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Golden Blossom Opera Troupe: New Year Celebration Cantonese Opera Programme

Venue Date Time Price
Auditorium, Tsuen Wan Town Hall
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01.01.2013(Tue)
19:30
$240, $200, $160, $100
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Auditorium, Tai Po Civic Centre
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05.01.2013(Sat)
19:30
$220, $160, $100
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Theatre, Ko Shan Theatre
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10.01.2013(Thu)
19:30
$260, $200, $160, $100
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1 January 2013 (Tue)
The Red Peon                                                                           Playwright: Tong kit-sang

Li Hanyi sells paintings at the market where Shen Juxiang sells flowers.  Juxiang is spotted by Gui Shouling for her potential as a courtesan.  Kept at Shouling’s court, she is groomed and soon makes a name of herself in a year.  But all along she never stops sending financial assistance through a friend to Hanyi so that he can travel to the capital and sit for the imperial examination.  By the time Hanyi returns home afterwards to look for her, Juxiang has become a most famous courtesan under the alias of Red Peony.  To thwart their reunion, Shouling asks them to visit his student Xie Baotong, which is actually a trap to lock them up.  Yet, the letter written by him to Baotong is full of howlers.  It causes a great deal of hilarity, and unexpectedly helps Hanyi and Juxiang to join in wedlock.

 

Wai Chun-fai: Li Hanyi

Chan Wing-yee: Shen Juxiang

Leung Wai-hong: Wu Zhongyong

Wan Yuk-yu: Xie Baotong

Lam Po-chu: Gui Yanchang

Sun Kim-long: Gui Shouling

 

5 January 2013 (Sat)
Over the Moon                                                                            Playwright: So Ping Hung

Xiahou Danfeng is a young lady who is betrothed to the hideous-looking Tang Tianfu. She is despondent whenever she thinks of her future happiness. Her elder brother, Xiahou Yong, is a general. But when General Sima Qingtian of the State of Wuzhu comes for a diplomatic visit, Yong cannot go and meet him because he is wounded in a hunting expedition. This is against diplomatic protocol, and there is the fear that this might lead to an invasion from Wuzhu.  Danfeng therefore takes his place by disguising herself as a man.  The two meet and, as valiant warriors leading their respective armies, they immediately become firm friends.  Danfeng even follows Qingtian back to seek audience with the King of Wuzhu.  But soon she is seen through her disguise, and the two become secret lovers. But Danfeng’s betrothal to Tang Tianfu is still unresolved. On the other hand, Yong also happens to meet Princess Lan Shanfeng by chance, and love grows between them. Now whether the two couples can overcome all difficulties and get married, you have to see the Cantonese Opera to know the full story ……

 

Wai Chun-fai: General Sima Qingtian                                   

Chan Wing-yee: Xiahou Danfeng

Leung Wai-hong: Tang Tianfu

Wan Yuk-yu: King of Wuzhu

Lam Po-chu: Princess Lan Shanfeng

Sun Kim-long: Xiahou Yong

 

10 January 2013 (Thu)
Contending for the Brid                                                           Playwright: Yip Shiu-tak

Imperial envoy Gui Chengxun returns to Nantong County to follow up on a marriage arrangement for his son, Nanping, that was made before Nanping's birth. It turns out that the father of his future daughter-in-law has renamed himself Yu Youcai and has become an infamous loan shark. Nanping meets Yu's eldest daughter, Jiezhen, and falls in love with her after rescuing her from the advances of a rogue. Before long, enmity arises between Nanping and Yu when Nanping sees Yu doing bad business as a loan shark.

Having found the man he has been looking for, Nanping's father unwittingly takes his son to Yu's house for a New Year's visit. As soon as the loan shark sees Nanping, he breaks off the engagement in infuriation. At the same time, the rogue happens to come to Yu to propose marriage. Regarding him as the son of the prime minister, Yu readily agrees.

When Jiezhen decides to pay Nanping a visit, Yu, who assumes that Nanping is of little means, makes a promise through his daughter that Nanping may have her hand as long as he can present a betrothal gift. When Nanping obliges, the rogue has also arrived to marry the girl. A dispute soon follows, and finally Yu settles the argument by agreeing to marry his daughter to the rogue. During the night, Jiezhen disguises herself as the bridesmaid, and substitutes her sister, Jiebing, as the bride for the wedding ceremony with the rogue. The parties then take the case to court, accusing each other of different misdeeds. The rogue urges the county magistrate to make a hasty decision when imperial envoy Gui Chengxun finally arrives at the scene. Yu eventually agrees to marry his daughter to Nanping. The opera comes to a happy ending.
 

Wai Chun-fai: Gui Nanping

Chan Wing-yee: Yu Jiezhen

Leung Wai-hong: Yu Youcai

Lai Yiu-wai: Bi Shoufa

Lam Po-chu: Yu Jiebing

Sun Kim-long: Chu Tiehao

Performers

Main Cast: Wai Chun-fai, Chan Wing-yee, Leung Wai-hong, Wan Yuk-yu (1&5/1),
Lai Yiu-wai (10/1), Lam Po-chu, Sun Kim-long

Programme Length

Running Time: Approx. 3 hrs with an intermission

Pre-performance Talk

(In Cantonese)
1 January 2013 (Tue) 4pm
Lecture Room, Tsuen Wan Town Hall
Speakers: Wai Chun-fai, Chan Wing-yee

 

Free admission. Limited seats available on a first-come-first-served basis.

Production team

Manager: Lam Kwan-ling
Percussion Leader: Sung Yue
Ensemble Leader: Chow Chi-kai, Pang Kam-shun
Stage Manager/ Lighting Designer: Leung Wai-hong
Set Production: Sun Kwong Hing Stage Scence Production Company
Costume & Props: Kam Yee Costumes Company

Ticketing

Tickets available from 20 November onwards at all URBTIX outlets, on Internet and by Telephone Credit Card 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)

Enquiries

Programme Enquiries:2268 7325

Ticketing Enquiries:2734 9009

Telephone Credit Card 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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