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3-D fantasy musical aims to educate children on ocean conservation

2014/03/22 13:12:03

(From Image in Motion Theater Company's website)

Taipei, March 22 (CNA) A Taiwan-produced 3-D fantasy musical will make a tour stop in Taipei this weekend in the hopes of inspiring children's imagination and educating them on the importance of protecting the ocean.

The musical "Franz and Friends' Voyage Undersea," created by Image in Motion Theater Company, will be performed at the National Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall on Saturday and Sunday.

Fusing 3-D animation, music, dance and live performances, the 100-minute musical is about the adventures of Franz, a solar system expert from Planet Sweet who came to Earth to investigate the changes in the ocean's color.

Franz made several friends along the way, and together they encountered various sea creatures and unlocked the mystery of the ocean's discoloration.

Serina Chen, chief creative director of the musical and co-founder of the theater company, said the show will help children learn more about sea creatures and the marine environment, and teach them the importance of environmental protection.

"We hope to show them that the undersea world is furious about human being's harmful actions," Chen said, adding, however, that the message will be embedded in a fun and adventurous storytelling fashion.

In the musical, actors will perform dressed in sea creature and character costumes, while a large screen in the backdrop will show animation to assist with the storytelling.

The musical has been performed in Taoyuan and Taichung in February. After Taipei, it will make stops at the Hsinchu Cultural Affairs Bureau's Performing Arts Center on April 12 and 13, Tainan Municipal Cultural Center on May 17 and 18, and Jhide Hall in Kaohsiung on July 19.

(By Christie Chen)