July 12, 2015

FUNtastic Disney! The Musical

The music centre that the girls go to for their piano lessons organized a musical to showcase the talents of their students on March 28. It was also for a good cause as the centre raised RM 10,000 for the Beautiful Gate Foundation for the Disabled. The students started practicing for the musical way back in the second half of 2014.

Both girls took part as the mice in Cinderella.

Girls being made up

Little mousey

With Cinderella

The night started with representatives from the Beautiful Gate Foundation for the Disabled saying a few words, followed by a video of the foundation. The first performance was the song “Scales and Arpeggios” from Aristocats.

Next up was the two scenes from Cinderella – with the songs “A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes” and “Work Song”.

A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes

Work Song

The next song was “Be Our Guest” from Beauty and the Beast, followed by “I Wanna be Like Other Girls” and "Reflection" from Mulan.

Be Our Guest

I Wanna be Like Other Girls

We then went underwater with the musicians (comprising pianists, violinists, keyboardist, ukulele) performing the song “Under the Sea” followed by singing of the song “Part of That World” from The Little Mermaid.

Under the Sea

Part of That World

Eight year old Yen Ken then sang “Bare Necessities” from The Jungle Book. I was totally bowled over by him.

Pocahontas, in the form of 11 year old Yue Tong, then sang “Colors of the Wind”.  She did extremely well too.

The musical would not be complete without Frozen, the all-time favourite of little girls everywhere.  Not surprisingly the songs performed were “Do You Want to Build a Snowman”, “For the First Time in Forever” and “Let it Go”.

The finale of the night was when everyone involved in the production came on stage and danced energetically to “We’re All in This Together” from High School Musical.

Girls in action

The stars of the night were clearly Yen Ken and Yue Tong – both of them sang several songs and performed them so very well. Yiu Yiu and Yan Yan enjoyed themselves tremendously too, and I’m glad they got to be part of this, even though it’s only a small part.

 Group photo - can you spot the girls?

With their piano teacher (L) and principal (R)

Just recently, we found out that the musical was Teacher Hui Kee’s (the principal and owner of the music centre) swansong. She had decided to sell the centre to another fellow musician due to family commitments. Yiu Yiu cried on Teacher Hui Kee’s last day at the centre. The new owner is vocalist and vocal coach Rachel Tan from Dama Orchestra. Hmm…maybe it's time for Yiu Yiu to start vocal lessons :-)

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