EMRS teams 2 and 3 were involved in a large scale annual charity concert known as ChildAid. The theme for ChildAid this year is “The Electric Edition”. The concert, which is already in its eighth year running, is organised by The Straits Times & The Business Times. It showcases Singapore’s young performing talents to raise funds for The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund and The Business Times Budding Artists Fund.
Shi Jia and Jia Yi of Team 3 were the Overall I/Cs for this event. Their responsibility includes allocating chaperones to performing groups, tabulating and monitoring working hours, conducting briefings for chaperones, and many more. EMRS has to work together with Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) and Orangedot Productions for this event.
Pre-event preparation (beginning 17 November 2012)
Most DBM students were paired to be chaperones with DBI students, who only joined EMRS from 26 November 2012 onwards. The various duties we were assigned to were Front of House (ushers) and Back of House (chaperones). Rehearsals for ChildAid were held at SPH Media Centre located at Genting Lane. Our duties as a chaperone include gathering our performing group at Aljunied MRT before pooling a cab to the rehearsal venue and reimburse cab fares from Freddy of Orangedot Productions. On various occasions, Freddy will charter buses from Aljunied MRT to SPH Media Centre depending on the size of the group. Some of us also went to Pavane recording studio with the vocalists for recording sessions.
One of our responsibilities during rehearsals was to ensure punctuality amongst our assigned group and to be aware of any food allergies which our performers may have.
From 5 December onwards, the whole production crew went to the theatre at Marina Bay Sands.
The vocalists at Pavane recording studio!
Event days (7-8 December 2012, 7.30pm to 10.00pm)
Grand Theater @ MBS
Guest of honour for the first night: President Tony Tan
Guest of honour for the second night GOH: Mr Lawrence Wong
During the event days, our roles as chaperones were also to ensure punctuality amongst our groups and to gather our respective performers at a meeting location before they proceed to the backstage at the Grand Theatre @ MBS. We had to ensure performers safety and also lead them for their hair and makeup. We also had a chance to accompany our performers to the backstage for standby before they head for their live performance on stage. These were the tasks of the chaperones. Hence we were able to experience how an event production took place and the series of events that take place backstage.
For the ushers, they basically had to lead guests and audience to their assigned seats.
The roles for the Logistics team was to place templates, brochures, light sticks at the seats.
Chaperones in action during rehearsals at SPH media centre and Marina Bay Sands theatre.
Performers rehearsing at SPH media centre and at Marina Bay Sands Theatre
Overall, the ChildAid charity concert was a successful event. We managed to gain experience from a large scale event. It gave us knowledge about the processes behind a concert and It has also fostered friendship and bond between us and the performers.