‘A Cinder in the Dark’ set for August showcase

|     Danial Norjidi     |

UNIVERSITI Teknologi Brunei (UTB) will be showcasing its first musical performance, A Cinder in the Dark, in August this year.

The production will take place over two days starting August 17 for the premier show.

This is according to a press release, which noted that a UTB student drama production event was held on April 6 at the White Canopy, UTB, organised by students from the UTB Drama, Reading and Musical (DREaM) Club.

The production event was attended by UTB DREaM Club Faculty Advisor and the President of the Brunei Reading and Literacy Association (RELA) Dr Malai Zeiti binti Sheikh Abdul Hamid as well as UTB staff, lecturers, students and RELA executive members.

The proceedings began with the recitation of Surah Al-Fatihah, followed by welcoming remarks from the President of UTB DREaM Club Mohammad Noradha Shah bin Sarugi.

The event featured a synopsis sharing for the upcoming musical drama performance, poem recital by a representative from the UTB DREaM Club and short interview session among cast members with members of the floor.

The press release stated that A Cinder in the Dark is the title of “a fictional musical drama performance based on a story of a fairytale character, Cinderella who meets Darth Vader, a sci-fi character from Star Wars.”

“In this epic story of good and bad, the story contrasts how the two fictional characters met and engaged due to a twist in time. Cinderella is well known in fairytale, however, in this musical drama, she stands out as the main character.

The drama depicts her story as about goes through the challenges and ordeal of being the unwanted stepdaughter and was left at the hands of her stepmother and two stepsisters. She wished for nothing more than to escape and to be free from their clutches. She found her supposedly ‘escapism’ from her unhappy life when she meets the villain, Darth Vader who brings her to the dark side.”

The cast of the UTB DREaM team has chosen the drama to highlight real-world issues so that the impact of the characters will be felt more profoundly and the audience has a memorable and emotional experience.

The cast members during the interview session