As the cold winter chill began to lift, XLIS parents and their families began arriving with noticeable excitement and anticipation. The Blue Dragon theatre lobby found itself packed with concert revelers hours before the theatre gates gave way the crowd. Once inside, our primary students took the stage with admirable professionalism and perfect timing. The countless hours of rehearsing under the watchful eye and passionate guidance of our primary performing arts team materialized into a masterful performance. This year, the theme of the show was “How the Grinch Stole Christmas at XLIS” inspired by Theodor “Dr. Seuss” Geisel’s classic Christmas story. This concept allowed for XLIS’ drama team to add meaning and a touch of dramatized story-telling to the concert.
Comprised of Ms. Yeom (music), Ms. Arden (music), Ms. Kitri (dance), Mr. Mehagnoul (Drama ECA and Athletics teacher), Ms. Murphy (Dance ECA, PYP Homeroom teacher) and Mr. Kim (Head of Performing Arts), our Christmas show teachers made sure to put the students at the center of each performance. In addition, a real orchestra, including Ms. Yeom on the piano and Mr. Kim at the helm as director, accompanied our students as they commanded ownership of XLIS’ Blue Dragon theater.
As the first performance of the day came to an end, students and their families reunited at the theater’s lobby to enjoy the delicious Christmas market snacks provided by our own PTA and our nutrition specialists ADEN. By then, the spirit of Christmas was present in everyone in attendance.
The secondary school show saw its students delight the audience with their own renditions of Christmas classics, except this time, it was the students who acted as the instrumentalists along Ms. Yeom on the piano. Mr. Michael Skillern (secondary school music teacher) and Mr. Lars Jefferson guided their students as they showcased their talents by playing a myriad of instruments. From wind instruments to strings and percussion, virtually every instrument was represented in the secondary school orchestra. This commendable concert was the culmination of countless hours of hard work and dedication on behalf of our secondary school students and their passionate and dedicated teachers.
As the show came to an end, parents and students alike had yet again the chance of indulging in the Christmas treats that waited for them at the XLIS Christmas Market in the lobby of the Blue Dragon theater.
Our XLIS international community coming together for a beautiful celebration meant to welcome Christmas and emblazon student talent is a yearly tradition at XLIS. We thank all students, educators, support staff and guests for what was probably the best Christmas show in school history!
Author: Alex Rambaud（Vice Principal）
Author: Amy Li（Vice-Director of Student & Parent Center）
The MYP student who played the role of Grinch, Corina Li, spoke about her experience at the Christmas concert this year.格林奇的扮演者–中学生Corina Li分享了她对今年圣诞音乐会的感想：
“Special thanks to all the teachers and faculty who helped, organized and supported the Christmas concert this year! It was a wonderful experience for us to learn to adapt ourselves into a different character and also a great experience to be on the stage! Thank you for all your time and effort that has been devoted! I don’t really know what to say, but today was really great day and a memorable day that I will never forget. Thank you so much!” 特别感谢今年组织和帮助音乐会的所有老师。对于我们来说，尝试扮演不同的角色是很棒的经历，也是很难得的舞台体验！感谢大家的辛苦付出！我会永远记得这令人难忘的一天。
— Corina Li, MYP 5
I chose the Grinch story as the main theme of the Christmas concert this year to have a chance to remind all of us the true spirit of Christmas.The Grinch story is a lesson in point. If you want to save Christmas from becoming a highly commercialized, marketing season, focus on gifting joy, love, and humor to your loved ones. Learn to enjoy Christmas without ostentatious gifting and frivolous displays of wealth. Bring back the old Christmas spirit, where Christmas carols and revelry warm your heart and make you feel happy.
Christmas is a spirit, a state of mind, a joyous feeling, the Grinch came to understand finally. Christmas gifting should come straight from the heart and should be received with an open heart, he learned.Also, this year ECA drama and dance students led the whole story of the Grinch with students’ singing and dancing performances inbetween. It was a new innovative setting for the Christmas concert that has never happened before at XLIS. We’ve faced many challenges to make it happen but in the end everything went well with many teachers support and students efforts.
The XLIS choir started learning the music in October. This year we took a step forward musically by learning our music in 3 different parts. Another feature of this year’s concert was the combination of band and choir. To make this work, the music had to be specially arranged for our groups. Deck the Halls was arranged DP student DaWon You especially for choir and band. Additional arrangements were made by Mr. Jefferson and Mr. Skillern.
西安梁家滩国际学校合唱团从10月开始排练。 今年，我们从三个方面开展了音乐教学。本次音乐会的亮点是乐队和合唱团同台演出。为了能让这场尝试获得好的效果，我们对音乐进行了精心的挑选和编排。我校国际文凭大学预科项目学生DaWon You自创编写并带领大家完成了 Deck the Halls曲目。杰斐逊先生和斯基尔恩先生辅助中学生顺利完成了整体演出。
For the Secondary Christmas Program, the MYP music staff at XLIS sought to provide an excellent musical experience to accompany the work by the Drama team. Our vision for this performance was to include all of the students at one time. So, we chose to combine the XLIS Bands and the XLIS Choir into a large scale musical experience. The bands and choirs performed several Christmas songs both together and separately. The finale, ‘We Wish You a Merry Christmas’ involved every single MYP student in the entire school. Performing Arts moments like that one truly encapsulate XLIS’ vision of a student-centered and community-driven education. The XLIS Bands and Choirs include over 100 students from China, Korea, Germany, England, Australia and more.
Editor：Amy Li (Vice-Director of Student & Parent Center)