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Wednesday, April 09, 2014

LASALLE's 30th Anniversary

Did you know that LASALLE College of the Arts is celebrating her 30th Anniversary this year?

LASALLE was founded in 1984 by Brother Joseph McNally – a De La Salle educator, who was also a pioneer of creative arts education in Singapore. Today, LASALLE works in partnership with Goldsmiths, University of London, to offer a full range of diplomas and tertiary degrees in design, fine arts, film, media arts, fashion, dance, music, theatre, art therapy, Asian art histories, arts management, and artist educator.

Striving to become the leading Asian educational institution for contemporary creativity in the arts, LASALLE offers state-of-the-art facilities to support their students. For example, the Ngee Ann Kongsi Library, and the Singapore Airlines Theatre.

Even though the Ngee Ann Kongsi Library may look small on the outside, it actually contains more than 50,000 books! And other than books, the library also has numerous music CDs, and even VCDs and DVDs of various shows, movies, and performances. The library also encompasses interactive spaces where students are able to carry out their project discussions.

Often used as a venue for major public performances of theatre, music and dance in LASALLE, the Singapore Airlines Theatre can seat up to 495 audiences. Joel revealed to me that the theatre has a fore-stage with an orchestra pit that can hold up to 25 musicians, complete scenery flying facilities, the latest lighting and sound equipment, dressing rooms and even fully-equipped workshops for construction of scenery, props and costumes. It certainly sounds to me that LASALLE spares no effort in providing the best facilities possible to her students!

Joel even caught a number of shows at the very same theatre,such as the recent Romeo and Juliet play by the Year 1s and 2s students from the BA (Hons) Acting program. Even though the story of Romeo and Juliet is widely known, Joel was very impressed with the production by LASALLE’s Acting students and mentioned that they had a number of magical moments!

Additionally, Joel also caught Gypsy, a musical by the BA (Hons) Musical Theatre students last year!

“Gypsy” is an American musical that tells the story about the rise of one of America’s most celebrated burlesque stars, Miss Gypsy Rose Lee, and how her success was achieved through her resourceful but domineering mother, Rose. The musical also looked at the price that was paid in pursuit of happiness, fame, and glory. Joel mentioned to me that he was greatly impressed by the musical theatre students’ acting, singing, and dancing abilities!

And Joel said that he can’t wait to catch the upcoming musical, The Wedding Singer, by the Musical Theatre students this year!

Well, I certainly wish Joel all the best as he begins his BA( Hons) Musical Theatre program in LASALLE in August! I believe that he will become a great performer and I can’t wait to catch him on stage one day!

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