1. the Musical Theatre Girls

1. the Musical Theatre Girls

Red alert! Today is your last chance to watch two musicals, Matilda and Wicked, in a double bill fundraiser presented by City Ballet Performing Arts Academy.

2. Matilda

2. Matilda

 3. school scene

3. school scene

See my earlier announcement post HERE. Titled Being Different, Being Loved, it is performed on Saturday and Sunday (today) at 4pm and 8pm, at the Jabatan Kebudayaan & Kesenian Negara Perak auditorium, along Jalan Caldwell in Ipoh.

 4. Matilda's teacher Miss Honey braves herself to speak to the headmistress about the girl's intelligence

4. Matilda’s teacher Miss Honey braves herself to speak to the headmistress about the girl’s intelligence

 5. school scene

5. school scene

6. Matilda's teacher Miss Honey (L) looks for Matilda's mother

6. Matilda’s teacher Miss Honey (L) looks for Matilda’s mother

I caught the 4pm matinee yesterday; that’s where these photos were taken. However, I only share non-critical scenes so as not to spoil the show for you.

7. one of the students, Bruce, being punished to eat the whole chocolate cake

7. one of the students, Bruce, being punished to eat the whole chocolate cake

 8. Headmistress Ms. Agatha Trunchbull

8. Headmistress Ms. Agatha Trunchbull

Show time begins with Matilda, a story that centres on the protagonist, a precocious girl with a gift of telekenesis. Hated by her parents, who preferred a son, and loathed by her cruel authoritarian headmistress, Matilda finally found peace by way of friendship with her teacher.

 9. Matilda (L), with her teacher, Miss Honey

9. Matilda (L), with her teacher, Miss Honey

 10. the revolting children

10. the revolting children

The second part of the production is Wicked, about the unlikely friends of Elphaba the Green and Glinda the Popular, who end up being the Wicked Witch and Good Witch, respectively.

 11. in the Emerald City

11. in the Emerald City

 12. the sisters: Elphaba, Witch of the West (L) & Nessarose, Witch of the East (R)

12. the sisters: Elphaba, Witch of the West (L) & Nessarose, Witch of the East (R)

There are a few parallel takeaways from both shows, including the idiom “never judge a book by its cover”. Also, it teaches that although people are different, most of them pursue similar ideals. Third lesson is, don’t give up when the going gets tough. For in-depth details of the original shows, read Wikipedia: Matilda and Wicked.

13. Bog (L) & Nessarose

13. Bog (L) & Nessarose

14. Elphaba the Wicked (L) & Glinda the Good

14. Elphaba the Wicked (L) & Glinda the Good

Being Different, Being Loved is City Ballet’s biennial production, in conjunction with the academy’s 35th anniversary. City Ballet, helmed by founder-cum-principal Datin Rosalina Ooi, is an education space for nurturing creativity and talent, with love and passion.

15. citizens of Emerald City

15. citizens of Emerald City

16. part of the Wicked cast

16. part of the Wicked cast

Over the years, City Ballet has volunteered to perform for service organisations in their fund-raising initiatives.

17. main cast

17. main cast

Therefore, while being entertained by the talented cast, don’t forget that the noble objective of this year’s production is to raise funds for Soroptimist International Ipoh, as all nett proceeds go towards the NGO’s flagship long-term project Edufun Centre, and other projects that aim to educate, empower and enable opportunities for women and girls in the community.

 18. the cast of Matilda and Wicked

18. the cast of Matilda and Wicked

Hurry and secure your tickets to Being Different, Being Loved, showing today at 4pm and 8pm.

If missed out, you won’t get to catch it again. Worse, you will have to wait for two years to watch another high quality City Ballet production! So, don’t delay as seats are limited.

For further information or to make a reservation, contact +6012-5882313.

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