Left and bottom right photos, Xiuning High School students performed Annie to a full house in Anhui Province. Top right photo, Once Upon a Mattress presented at Yali High School before 2,000 attendees in May.
It’s become an extraordinary tradition at our two partner high schools in China. Over the past decade, Yale-China fellows have worked for months with their students and their schools to produce American-style high school musicals, complete with hand-made costumes, choreography, cheering audiences and exuberant spirit! The Lion King, The Wizard of Oz, Bye Bye Birdie, The Sound of Music and others have become a much-anticipated event every spring. Beyond the fun, beyond classroom work, the musicals are an important part of the fellows’ contribution to their students’ impressive fluency in English language and understanding of American society.