Saturday, January 7, 2012

Magic Mirror The Musical


Thanks to AirAsia, gotten the chance to catch Magic Mirror The Musical at Istana Budaya.

Overall, I think the Musical carries a very good moral story. 

Just read the synopsis below here;
Magic Mirror The Musical

In the Western Pure Land of Great Bliss, the embodiment of all the Buddha's compassion, Guan-yin (Skt. Avalokitesvara) is entertained by the singing and dancing of her attending goddesses, but her heart, however, is perturbed. She is contemplating the welfare of beings and upon hearing their laments...

On earth, a war is raging. Under the influence of demons, a cruel general is, along with his henchmen, destroying all who oppose him. In the battles, homes, families, and loved ones are all been destroyed, causing immense suffering. In the midst of this turmoil, Guan-yin manifests in the guise of a majestic and awesome, wise old man. He fearlessly guides the righteous soldiers in their defeat and ultimately overthrown the cruel general and his men, sending them scattering under the darkness of night. The righteous soldiers are dissuaded from following and slaughtering through the intervention of The Wise Old Man who counsels them in forgiveness and compassion. 

In a simple village of idyllic lifestyles, however, due the influence of the cruel general and his henchmen, who are now living as outcasts, bandits, and thieves, the villagers become subject to robbery, abuse, and thievery. They now live in constant fear and anxiety. Some villagers, due to the temptation and lure of the evil force, resort to alcohol and become drunks, and join the disposed cruel general in their vice. 

Guan-yin decides to help the situation by teaching the villagers and bandits about love, compassion, patience, tolerance and concern. She manifests herself as a lady dressed in white clothes and appears in the market place trying to sell a small copper mirror for a very high price. Everyone, villagers and bandits alike, are surprised at the price she is asking for such a small trinket, and they gather around her trying to glimpse it. When nobody comes forward to buy the mirror, she offers to let people look into it for a small fee. Curiosity getting the better of him, a henchman approaches and demands to look at the mirror. 

The lady in white agrees, and for a small fee he may look into the mirror; which he does. Horrified, he turns away from it and urges the other to look into the mirror. Slowly the rest of the people approach; taking turns, they look into the mirror. This is a magic mirror which allows you to see your past karma and its future result. Those who have performed good deeds see a beautiful future, those who have done negative ones see the horrors that will inevitably befall them, and those who have done bath good and bad see a mixed future. As such, some leave the mirror viewing happy, some with a mixture of happiness and concern, and some leave clutching their chests with an anxiety. After some time, the lady in white decides to move on; but just before she departs, the cruel general arrives. He ridicules the lady in white and her magic mirror and proceeds to strike her, whilst those who have found trust and solace in the lady move the protect her. In the ensuing scuffle, a young girl dies protecting her father. Seeing this sacrifice, the demons and the humans put an end to their turmoil. The lady in white, holding the girl's body, disappears. At the place of her disappearance, some see a peaceful face, others a semi-wrathful face, and others still a ferocious face. It slowly dawns on the assembled people that the lady in white was none other than Guan Yin, appearing through her great compassion in order to help and heal and heal the people of the village. 


1 comment:

missyblurkit said...

sounds like an interesting musical. the storyline seems simple enough but such simplicity is good to remind humans to "behave".