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Story Challenge - Unscripted. Unpredictable. Unbelievably fun. Let the battle begin!

Singapore, 15 February 2007 Come March, Singapore's first Story Challengewill be launched as a nationwide competition. Presented by the Singapore Press Holdings Foundation and organised by The Theatre Practice, Story Challengeis a no-holds-barred contest of cutting wit, flying imagination and dazzling performances, and is now open to all primary, secondary, and tertiary students.

Story Challenge first tingled taste buds in June 2006 as a pilot competition organised by The Theatre Practice, under the Singapore Arts Festival Outreach. After rounds of clashing wits and nail-biting tension, our participants were left starving for more.

Story Challenge is a tournament of wit, imagination and eloquence. Unscripted and unpredictable, contestants literally conjure a story from the limits of their minds, within a wisp of time. Participants are provided with elements of a story on the spot, and given only a few minutes to create a story, before heading onstage for a live performance.

The Challenge is divided into English and Mandarin tournaments, and is further divided into Team competition consisting of 3 members per team and Individual competitions. Contestants are categorised by the following tiers – Primary, Secondary or Tertiary [JC, ITE, and full-time Polytechnic students].

All participants are encouraged to join the free Story Challenge workshop. This pre-competition workshop will allow participants to flex their creative muscles and equip them with the tools and methods needed to be in top form for the competition.

Schools in Singapore are abuzz with excitement as soon as news of the Story Challenge competition was announced early this year. The Theatre Practice has received a lot of interest from numerous schools about the competition.

A total of over $5,000 worth of cash and prizes are at stake. The best storytellers stand to take home trophies, cash prizes, certificates and complimentary Golden Village movie passes.

“The Singapore Press Holdings Foundation is pleased to support Story Challenge,an excellent platform for students to develop their creativity through spontaneous story telling. By supporting fun and innovative programmes such as this, the Foundation hopes to further its aim of developing interest in culture and the arts in the youths,” said Ms Ginney Lim, General Manager of Singapore Press Holdings Foundation Ltd.

The public is welcome to watch the Preliminaries and Finals at River Valley High School (call-in registration is required).

Details on the Competition as follows:

Deadline for Registration: 23 February 2007, Friday
Enquiry Hotline: 6337 2525, The Theatre Practice

Story Challenge Workshop:
English Challenge: 3 March, Sat, 10am-1pm (Pri.), 2pm-5pm (Sec. & Tertiary)
Mandarin Challenge: 4 March, Sun, 10am-1pm (Pri.), 2pm-5pm (Sec. & Tertiary)

Auditions:
English Challenge (17 March, Sat)
Mandarin Challenge (18 March, Sun)

Venue for Workshop and Auditions: 155 Waterloo Street, Stamford Arts Centre, S(187962)
Rehearsal Hall on the 2nd floor. (Please use the staircase to the left of the entrance)

Preliminaries: English Challenge (31 March, Sat)
Mandarin Challenge (1 April, Sun)

Finals: English Challenge (7 April, Sat)
Mandarin Challenge (8 April, Sun)

Venue for Preliminaries and Finals: River Valley High School, 2, Malan Road S(109433 )

Issued by Singapore Press Holdings Foundation Co. Registration No. 200300910M

For more information, please contact:

Adrian Cheong
Singapore Press Holdings Foundation Limited
DID: 6319 2261
HP: 9798 6097
Email: cheongcy@sph.com.sg

Francis Mah
Singapore Press Holdings Foundation Limited
DID: 6319 1028
HP: 9697 8208
Email: mahys@sph.com.sg

Guo Xiong
Publicist
The Theatre Practice
DID: 6338 5133
HP: 9003 3027
Email: guoxiong@practice.org.sg

About the Singapore Press Holdings Foundation
The Singapore Press Holdings Foundation, a registered charity and an Institution of Public Character, was first set up as the Press Foundation of Singapore in January 2003 to help build a lifelong learning community that embraces language enrichment, creativity, diversity, healthy living and sports. The seed contribution of $20 million to the Foundation came from media group Singapore Press Holdings Ltd. It was renamed Singapore Press Holdings Foundation in May 2005.

For more information, please visit the Foundation’s website at www.sphfoundation.org.sg.

About The Theatre Practice
The Theatre Practice, Singapore’s first bilingual theatre company, has planted its feet firmly in Singapore's cultural life. In this multi-racial environment, its sensitivity to social differences has captured the essence of an emerging culture in Southeast Asia – harmony amidst diversity.

Founded in 1986 by Mr. Kuo Pao Kun, The Theatre Practice’s approach to theatre-making reflects the intense struggle between tradition and modernity. While it provides access to global influences through international collaborations, The Theatre Practice remains true to its assertion of local identity.

Besides producing English and Mandarin productions, The Theatre Practice also incorporates an arts education subsidiary. Established in 1994, the Student Theatre Exposure Programme (STEP), led by Assistant Artistic Director, May Wong, conducts theatre outreach and arts awareness programmes in local schools.

In September 2002, with Mr. Kuo’s passing, The Theatre Practice’s artistic journey continues to be forged under the leadership of co-Artistic Directors - Kuo Jian Hong and Wu Xi.

 

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