Taipei, May 30 (CNA) Face the Audience (FTA), a troupe organized by 37 students from National Cheng Kung University (NCKU), southern Taiwan, plans to stage “See You in the Air Tomorrow,” one of the famous plays written by well-known director and playwright Shih-Chieh Chin at NCKU Cheng-Kung Hall on June 5th and 6th.
Pan Ku, NCKU Professor of History and Director of Performance Division at NCKU Art Center has the greatest support for the troupe and is expecting to cooperate with Cultural Affairs Bureau, Tainan City Government, promoting high-school theatre and cultivate the love for performing art among the students.
NCKU Art Center has invited numerous experienced performers from well-known Taiwanese troupes such as Performance Workshop, Ping Fong Acting Troupe and local troupe like Tainan Jen Theatre to resident at school instructing students to perform, according to Ku.
Founded in March 2011 by a group of theater-loving students, FTA with a burning passion for theater has endeavored into becoming a professional troupe and the coming up performance in June is not only the climax of year-round practice but the embodiment of the aesthetic education and the impact from the teaching of the resident actors.
Every members of the troupe has to be versatile, said the leader of FTA, Cheng-Wen Liu, “we learn not only the performance skills but the know-how of backstage production including lighting, costume, stage design and make-up.”
With the sharing passion for drama, FTA is organized and has grown up to be a professional troupe, according to the student director Hsin-Huei Hung, a Theatre Arts student of National Sun Yat-Sen University (NSYSU) who hails the opportunity to work with FTA and invites students from NSYSU to watch the play.
The storyline of “See You in the Air Tomorrow” is centered on an anchor who suffers from memory lost and the plot extends to the emotional involvement and conflicts happening to people around her, representing the detachment occurred in human relationship by narrating the loss of love.
The setting of the play featured in nostalgia at 1970s Taipei to display the unique atmosphere of the times, creating the temporal and spatial distance from the contemporary life to reveal the essence of interpersonal relationship.
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