Here Were All The Goings On During This Year’s LUMS Skit Tamasha

Written by Komal Abid 

On the 3rd of December, the LUMS Dramatics Society came together to put up yet another fun-filled night with a number of theatrical performances, dances, and a whole lot of entertainment! Here are seven amazing moments from that night that will make you wish you were a part of it:

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1.The opening dance performance was epic!

Directed and choreographed by the talented Hamd Paracha, the opening dance number kicked off the event in style. The intense performance was the perfect way to start the night full of fun and frenzy, and it made sure the audiences were glued to their seats for the rest of the night!

 

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2. Dramalife

People who have been in Dramaline for a while decided to put up an impromptu comedy skit that had everyone in fits of laughter! Directed by Dilawer Ali, this was a personalized comedy for the people in the society that mimicked almost the entire senior council and lightened everyone’s mood. Several directors and a few EC members made cameos in this light-hearted skit that had everyone at the edge of their seats in tears of laughter. It also won the Best Comedy award… (Because it was the only comedy skit, but don’t tell them that!)

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3. A brilliant opening skit 

The amazing direction and technicals of the first play of the night, titled ‘Dreams’, were a true representation of what theater in Dramaline is all about. The lead actor Ahmed Kamran, along with the rest of the cast, were absolutely spot on with their performances in a skit depicting the dreams of a retired army officer suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. The skit proved to be an excellent example of the talent that the LUMS community has.

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4. The electric atmosphere

Even though it was a Sunday night, and deadlines were mounting pressure, the venue was completely packed with enthusiastic students who had showed up either in support of their friends who were taking part, or for the love of good theatrical performances. The presence of such a fun audience added to the overall atmosphere of the event and made it a night worth remembering.

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5. When ‘The morning after’ won best play at Skit Tamasha

Directed by the talented Ayesha Lari, the skit talked about depression and anxiety, and the stigmatization of both in our society. This skit getting its well-deserved appreciation at the end of the night was a thrilling moment for everyone involved in its production. The freshmen who acted in the play were absolutely ecstatic, as was the crowd

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6. Appreciation by the guest judge

Mr. Waleed Rana (who belongs to the very well-known band Naqsh from Pepsi Battle of the Bands) gave extremely encouraging feedback to all the performers and showed interest in working with these brilliant, young individuals. This was the highlight of the event because the hard work, effort, and talent of their very own actors and directors was recognized which meant a huge deal to everyone who was a part of the society.

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Everything was free!

Yes, you read that right. There was no hassle of buying tickets or emptying our pockets to attend this event. Dramaline understands that college kids are living on a budget and they deserve a fun and relaxing evening that doesn’t cause a dent on their pockets. Not only that, they had also arranged for free burgers from the Burger Joint and drinks from Nestle outside the venue for the attendees. Talk about a great mufta!

 

All in all, it was a very successful event. Event heads Alina Zuberi and Syed Taha Sarfraz Hussain were ecstatic at the audience turnout, the skits and the event’s overall execution. Here is what Taha had to say:

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“Once you’re on a rollercoaster, it’s pretty hard to get off. Skit Tamasha was something similar, it was at that time of the year where one is totally crammed up by numerous presentations, assignments, quizzes and sleepless nights. But all of this did not stop me from delivering the best that I could and put up an event that would not only last forever in my heart but hopefully in the hearts of all those who worked alongside me. Being an event head is not an easy task, and in all honesty it sort of drains you to your core but the feeling that you get after it is all over is second to none. Multitasking, running around, and asking for help, getting things done, entertaining people and most importantly meeting the expectations of the audience is what makes it a whole lot more thrilling. Honestly there was no chance this event would have been this successful without the combined effort of the entire Dramaline Council. I owe all of them, from the freshman to the senior council, without them Skit Tamasha would not have been possible.”

Here Are All The Reasons You Need To Go To The Last Day Of The LUMS Dramafest

You there, yes you! How’s the fall coming down? I know, temperature, leaves, internet speed, expectations, grades are all falling at the same time, right? Well, at LUMS Dramaline, we believe that a wonderful person such as yourself must have something to look forward to this season and for that we introduce to you our flagship event: LUMS Dramafest’17. Today’s the last day, and yes, we have saved the best for last!

Not convinced? Well, by the end of this article, hopefully, you will be.

1. Socials will be lit

With a “Minute to Win It”, Cabaret, and a Food Street, you can’t not have a great time! Still, bring your friends if you don’t trust us!

2. Its gonna be star struck 

When it’s Dramaline, the entertainment industry is definitely involved. Who knows? You might just get to live the fan moment you’ve been waiting for!

3. Dramaline is performing

After a rigorous effort of 3 months, the most talented actors, directors and dancers at Dramaline bring you a theatrical treat…correction… FOUR theatrical treats! Yep, we’re putting up 4 plays as well!

4. A trip to Kashmir

Yeah, no… well sort of! By a ‘trip to Kashmir’ we mean a performance by the band that rocked the Pepsi Battle of the Bands this year. So if you’re in to music you know where to show up!

5. Dramafest is not extortionists!

Yes, we’re all students as well and we understand the curse of living life on a budget so we’re charging just 300 bucks for a day of amusement, entertainment and what not!

6.  It’s so much better than binge watching a TV series

Honestly, I’m a fan of them, Friends, GoT, Sherlock…you name it… but the fact is they’re not going anywhere, they’ll be waiting for you with open arms when you come back after attending Dramafest.

7. You deserve a break

If you’re as diligent towards study as some of my friends here at LUMS and in other universities, you are probably petrified right now because of the impending doom known as the Mid-Term Exams. Well, we encourage your effort and are in no way against honest hard work for a prosperous future but even racehorses get breaks to relax and loosen up; and what better way to relax than to witness a culturally decorated evening with your loved ones

8. The feel is going to be goals

The chilly weather, the cold breeze combined with a cup of coffee/chai and a great performance in front of you…Could you really ask for more?

9. For the love of theater

Duh! …but on a serious note, It’s a fading art, one that enriches the mind and the soul and one which is without a doubt amazingly great fun! So people, clear your weekend, zone out your problems, and come witness happiness this weekend at LUMS!

Here’s A Sneak Peak Into What’s Been Happening During ‘LUMS Dramafest’ Rehearsals

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The LUMS Dramaline Flagship event “DRAMAFEST” is just round the corner and the whole university is buzzing with excitement. Dramafest is going to show you the artistic side of all their plays but how good are they really? Take a sneak peek at what happens behind the scenes at the Dramaline Rehearsals.

1.Directors’ commitment going overboard…

You start to realise why these 4 got chosen to be this year’s productions directors. Hamd, Maha, Maryam and Mujtaba – all 4 of them are so committed and hardworking, it truly is admirable. You should see the way they react when they watch their run-throughs – it’s absolutely heartwarming. But, of course, whenever we mess up, they’re the ones to tell us what to do and (most of the time) what not to do. Just look at Hamd here showing his dancers truly how it’s done

2.Rehearsing all night is not as easy at it seems…

The idea of being part of a play seems fun, well think again. This is exactly what happens when you have to rehearse all night. Haalat tight ho jati hai yaar!!! It’s the actors’ love for theatre and the expectation of a “muft ki chai from the director” that keeps them going.

 

3.This is where our infamous dance steps originate from

Raas Nabeel would not miss a single chance to dance. Why? “What Aishwariya can do, I can do better” Everything at the dramaline rehearsals is expressed through dancing, Raas is making sure he gets his point across.

4.Teaching the president how to dance…

The fun, masti, pagalpan, and enthusiasm of actors not only attracted the dramaline members but the president Aadil Lalani couldn’t stop himself from being a part of the rehearsals. There’s no better feeling than teaching the president how it’s done. All credit goes to our incredible Maryam Ahmad  for choreographing such an exquisite dance routine.

 

5.When you finally get the scene right!

Nothing can match the satisfaction an actor gets after successfully performing a scene. It is quite evident, pleasing these production directors is not easy.

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6.What are rehearsals without actors fooling around?

Things get out of control pretty soon, keeping ourselves sane is a job we are not good at. The actors are always trying their best to keep themselves motivated and we honestly don’t blame them. Sure, it drives the directors crazy, but a bit of shughal doesn’t hurt, right?

7.Voice throw exercises…

Ah, yes. The mark of every good stage actor is their voice throw capabilities. Our exercises to perfect the voice throw of our actors are absolutely hilarious – you walk into the SSE building, and all you hear is ‘HA!’ from every floor. But it makes for a fun game, especially when you’re used to not taking things so seriously.

Honestly, the rehearsals are the most memorable part of being in a production. The directors going crazy, dancers messing up, actors experimenting with improv – all of these things contribute to the collective memories we all cherish. It just goes to show that with all the khuari, some shughal and yain is much needed, especially when you’re gonna be up until 2 am and have a class at 8 the next day.

All this being said, as you can see, there is a lot of dedication, motivation and hard work that goes into perfecting a play. LUMS is putting up 4 plays, and all 4 of our Productions Directors – Hamd Paracha, Maha Aamir, Maryam Ahmad, and Mujtaba Shah Bukhari – as well as their respective casts, have been working every day to turn their visions into reality. In total, there are going to be 19 plays at Dramafest. I haven’t even seen the plays, and I’m super-excited to see what Dramafest has in store for us. Hope to see you there!

LSE Graduates Are About To Put Up The Funniest Play In Lahore. Here’s Why You Absolutely HAVE To Be There

Lahore has a pretty amazing theater scene for people of all ages. It’s also a great way for people to get together and chill while having a great time. If you’re looking for your next fix, a group of LSE graduates have got you covered. They have an absolutely funny upcoming production that you all should definitely be looking forward to.

Theater Therapy’s inaugural production, Funny Money, is coming to Lahore

The troupe will be performing from the 27th to the 29th of July at the Alhamra Arts Council.

The entire story revolves around the character of Henry A. Perkins.

Henry is a mild mannered C.P.A, who accidentally picks up the wrong briefcase – one full of money. He assumes it’s filled with cash and he decides to keep it. The events that follow create the hilarity and insanity which makes this farce an instant classic.

It’s a masterpiece from Ray Cooney, so it’s undoubtedly going to be one of the most amazing theatrical pieces ever.

“You’ll get confused, but don’t worry,” says Sachal Tahseen who is a part of the ensemble. “Confusion is a part of the play. It’s a farcical comedy and thats how we intend on keeping it. We guarantee laughter, a whole lot of crazy and a night to remember!”

Directed by Ahsan Sohail, the ensemble consists of Sachal Tahseen, Afreen Lashari, Qasim Ali, Furqan Khan, Maryam Ahmed, Zain Qazi, Asjad Illahi Junaid and Omer Tariq.

“With a focus on honing the skills of fresh upcoming actors by pairing them with veterans of the theatrical circuit, this production house is the one that’s creating all the buzz at the minute. Their first upcoming adaptation is one that is simply unmissable!” says Qasim Ali.

We’re absolutely sure that these LSE graduates are going to leave the audience in stitches.

So, what are you waiting for? Head over to the Alhamra Arts Council on the 27th, 28th and 29th of July and experience some quality theater. And let us know what you think about the performances by this talented troupe.

This Is Why You Need To Do Theater While You’re In University

It was the beginning of Sophomore when I saw a call for auditions for an upcoming play. The dramaybaaz inside leaped with joy but my insecurities were like ‘You sure about this bro?’.

I didn’t listen to the negatives in my head, and I took one deep breathe in and waltzed my way to the audition. This was one experience I would never forget in my life. 

Although my role was small I learned a lot about myself through theater and its definitely something I think EVERYONE needs to do at least once in their time at university, and here’s why:

You find weirdos like you through plays and auditions

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You could discover your ‘hidden’ talents

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Basically it’s a great break from college madness!

Theater is great for breaking the monotony. And believe me, my best semester (GPA wise) when the one during which I did the play.

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Its a brilliant way to get confident 

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It will make you look super cool on social media!

I kid I kid, but if you’re into that type of thing then go for it 😛

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You get to show off a little bit!

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You get in touch with your creative side

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You might just find a hidden passion

If you feel like theater is your thing then you should definitely pursue it, even if just at university! It’s an amazing feeling doing what you love!

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Rehearsals and rehearsal madness will make memories you’ll never forget

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There is no greater rush then actually performing on stage

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And the applause at the end makes it all worth it. 

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Theater will change your university experience for sure. We meet awesome people and you make awesome memories. Also for a little while you get ‘cool’ so that’s always an added plus. But more than anything it adds so much more value to your university life than just simply attending classes, because like that’s so mainstream!