SPH Kemang Village 4th Musical Production: “Princess Whatsername”

Throughout our lives, every one of us has gone through a period of identity search. It is our deepest and most basic need to know our roots in order to define ourselves. “Princess Whatsername”, the fourth SPH Kemang Village musical drama production, centers around a princess in pursuit of finding her own identity.

The story begins with a girl who can’t remember anything; thus, she is called “Princess Whatsername” (abbreviation of “what-is-her-name”). She embarks on a journey to discover her identity and meets several fairy tale characters along the way, such as Hansel and Gretel, Goldilocks, and Cinderella, who give her clues to help the young girl in finding her true identity. Eventually, she realizes that she is Princess Aislin (which means ‘dreamer’) who is under the spell of the Evil Fairy. After she breaks from the spell, she reaches her home, The North Kingdom, and reunites with her parents and Prince Reveille. The story concludes with a happy ending with the marriage of Princess Aislin and Prince Reveille.

“Princess Whatsername” was held on Friday, February 9, 2018, in the SPH Kemang Village Theatre Room. With a classic fairy tale setting, hilarious roles in an adventurous plot, and entertaining music, this musical drama has it all.

Producing a musical demands much hard work and effort from many people within the school community, including students, parents, teachers and school staff.

Being a part of musical drama production is also a wonderful opportunity for students to develop their skills and confidence through performing. They learn to demonstrate their God-given talents in performing arts through singing, acting, and dancing, and they also learn how to sharpen their critical thinking in interpreting the characters they represent.

“SPH has always been very open and nurturing towards students’ talents, especially in art. Each kid is special and all of them have their own thing that they really love. For parents, it is important to see that passion, not only focus on the one that we like, but to let them be successful at what they are passionate about. I think their confidence, creativity, and their relationship to each other will flourish if through this kind of activity. SPH is also very encouraging our kids, and in terms of art performance I think SPH is very proud of their students,” said Novita Menayang Fischer, parent of Olivia Fischer who played Princess Whatsername.

As the story itself conveys adventures in the search for identity, we can see how SPH students develop a better understanding of themselves and those around them as their gifts are discovered.

SPH is confident that this musical experience will be a moment to remember for a lifetime.