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“Siddhartha: The Musical” plays on July 17 at CCP Main Theater. PHOTO FROM FO GUANG SHAN PHILIPPINES

Fo Guang Shan Philippines brings back ‘Siddhartha: The Musical’

“Siddhartha: The Musical” plays on July 17 at CCP Main Theater. PHOTO FROM FO GUANG SHAN PHILIPPINES
“Siddhartha: The Musical” plays on July 17 at CCP Main Theater. PHOTO FROM FO GUANG SHAN PHILIPPINES

 

Fo Guang Shan Philippines, in cooperation with Buddha’s Light International Association, restages “Siddhartha: The Musical” at the Main Theater of the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) on July 17, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Directed by Sarah Mae Enclona-Henderson, with musical direction by Jude Gitamondoc, “Siddhartha: The Musical” tells the story of Siddhartha, the prince who renounced his royal status to seek enlightenment. He would eventually become the Buddha, the awakened one. His teachings are still kept alive today by millions of people all over the world.

The musical is based on the book “The Biography of Sakyamuni Buddha” by Venerable Master Hsing Yun, the founder of the Fo Guang Shan Buddhist order. Most of the songs used in the musical are also based on the writings of the Venerable Master.

“Siddhartha: The Musical” has been staged 55 times, in Cebu, Manila, Iloilo, Bacolod, Taiwan and the United States.

The cast of over 70 volunteer actors and dancers showcases the musical and performing talents of Filipinos, particularly of Cebuanos.

All proceeds of the restaging of the musical will benefit Guang Ming College, Manila, for the training of scholars from financially challenged families all over the country in the fields of performing arts and Buddhist studies.

Call Fo Guang Shan Mabuhay Temple, 5599540.