1. Ipoh street scene

1. Ipoh street scene

The lively musical, Ipoh: Street, Sleek & Funky, successfully recaptured the essence of Ipoh’s good ol’ days, where children played in the street with their friends until sun down, and their parents did not have to worry about them.

2. kids playing in the streets

2. kids playing in the streets

3. hawker selling pomelos on a kandar pole

3. hawker selling pomelos on a kandar pole

“Ipoh: Street, Sleek & Funky” tells of a time when families lived above their quaint colonial shop houses where they ran their businesses on the ground floor. Ipoh has always been well known for cultivating lifelong friendships.

4. Swee Lin learns ballet

4. Swee Lin learns ballet

5. Swee Lin and her best friend, Ah Leong

5. Swee Lin and her best friend, Ah Leong

“This city is where Ipohites still come home to revisit year after year bringing with them warm memories even though they have grown old and grey, having settled down with their family far away.”

6. Swee Lin begs her father to allow her to pursue ballet in England

6. Swee Lin begs her father to allow her to pursue ballet in England

7. Miner Lee speaks to his late wife on why he can't permit Swee Lin to pursue ballet in England

7. Miner Lee speaks to his late wife on why he can’t permit Swee Lin to pursue ballet in England

This musical brings to life the colourful street murals that are beautifully painted on the walls of many old shop houses and back streets around Ipoh by local artist, Eric Lai.

8. tau fu fah (soy custard) street stall

8. tau fu fah (soy custard) street stall

9. attractive Ipoh lasses catch the eye of the lads

9. attractive Ipoh lasses catch the eye of the lads

Amidst all the happy-go-lucky scenes of song and dance was intertwined a story-line with an even stronger message of chasing one’s dreams, and in this case, Swee Lin’s dream of becoming a world-renowned ballerina, against her father’s wishes.

10. street working-class Ipohites

10. street working-class Ipohites

11. there is always a chance to dance at Ah Leong's house

11. there is always a chance to dance at Ah Leong’s house

Swee Lin’s best friend, Ah Leong, came up with plans to make Miner Lee change his mind but it had to take the effort of the entire neighbourhood to make him reconsider his decision to allow Swee Lin one last dance before relinquishing her dream.

12. the street folk conspire to help Swee Lin to change her father's decision

12. the street folk conspire to help Swee Lin to change her father’s decision

13. ballet recital

13. ballet recital

This musical is a collaborative effort of performing arts educators, artistes and talents to create a production which speaks through drama, dance and music by Ipoh-born classical pianist, Lynn Yew Ever, including her award-winning piece, Without Words.

14. ballet recital

14. ballet recital

15. finale

15. finale

This special musical, which ran for two days, was a collaboration between The Perak Society of Performing Arts (PSPA) and Jabatan Kebudayaan Kesenian Negara Perak (JKKN). Those who wish to explore the world of performing arts could contact PSPA or JKKN directly.

16. the cast

16. the cast

Ipoh: Street, Sleek & Funky – A Musical
Date & Time: 26th Nov, 2016 – 8.30pm
Date & Time: 27th Nov, 2016 – 4pm & 8.30pm
Venue: Auditorium Kompleks, Jabatan Kebudayaan dan Kesenian Negara Perak, Ipoh.

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