Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Gong Xi Fun - The Horse that Ran Away

We did it! Much to our surprise and to the delight of the residents of Selangor Cheshire Home, we turned actors overnight and gave them more than a rollicking time with our play, The Horse That Ran Away.

Under her directorship and script, Sunshine Lady, Janneke did a fantastic job of making it a lovely production. We gathered at her house on two occasions  to familiarize ourselves with our roles and a dress rehearsal. A big cast indeed as all the Sunshine ladies who were available for the Chinese New Year party acted.

The residents, EEP ( Economic Empowerment Programe) students and the staff of the Home  were truly good audience. The fluffed lines got extra laughs. Someone came from behind me and pulled up my pants as it was dangerously slipping down as the acting got the better of me!

We know the horse is here to stay in this Year of The Horse. So, do not be alarmed- the horse in the play ran away but came back. The play ended  on a sweet memorable note - to be able to inject fun for others, we got just as much in return!

The Horse That Ran Away  had one oft repeated line by  poor farmer, Sei Wang , the protagonist, whenever any incident was highlighted to him that it wasn't good . The villagers, blacksmith and neighbours  chided him for keeping  his only faithful companion  horse, Silverwhite tho he was poor. More scoldings  came when Silverwhite was  missing  and thought to have run away. An unfortunate fall of Sei Wang's son resulting in a broken leg whilst attempting to ride the  stallion  brought home by Silverwhite. And when war broke out, the sons of the the villagers had to say goodbye to fight. His reply was always the same  - 'Who can say it is good or bad luck. No one can tell what the future will be'.

14 Sunshine Ladies ready to take the stage
Keats addressing the residents 
Resident Penny singing her song, encouraged by emcee, Chris Eng ( later the stallion)
Cowboy dance by the Economic Empowerment Programe students
High energy in the Indian dance by the staff
Fans in motion  by the residents and the students from IMU 
Director, Janneke introducing the play and the cast.
Sei Wang's son fell trying to ride the wild stallion..

Handsome stallion 
Oops, something crept up my nose!
Villagers in the market chided Sei Wang for not looking after himself

Finale  - we did it!
Distributing ang pows  - May goodness come your way!
Sunshine ladies helping out with lunch.
Staff  ready to serve
Happy Chinese New Year mood


  1. Sounds like a great party and a meaningful play, Keats! Who wrote the story? Maybe you can tell me the story the next time we meet up, please? I see some familiar faces, all full of love and compassion as well as festive spirit.

  2. Congratulations on the wonderful performance to entertain the poor old souls of the home ! You are indeed a great charitable group with a big kind hearts ! The costumes are colorful and the food looks awesome ! Let there be sunshine always in your lives !

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