SMC Chairman attends premiere of musical play

25 February, 2015

SHARJAH In the presence of Sheikh Sultan BinAhrnedAl Qasimi, Chairman of the Sharjah Media Corporation and Sharjah Media Centre, AlMajazAmphitheatrepresentedthe premiere of spectacular musical play The Shadows onMondayeveningFebruary 23, performed by an elite group of renowned artists, actors and musicians, who conveyed Sharjah's message of love and peace to the world. The Shadows musical opening night was attended by guests and delegates who participated in the International Government Communication Forum, which concluded on Monday. Among the most prominent figures in attendance at the musical play were Major General Hamid Mohammed Al Hadidi, Commanderin-Chief of Sharjah Police, Bechara Khairallah, President Michel Sleiman's representative, Liberian Ambassador to the UAE, Morocco's Minister of Communication and Former Government Spokesperson Mustapha El Khalfi, as well as mediapersons George Kordahi, JihadAl Khazen, Raghida Dergham, Rita Maalouf, Zeina Yazigi, Nishan Derharoutyounian, and a large number of special guests and dignitaries. Written by accomplished Lebanese journalist Nadine Al Assad, with music by brilliant Bahraini composer Khalid El Sheikh, and featuring Lebanese director Munjid Al Sharif, the musical flaunts a lineup ofArab artists led by SyrianArab Idol star Hazem Sherif, Lebanese artist CaroleAoun along with the internationally acclaimed Inana Group. The musical play is a harmonious arrangement of poetry, song and stage drama in one magnificent show. The poems, penned by Al Assad and other famous Arab poets, framed the outline for the musical's several featured acts that took the audience on an extraordinary journey of history, from ancient times to the present day, and further included Syrian and Lebanese folklore. The show was flagged off with a welcome speech by Osama Samna, in which he thanked Sharjah's guests for their participation in the 4th edition ofthe International Government Communication Forum a major success due to its excellent media coverage and impressive interaction by participants, experts and the media. He said, "The Shadows musical play aims to focus on the beautiful details and aesthetics of life, to share a glimpse of hope and optimism with a world suppressed by wars and conflicts." Samra lauded the rapid completion of preparations for the stage production, acknowledging the cooperation by artists, musicians and technical experts for their commitment to secure its opening night on the closing day of the forum. The audience delighted in the breathtaking musical play from its very first act, leading with a poem about Sharjah recited by poet Nadine Al Assad, and then passionately sung by Carol Aoun and Hazem Sherif, who were joined by 30 performers dressed in Islamic heritage-inspired costume in a wondrous portrayal exemplifying the emirate's internationally acclaimed cultural position and its message of peace and civilisation to the world. WAM


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