong artistic vision. 

I think it’s slightly different from managing school projects because I feel that in hall play, people come in with different objectives. Some want to try out acting, others just want to have fun and bond with their friends. At the same time, there are also people who really want to make this a good show. So, you’ll have to manage all these different experiences together with the audiences’ expectations to ensure that you create an experience that’s beneficial for everyone. 

Fun fact: I ALWAYS bite my straws when I drink. My sister used to be quite annoyed with me so I'm quite conscious of not doing it now when I share drinks with her.