Raising Conservation Awareness with WATER: A Musical

Updated 25 Sept 2022, 10.15pm

Absolutely a great πŸ‘πŸ» musical 🎡🎢🎼 attended. SiennyLovesDrawing & her little niece really enjoyed Water: A Musical, bravo to the play director, music composer, cast members, head gear designer & all crew members involved πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ™ŒπŸ»πŸ’•

Do check out her happy musical weekend TikTok clip captured via πŸ“ΉπŸŒ & stay tuned for her next blogging about her audience attendance to this musical ya πŸ˜ƒπŸ˜


Yeah!! It’s September now, time flies : )

If you’ve been following SiennyLovesDrawing πŸ‘©πŸ»’s blog stories here, you would have read about her recent art collaboration with WWF Malaysia on tiger πŸ…πŸ― conservation, read more via 🌐 https://siennylovesdrawing.wordpress.com/2022/07/29/roar-for-life-eco-festival-in-conjunction-of-global-tiger-day-by-wwf-malaysia/

This round she πŸ‘©πŸ» would like to share about her recent media attendance to witness the official media launch to raising greater conservation awareness with WATER πŸ’¦: A Musical 🎡🎢🎼 presented by Somerset Music & Mr Chin San Sooi πŸ‘΄πŸ»

WATER πŸ’¦ is a musical 🎡🎢🎼 Tiger πŸ…πŸ― calls the animals for a meeting to discuss man’s act of deforestation which leads to the pollution of rivers. All the 7️⃣ animals affirm the sacredness of Mother Earth 🌍, ohh no no…πŸ™…πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Guess what❓⁉️

The musical 🎡🎢🎼 is interactive. The audience are invited to sing 🎀 & dance 🩰 together with the cast members, wow‼️ Absolutely gonna be an exciting & interesting musical experience with a meaningful conservation awareness raised, bravo‼️

It’s a collaboration 🀝🏻 between playwright/director, Mr Chin San Sooi πŸ‘΄πŸ» aka nickname in Mandarin ε±±ζ°΄ Mountain Water, with music by Ms Joanne Poh πŸ‘©πŸ»β€πŸ’Ό of Somerset Music, the audience can look forward to this 60mins of memorable cum interactive engagement with the cast members. Ms Joanne πŸ‘©πŸ»β€πŸ’Ό & the cast members have proudly shared during the launch that the music is catchy & interactive for audiences to sing 🎀 & dance 🩰 along with all cast members during the musical play. Wow‼️ SiennyLovesDrawing πŸ‘©πŸ» is looking forward toward it, how about you❓⁉️

Mr San Sooi πŸ‘΄πŸ» said at the official media launch of WATER at Warung Old China in Kuala Lumpur (KL), West Malaysia πŸ‡²πŸ‡Ύ, β€œI was contemplating writing a play on the topic of conservation when I read of the deforestation that was taking place at the National Park 🏞️🌳🌳 in Pahang, Malaysia πŸ‡²πŸ‡Ύ many years ago. I was too earnest & the muse eluded me, till now.”

When the covid lockdown began, Mr San Sooi πŸ‘΄πŸ» spent 4️⃣ very productive months occupied, with the end result of finishing 8️⃣ scripts: 2️⃣ satires, 3️⃣ musicals, 2️⃣ monologues & 1️⃣ operetta. So, that is how WATER πŸ’¦ : A Musical 🎡🎢🎼 is flowing out to the Malaysian audience in this post-covid environment

It’s really a privilege for SiennyLovesDrawing πŸ‘©πŸ» to be at this official media launch to hear directly from Mr San Sooi πŸ‘΄πŸ», Ms Joanne πŸ‘©πŸ»β€πŸ’Ό, Mr Khang Nanyao πŸ‘¨πŸ» & some cast members of their involvement & preparation of this musical play 🎡🎢🎼

Do check out her TikTok clip captured from her media attendance via πŸ“ΉπŸŒ

Mr San Sooi πŸ‘΄πŸ» continues to share that: β€œA musical 🎡🎢🎼 is more difficult to realise as it is very challenging to compose a piece of music 🎡🎢 to lyrics written by another person. I approached Joanne πŸ‘©πŸ»β€πŸ’Ό to compose the music. Joanne in her own right is a piano teacher, runs a music school & has sung in choirs & performed on stage. I gave her a year to work on the music. I am glad that Joanne Poh took up the gauntlet with our 3️⃣ musicians.”

He πŸ‘΄πŸ» further explained to the media members that during the covid lockdown, he basically spent time on eat πŸ˜‹, sleep πŸ’€πŸ˜΄ & write ✍🏻, repeat almost the same daily & then produced this play 🎡🎢🎼 He always wanted to create something relating to pollution & conservation. He just sat down to write without any ideas, then this play materialized naturally. Bravo‼️

He πŸ‘΄πŸ» also admitted to the media members that personally, he is not good in music, not a single note. He understands the difficulty of composing music 🎡🎢 from play, so he spoke to Joanne πŸ‘©πŸ»β€πŸ’Ό, a music teacher, singer, pianist & more to invite her to compose music for this play. Joanne actually being modest & hesitant to Mr San Sooi’s invitation at the beginning, she managed to produce the music for this play after 1️⃣ year. Yeah‼️

Ms Joanne πŸ‘©πŸ»β€πŸ’Ό then shared with the media that a total of 8️⃣ songs, each animals represent in each music. Why took a year❓⁉️ She was procrastinating at 1st, hence delaying it when she was invited by Mr San Sooi πŸ‘΄πŸ» To her, music 🎡🎢 actually comes when you don’t want it from her music experiences. She would like to have her music on how to connect with the audiences. Also to her, the animal’s gender in this play actually makes a difference in her music creation. It’s neutral & simple to looping mind 🧠 when connecting with music 🎡🎢 Even for children/ students πŸ‘¦πŸ»πŸ‘§πŸ»πŸ§’πŸ», to educate them on pollution & conservation through music 🎢🎡 Of course different for adults & teenagers will be also different. The children will come with adults (ie. Parents/ teachers) to the play, so using appropriate music 🎡🎢 to tight in the play script content is really important to connect with the audiences whether during or even out from the theater that the audiences still remembering the conservation messages from this musical play 🎡🎢🎼

She πŸ‘©πŸ»β€πŸ’Ό further explained that she was hesitant to Mr San Sooi πŸ‘΄πŸ»’s invitation at the beginning because it’s totally πŸ†• to her to put music in this educational play. She was lacking of confidence with totally something πŸ†• to her music experiences. She took a lot of courage because she understands well that this music from her needs to be put on stage for the public. At last, she decided to still give it a try. Yeah‼️ Ohh ya…Ms Joanne πŸ‘©πŸ»β€πŸ’Ό also shared that she was at 1️⃣st worried about the generation gap with Mr San Sooi, 81 πŸ‘΄πŸ» who is actually on par with her grand parents age. She appreciates the trust from Mr San Sooi with her to put tunes to his play script created. In fact, she has total freedom in her music creation to this play πŸ‘πŸ»

β€œWATER πŸ’¦ is a combined effort by us in an act of creativity with the members of the cast. The oldest cast member is 61 year old Hilda Looi πŸ‘©πŸ»β€πŸ¦± & the youngest cast member is school girl, Kirsten Wong, 13 πŸ’πŸ»β€β™€οΈ Together with designer, Khang Nanyao, we have set the stage with the different cast of characters through head gear specially created headwear for Mousedeer 🦌, Tiger 🐯, Elephant 🐘, Monkey 🐡 & Wildboar/ Warthog πŸ— In a small but significant way, we hope that WATER πŸ’¦ : A Musical 🎡🎢🎼 would make people be more aware of the environment & treat it with respect & concern. The play could lead to larger issues like conservation of the seas & oceans 🌊,” added Mr San Sooi πŸ‘΄πŸ»

Mr Khang Nanyao πŸ‘¨πŸ» shared during the official media launch that the animal’s head gears were all 3D printed for current edge trending technology. So, the weight of each is not heavy & does not spoil very fast. These head gear with PLA plastics is possible to recycle ♻️, but it may require special techniques to recycle them

Hmm…Importance of technology over the nature/ being environment friendly❓⁉️ Personally, SiennyLovesDrawing πŸ‘©πŸ» as a go green πŸ’š person would think of using a more environmental friendly materials in producing the head gears would be more meaningful to this play on conservation initiative & awareness πŸ’ͺπŸ»πŸ™ŒπŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»

Mr Khang Nanyao πŸ‘¨πŸ» further explained to media members that he appreciates the trust from Mr San Sooi πŸ‘¨πŸ» as he has full control on the hear gear design, yes βœ…, basically everything on his own ideas & no restrictions of head gear ideas for this play. It’s actually both the spiritual design with technology design at the same time. He did an open head helmet instead of a covered mask as requested by Mr San Sooi πŸ‘΄πŸ» His artwork more on live vs death ~ More scary side. Started making a difference in this play by adding in past & future elements to his head gear design. The cause & effect of humans made. To Mr San Sooi πŸ‘΄πŸ», the white side of the head gear signifies spiritual to him. It’s an interesting interpretation of the head gear created. It took average 4️⃣ days to produce a head gear of the animal, except 5️⃣ days for the elephant 🐘 head gear

One of the cast member, Madam Hilda Looi πŸ‘©πŸ»β€πŸ¦± has shared that her 1️⃣st play was when she was in 18 yrs old & this musical play is her 2nd involvement as Elephant 1🐘 Being the oldest cast member in this musical play, she is looking forward to working with the younger generation. While the youngest cast member, Ms Kirsten Wong πŸ’πŸ»β€β™€οΈ is not doing much acting before her involvement to this play as Monkey 1🐡 It’s really a good πŸ†• experience to learn new things. While another cast member, Ricky – shared that it’s his 1️⃣st play as Elephant 2🐘 in this musical play & a lot more to learn

Mr San Sooi πŸ‘΄πŸ» has added at the end of the official media launch that all cast members will start the rehearsal of this musical play in early Sept. Ohh yes, it’s on going now, so your ticket booking & purchase surely motivating & boosting encouraging vibes to all the cast members ya πŸ˜€ Let’s support local Malaysian artistsΒ 

The Environmental Protection Society Malaysia (EPSM) is excited with this musical 🎡🎢🎼 which highlights the growing consciousness in Malaysia πŸ‡²πŸ‡Ύv& worldwide 🌍 on the protection of the environment & is pleased to support raising the animal conservation in a creative form

The musical 🎡🎢🎼 is also proudly supported by Warong Old China (The venue of official media launch), GTM Art & Stationery Suppliers, Yudimama & Little Heritage House

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So, let’s support πŸ’ͺπŸ»πŸ™ŒπŸ»πŸ‘πŸ» this meaningful conservation musical play πŸŽ΅πŸŽΆσΏ€¬ it will debut from 21 Sept 2022 (Wed) with daily show @ 8.30pm till 25 Sept 2022 (Sun) @ 3pm at Damansara Performing Arts Centre (DPAC), Petaling Jaya, Selangor, West Malaysia πŸ‡²πŸ‡Ύ

Performances Date & TimeπŸ—“οΈ

  • 21 Sept 2022 (Wed), 8.30PM
  • 22 Sept 2022 (Thu), 8.30PM
  • 23 Sept 2022 (Fri), 8.30PM
  • 24 Sept 2022 (Sat), 8.30PM
  • 25 Sept 2022 (Sun), 3.00PM

Genre: Musical 🎡🎢🎼

VenueπŸ“: Blackbox, Damansara Performing Arts Centre (DPAC), Petaling Jaya, Selangor, West Malaysia

Performance Duration: 60mins

Ticket 🎟️ Information:

  • RM48.00 (Normal)
  • RM38.00 (Concession: Student/ Senior Citizen/ Disabled)

Age Limit: 5️⃣ years & above

Ticket 🎟️ Office:
AddressπŸ“: H-01, DPAC, Empire Damansara, Jalan PJU 8/8, Damansara Perdana, 47820 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, West Malaysia
Contact no. β˜ŽοΈπŸ“žπŸ“±: +603-40650001 & +603-40650002

Ticket 🎟️ booking 🌐: http://www.dpac.com.my/page/ticket/bookTicket/view/1132.html

More details about WATER πŸ’¦: A Musical 🎡🎢🎼

Cast Members ~ In Order of Appearance

  • Mousedeer 🦌~ Ivan Liew
  • Tiger 🐯 ~ Kevin Wong
  • Elephant 1 🐘 ~ Hilda Looi
  • Elephant 2 🐘 ~ Ricky Kee
  • Monkey 1 🐡 ~ Kirsten Wong
  • Monkey 2 🐡 ~ Tan Xin Ni
  • Wildboar/ Warthog πŸ— ~ Alain Boey

Musicians

  • Loh Khang Zheng ~ Guitar 🎸
  • Alyson Seah ~ Drums πŸ₯
  • Ng You Qi ~ Piano/keyboards 🎹

Biodata of CHIN SAN SOOI πŸ‘΄πŸ»

  • Educational Qualification: B.A.(Hons.) in English, University of Malaya (1964)
  • Scholarship Award: British Council to Central School of Speech & Drama, London (1969)

Teaching Experiences:

  • – Anglo-Chinese Secondary School, Ipoh Pre-University Class (1964-69, 1970-73)
  • – Regional Teacher’s Training Centre, Ipoh (1966 –67)
  • – Taylor’s College, Kuala Lumpur Victorian HSC/South Aust.HSC, Australia(1974-1979)
  • – Private Tutoring (1980-1984)
  • – Prime College, Kuala Lumpur Cambridge Certificate A Level Examination (1985-1989)
  • – Wholesome Centre of Learning, Petaling Jaya, Selangor Founder Member (1991 -2000 )
  • – Prepare students for the ESOL grade examinations & Effective Communication & Speech & Drama Performance Certificate conducted by Trinity College, London since 1996
  • – Private Tutor

Award πŸ†:

  • – 16th Pride of Workmanship Awards 15th Feb 2003 by the Rotary Club of Ipoh in recognition of outstanding performance in the teaching profession having served with dedication, commitment & pride in the chosen vocation
  • – Nominated for Best Director in the Boh Cameronian Arts Award 2003
  • – Conferred as a legend of Malaysian theater by Boh Cameronian Arts Award 2015
  • – Designed the Power of the Voice course & has been conducting it since 1985. Companies & Corporate bodies which benefited from the above course: TV3, MetroVision, Bloomberg Malaysia, Teachers Training College, Kuala Lumpur, Price Water House, BMG Malaysia, Cosway Direct Marketing Co., Malaysian Pineapple Board, Johore, Sabah Tourist Department, Methodist Girls School Malacca, Jerneh Insurance, Kuala Lumpur, College of Foreign Economic Relations HCM City, Vietnam, Sunway College Kuala Lumpur, Lifelinks Singapore, Seimans Kuala Lumpur, Applied Information Management Services (AIMS) Sdn Bhd, numerous Toast Masters clubs , Malaysian Development Bank (2013), English Department, San Yat San University Guangzhou (2015), dividuals, professionals, students in Malaysia & Singapore & from China, Indonesia & Japan
  • – Conducted a course on Public Speaking to AON (Risk Insurance)
  • – Conducted a 3-day Drama Workshop (2005) organised by the Ipoh Rotary Club in Ipoh
  • – Designed & conducted a course in speech & drama for 6 year olds for the Edventures Child Enrichment Centres in the Klang Valley
  • – Edited: Dining with Dragons by Carol Selvaraja & Butterfly by Bernard Tsai
  • – Wrote & directed the following plays: Lady White (A re-telling of the Madam White Snake Legend), Morning In Night (musical) published in 2016, Yap Ah Loy the Play, Reunion (musical) published in1994, Kuala Lumpur Sentral (musical)
  • – Also directed many Shakespearean plays & local Broadway Musicals among others since 1964
  • – Invited by,
  1. East West Center, Hawaii to direct Emily of Emerald Hill by Stella Kon in 1986
  2. Chinese Theater Workshop, New York to direct Zhang Boils the Ocean in 1996

Founder Member of,

  • – Five Arts Centre 1984
  • – Chinese Opera Club, KL 1992
  • – Currently, as Artistic Director of The Canticle Singers since 2002
  • – Chin San Sooi (Playwright/Director) actively engaged in all aspects of theater
  • – Studied Speech & Drama at the Central School of Speech & Drama London in 1969 under a British Council Scholarship

Wrote ✍🏻 & directed the following plays,

  • Lady White (1977, 83 &89) Ipoh, KL, Penang; Morning In Night – musical (1980) Ipoh, KL; Yap Ah Loy The Play (1985); Reunion – Musical (1994) published 1994; KL Sentral/ Brickfields – Musical (2001) Refugee:Images (2006)

Directed through the years,

  • 1964 -A Shakespearean Feast (Excerpts) on his 400th Anniversary
  • 1965- As You Like It
  • 1965 – Brigadoon
  • 1967 – Anni Get Your Gun ( Ipoh, Taiping )
  • 1966 – Othello
  • 1966 – Romeo & Juliet (Penang Free School 150th Anniversary production)
  • 1967 – Merchant Of Venice
  • 1967 – The King & I
  • 1968 – Amahl & the Night Visitors
  • 1969 – King Lear
  • 1969 – The Sound of Music
  • 1969 – Arms & The Man
  • 1970 & 1974 – Macbeth (KL, Ipoh)
  • 1971 -The Breeding Pair (Two one act plays by Stella Kon)
  • 1971 & 1976 – Fantasticks (Ipoh, KL, Penang, Seremban)
  • 1972 & 1991 – Camelot (Ipoh, KL)
  • 1973 – West Side Story
  • 1974 – The Caucasian Chalk Circle
  • 1975 – Flower Drum Song (Seremban)
  • 1976 – Gbena Bendu
  • 1977 – Fiddler on the Roof
  • 1979 – The Battles of Coxinga
  • 1984 – Emily of Emerald Hill ( & other innumerable occasions seeing through more than 206 performances: Seremban, KL, Ipoh, Penang,,Tawau, Kuching, Singapore, Johor Bahru, Melacca, Hawaii, also invited to perform in Vancouver, Canada in Sept 2006, Wollongong & Sydney Feb.2011
  • 1987 – Three Children ( KL & Singapore)
  • 1989 – Three Children & My Grandmother Said (KL, Ipoh)
  • 1996 – Zhang Boils The Ocean (New York) for Chinese Theater Workshop
  • 2002 – Two From Galilee for The Canticle Singers
  • 2003 – The Rose of Sharon
  • 2004 – Do You Hear The People Sing?
  • 2004 – The Season of Light
  • 2005 – The Gift Goes On
  • 2006 – Refugee:Images
  • 2007 – Flower Drum Song
  • 2007 – For the Love of Music
  • 2008 – A grand Night for Singing
  • 2015 & 2016 – Macbeth (Chinese Opera Costumes)
  • 2017 – Produced The Splendour of Tai Hei
  • 2019 – Monologues
  • Acted in Henry V (1959), Twelfth Night (1960 & 1978), Julius Caesar (1964), As You Like It (1965 & 1972), Merchant of Venice 1967, Arms & the Man (1969)
  • Produced The Cord in 1984, The Splendour of Tai Hei in 1993 & Ang Tau Mui in 1990, Artistic Director for Yudi’s O Old Tunes in 2000, Rendezvous & Songs Borne by the Wind (From China to the Nanyang) in 2001, Rhapsody of a Songbird 2002, Lin Dai, The Star of Stars 2003
  • – Produced An Enchanted Evening (Yudi & Tan Wei Han) in March 2006 for the Ipoh Rotary Club
  • – Artistic Director & choreographer for The Canticle Singers from 2002
  • – Co-founder of Five Arts Centre & Kuala Lumpur Chinese Opera Club

Biodata of JOANNE POH πŸ‘©πŸ»β€πŸ’Ό

A music graduate πŸ‘©πŸ»β€πŸŽ“ of University of Malaya majoring in Voice in Performance, Joanne is a vocal, choir & piano tutor. She works extensively with students from all walks of life including special needs

Focusing on Autism Spectrum Disorder, she serves as a panel consultant & tutor for the NASOM MAESTROS (1️⃣st Autistic Choir in Malaysia πŸ‡²πŸ‡Ύ)

In 2015, the Voice of Hope Kuala Lumpur (VOHKL) was founded by Joanne where she leads as Music Director where she can continue to serve the community through theatrical & stage works

Biodata of KHANG NANYAO πŸ‘¨πŸ»

Khang is a self taught designer in multiple art mediums, specializing in paper architecture, drawing & illustration. Although making head wear is new to him, this has always been on his list of art mediums to explore

The musical 🎡🎢🎼 gave him the chance to learn & create head wear. Khang is currently working as a freelance designer & making video content of his art on the YouTube channel Crafty Edges

The head wear design is intended to question the cause & effect of human actions with the past & future of the animals calling the forests 🌳🌳 their home. The low polygonal design of the head wear signifies the importance of technology over nature 🌳🌳

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