Students performing in the musical which showcased their talents after six months of training. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Syed Abdullah Syed Mohamed
About 300 students from six primary and six secondary schools in Johor took part in the Festival Kelab Seni Cemerlang Negeri Johor (KSCNJ) here recently.
Held at the Dewan Kampung Melayu Majidee, Johor Baru, the one-day festival was jointly organised by the Johor National Department for Culture and Arts and the state Education Department.
Among the highlights of the event were a drawing competition, “gasing”(spinning top) demonstration and a musical theatre entitled “Pengembaraan Putera Langkasuka” (The Adventures of Prince Langkasuka).
About 200 students, including musicians, were involved in staging the musical.
A spokesman from the organising committee said the students had undergone a six-month training programme on musical performance and drama.
“Besides assessing their capabilities in the field of stage acting and music, the other objectives of the musical include providing a platform to the students to demonstrate their talents after their six-month training," he said.
The musical theatre, based on an original idea by Nurmizanun Saari, was directed by Zulkiflie Abdul Majid.
The programme started with a “gasing” performance, followed by a drawing competition and a bazaar held outside the hall.
The “gasing” demonstration was performed 10 secondary school students while the drawing competition, themed “Sehati Sejiwa” (One Heart, One Soul) saw 20 Year Five and Six pupils taking part.
The guest-of-honour at the festival were National Department for Culture and Arts (JKKN) deputy director-general Mesran Mohd Yusop. Also present was Johor JKKN director Abdul Hamid Muhamad.
Mesran praised the students’ showmanship. “Since its inception back in 1996, JKKN has introduced this programme to enhance the talents of students in arts and culture," he said.