Monday, August 9, 2010
Winds of Angkor was originally inspired by letters between prisoners of the Khmer Rouge and years of planning and considerable efforts by Sarah and her team came to fruition with a performance of the musical's highlights at Chaktomuk Theatre last night. This was a unique occasion for Cambodian music and theatre lovers and the idea is to put on a full-scale production of the musical in Cambodia early next year. Last night, even though the cast sang no less than a dozen numbers, was just a preview. And what a preview it turned out to be. Sarah introduced the show to the packed house and unleashed the international cast to run through the song-list with Jessica Pennington and Roberto Perlas Gomez kicking it off, followed by solo spots for Jean-Baptiste Phou and Amara Chhin-Lawrence, and a quite literally stunning solo by Jessica that made Palaces and Princes the real show-stopper for me. The magical Belle gave her contemporary interpretation to one of the songs, brilliantly as ever, whilst the children from Seametrey children's village joined the rest of the cast to bring the show to a close. Musical theatre is new to Cambodia and the entertainment factor mixed with the message of love and hope, might take some getting used to for a Khmer audience, though my friends Rumnea and Now loved it so that's a good start. I loved it too and can't wait for the full production to come back sometime next year.
The closing scene, Cambodia's Children, included the youngsters from Seametey children's village and the rest of the cast