City Harvest Church’s Christmas drama has become one of its most hotly anticipated annual events — the Drama Ministry has been constantly outdoing itself, year after year.
Little wonder then, that since late September, the Drama Ministry has been hard at work preparing for this Christmas’ production, which promises to surprise and delight the audience.
Three to four times a week, the actors faithfully gather at different locations such as Riverwalk and Expo for rehearsals. This “extra-curricular activity” is above the actors’ work, school, family commitments, even church ministry. But these actors, directors, stage managers and backstage crew are tireless — determined to put in their all to prepare another exciting and memorable drama.
Director Jaslynn Khoo explains the team’s great attitudes, “It’s great when your passion is your job.”
Rehearsals are far from fun — actors wait patiently while some scenes get rehearsed over and over again. They spend their time poring over script changes, and observing ways to improve their acting. Actor Bernard Loh, a familiar face in CHC’s dramas, says, “As of now, it’s a process of layering and as we go along, the full product will eventually come out, and that’s when the hard work pays off.”
Although the rehearsals can be gruelling, the atmosphere is lively as there is great camaraderie between the actors. Jokes are exchanged and funny antics keep everyone’s spirits high.
Actor Adrian Chueng says that the rehearsals have been a lot of fun and an excellent way to serve God.
With one more month of rehearsals to go, the stage is almost set for Christmas. Shelia Ther, a pioneer member of the drama team entices City News with this: “Expect a more extravagant presentation and a fresh perspective of the Christmas story this year!”
Catch CHC’s Christmas Drama Productions on the following dates:
24 Dec (Wed) 3.30pm, 5.30pm, 7.45pm
25 Dec (Thu) 10.00am, 12.30pm, 3.30pm
For more details, log onto www.chc.org.sg.