‘The Tempest’ at Chitkara International School


NewZNew (Chandigarh) : Chitkara International School in association with Helen O’ Grady International-India organized a dance and pantomime show “The Tempest” for its students and parents.  The Tempest is one hour ten minutes pantomime show which aims to create the awareness of Art & Culture which enriches the mind of our children and young audience. The presentation was extremely effective and magical and uses mime, who cast a spell on everyone with the unique way of telling this lovely story.

William Shakespeare’s Tempest is one of his most supernatural and magical works. It is the last complete play which Shakespeare is believed to have written and has been adapted in a unique format of dance and pantomime, never before attempted anywhere in the world. The music, the strong expressions and the dance were so beautifully constructed that you could feel every emotion which you may not experience in a play with dialogues. Through its characters, their spells and enchantments, this play brings forth the themes of Love, forgiveness, generosity, jealousy, greed, forgiveness and enlightenment in the dramatic form.

The play was well applauded by the audience and was appreciated of being out of the league. The Principal of Chitkara International School, Dr. Niyati Chitkara said, “The idea of hosting this play was to introduce a different concept of drama altogether and it is a welcome learning cum entertainment platform for the new academic session for students, teachers and parents of our school. There was a strong message in the play i.e. Nature of Humanity. With this pantomime play, we wanted to create awareness about how you can express anything you want through non-verbal communication and body language. Mime transcends boundaries of language today. Through developmental drama students get inspiration of finding themselves in a simulation of real life situations.

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Story of The Tempest is about love, revenge, and greed.  Set on a mythical island in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea, Prospero comes up with a plan to avenge a disservice that has been done to him, reclaim the title his brother stole, and in the process help his beautiful daughter find true love.  Through the use of magic and spirit servants, he also uncovers plots to kill the king and himself.

This pantomime has been directed by Mr. K Paintal, a well-known actor and mime artist and choreographed by Mr. Atul Narang. It was conceived and adapted by Mrs. Arpita Mittal, the C.E.O of Helen O’Grady International-India. Helen O’Grady International is the world’s largest after school drama programme.