Mu­si­cal will com­mem­o­rate ROC win over Ja­pan

The China Post - - LOCAL - BY JOSEPH YEH

A mu­si­cal play will be staged around the coun­try later this month to com­mem­o­rate the 70th an­niver­sary of the R.O.C.’s vic­tory over Ja­pan in the Sec­ond Si­noJa­panese War, the Tai­wan mil­i­tary an­nounced yesterday.

The four-part mu­si­cal will com­bine song, dance and the­atri­cal per­for­mances and will de­pict how the R.O.C. Armed Forces suc­cess­fully de­fended against the in­vad­ing Ja­panese forces dur­ing the Sec­ond Sino-Ja­panese War that lasted from 1937 to 1945, said MND of­fi­cial Yu Tsung-chi ( ).

It also tells the story of how the R.O.C. joined forces with other coun­tries to con­trib­ute to the Al­lied vic­tory over the Axis pow­ers dur­ing World War II and how the retro­ces­sion of Tai­wan came about. Tai­wan was a colony of Ja­pan from 1895 to 1945, Yu said dur­ing a De­fense Min­istry brief­ing in Taipei.

“The mu­si­cal is meant to re­mind na­tion­als of the R.O.C. Armed Forces’ sac­ri­fice dur­ing wars and their con­tri­bu­tion to the coun­try,” he added.

It will fea­ture a to­tal of 260 mu­si­cians, vo­cal­ists from the mil­i­tary’s cho­rus and mem­bers of mil­i­tary march­ing bands.

Lo­cal en­ter­tain­ers and ac­tors, in­clud­ing Ugur Ri­fat Karlova, (

), a Turk­ish co­me­dian ac­tor in Tai­wan will take part, ac­cord­ing to the De­fense Min­istry.

The shows, which will be free, will be staged at Kaoh­si­ung Arena at 7 p.m. on Aug. 14; Na­tional Chung Hs­ing Univer­sity Hui-Sun Au­di­to­rium in Taichung at 2 and 7 p.m. on Aug. 17; and at 2 and 7:30 p.m. at Taipei In­ter­na­tional Con­ven­tion Cen­ter on Aug. 20, the min­istry said.

A ticket can be ob­tained for free from the foyer of each ex­hi­bi­tion hall be­fore the shows be­gin or by call­ing 85099077 or 85099090 for tick­ets in ad­vance, it said.

CNA

Four ac­tors and ac­tresses of a De­fense Min­istry-or­ga­nized mu­si­cal salute dur­ing a press con­fer­ence in Taipei to pro­mote the up­com­ing mu­si­cal to com­mem­o­rate the 70th an­niver­sary of the R.O.C.’s vic­tory over Ja­pan in the Sec­ond Si­noJa­panese War.

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