NIST Production to Be Published Worldwide by Maverick Musicals

The NIST Elementary Music Department production Lost in Space, first staged at the school in 2015, will soon be available worldwide through school musical publisher Maverick Musicals. Under the new name The Black Hole, it will be the second original NIST show to be published after Creepytown, which has already been performed some 30 times in schools and community theatres around the world. Yet these shows only represent three of the stunning productions that have emerged from some of NIST’s creative minds.

In 2008 two NIST music teachers, Mark Bourgeois and Craig Chambers, set out to write an original musical with enough speaking parts to cater to the enormous interest in musical theatre from their students. Under the name Mad Musicals, they set about writing their first original show, The Time Traveling Tuk Tuk. After the sell-out success and popularity of the show, they began writing a new, original music production each year to accommodate the hundreds of students eager to sign up to participate.

Creepytown, Supernova and Lost In Space soon followed, as well as a production geared toward younger elementary students: Dust & Dreams. After the breakthrough publishing of Creepytown in 2015, Elementals, Rocktopus and Droidz soon followed, expanding the catalogue to eight original shows that were all written, recorded and staged at NIST. To produce these in-house, all music, captured from the music and singing of NIST teachers and students, is recorded in the NIST Marley Recording Studio, and are mixed by the school’s sound engineer, Khun Surasak.

The journey in taking a show from NIST and publishing it to a wider audience is a long and arduous process, with the show being scrutinized by a panel of eight experts, as well as being scored by a 20-piece live band. Once the script, score and band parts have been approved by the panel, the show is then sent to a formatter to ready it for publishing. With two of the Mad Musicals shows now reaching this stage, communities around the world are experiencing the magic and creativity that is produced at NIST each October. Even more impressively, the shows are predominantly performed by high school students and adults, demonstrating how Mad Musicals has pushed the boundaries of what is possible with elementary theatre here at NIST.

About Lost in Space

When an intergalactic portal is opened between the Andromeda galaxy and the Milky Way, a lowly team of satellite repairmen must battle black holes, aliens and asteroid fields to overcome a  menacing threat to planet Earth. When the dreaded Cyborgs enter the portal to claim the Milky Way for themselves, the fate of planet Earth is placed in the hands of the most unlikely of heroes, a day-dreaming satellite engineer named Sparkie. Will planet Earth be saved? And will Sparkie really discover the truth about what lies beyond the stars? With a chorus of Cyborgs, Black Holes, Rastaroids and Andromedans, Lost in Space is a fun and action-packed space adventure that is sure to take your audience out of this world!



Learn more about Mad Musicals and visit Maverick Musicals.

“Lost in Space” Is Out of This World

When an intergalactic portal is opened between the galaxy Andromeda and the Milky Way, a lowly team of satellite repairmen must battle black holes, aliens and asteroid fields to overcome a menacing threat to planet Earth. When the dreaded Cyborgs enter the portal to claim the Milky Way for themselves, the fate of planet Earth is placed in the hands of the most unlikely of heroes: an engineer named Sparkie, a day-dreamer who loves to gaze longingly into space. Will planet Earth be saved? And will Sparkie really discover the truth about what lies beyond the stars?

View more photos of Lost in Space in our Zenfolio album.

Over the past several years, the NIST Music Department has built a reputation for creating entirely original and top-notch musical productions. From the Time Traveling Tuk Tuk to Supernova!, they have delighted NIST audiences with creative stories, catchy tunes, and amazing sets and costumes. Writers, producers and NIST teachers Craig Chambers and Mark Bourgeois carried on the tradition this year with Lost in Space, a story that took our community into the far reaches of the universe.

Featuring a record-breaking number of elementary students—over 250 in total—the show played to a packed theatre on all three nights in which it ran, with tickets having sold out almost immediately upon going on sale. The reason for the demand was clear when the lights dimmed. From the costuming and lighting to the amazing makeup, supported by our very own NIPTA and parent volunteers, the show rivaled professional productions in quality and entertainment.

With so many successes, and such a large number of young talents in the school, the only question remaining is where they will go next. We’ve gone to the stars and back, and our community is excited to see where we be transported in the coming years!

Performer David Pereira to Visit NIST

In conjunction with the International Peace Foundation, NIST will welcome world-renowned dancer, aerial artist and model David Pereira from 6-7 May. Widely recognized from his 2013 appearances on France’s Got Talent, David will conduct three performances for NIST students, followed by Q & A sessions. Taking his talents into the classroom, he will also conduct workshops for arts and PE students throughout his time at the school.

Beyond his talents on the stage, David has worked to further humanitarian efforts such as the IPF, including its mission to “facilitate and strengthen dialogue and communication to promote understanding and trust”. As a speaker in IPF’s 5th ASEAN event series “Bridges: Dialogues Towards a Culture of Peace”, he aims to help others gain an understanding of the connections between the arts and dialogue. Through artistic expression, we bridge cultural divides and offer others a window into our unique perspectives.


Biography (from davidpereirart.com)

David Pereira (1990) born in Vigo/Spain. At the age of 12 he started his artistic journey, from the hand of classical ballet. He did it for 2 years then he decided to stop ballet for a while. He wanted to see what is out there for him in the world of sports, acrobatic sports to be precise. During 4 years of training and competing. David has been Spanish champion, 5 consecutive years in a row, with one of them being champion of the Spanish cup (junior). When he was 18 he had the opportunity to do a casting for an event with Cirque Du Soleil which he passed. There, on stage, he found the place where his soul belongs to.

Inspiring people and create feelings in his audience with his art is David’s main goal. With his own and unique style there’s not another artist like David Pereira. David is a member of Base Berlin, a collaboration of young artists in the areas of dance, theatre, film, photography, and especially acrobatics. Within this platform he creates some of his performances which he performs all over the world, in the best theaters, galas and all kind of events.

Instrumental Music Recitals End the Year with Style

 

NIST-Contemporary-Music-RecitalThe performing arts at NIST have steadily evolved over the past few years, adding new features and events regularly. Based on the wonderful performances of our students in the final events of this year, our instrumental music recitals have achieved new heights! Over the last two consecutive Mondays, performers from the NIST Instrumental Music Programme provided us with an eclectic mix of classical and contemporary music performances, all of which were well-received by the audiences.

In addition to the performances, many students were presented with their ABRM and Trinity College exam awards. Students who were unable to attend the recitals didn’t miss out on being applauded, as they received their awards from Head of School James MacDonald in a small, personal presentation ceremony. For more photos of the classical and contemporary recitals, as well as the ABRSM and Trinity award presentation, visit our Zenfolio albums:

Classical Recitals

Contemporary Recitals

ABRSM and Trinity certificates presentation