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The Young Academy Cantonese Opera Troupe
A New Cantonese Opera – Mothers & Sons


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9 March 2012 (Fri) 7:30pm
Theatre, Sheung Wan Civic Centre
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24 March 2012 (Sat)  7:30pm
Auditorium, Tai Po Civic Centre

Ticket: $220, 160, 100

Director: Hu Zhi-feng
Script Organization: Cheung Ping-kuen, Ng Lut-kwong, Chow Sze-sum
Main Cast: Wang Zhiliang, Huang Hanqin, Yam Dan Fung, Tsz Ling Chau, Lin Yingshi, Chan Kei-ting 

Lyrics and dialogue with Chinese and English surtitles

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Ding Jiaxing and Ding Jiawang are brothers. Their sons, Wenlong and Wenfeng, were born on the same day.  On the babies’ ‘full month’ banquet, their maternal uncle, Wang Guoxian, who claims himself a perspicacious fortune-teller, declares that Wenfeng would become a top scholar one day, and Wenlong, a pauper who would bring his father ruin.  On hearing this, Jiaxing wants to give up Wenlong, but his wife, née Liu, adamantly rejects the idea.  So Jiaxing leaves home to establish a business elsewhere in order to avoid any disasters that might befall him.  Back home, the two boys grow up together. They study under the same tutor at home. One day, they quarrel when at play, and Wenfeng’s mother takes sides with her son, scolds Wenlong and dismisses the tutor.  She even goes to such length as to demand that the two families should no longer live under the same roof. Madam Liu cannot but take Wenlong away with her.  With no one to turn to, she seeks refuge under the roof of the retired teacher, Mr. Li. There, under Mr. Li’s sagacious eye, Wenlong grows up to be a well-read young man and plucks the laurels at the national civil examination.  On the other hand, Wenfeng, who has been spoiled by his mother, becomes a gambler and wastes his family fortune away. His father and mother have to beg for a living, while he joins the bandits in the mountains.  One day, when he robs a passer-by, it turns out that it is none other than his maternal uncle, Wang Guoxian.  Also chancing to come by is Wenlong, who is returning home as a newly appointed courtier.  Wenlong castigates Wenfeng for his wrong doings, and finally succeeds in persuading him to change for good.       

 

Artistic Dierctor: Hong Hai
Music Director: Ng Lut-kwong
Percussion Director: Sung Heung-man
Music Leader: Lee Tik-lun
Percussion Leader: Sung Ngok
Company Manager: Eliza Wu
Company Assistant: Cheung Wai-ping
Production Manager: Jones Lee*
Set Designer: Yu Fung-kit*
Lighting Designer: Yeung Tsz-yan
Sound Designer: Sincere Li
Costume Coordinator: Wun Chun-sze

*By kind permission of The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts

 
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Programme Length
Running Time: Approx. 3 hrs with an intermission
 
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Talk (In Cantonese)

Director's Talk
10 March 2012 (Sat)  2:30pm
AC2, Level 4, Administration Building, Hong Kong Cultural Centre
Speakers: Hu Zhi-feng, Cheung Ping-kuen, Hong Hai

Playwright's Talk
27 March 2012 (Tue)  7:30pm
AC2, Level 4, Administration Building, Hong Kong Cultural Centre
Speakers: Ng Lut-kwong, Chow Sze-sum, Hong Hai

Free Admission. Seats are available on a first-come-first-served basis.

 
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Ticketing and Concession
Tickets available from 27 January onwards at all URBTIX outlets, on Internet and by credit card telephone booking.
Half-price tickets available for senior citizens aged 60 or above, people with disabilities and the minder, full-time students and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) recipients (Limited tickets for full-time students and CSSA recipients available on a first-come-first-served basis)
 
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Enquiries

Programme Enquiries:2268 7325
Ticketing Enquiries:2734 9009
Credit Card Telephone Booking:2111 5999
Internet Booking:www.urbtix.hk

The presenter reserves the right to substitute artists and change the programme should unavoidable circumstances make it necessary
The contents of this programme do not represent the views of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department

 
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