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Kembara PGL Berterusan

9 Dec

Oleh AQMAR ALLADAD
aqmar.alladad@kosmo.com.my


TIARA bersama barisan penaja dan media rasmi yang bakal menjayakan PGLTM musim ketiga.

SELEPAS meraih pelbagai kejayaan diluar jangkaan, Puteri Gunung Ledang The Muzikal (PGLTM) meneruskan kembaranya sekali lagi di Istana Budaya (IB), 6 Februari tahun depan selama 16 hari.

Pementasan teater muzikal yang tidak jemu meraih perhatian penonton ini, membuat keputusan untuk mengabdikan kejayaan lalu dengan kembali ke pentas berprestij IB setelah mendapat permintaan tinggi daripada peminat setia.

PGLTM yang mencipta rekod sebagai teater Melayu pertama yang dipentaskan hampir sebulan di IB, kini meneruskan hayatnya di IB untuk musim ketiga.

Lebih membanggakan lagi, walaupun ia bukannya pertama kali dipentaskan tetapi jualan tiket sudahpun mencecah 10,000 keping setelah sebulan dijual di pasaran. Ini bermakna PGLTM sememangnya masih kuat di hati peminatnya.

“Ini berita yang saya juga baru terima. Memang diluar jangkaan kerana jualan tiket kita begitu laju iaitu 10,000. Ini bermakna hanya 35 peratus tiket belum habis dijual,” jelas Datin Seri Tiara Jacquelina dengan penuh gembira pada sidang media di Borneo Rainforest baru-baru ini.

Berdasarkan kutipan tiket yang begitu memberangsangkan itu, Tiara lebih yakin untuk menyajikan persembahan terbaik kepada penonton setia PGLTM kerana ia merupakan harapan tinggi daripada peminat.

Dalam menyajikan persembahan bukan sahaja menarik tetapi segar di mata peminat, Tiara seringkali mengingatkan tenaga kerja bahawa anggapan penonton perlu dititikberatkan kerana mereka akan membezakan persembahan-persembahan yang lepas.

Sementara itu, Tiara yang tidak pernah patah semangat untuk memperjuangkan seni teater menjelaskan segala persiapan awal dari segi produksi sudahpun bermula pada bulan September lalu.


TIARA dan Stephen sekali lagi bergandingan dalam PGLTM.

“Skrip kita tak banyak ubah kerana skrip lama masih bagus cuma lirik lagu mungkin akan mempunyai sedikit perubahan sahaja,” katanya yang juga merupakan Penerbit Eksekutif sekaligus sebagai bintang utama pementasan tersebut.

Dalam pada itu, perubahan ataupun penambahan yang bakal dilaksanakan adalah hasil daripada pemerhatiannya setelah menyaksikan sendiri beberapa buah teater muzikal antaranya Wicked ketika berada di Australia lima bulan lalu.

PGLTM dibarisi tenaga kreatif yang terkenal dan berpengalaman dalam bidang teater seperti Datuk Zahim Al-Bakri selaku pengarah, Dick Lee (komposer), Adlin Aman Ramlie (penulis lirik, penulis skrip, pembantu pengarah dan pemegang watak Sultan Mahmud Shah), Roslan Aziz (pengarah muzikal), Adeline Tan (penerbit), Saw Teong Hin (penulis naskhah), Raja Malek (pereka set) dan Pat Ibrahim (koreografer).

Ia juga menggandingkan lakonan Tiara sebagai Puteri Gunung Ledang atau Gusti Puteri , Stephen Rahman-Hughes (Laksamana Hang Tuah), Adlin aman Ramlie (Sultan Mahmud), AC Mizal (Gusti Adipati) dan Ida Mariana (Bayan)

Menceritakan segala persiapan lain seperti mungkin ada perubahan watak, Tiara memberitahu watak utama dalam teater lagenda ini masih dikekalkan dengan pelakon asal.

“Watak utama seperti Adlin, AC Mizal memang kita tak tukar tetapi pelakon tambahan ada perubahan,” jelas Tiara yang akan memulakan latihan lakonan tidak lama lagi.

Diterbitkan oleh Enfiniti Productions Sdn. Bhd. dengan kerjasama Kementerian Kebudayaan, Kesenian dan Warisan, teater muzikal itu merupakan satu cabaran yang besar buat seluruh warga kerja selepas beberapa bulan berbincang dan bekerja keras.

Keterujaan penonton sekali lagi bakal bergema disanubari mereka dengan sebuah hasil produksi anak seni tempatan yang sungguh membanggakan.

Pementasan PGLTM musim ketiga telah mendapat sokongan dan penajaan daripada sektor korporat terkemuka iaitu Kumpulan Perbankan RHB, Public Bank Berhad dan kumpulan UEM Berhad.

Malah, ntv7 juga dilantik sebagai media rasmi selain penajaan daripada jenama alat solek terkemuka, M.A.C Cosmetics.

Sehubungan itu, kepada yang berminat menonton PGLM, tiket-tiket berharga RM30 hingga RM230 sudah boleh ditempah sekarang.

Tempahan boleh dibuat melalui laman web http://www.axcess.com.my atau hubungi talian 03-77115000.

Anda juga berpeluang untuk mengetahui perkembangan terkini mengenai PGLTM dengan mengunjungi laman web http://www.pglthemusical.com.my.

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30 Days To Learn 7 Dances For “12 To 12”

20 Jun

SINGAPORE: Ask any professional dancers and they’d tell you it takes years to perfect any form of dance. Ask the leading cast of Soundwaves ’12 to 12′, however, and they’d tell you it only takes a month.

Not to perfect a form of dance, but to perfect more than seven dances – ballet, hip hop, ballroom, contemporary, tap – just to name a few.

But fortunately for performers George Chan and Elena Wang, they only need to perfect one short segment of each dance in the approximately 90-minute dance musical by the People’s Association (PA).

Directed by award winning choreographer Fan Dong Kai and music by ‘Singapore Idol’ judge Dick Lee, ‘Soundwaves 2008′ is the PA’s annual and flagship concert which showcases and promotes Singapore’s multiculturalism, and celebrates racial harmony in cultural diversity through music, song and dance.

Into its fifth year, its latest item ’12 to 12’ will be a “highly dramatic and truly Singaporean musical” which will dance through Singapore’s streets and depict the island city’s rich and intriguing cultures, landscapes and people.

Using laser projection for the backdrop, the musical promises to bring the audience through a nostalgic virtual tour of Singapore’s familiar districts including Chinatown, Botanical Garden, Shenton Way, Serangoon Road, Orchard Road, Geylang Serai, Bras Basah Road and Clarke Quay.

Featuring an over 100 members in its all song-and-dance troupe, the musical spins the story of a songwriter (George Chan) who returns to his homeland, Singapore, after many years abroad.

He encounters a beautiful muse (Elena Wang) who is trapped by a powerful spell, and can only break free if she regains three songs (which were stolen from her) within a 24-hour period – from midnight to midnight.

The spirit seeks the stranger’s help and together, the pair of music lovers must race against time to recover the songs of Singapore.

While rushing through the island, the pair will also stumble upon different ethnic groups living in Singapore and experience how their dance culture has changed over time and through influences from other cultures.

Both lead characters found it draining psychically and mentally to undertake the challenge of learning so many forms of dances in under a month, to say nothing of getting into character and memorising the script.

“It’s challenging, we have to practice about eight to 14 hours a day, just for the dancing segments,” said Elena.

“But the good thing is, we already know the basic dance form, so we just need to learn the choreography,” continued George, who is best known locally for his judging stint on MediaCorp Channel 5’s reality talent programme ‘The Dance Floor’.

The veteran dancer has found international fame in performances such as ‘Miss Saigon’, ‘Saturday Night Fever’ and ‘There’s No Business Like Show Business’. But even so, George found certain dance scenes in the performance complicated to execute.

“Nothing is easy because I haven’t danced for such a long time,” he explained. “So it takes time for the body to get used to dancing again.

“Ballroom dancing is probably the hardest for me because it’s not something I’m familiar with, and it’s all about technique and placement. It differs from the other dance forms in the sense that you have to work (and coordinate with a partner).”

“I think the individual dances are less difficult because you can handle it yourself,” Elena continued. “But it’s the partner work that’s tricky. We had so little time to get to know each other and to get familiar with each other’s dancing styles.”

Apart from Ballroom dancing, solos such as the ballet also proved to be tricky due to the mechanics of its moves, such as dancing on ‘pointe’.

“You know the thing about ‘pointe’ is that you have to train from young,” said George. “So this Elena, I don’t know if she is crazy or courageous, but she just jumped straight into it and started doing all the ‘pointe’ work!”

“We did a lot of workshop before we did the actual dances and the instructors reckoned my ankles are strong enough,” explained Elena. “But I take very great care while dancing ‘pointe’ as once you fall you may just break your ankles.”

For the artistes, who also adore dancing in real life, the host of different dances in the show was the first of two factors that drew them to take on the musical.

“The show has got a very different style and I don’t think you can get a show nowadays that you can see ballroom, tap and ballet, and traditional dances like Malay, Chinese and Indian, incorporated into a single show,” said Elena. “So for me it’s a great thing and a great feeling because I do this one production and I learn so much.”

Another factor that appealed to the cast was the opportunity for them to experience the different cultures in Singapore.

“I’m even learning about the different cultures in Singapore right now,” said the actress, who is Singaporeans but grew up in Australia.

Co-star George, who lived in Europe for a while, agreed, saying: “It’s all about racial harmony – you see all the different groups coming together and doing all these things, merging into one big vibrant and colourful culture and that’s why it’s really exciting because it has been a while since I have done something like that.”

With a little bit of every race and culture throw into the mix “like rojak”, Director Fan said that this musical would appeal to people from all walks of life in Singapore.

“It’s really a show for everyone; we have all sorts of dances from traditional dances to modern jazz and hip hop, as well as classical ballet.

“It’s played by different races in Singapore with different jobs… even the high flying white collared workers will have a dance item to themselves! So I believe our audience will also be all sorts of Singaporeans because we represent everybody.”

Soundwaves 2008 ’12 to 12′ will be performed at the Esplanade Theatre on July 4 & 5; tickets are selling at S$45, S$30 and S$15. For more information, visit

Channel News Asia