Posted by Janet Lee
What is a life without love?
I joined M! not expecting to see love but love is everywhere....
Underneath my loudness I'm but a sentimental fool (like many in the cast), last night we had an incredible preview and after the show out in the theatre lobby of Istana Budaya, I met many friends and families of the cast who reminded me that there are people out here in this rat race metropolitan who really do love, and they love deep.
During the final month of rehearsals we stretched evening rehearsals to the maximum, so by 11pm every night we house a pack of patient husbands, boyfriends & girlfriends of the cast at the back of the rehearsal room...waiting to go home with their loved ones. During the technical runs of the opera I met family members of very fortunate cast members, who clearly are also in love with what their loved one's passions.
It's heartwarming to see that people in their active earning phase in life spending time with families, Elyssa's parents, Sushee's husband, Taufik's dad, Michelle's and Doreen's husbands, Peter's partner...these people are really sharing their lives together by showering support and encouragement.
Reminds me of the days when my sweetheart used to wait for my singing class to finish to give me a lift home...who then later encouraged me to buy a car (and get a driving license) for all my singing engagements.
Let our love for the music and life shine through on stage tonight, and right through our run till next Sunday...
...some flash backs in pictures....then and now, people came and gone, moments that will live for a long time, people we love and hate, things that stayed, things that did not, I cherish them all the same..
by Mia Palencia
by Mia Palencia