A couple of pupils ask me to send them for story telling competition. So when i received an email invitation about National Story Telling Challenge, I jumped on it. I ask the pupils if they are still game, it is a different story telling contest, they give you a topic and you have to span your own story. They look forward to it.
I went for the trainjng workshop today and was shocked. I used to be in the CLDDS part time when I was in college and university. They wanted them to do a story telling cum drama performance. It was interesting and fun, but rather difficult and challenging.
After the workshop, they were given a trial and a topic of "A mother who can't talk". They need to come
Up with a skit and story in 12 minutes and in then add an impromptu condition to the story in the last3 min. I realised they cannot keep to the point and when they do, they cannot develop a twist to the story, so I was quite kanchong. But I thought: it's ok, I will spend more time with them next week to practice.
They then ask for a volunteer. The group that performed blown my mind away!! I would not be surprised if that is rehearsed for a month! But the stage movement, use of props and the interesting dialogue is really power!
Then it dawned on me! These people are trained for ages for this competition. I ask another parent who trained pupils in drama in private. She told me this segment can be trained and she promised to help me.
I just felt silly. I thought of giving the pupils experince and do not really mind losing but just want the pupils to enjoy the experince.
Right now, I felt I am silly to register for the competition. I did the same for another competition but did not have the same problem.
So scary. I will do more research next time befor my pupils get gobble up.