Preparation for Charity

Activity preparation

After the drumming exercise in the winter camp, we decided to promote the art of drum and spirit of U-Theatre via a more active and meaningful manner. We hope that the traditional art could be passed down to more people through charity performance. After discussion with our teacher, we contacted Yi Kuang Orphanage to plan our schedule and activities.

In order to show the best performances, we visited the location of performance at "Yi Kuang Orphanage" in Wenshan District, Taipei one week before the show. After confirming the position to place the "drums", we started to rent and move the drums. Preparation contained many details. We should pay attention to items and costume. Moreover, we went to Yungle Market to cut red scarves so as to show our uniformity and enhance our morale!

Photo credit: Thunder King of Drums

  

Design of Charity Performance at Yi Kuang Orphanage

  1. Theme of the activity: To show the spirit of U-Theatre Tao and Art and that of Fuhsing Orchestra
  2. Activity date: Sunday, 28 February 2016, 14: 00-15: 00 pm
  3. Activity location: Taipei City Yi Kuang Orphanage
  4. Participants: Members of Thunder King of Drums
  5. Records: Chien-Te Hsu

 

Preparation

The children at Yi Kuang Orphanage were a vulnerable group. There was a total of 31 children, wherein, only 14 children could use stationery. Other children with critically illness were different from the average. Some could not even take food by themselves. Although perhaps they could not really appreciate our performances, I believed that they could feel our passion.

Most of the members of Thunder King of Drums took part in Fuhsing Orchestra, Wind Orchestra, or Percussion Orchestra, so we discussed and designed a series of performances to show our special skills to Yi Kuang's friends. In consideration that some children might not be able to sit for long, we decided to control the performance within 45 minutes, including 10-minute drumming performance, 25-minute of musical performance of Fuhsing Orchestra, and 10-minute of storytelling and prize quiz.

After we confirmed the framework, we planned the program, designed content, and arranged rehearsal in different groups. During the discussion, our members enthusiastically put forward recommendations. When we thought about what kind of performances were suitable for the children with severe illness, and what could allow the audience to join us, we planned our performances in accordance with the needs of the Orphanage. First, we changed the drumming performance into the display of a video on the results of the winter camp plus demonstration of beating a drum in pairs. We controlled the volume of drums so as not to frighten the children with severe illness while promoting the art and spirit of drumming of U-Theatre. Besides, we selected meaningful stories about how to get along with peers confidently. We selected popular children's song, such as Tinker Bell and Little Happiness, for our musical performance so that the children could sing along with us happily. We hoped that our performance could leave all the friends at Yi Kuang Orphanage with a joyful and memorable holiday.

Photo credit: Thunder King of Drums

Activity Schedule

  • Activity Task: Charity performance
  • Activity date: Sunday, 28 February 2016, 14: 00-15: 00 pm
  • Activity Instructor:Taipei Fushing Private School, Teacher Hsien Pin Lin
  • Participants: Members of Thunder King of Drums
  • Content: taking 60 minutes
  • Location: Shimei Home of Yi Kuang Orphanage
節目流程

  

Rehearsal

When we completed the design of the charity performance, we sacrificed our spring break and weekends to rehearse the string and percussion ensemble, hoping that Yi Kuang's children could enjoy professional performances at the orphanage.

While practicing the ensemble, we not only got familiar with the tracks, but also included playful and interesting rhythm changes. We appreciated our director of orchestra who guided us repeatedly and patiently. She added lively and lovely styles to each track. We hoped that when we played the last track "Tinkle Bell", all the older and younger friends at the orphanage could join us by playing castanets.

As of the rehearsal of storytelling, we practiced intonation and tacit understanding and come up with some questions of the Prize Quiz. In order to encourage the children more, we prepared easier questions, hoping that each one of them could receive a gift happily through interaction! We rehearsed attentively and were confident in the charity performance. Well begun is half done!

Rehearsal Schedule I

Name of Rehearsal: U-Theatre Drumming Winter Camp Date: 2016.02.01- 2016.2.03
Photos of rehearsal:
Rehearsal video URL: Clipping U-Theatre Drumming Winter Camp drumming performance
  https://youtu.be/kQc9gR2ICCU
Video credit: Thunder King of Drums

Rehearsal Schedule II

Name of Rehearsal: Fushing String Orchestra Quartet Date: 2016.2.14
Photos of rehearsal:
Rehearsal video URL: Clipping Toy Story Rehearsal
  https://youtu.be/pYDyzb6mOMw
Video credit: Thunder King of Drums

Rehearsal Schedule III

Name of Rehearsal: Fushing String Orchestra Quartet Date: 2016.2.14
Photos of rehearsal:
Rehearsal video URL: Clipping Canon
  https://youtu.be/5TWEB1rd6w8
  Clipping Scent of a Woman
  https://youtu.be/T5zQWsOF3Ss
Video credit: Thunder King of Drums

Rehearsal Schedule Ⅳ

Name of Rehearsal: Saxophone rehearsal Date: 2016.2.18
Photos of rehearsal:
Rehearsal video URL: Clipping Little Happiness
  https://youtu.be/vvEvg5kdG98
Video credit: Thunder King of Drums

Rehearsal Schedule Ⅴ

Name of Rehearsal: Fushing String Orchestra & Percussion Date: 2016.2.18
Photos of rehearsal:
Rehearsal video URL: Total rehearsal clips
  https://youtu.be/p5FxNaB24mo
Video credit: Thunder King of Drums

Rehearsal Schedule Ⅵ

Name of Rehearsal: Fushing String Orchestra & Percussion Date: 2016.2.25
Photos of rehearsal:
Rehearsal video URL: clipping Tinker Bell
  https://youtu.be/wHgVND7MlFM
Video credit: Thunder King of Drums

Rehearsal Schedule Ⅶ

Name of Rehearsal: Moderators’ rehearsal Date: 2016.2.28
Photos of rehearsal:
Rehearsal video URL: Moderators rehearsal take 1
  https://youtu.be/afDyfPmYZZM
  Moderators rehearsal take 2
  https://youtu.be/WSH-QCMdP6g
Video credit: Thunder King of Drums

Rehearsal Schedule Ⅷ

Name of Rehearsal: Drumming & martial arts rehearsal Date: 2016.2.28
Photos of rehearsal:
Rehearsal video URL: Drumming & martial arts
  https://youtu.be/TX-BqAn54QY
Video credit: Thunder King of Drums

Video credit: Thunder King of Drums
Photo credit: Thunder King of Drums