Author Archives: Alice VANKAPEL

Chinese Opera Troupe at Hong Kong airport


It’s Mid Autumn Festival, and what can we do for our local and international community?  Organized by HKAPA EXCEL, the very talented Chinese Opera Troupe added much joy to the festive season at the Hong Kong International Airport, by presenting the witty excerpt, 花好月圓。Visitors to the airport, young and old, local and non-local, were mesmerized by the talented, and joyous performance.  Bravo, Chinese Opera Troupe!!!!



HKAPA EXCEL brings MJ fun to the Airport

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A group of HKAPA and EXCEL graduates and students is bringing MJ fun to the Hong Kong International Airport.  During the period 11-24 August 2014, six performances are staged every day at the Arrival Hall (Terminal One).  The launch performance on 11 August was supported by the Director of the Academy, Prof Adrian Walter and the Chair of Music, Dr Sharon Choa.  Do come and visit us at the Airport even though you are not going out of town.  The performance is worth your trip.  Check it out Summer MJ Fun @ Hong Kong International Airport


30th anniversary musical – Curtains drawn



The musical New Kids on the Block, celebrating the Academy’s 30th anniversary, has drawn its curtains after staging six performances on 31 July to 4 August 2014.  Students were reluctant to accept the fact that the programme was over, and they would have to wait for another year to meet again as a big musical family.

Special thanks go to tutors and crew, and those who bought tickets to support us.  We’ll let the dream live on!  See you again at 2015 SMS!

Alice van Kapel

Producer, 2014 SMS ~  New Kids on the Block

30th Anniversary musical – New Kids on the Block – Opening tonight!

The days of rehearsing in dance studios were over.  Since this Monday, students have taken up residence at the Drama Theatre and have been experiencing the life of a professional theatre practitioner, including the 0900 – 2300 work schedule.  All props are done, dust settling.

Opening tonight! Buy tickets and support us!  Check out our facebook and feel the camaraderie throughout the past two and a half weeks 

See you all at the Drama Theatre! (31 July – 3 August ~ via Hong Kong Ticketing)

Alice van Kapel

Producer, New Kids on the Block

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30th Anniversary musical – New Kids on the Block – Band!

I’ve yet to tell you that we will have live music for our 30th Anniversary musical, New Kids on the Block.  Can you believe musicians as young as these can support a musical live after two and a half weeks’ training? All is possible under the direction and guidance of our Band Leader, Amuer!  Amuer says after this, he needs a 10-year break!!! 🙂  Performances are on from 31 July – 3 August at Drama Theatre.  Tickets are available at Hong Kong Ticketing.  Please buy tickets and support us.

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30th Anniversary musical – New Kids on the Block – Director’s visit

We were all so excited when the Director of the Academy, Prof Adrian Walter came and watched our first run-through.  After training and rehearsing for 5 days, our talented students couldn’t wait to show Prof Walter what they have achieved so far.  They shared with the Prof why they love engaging in our summer musical so much, and made him promise to come and see them at the performance.

Performance starts on 31 July to 3 August.  Tickets are for sales at Hong Kong Ticketing or 31 288 288.  Packaged discount tickets are also available.  Come support our musical production in celebration of the Academy’s 30th anniversary.1 2 3 4

Alice van Kapel

Producer, 2014 SMS – New Kids on the Block



30th Anniversary SMS – Day Three

166 STUDENT-STRONG New Kids on the Block!  It is pretty amazing that after three days’ training, they have already nailed seven major songs, including Let it Go from Frozen, I Want You to be My Baby, and Seven Lonely Days.  Students are also going totally “footloose” with all dance items, and the first run-through is scheduled for this Friday!  Yes! Five days’ training and rehearsals and  there will be a run-through!!!  After all, the entire training only takes two and a half weeks!  Keep it up, peeps!  We’re gonna rock the Drama Theatre!!!

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Alice van Kapel

Producer, 2014 SMS – New Kids on the Block

30th Anniversary SMS ~ Day One

In celebration of the 30th anniversary of the Academy, EXCEL’s SMS (Summer Musical School) is presenting a jukebox musical, New Kids on the Block.

135 students selected through auditions as performers, 15 student musicians and 16 backstage students all gathered together in Dance Studio 1 today to start Day One of their journey.

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In two and a half weeks’ time, their performance will be staged, with live music, at the Academy’s Drama Theatre.  Tickets sales will be open to the public.

Teachers in the programme are passionate and dedicated performing arts practitioners.

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More exciting news on this celebratory event will follow.  Stay tuned!  Do visit us on  For information of EXCEL summer programme, see

Alice van Kapel

Producer, 2104 Summer Musical School, New Kids on the Block