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Ghost The Musical Arrives in Beijing
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  • http://english.dbw.cn   2015-07-02 08:52:33
     

     

    Anchor: The award-winning theatre adaptation of the hit 1990 American film Ghost landed in Beijing for the first time on Tuesday evening.

    As the musical revolves around a ghost story, special visual effects must be created on the stage simultaneously with the performance.

    Now let us hear what those involved in the production are talking about and many of the musical's other attractions. Xu Fei has more.

     

    Reporter: The play tells the story of two young lovers, Sam and Molly, in New York City. When the boy called Sam is murdered, he gets stuck between this world and the next.To make a haunting ghost story, special visual effects must be created simultaneously on stage while the actors are performing.

    Paul Griffin, associate director for the musical, admits the live special effects is one of the musical's prime selling points.

    "I think there are so many elements of it that audiences always say to me how are you going to do the famous subway scene, or how is Sam going to walk through walls. And I think it is that, the achievements of that, the fact the creative team managed to find a way to do that and that gives a new life to a story that is so well loved."

    This musical also appears to be a close-up magic show since high-tech means used in movie making has also been applied on stage.Audience members could see a "corpse" suspended in the air; a telephone receiver and a book moving on its own and also the murderer having his neck hanging in the air.

    All these special visual effects made local audiences in Shanghai exclaim in pleasant surprise before the musical arrived in Beijing.

    Fei Yuanhong, who is the Chinese translator of the play, is also a program producer for Shanghai Culture Square, where the musical was shown.

    "The application of movie making technology in the musical is unprecedented. For instance, the digital display screen and a combination of reality and fantasy as well as projectors are all used for the musical, which were very rare in musicals in the 1980s and 1990s. They are very modern and fashionable."

    In the story, Molly falls into danger after Sam is murdered. Sam couldn't leave her alone, and then a medium named Oda Mae Brown helps Sam to get in touch with Molly to warn her of the coming danger.

    Lucy Jones acts as Molly in the musical.

    "I'm learning to throw a pot, how to make a pot, because obviously Molly does that for a living. So I have to learn to do that. So…yes, the pottery scene is in the show, in a different way, slightly. But it gives you everything you want, I promise. I'm also learning about different people's experiences with psychics, and people who've had spirit medium to say 'oh I'm hearing from your deceased loved one'. It's a very strange phenomenon and it's something I haven't actually experienced. So it's very interesting to look into."

    The musical raised its curtain in the Beijing-based Poly Theatre on Tuesday evening and will stay on stage until July 5th.

    Author:    Source: CRI     Editor: Yang Fan

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