With just over 2 weeks to go until Students’ Fest: Sai Mulan, Insite’s Sarah Bouhlel spoke to the Singing and Dancing coordinators to get to know more about the work being done by both departments.
“The experience so far has been overwhelming but really fun”, says Yorika Attard, one of the Singing Coordinators. “My main job is to coordinate the chorus as well as the soloists, arrange harmonies and essentially take care of the wide range of talented voices we have at our disposal thanks to this year’s participating singers.”
This is not Yorika’s first experience coordinating the Students’ Fest vocalists, having done an impeccable job last year as well for the very musically-driven production ‘Is-Sister Act’. “We’ve been working very hard so we are aiming to produce a good show, and I think we deserve a good one as well”.
Yorika has also taken on the challenge of writing an original song for this year’s production, which will be released for promotional purposes and will be accompanied by a very special music video. The song has been produced with Matteo Depares, who we still remember as the protagonist in the Students’ Fest take on Hercules in 2015.
“We want the audience to appreciate that this show is being made by students for students, and for the general public.” - Carly Zarb & Kimberly Lowell
With the dance departments having the largest number of people involved, the coordinators expressed the inevitable difficulties that come with teaching choreography to a large number of people. “It is hard to think of choreography seeing that not everyone has a background in dancing”, says one of the four dancing coordinators Carly Zarb.
“Working out transitions, exits and entrances is also hard”, continues fellow dance coordinator Kimberly Lowell. “Since the full cast is made up of a lot of people, we need to shout a lot for everyone to hear us”.
Kimberly admits it was very stressful to come up with choreography which isn’t complicated and that everyone can enjoy doing, whilst still making sure everything looks slick and on point on the stage at Sir Temi Zammit Hall. But she says that it is also extremely rewarding.
“We got the opportunity to build a very good relationship with the cast and the other departments, and we made a lot of new friends”. Both Carly and Kimberly echo each other in saying that in reality this is the true beauty of taking part in a student-led production like Students’ Fest, and why they’ve both decided to return as dancing coordinators for another consecutive year.
When asked about their expectations for Sai Mulan, Carly and Kimberly conveyed their desire for the work being done by everyone involved to be deservedly recognized and appreciated by the general public, including the rest of the University of Malta population.
“We want to see the whole show working out well. But we also want people to appreciate that this work is being done completely by students, and on a voluntary basis. We want the audience to appreciate that this show is being made by students for students, and for the general public.”
Sai Mulan: the KSU Students’ Fest 2017 is going to be held in Sir Temi Zammit Hall at the University of Malta on the evenings of the 21st, 22nd and 23rd of April. Tickets can be bought on www.ticketline.com.mt.