|We're all about to go to sleep onstage|
|Three lions challenge the audience|
|A musical interlude gives the performers a break|
But OTS isn't all Stage Fright shows and improv.
In November, one of the members was involved in planning Tonga's first film festival (which, incidentally, we did perform improv as an audience warm-up opening number of the night). The festival was held in a school hall, which increasingly filled up as the night went on. The films ranged from the very polished shorts of the organizer to the home-filmed shaky and charming clips acted entirely by kids. Earlier in the year, several members organized a visual arts show, which was held outside on the waterfront, and one of the members spent most of the year as a crew on the kalia trip that raises environmental awareness called Pacific Voyagers.
|Ebonie is the creative director|
What's even more impressive is that all of this is done with very little or no funding, embodying the prevalent reality of Tonga that if you want something to happen, you just go ahead and organize it. On the other hand, the lack of funding availability- no grants offered through the government, no local philanthropic organizations, and a public not willing or not able to pay for art or artistic performances has really limited what the group can do. Next year, we will have to face the hard reality of losing our performance space- the old warehouse is being sold- and we will have nowhere to relocate to without the operating funds to pay rent on another performance/practice space.
|Three TV characters ambush a viewer|
|Hard-core training at "Lady Gaga camp"|