Sang Kan­cil & Tapir

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The Mouse Daugh­ter’s Mar­riage

MBPP Town Hall, Jalan Padang Kota Lama, Ge­orge Town (www.george­town­fes­ti­val.com). Per­formed by the Viet­nam Na­tional Theatre Com­pany un­der Sin­ga­porean play­wright, di­rec­tor and ex­po­nent of Chi­nese opera, Chua Soo Pong, this light-hearted tale man­ages to im­part a les­son in hu­mil­ity. A daugh­ter mouse must choose a hus­band from four bach­e­lor mice, Mr Sun, Mr Cloud, Mr Wind and Mr Wall. Un­for­tu­nately she lis­tens to her snob­bish mother and re­jects all four as too poor and in­con­se­quen­tial. They can’t com­pete with a smooth-talk­ing cat who brings di­a­monds, gold and US dol­lars. She mar­ries the cat and must face up to the con­se­quences. This colour­ful, comic pro­duc­tion is a re­minder that the grass is not al­ways greener on the other side of the fence. Sat & Sun, Aug 15 & 16, 8.30-9.15pm. Adults, RM50; Chil­dren over 12, RM25; Chil­dren un­der 12, RM15. Kom­tar, Level 5, Au­di­to­rium A, Jalan Mag­a­zine, Ge­orge Town (013 533 5522/016 294 1203/ www.george­town­fes­ti­val.com). This Chi­nese lan­guage per­for­mance by the ZXC Theatre Troupe fol­lows in the vein of the tra­di­tional tales of the clever kan­cil (mouse deer). In this quirky new out­ing, which takes place af­ter the ‘Sang Kan­cil’ se­ries of sto­ries, the plucky mouse deer is in dan­ger of be­ing eaten by the ter­ri­ble Sang Buaya, a crocodile who is his sworn en­emy. The un­usual look­ing Sang Tapir ar­rives and the jun­gle is in an up­roar over this strange an­i­mal. Sang Kan­cil and Sang Tapir join forces to chase away Sang Buaya, and in the process the hum­ble tapir learns to ac­cept him­self. Hock Kheng from ZXC Theatre Troupe said that it was im­por­tant to de­liver to kids the mes­sage ‘of be­ing brave enough to face grow­ing up and of hav­ing con­fi­dence in our own char­ac­ter­is­tics’. As the tapir is an en­dan­gered species, the im­por­tance of sav­ing the en­vi­ron­ment is also em­pha­sised. The per­for­mance com­bines wayang kulit, Chi­nese pup­petry Plan­ning on tak­ing your class to catch a show? Teach­ers, stu­dents and even par­ents can save on their tick­ets to ‘Nightin­gale’ and ‘The Mouse Daugh­ter’s Mar­riage’. Teach­ers must pro­vide a list of any ac­com­pa­ny­ing par­ents. Prices listed per per­son. and tra­di­tional mu­sic in this tale about grow­ing up and ac­cept­ing your­self – even if you look as odd as a tapir. Fri, Aug 28, 8.30pm; Sat, Aug 29, 3pm & 8.30pm; Sun, Aug 30, 3pm. Free.

ATM (All Things Malaysian)

Le­buh Pan­tai, Ge­orge Town (www.george­town­fes­ti­val.com). Le­buh Pan­tai will be taken over by a cel­e­bra­tion of All Things Malaysian. With per­for­mances, food, tra­di­tional and con­tem­po­rary arts and films too, there’s bound to be some­thing that will ap­peal to young­sters and teens. In fact, teenagers will be psyched to hear that they will be able to shop at Tem­patan Fest, the tour­ing fes­ti­val ded­i­cated to in­de­pen­dent Malaysian cloth­ing. Sun, Aug 30, 4-11pm. Free.

Pixyl Foun­tain

162 Vic­to­ria Street, Ge­orge Town (www.george­town­fes­ti­val.com). Keep an eye out for this quirky and colour­ful foun­tain in­stal­la­tion. Kids (and adults) can play mu­sic on mo­tion-sen­si­tive pads and watch as the notes be­come trans­lated into dig­i­tal rain­bows and puls­ing clouds of light. Cre­ated by Amer­i­can artist Steven Gu­tier­rez, the foun­tain will also au­to­mat­i­cally cre­ate its own sound and light show. Aug 1-31, 10am-6pm. Free.

Nightin­gale

MBPP Town Hall, Jalan Padang Kota Lama, Ge­orge Town (www.george­town­fes­ti­val.com). Per­formed by the Nan­ning Peo­ple’s Arts House, this beau­ti­ful ren­di­tion of Hans Chris­tian An­der­son’s story of the Nightin­gale is a must for older chil­dren. In this story of free­dom and com­pas­sion, the Nightin­gale re­turns to the deathbed of the Em­peror of China, who cov­etously im­pris­oned her, to sing a song so beau­ti­ful that Death it­self lis­tens hun­grily for more and spares the man’s life. With gor­geous cos­tumes and a poignant sto­ry­line, ‘Nightin­gale’tigl’ willill en­chant all lovers of fairy tales. Fri & Sat, Aug 28 & 29, 8.309.15pm. Adults, RM50; Chil­dren over 12, RM25; Chil­dren un­der 12, RM15.

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