Do you know The Green Ogre ???

Today morning, I became a small child and happily clapped away to glory, during the Adventures of The Ogre, the English Musical at Sir Mutha Hall, as part of NalandaWay’s AAA-2010.

This is an English musical based on the movie Shrek. And the cast is children from all age groups, starting from 4 yrs to teenage and beyond, if you have talent.

The play is directed by popular theatre personality Michael Muthu. He founded BoardWalkers in 1991 which consistently picks and promotes young talent from the city schools and colleges. His famous productions include Biloxi Blues, God, Sleuth, The Hairy Ape, Jesus Christ Superstar and The Pied Piper of Hamlin.

I am not going to write the story of Shrek in this page. So please read it here.

Before the Musical

The kids having a gala time, before the musical, playing games in the mobile. If some body was cool before such a show, it was the kids. They knew the part, they felt confident and My God, all of them were so cute and so Cool !!! Some lessons to learn here – never to lose cool, before the show. Scuba Site

The Auditorium is fantastic and has not stopped amazing me. The stage was a huge contrast to that of the Haruk’s musical.  What a transformation !! The stage was set for the forest, where Shrek lives in a swamp. There is a setting for the fort, in which Princess Fiona is prisoned.  There are mountains, rocks and all those sets were done so superbly. I was all eyes to capture everything on stage. Good job people. laughing smileys

The Stage before the Show

Now, you can see the first screen is the forest swamp setting. And that’s the house of Shrek, where he has boards written like “Keep Away” / “Grrr Go Away” to keep off the people, who dislike his ugly features.  Just above the first screen, you can see the fort setting, where the Princess stays. And there were others too…folded right up or on to the sides. The detailed assembling of the stage and the set, shows the commitment by the Boardwalkers Company and their Director, Mr Micheal Muthu. A big applause on that. scared smileys

Shrek, The Donkey and Lord Farquaad

Excellent make up for Shrek and Princess Fiona (when she turns into a Ogre at nights) !!! laughing smileys

The Dragon and the Donkey

See the fire spitting Dragon – done very well, on stage. Excellent production. laughing smileys

You can also see Princess Fiona on the tower and Shrek talking to her before rescuing her.

All in all, a fantastic show, brilliantly executed, great production, mind-boggling stage and sets – I just clapped and clapped along with the 1000 odd children in the hall today morning. I feel good and don’t you miss any BoardWalkers presentation, if you happen to see one. smileys

How well the children are trained to do their part – the rehearsals were done to perfection, I guess. And all of the kids are quite comfortable on stage, as though its their class room and they are having fun with friends. Its a fantastic thing to be a part of such a Theatre Group and perform in a play. The parents were all totally happy about their child’s performance, even if it was just a minute on stage.  Kudos to all the parents of these performers, who have patiently taken them to all the classes and rehearsals !!!! All the kids have taken off today, to be part of this show. They are performing again at 7pm today.

It was a satisfying experience for a blogger like me, with a camera in hand. winking smileys

I am surely having a great time, weekend after weekend – Special Thanks to NalandaWay and 3 Cheers to AAA-2010 !!!! free smileys

Chennai & Chocolate Krishna

Being in Chennai has one of the finest advantages. This being an artist’s paradise, there are a plenty of ways to keep the residents occupied.  Be it a musical concert – the carnatic, hindustani, western or simply fusion, or a dance program – traditional bharatanatyam or fusion ballets, or those hilarious and thought-provoking plays – Chennai is THE PLACE for it.

Next month begins the world-famous DECEMBER FESTIVAL, where every auditorium / sabha *, hosts this festival of music, dance and drama.  If you have not been to one, your life in Chennai is wasted.  So many artists come all the way from US / Canada / Australia and many other countries to perform in this wonderful festival.

My childhood memories are so well interwoven with these episodes of festivals of art, the main reason my father being the Secretary in one of the leading Sabhas in Chennai and he still remains to be so. Every weekend, we’ll go to the sabha – whether it is a play or a music concert or dance.  It was the best outing for us, with the whole family and we used to enjoy every such experience.

Then was sowed the seed to appreciate the art and the related things in life.  I love the musical concerts – I learned music too.  They are one of the best medicine to handle stress.  The dance programs were colourful and we used to love them all.

But,  the plays are my favourite, as those were the days of comedy kings like Crazy Mohan, S V Sekhar, Kathadi Ramamoorthy and many other serious play makers too.  These comedy plays were a big craze in those days and ppl used to learn the dialogues too – as they do now for some movies.  Me and my friends used to have a contest on how many times have you seen a particular play and I always won – advantage of  having a Secretary of a Sabha as my father.

Then later, when I got married and left Chennai, this play craze seemed to have got engulfed among my motherhood and I used to yearn for the lovely memories of those hilarious theatre days.

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Tamil Comedy Play - Chocolate Krishna

Now, back in Chennai, I was adamant on going to this latest comedy play by Crazy Mohan – CHOCOLATE KRISHNA.  And so, our family of four went for this play abt a week back.

I was skeptical about my girls’ response to this play. But, My God, they proved to have my genes perfectly in place. They absolutely enjoyed the play, all the while laughing thru the jokes. I was transported to my teenage years, where I’ve sat to watch every play and laughed along so much.

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The Comedy Duo – Crazy Mohan and Balaji

 This Comedy Duo were fantastic with their non-stop jokes and their great timing !!!! The whole theatre troupe had the audience in splits from the moment they started.

 
Another interesting thing was the interwoven magic, as a part of Krishna’s character.  On the whole, it was a great time to laugh out loud, forget your worries and at the same time have a great family time.
 
My childhood memories were whitewashed and put on a new pedestal for my girls to see and enjoy and now a days, they keep asking me to tell me about the other plays I’ve seen, in my younger age.
 
After my last post on Chennai, I felt bad that I was giving away my native place !!! Actually, it’s not the place, but the ppl that matter the most.
 
So, here’s a post to toast the bestest part of being in Chennai !!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂  And I know that all those Chennaiites, who give me a half-smile, will also vouch for this wonderful face of Chennai and I am sure they too enjoy the artistic Chennai to the core.
 
And for all the support you’ve all given me, in my previous post – Thanks to you !!!! I am now a member of the recreational club in the apartment and have made quite a lot of friends  after that post. Thank you, fellow bloggers, for all the support. 🙂 🙂 🙂

 * sabha – an association or a recreational club formed to promote art.