Sunday, March 1, 2009

The Night the Curtains Came Down on The Actor's Studio






It was one of the most beautiful nights at The Actor's Studio when we went to celebrate the Gala Farewell without any tickets (because I couldn't get any). I was standing beside Dato' Faridah Merican who told me not to worry and that she'll make space for all of us who were waiting eagerly to get in even if it meant sitting on the steps.

The previous week I had the great opportunity to see Wani Ardy with her lovely melodies, Blister with their hard rock blues and Ariff Akhir with his laid bad easy going frolic. The second half was succeeded with the only single member form Silent Scenery (who botched up the first two songs before he made good with the last), Edwin & Albert's mandarin influenced ballads and Azmyl Yunor's distinctive style with his loyal harmonica.

For the last performance tonight Dato' Faridah Merican and Joe Hasham opened the show with stories, quips and anecdotes from the past and then went on to introducing the first act Douglas Lim. I've only seen him in Kopitiam so I didn't know much about his stand up comic act but he surely made us cackle in our seats. It was followed by The Come Back Kings who gave us some dancing lessons and the Young KL Singers who ended the first half with 'What I Did for Love' from A Chorus Line.

Lee Swee Keong took to the stage with eerie sampler sounds and music as he enacted his dance movements with bizarre body contortions followed by Monti & Logi's hilarious impersonations of Chua Soi Lek and Samy Vellu. To me, the most wonderful treat was the Sutra Dancers with their outstanding classical Indian dance and finally to bring the curtains down Harith Iskandar told us stories about his love life ... in the most uproarious way.

And then, like all good things, they have to come to an end. Douglas and Harith sang their 'original' version of Seasons in the Sun that drew laughter and tears from everyone especially Faridah and Joe. When the rest of the ensemble and acts went up the stage to bid farewell to the founders and eight years of existence in BSC the standing ovation just continued with their applause. No one wanted to leave. Faridah and Joe were literally speechless on stage and if we had carried on we would have drowned BSC with our tears. Joe had to shoo us off before anyone started to move.

I remember watching Charlie's Aunty, The Fantastiks, Nunsense and a few others way back then and I am honored to be a part of it somehow. But I always believe with every door that closes another will open. With such a good thing going one can just never say goodbye.

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