The middle school production of Clockwork by Philip Pullman opens today, Wednesday, March 18, in the Black Box Theatre at Tashkent International School. The production continues on Thursday, March 19 and Friday, March 20. All three shows are sold out.
This original adaptation of Pullman’s young adult novella Clockwork or All Wound Up, takes place in a German tavern on the eve of the annual unveiling of a new figure for the city’s clocktower. The characters anticipate the morning’s festivities while listening to the village storyteller sharing a gothic tale of love and murder deep in the local forest. The arrival of Dr. Kalminius of Salzburg soon blurs the line between tales told and tales enacted, terrifying everyone, while Pullman’s metaphysical metanarrative winds towards the inevitable conclusion.
The gade 6 to 8 students have been busy working on this adaptation for several weeks. As part of the middle school English curriculum at TIS, Philip Pullman’s short novel provides a wonderful opportunity for students to work on their own original stage adaptation for the forthcoming middle school production.
With prior knowledge of the text, the cast, crew and production team of students have had the opportunity to engage in an exciting collaborative process which extends beyond the confines of the Black Box Theatre, facilitating links between curricular and co-curricular work, and creating opportunities to apply acquired skills learned to real life situations.
Grade 10 visual arts students are designing and building the set using three-dimensional construction skills to develop and realize their ideas. The ever-supportive TIS maintenance team are busy welding new structures.
As an integral component of the two-dimensional design course, Mr. Jay’s grade 10 tech class is designing the marketing materials through the interpretation of thematic and literary elements in visual format. As such, students are actively working with internal ‘clients’ and engaging with the authentic challenges of responding to a given brief.
Assisting with production and technical management, a small team of grade 12 seniors is also benefitting from the opportunity of working with a professional costume designer from the Ilkhom Theatre and Svetlana Repetiy, our busy arts assistant, is scouring Tashkent for obscure props and stage furniture.
Under the guidance of Mr. Odendaal, middle school students are using Garage Band software to compose original music for the play. Meanwhile, all participating students are spending their ASA time in rehearsal twice a week.
So, mark your calendars: March 18- 20 in the TIS Black Box Theatre. It is sure to be an outstanding reflection of how TIS collaborates together on an artistic project.