Saturday, July 18, 2009

Hikayat Merong Mahawangsa-Theatre Makeup Part1 (BackStage at Makeup Room)

Puteri Embun-Descendant from the Giants as evident in her eyelashes

Princess Ling Ling - Chinese Princess who believes love will conquer all :)

General Merong - Roman general who ruled Kedah?

Garuda - His evil laugh shook the theatre

Kakaktua = old sister

The Roman Emperor - Justinian's father

Jentayu - the understudy

Lau Lau - My favourite character (she is like Mu shu in Mulan)

4 days of exhilarating work-2 shows daily! The show, staged at Istana Budaya, started on May 14th and ended on the Sunday 17th with rave reviews. There's news of making this family-friendly adventure play into a musical! After the wonderful job done by the casts, I won't be missing it!

A Legend Retold

Love and loyalty, duty and honour, laughter and swordplay; all intermingle in this light-hearted English adaptation of a popular Malay classic. Hikayat Merong Mahawangsa (The Saga of Merong Mahawangsa) is a play that draws its roots from classic Malay literature, specifically the story of the famed general Merong Mahawangsa.

General Merong must call upon all his reserves of courage as he faces down Garuda, great eagle and lord of the skies. Garuda, threatened by the upcoming union of the Prince of Byzantine Rome and the Princess of China, kidnaps the princess and sinks the prince’s fleet. Merong goes to the young lovers’ aid, encountering on the way the magical bird, Jentayu, as well as meeting a motley group of newfound allies.

Will Garuda succeed in his plot to prevent the wedding?Will Jentayu defy his uncle, Garuda, to follow his conscience and rescue his friends?Will Merong fulfil his duty to the Empire and protect his liege's son from harm?

Find out by coming to see this hour-long epic, which takes place over the skies, seas and sands of Langkawi. Bound to be fun for kids of all ages with liberal doses of humour and a dash of swashbuckling action.

About Hikayat Merong MahawangsaAlso known as the Kedah Annals, Hikayat Merong Mahawangsa is an ancient classic that tells the history and bloodline of Merong Mahawangsa, allegedly the ancestor of the modern day Kedah state sultanate. The text chronicles the opening of Kedah among other tales of the early days of the state. Hikayat Merong Mahawangsa was recently declared a National Heritage item under the Akta Warisan Kebangsaan (National Heritage Act) 2005.

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