Friday, April 16, 2010

Musical theatre show to kick off Sabah Fest cultural extravaganza

KOTA KINABALU: Half a million ringgit production cost, 500 performers, eight dances, one love story.

All will be showcased at the 22nd Sabah Fest cultural extravaganza in May this year.

Tourism minister Datuk Masidi Manjun said the Sabah Fest would start off with a musical theatre style production entitled: ‘The Legend of Arung Salamiah’ at 8pm, May 1 and 2 at the Magellan Sutera Harbour Resort Grand Ballroom at Sutera Harbour Resort.

The legend tells the story of Arung Salamiah, a beautiful lady from an aristocratic family who only had her eyes on Tanjung Kalang despite being surrounded by admirers.

However, her family did not approve of her love with Tanjung Kalang who was from a different social class, and planned to marry her off to someone of the same status.

Brokenhearted, Tanjung Kalang embarked on a journey across Sabah to search for his true love.

The performance would feature the culture and dances Tanjung Kalang had experienced in his journey.

This includes Panansang dance which originated from Semporna and Sazau Bobohizan staged by the Kadazan Papar community, he said.

Masidi explained that there was no love story from the West Coast feature in past Sabah Fest events, thus the legend of Arung Salamiah would be the starting point of a good storyline.

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