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Tickets to ROC rock musical go on sale today

ROC AND ROLL:Wang Jin-pyng said the musical was an innovative change from previous National Day celebrations and would showcase Taiwan’s talents

By Shih Hsiu-chuan  /  Staff Reporter

Tickets to a rock musical titled Dreamers (夢想家) that will be staged in October in celebration of the nation’s centenary go on sale today, organizers said yesterday.

Considered the main course in a series of activities celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Republic of China (ROC), the rock musical features stories of young people and their dreams that led to the Xinhai Revolution and the establishment of the ROC.

At a press conference yesterday, the lead actors in the musical — Judy Chou (周定緯), Shennio Lin (林芯儀), Jett Lee (李杰宇) and Christine Chang (張靜之) — performed a number of songs to promote the show.

“I was so moved by their performance. We can learn about the things that have been passed down from generation to generation,” said Vice President Vincent Siew (蕭萬長), who also serves as chairman of the ROC Centennial Foundation.

The musical traces the nation’s history in the past 100 years and the legacy left by its ancestors, Siew said. It also embodies the dream that people are jointly seeking to realize nowadays, he said.

Celebrating Double Ten National Day in the form of a rock musical is a departure from previous practice, foundation vice chairman and Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng (王金平) said.

“A rock musical will fully manifest the country’s soft power in the performing arts,” he said.

Tickets to the show, which will be staged on Oct. 10 and Oct. 11 at the Fulfillment Amphitheatre in Greater Taichung, are priced at NT$100 each and can be purchased at 7-Eleven outlets.

The musical is co-produced by well-known theater director Stan Lai (賴聲川).

“I believe our team, our music, dancers, singers ... can create a miracle on Oct. 10 because Taiwan is made of dreams. Everyone is a dreamer,” Lai said.

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