Law IV – Novus Actus
Contributed by Ng Boon Gan ’14
NUS Law IV is a hallowed tradition where final year students gather their talents (hidden or otherwise) to put up a musical and to raise funds for charity. This year, we proceeded along the theme of helping low-income families and decided to adopt two beneficiaries: “Willing Hearts” and “Child at Street 11”.
Willing Hearts provides cooked and packed meals for some 3000 families daily. In addition to raising funds for them, some year four students went down to their central kitchen to help prepare the ingredients, cook the dishes and pack the food, joining many other long-time volunteers in the hustle and bustle. Child at Street 11 provides pre-school education for children of low-income families, and although we were not able to volunteer at their centres, we identified with their cause because all of us understand the importance of a good educational foundation, which brought us to where we are today.
In the conception of Novus Actus, our directors bravely chose to break new ground by presenting a musical based on a triumvirate of characters: a young lawyer, an accountant and an actress. As the characters navigated various obstacles in their pursuit of happiness – be it the courage to find love, foisting off an unfulfilling career, or the ability to simply say no to the demands of many others – their stories gradually intertwined, with a few surprises and cliffhangers along the way, leaving the audience to grapple with the uncertainty that is the undercurrent of our lives.
Backed up by a 9-man band and a 20-man chorus, we tugged at the audience's heartstrings and left them wanting for more. It was a story that was familiar with everyone, either because of experience, tropes or the contemporaneity of the decisions and emotions that they shared with the characters. The fact that it was an original play (including the script, music, choreography and set) only served to heighten the sense of anticipation and satisfaction of both the audience and the students involved.
This was only possible with the generous support provided by Young ChangeMakers and Lee Foundation, as well as our sponsors Aptus Law Corporation, Bernard & Rada Law Corporation, Wong Partnership, Clifford Chance and Cavenagh Law LLP. We would also like to thank our guest-of-honour, Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon, members of staff and faculty who turned up in strength, our donors, schoolmates, family and friends for being with us in our last collective endeavour before we graduate. It was with their help that we raised almost $26,000 for our beneficiaries from ticket and food sales, and enabled us to end on a successful high.
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