Excerpt from the official brochure:
School of the Arts and Division of Industry & Community Network University Sains Malaysia
in collaboration with Cerebral Palsy Children's Association (Penang)
proudly presents --
Tree of Dreams and Hope Theater.
Everyone can dream and everyone has hopes; be it as small as an ant or as big as the world. Everyone has a story to tell in their dreams; stories that they hope may come true. Thus, driving us to dream bigger and hope higher.
But somewhere around us, there are also those who are fragile and vulnerable. They feel trapped in their own little worlds of darkness and nightmares. It is time that we help them to come out of this vortex, to discover the nice things the world can offer them; their DREAMS.
Realizing this, BJIM (Bahagian Jaringan Industri & Masyarakat) of Universiti Sains Malaysia and Pusat Pengajian Seni (School of Arts, USM presents 'Tree of Dreams and Hope', a children's workshop performance collaborating children from Shan's Children Home (Butterworth), The Cerebral Palsy (Spastic) Children's Association of Penang and children from mainstream schools in Penang and Taiping. These children from different backgrounds come together in this story of theirs...
In this animal+fairy tale inspired play, the story revolves around a young baby girl who is abandoned by her birth mother in an unknown place. She is then raised by an evil stepmother who gives her nothing but stale bread and squeezes the blood out of her. Out of this, the girl becomes very timid, fragile and so insecure that even her dreams become nightmares. The play is all about how she escapes from these nightmares and how she together with a few caring friends discover their very own DREAMS and HOPES.
Artistic Director: Dr Mumtaz Begum Pv Aboo Backer
Assistant Director: Nor Azrin Shah
Music Director: Andy Siti
Choreography: Dr Mumtaz Begum, Nor Azrin Shah, David Christian Yoon
Coordinator: Ushaalani Ravintharan
Graphic: Azrie Azeem Ab Wahab
Photography: Faizal Ashraf Ali, Mohd Zamri Salleh
Scenography: Roslan Chin
Technical: Mohd Saidi Mat Noor, Mohd Faidzal Ahmad
Cast Members: Kanna - Seelan - Wei Ji - Iswar - Thurkeshmary - Dina - Karthi - Kah Heng Alvin - Shalu - Visnu Keertanah - Hari Haran - Priya - Shania - Durga - Yeshnia - Baruni - Nisha - Then - Apek - Aliya - Harranyaa - Jia Jia - Krisha Darshini - May - Ryan - Myn - Fafa - Jay - Ain - Shah - Shankari