Early this month, I had the opportunity to catch this rather interesting play, We 'R' Malaysia The Musical which was held over in Ampang. Held on a Sunday night, I went ahead to catch this musical because it had a rather unique ring to it, something local and Malaysian.
|We 'R' Malaysia The Musical - There is Hope|
We 'R' Malaysia The Musical - There is Hope
Date: Sunday, 4 December 2011
Venue: Dewan Lee San Choon, Wisma MCA
163, Jalan Ampang, KL
"We 'R' Malaysia - There Is Hope is a musical organized by Persatuan Perintis Bina Negara Melaka (PPBN) to create a platform for engaging the next generation in nation building"
"In 2008, the song, "We 'R' Malaysia" was composed. It was presented before a 30000 crowd with the Prime Minister present; sung by a 300 member choir on 16 September 2010 in Kota Kinabalu. The We 'R' Malaysia campaign then was launch and continue with road shows in schools and colleges; targeting to reach 100000 youths across the nation"
|#1 A scene from We ' R' Malaysia the Musical|
We 'R' Malaysia musical tells the history of Malaysian Chinese from the 1400's to the present day, and gives the audience a first hand view on what challenges they had to go through from the different generations. It portrays those who have lost their sense of belonging and is contrasted with those who continue to hope even in the face of adversity.
|#2 Another market scene|
The musical itself had 2 parts to it, where Part 1 tells of the early generation of Malaysian Chinese, while Part 2 revolves around Ah Xiong, a young Malaysian Chinese boy who grows up during the unprecedented economic growth of 1980's. Check out a few photos from the musical below.
|#3 Elvis wannabe in action|
|#4 How a father reacts on hearing about his son's academic results in the '50s|
|#5 The expressions in the musical tells a tale in themself|
|#6 A scene from Part 2 of the musical|
Looking through the eyes of who the Chinese were and what they are becoming, this has certainly been an entertaining watch, but one which we already know since we have been living in this country for so many years. Life has not been easy for the Chinese and each generation had to weather its own storms.
"We can hope because we know that those whom have gone before did not give up and we too will go far if we don't give up. When there is hope, there is motivation to take ownership and build for the future"
|A quick shot of the bloggers that attended that night|
|A couple more cool Malaysian bloggers|
Overall, I wouldn't say this is the best musical I've been to, but We 'R' Malaysia Musical does get the message across. Some scenes were redundant and pretty draggy, and I expected a more elaborate set, but that's just my view. Good musical which really plays out the plight of Malaysian Chinese, and how with hope we can overcome any conflicts that arises.
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