In The News – Dance troupe comes to town

Following from the below post on A Night At the Theater…


Tuesday November 11, 2008

FOR those who will not be able to catch the all sold-out Mamma Mia musical in Kuala Lumpur, perhaps a musical performance much closer to home in Penang will be a consolation.

Australian dance group Planet Dance Sydney and Priscilla Ballet Academy from Penang are treating locals and musical lovers a charity concert called ‘A Night at the Theatre’ on Saturday at Dewan Sri Pinang in George Town.

There will be songs and dances from shows like Mamma Mia, Billy Elliot, Phantom of the Opera, Dreamgirls, Miss Saigon, Hairspray, Moulin Rouge and High School Musical.


Having a good time: Dancers from Planet Dance Sydney performing a preview show at the Little Sisters of the Poor.

Whatever your preferences are in dance and music, there will surely be a number for you as the show will feature classical ballet, tap and jazz.

While you enjoy the show, you will also have the satisfaction of doing something worthwhile in helping to raise RM200,000 for four charitable organisations.

The charity musical event will benefit the Little Sisters of the Poor, the Asia Community Service (ACS) for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, Shalom House for students with learning difficulties, and Soroptimist International Penang which is a global voice for women.

The organisers from Priscilla Ballet Academy and the four beneficiaries have successfully sold over 950 tickets in the past few weeks and there are just about 30 left at RM100 per seat.

The fund is short of RM50,000. Penang Youth and Sports, Women, Family and Community Development Committee chairman Lydia Ong Kok Fooi, who is also the organising committee’s adviser, urged Penangites to support the good cause and follow the good example shown by the 21 Australian teenagers from Planet Dance Sydney.

“The teens aged 11 to 19 had taken on part-time jobs to make enough money to fund their trip to Penang for this charity event.

“They also donated AUD2,500 (about RM6,000) to the event,” she said after Planet Dance Sydney performed a preview show at the Little Sisters of the Poor yesterday.

For those interested to buy the musical concert tickets, call 04-2276918 or 012-5307233.

Those interested to donate to the fund can do so with cheques made out to ‘Soroptimist International Penang’ and send to c/o Judy Chan, MECI, 1416 Lorong Perusahaan Dua, 13600 Prai, Penang. All donations to the fund are tax deductable.

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