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A story about life’s purpose

CHORAL group The Canticle Singers presents a fresh restaging of Two From Galilee, a musical written by Robert Sterling and Karla Worley, in Kuala Lumpur from today, 23 Oct to 1 Nov 2009.

Two From Galilee is the fictitious account of the Biblical characters Mary and Joseph, a young couple in love who are forced to deal with circumstances beyond their expectations. Confronted with a hostile world and a heavy responsibility, they fight to fulfill their dreams despite being fraught with doubt and shame. Life, they learn, is more than just about love — it is about purpose.

Despite the religious source material, musical director HK Chong is confident that the show will appeal to a wide audience. “There will always be quarters who will see it as religious … [but] you will find many novels, plays or musicals that are built around folklore, legends and historical events. Biblical events are also historical.”

The show is based on a novel of the same title by Marjorie Holmes, which was on the New York Times 1972 bestseller list and one of the top 10 bestselling novels that year. The musical played at the Peter J Sharpe Theatre at Symphony Space on Broadway in 2006, and has since been staged in many countries.

Two From Galilee runs at Panggung Bandaraya, Jalan Raja, Kuala Lumpur. Tickets are priced at RM38 and RM58 and can be purchased through Axcess (Tel: 603 7711 5000).

Net proceeds from the production will go to the St Barnabas Home for Children and The Tondo Community Project, in aid of the transient community living at a garbage site in Tondo, Manila.

Pics and captions courtesy of HK Chong.

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