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Patio on Fire as Usual
Written by Claire Min | Published. 2018.11.08 20:46 | Count : 403

On September 14th, 2018, the high school STUCO (Student Council) from Korea International School hosted an event for the musically talented students and staff to showcase their flair. Patio on Fire is one of the few annual occasions that brings the all of the high school students in the Conference Hall patio. It is a tradition that no chairs are allowed, only beanbags and sofas, which make the environment very comfortable and chill. The whole event is created by students student council, and many vocalists from a musical club Muent (Music Entertainment) take part in the music portion of the event; the remaking of songs, playing accompanying instruments, staging, decorating, and of course, the performers themselves.  And, as with any events, finger foods and drinks were available to add to the enjoyment of the night. 

[Conference Hall Patio with only beanbags and sofas with food at the back, photo by Eliot Y.]

Last year, I performed at the Patio in a trio and sang “There’s Nothing Holding Me Back.” For this year, I sang a cute, romantic song “Say You Won’t Let Go” by James Arthur with a fellow senior named Terry Lee. Terry and I practiced almost every other day for a month before the performance, which unfortunately irritated my vocal cord severely and caused constant coughing and a crack in my voice whenever I hit high notes.

[Patio on Fire Program, photo taken by Eliot Yun]

 Around 6 pm, the audience started to fill the patio one by one. The performance kicked off with two of our very talented music/drama teachers. Eight performances successfully went by, until it was Terry and my turn to have the spotlight to ourselves. Before the performance, I was so nervous that I was able to hear my own heart beating.  However, as the music started playing, I became calm and my irritating coughing was subsiding along with the pain on my throat. The sight of the audience made me anxious and nervous, but at the same time, I realized that everyone in front of me was ones who supported me and was sitting there waiting for me have the spotlight. When we finished the song, I felt so relieved that we didn’t make any obvious mistakes and that we can finally enjoy the rest of the performances. Terry stated that he had a great time singing on stage and that he has no regrets whatsoever.

[Terry and I singing at Patio on Fire, photo taken by Eliot Yun]

A total of 15 teams performed and the event ended at around 8 PM.  Looking back, I really enjoyed being part of this event, and more than anything, I was really happy that my partner, Terry, had a great experience singing on the stage for the first time at KIS. Due to another successful Patio on Fire, I cannot wait to perform in my junior and senior year of high school to leave a trace of legacy.


Claire Min
Grade 10
Korea International School

Claire Min  student_reporter@dherald.com

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  • Rachel Lee 2018-11-24 15:23:45

    Although singing in front of an audience may have initially been frightening, overcoming your fears and ultimately producing a memorable event for yourself must   삭제

    • Jason 2018-11-14 21:50:13

      Seems to be a personal accomplishment - kudos to you for that. Any post-mortem thoughts and reflections?   삭제

      • Matt C 2018-11-14 17:57:57

        Wow! This must have been a very entertaining experience! You were able to talk about your own thoughts on this very personal event, as well as depicting the event on a broader scale as ell. Good work on the article!   삭제

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