An Alice in Wonderland musical adventure for school children


Resorts World Genting (RWG) spiced up the school holidays of a group of primary school students by hosting them to a sumptuous meal and live musical adventure at the resort recently.


80 students and teachers from SRJK (C) Perting and SRJK (C) Telemong in Bentong experienced the new 2.8 km Awana Skyway cable car ride up to the 6,000 ft resort and were greeted by Resorts World Genting’s public relations team upon arrival.


The 10 minutes ride up was educational as it enabled the students to catch a spectacular view of the 130-million-year old rainforest surrounding the Resort, the Chin Swee Temple with its iconic pagoda.

“The cable car ride up to the top was amazing. I enjoyed the view of the mountains and am thrilled to the see clouds surrounding the peaks,” said 11-year old Yong Zi Qing of SRJK (C) Perting whom like many others took their first cable car ride.


The students were in celebratory mood as they were treated to a wide selection of buffet spread at the Food Factory in First World Plaza, enjoying every bit of the Japanese, Western and Malaysian delights as well as the awesome desserts that include the resort’s very own ice cream - ITALGELato.


While savoring the various delicacies, the students were overwhelmed to see some characters from the ‘Alice in Wonderland’ show making a surprise visit to the restaurant. Accompanied by upbeat music, the students interacted with the lively Caterpillar and Daisies where they enjoyed dancing along, playing simple games, and snapping away with their electronic devices for memories.


Asked what he liked most of the lunch, 11-year old Alvin Lam Teck Kean of SRJK (C) Perting replied: “I loved the buffet which offers so many choices of food. I tried a little of everything but enjoyed sushi and ice cream the most.”


Following the sumptuous buffet lunch, the students also managed to catch a glimpse of some of the new attractions at the resort which include the SkyAvenue mall. By 4pm, they were all geared up for the exciting ‘Alice in Wonderland’ show at the Genting International Showroom where they experienced the classic fairytale coming to live in a musical adventure.


A mandarin production with English subtitles, Alice in Wonderland is an international collaboration between Canadian director-photographer Suzanne Goyette, Chinese playwright Wang Lingyun and visual director Tao Kai. It is a one-of-its kind production that uses the application of interactive technology in film projection.


The students were fascinated with the 60-minutes show where a group of talented cast from China brought the fantasy on stage combining it with music, dance and multimedia.


The school children immersed themselves in the show as the musical is performed in a language that is familiar to them - Mandarin. Many were admiring the stunning costumes and the character played by Alice which demonstrated kindness and courage which further inspires school children.


Some of the children also jumped at the special opportunity to obtain autograph from Alice who was played by Xie Xing Yi, a graduate of Shanghai Dancing College and Shanghai Theatre Academy.


The children also managed to obtain autographs of White Rabbit and Red Queen who were played by Xu Xin and Zhang Shuhui respectively. Xu is a graduate from Shanghai Theatre Academy while Zhang is from the Shanghai Theatre Academy and Beijing Dance Academy.


Yip Xiao En of SRJK (C) Perting was delighted with Alice in Wonderland and will certainly share the experience of the musical adventure with her family and close friends. “Thank you Resorts World Genting for providing us to the opportunity to watch such an interesting performance. The songs and actors made me feel like I am in the Wonderland myself. How I wish I can be like Alice with her wild imaginations too,” said the 11-year old student.


Her experience was echoed by 12-year old Charmain Tan of SRJK (C) Telemong who said: It is indeed a unique musical experience where there is a combination of real people performing with the aid of multimedia features. I really admire the character of Alice, where she has the courage to assist the Duchess in order to save her friends’ home.”


Meanwhile, 12-year old Thong Jia Jie of SRJK (C) Telemong said she enjoyed the storyline of Alice in Wonderland and was thrilled to have the opportunity take photos with the characters of the musical adventure.


“It is much more interesting to watch it as a musical performance with the beautiful costumes. I look up to Alice as she is willing to help her friends when they are in a difficult situation,” she added.


The Sino-Canadian team of Alice in Wonderland has stamped their mark in more than 10 countries, involving notable locations such as the John F. Kennedy Centre in Washington and Guangzhou Opera House in China.

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