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The Year of the Rooster – A review by a Student

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The Year Of The Rooster – Review
On 17th November, Friday, our school, Sishu Griha, took the students from high school- classes 8, 9, and 10 to watch the play ‘The Year Of The Rooster’.
This play is an adaptation of a Chinese folktale, and traditional to the Chinese way of presenting a play, there are few props and stage setting, enabling the audience to use their imagination, and furnish the stage the way they like. The play tells us the story of a strong-willed, firm young woman, Still Waters, who is determined not to marry men like her sisters’ shallow husbands, but an honest, true young man, who happens to be the gardener in her mansion. However, this goes against her father’s wishes. Still Waters leaves her house with her husband in a fit of anger and vows never to return until they become rich and successful.
Through the play, we see how she fulfills her oath, in a humorous and light manner, exaggerating and ridiculing certain aspects of human nature. There are musical moments in the play, which lends it a different effect altogether, and the lack of props and other items onstage lets us imagine to our fullest capability. The actors were wonderful, especially those of the Prime Minister (Still Water’s father), the Tiger General (a sister’s husband), and Still Water’s mother.
The play was ‘run’ by two property masters, and a reader, who played the part of the narrator but also took on certain roles in the play, as minor characters, such as attendants, soldiers, and others.
I enjoyed the play, overall, and since it was an interactive one, it provided us with many chances to feel like we were a part of it. I would recommend watching this play, which would guarantee you around ninety minutes of highly enjoyable time and laughter.

This article has been penned by Gayatri Allamsetty 

Sketch by Supriya Kannan

 

 

 

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Magician in Maya Bazaar

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I first got to hear about the auditions for Bangalore Little Theatre’s production Maya Bazaar from a friend who knew I was interested in theatre. It didn’t matter that I had never acted in a play before, apart from the mini-plays we used to stage in school where my most famed role was of Joseph in a Nativity play. I still somehow wanted to step my foot in. So, I went for the auditions thinking it would be a learning experience, an initiation of sorts if nothing else, and somehow a few weeks later, got an email where I found out that I had landed the role of Asambhav, one of the two crazy magicians who form a comedy element in the play.

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My first time in a play and it was being produced by Bangalore’s oldest theatre group, with multi-cast to boot, many of who were already acquainted with one another. It was obvious that I was nervous, especially during the very first rehearsal in September. Twenty people of all ages and possessing vastly different, some might say quirky, personalities, we started off awkwardly, still getting used to each other and the script. As I was new at this acting thing, I remember thinking how we would ever be able to put up a decent play with all the memorizing lines and cues and “blocking” (a term I had learned only then). But as days passed rehearsals started going smoother till one day our director Sridhar rewarded us with an amazing line, “Remember this day’s rehearsal people! This is our benchmark, what we have to match up to and surpass in our shows”.

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We’ve completed around 18 shows around Bangalore till date and each show presents us with more and more insights into the different characters of Maya Bazaar. And also, reveals a bit more of the people who play them. I am proud to say now that along with having the opportunity to get to know this amazing cast and performing for a good cause, Maya Bazaar has been a most rewarding first-time stage experience!

So if you haven’t caught a show yet, here is your last chance to watch it at Rangashankara.

Come be a part of the grand finale of this magical journey.

Book your tickets online https://in.bookmyshow.com/plays/maya-bazaar/ET00048811

This article has been penned by Swati Parasuraman