Speaking about the music上海乌托邦’s music director Jesse

Speaking about the music上海乌托邦’s music director Jesse

Warkentin, says: “Gershwin’s music is full of pictures, romantic and

sensory. And it takes the audience back to the city in 1945, at the end of World War II.”上海乌托邦女神会所

Sean Kelly, resident director of the musical, in Beijing, who spent two decades

上海乌托邦as principal dancer with Houston Ballet, had taught at the Beijing Dance Academy for a year in the early 1990s.

“Compared with the movie, the musical is more dramatic. And we worked hard on the casting to make

the dance dynamics come alive onstage,” Kelly says. “Chinese audiences enjoy musicals. But what e

xcites me more is that they like discussing the stories and characters with us after the shows.”上海乌托邦女神会所

A new musical marking the 70th anniversary of New China’s founding will premiere at the China National Theater for Children on July 6.

上海乌托邦Stars in the Flame tells the story of children who lost their parents during the War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression (1931-45).

It centers on the Battle of Songhu, also known as the Battle of Shanghai, which was one of the bloodiest conflicts during the war.

The work directed by Zhao Yu and composed by Wang

Gang is the opening play of the ninth China Children’s Theater Festival.上海乌托邦女神会所

“We went to Shanghai and Wuhan to learn about the history,” Zhao says.

“It was an unforgettable experience since we’ve learned many lesser-known sto

ries, especially those about the orphans who fought alongside our soldiers.”

Another children’s play, based on Danish author Hans Christian Anderse上海乌托邦

n’s classic fairy tale, The Little Mermaid, will also open the festival on July 6. The Chinese-Dan

ish joint production is directed by Torkild Lindebjerg and composed by Dane Jens Tolsgaard.上海乌托邦女神会所

The festival is staged annually during the summer vacation under the theme, “art changes lives”.

From July 6 to Aug 11, 57 theatrical productions from 14 countries, including the United

States, Japan and Russia, will stage 191 performances at the China National Theater for Children.

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