TITANIC: THE MUSICAL | Hong Kong, HKAPA Drama Theatre

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“We spent a really, really long time — much longer than any other show before — trying to work out the set design,” explains director Candice Caalsen, who is directing a cast of forty-two adults for the “Face Productions“ performances, and a cast of a hundred children aged 8-18 for the “Face Academy“ performances of this epic musical. “Of course, we didn’t want to make a boat, and then try and sink it. We’ve gone a bit more abstract.”

The five-time Tony award-winning 1997 Broadway musical approaches the historic tragedy of 1912 in a way completely different to the 1997 film. “We want to transport audiences to another era,” Caalsen explains. “It’s a real story, and all the characters are based on the real people who were on the Titanic, so every story you see is real. We definitely want people to go away feeling moved, and remembering such a historic tragedy.”

Both Face Academy and Face Productions rely on a cast of volunteers, but for the adult cast, at least, you can expect to see the lead roles played by trained professionals from all over the world, and all local Hong Kong talent.

There’s no live band (audiences will hear a fully customisable, “conducted” backing track with a bit of live keyboard), but both gigantic casts are going to blow the roof off in the ensemble numbers. Don’t miss the boat!

Book the “Face Academy” performances and the “Face Productions” performances online, playing 11 – 13 October 2019.

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2018 HONG KONG BALLET BALL: THE GATSBY CHRISTMAS SOIRÉE | Hong Kong, Grand Hyatt Hotel

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As one of the signature charity balls in town, the Hong Kong Ballet Ball boasts a history of 33 years. The funds raised on Tuesday 4 December 2018 will be used for Asia’s premier ballet company to continue staging inspiring productions, encouraging emerging choreographers, nurturing the next generation of audiences, as well as launching education and community outreach events.

The guest-list of more than 300 society figures and celebrities attended an evening of fine dining and fabulous entertainment. This Great Gatsby Gala took the guests back to the roaring twenties with its themed decorations and Art Deco chandeliers.

The stylish black-tie event featured mesmerising performances from Hong Kong Ballet’s upcoming production, Septime Webre’s The Great Gatsby, and a very special Christmas trees charity auction. In addition, guests bid on luxury items at the silent auction and danced the night away after the dinner, courtesy of a live jazz band.

In collaboration with Key Partner LANDMARK, three stunning Christmas trees elegantly decorated by world famous brands Balmain, Cartier and Jimmy Choo from the Ballet for All Christmas Tree Campaign were auctioned at the Ball. These trees will be reconstructed by the brands at the donors’ designated locations afterwards, further spreading the joy of sharing through families and corporations.

The proceeds of the charity auction will be used to support the staging of a Relaxed Performance customised for special needs audiences with autism or intellectual disabilities and their caregivers.

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Hong Kong Ballet’s The Nutcracker opens Friday 14 December 2018.

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