Hong Kong’s first large-scale original Cantonese youth chorus musical – “Like. So?”
The HKVC performed in their first large-scale original musical at the Jockey Club Auditorium, Hong Kong Polytechnic University in late December 2012.
The musical depicts four young people preparing for the DSE – Joey, 阿賢, Wing, and Molly – who represent me, you, and him. While Joey is given the chance of an internship abroad, his mother’s traditionalist view of success nonetheless proves an obstacle to his dream. 阿賢 gives his friend Joey his avid support, but he also has problems of his own – as a dating novice, 阿賢 struggles to be an attentive partner to his girlfriend. Wing’s courageous pursuit of her dream of being a writer is met with opposition by her family. Molly supports her good friend Wing, but the former’s feelings slowly cross the boundaries of platonic friendship. While these young people hold their own aspirations tightly to their hearts, each of them needs to learn how to stand strong in the face of relentless societal adversary.
People have many different responses to their dreams – some simply give up while others pursue their dreams while neglecting their family or emotions. Hopefully this musical provided audience members with the opportunity to reflect on how they go about what they want in life.
As was the case for the musical’s story, numerous challenges – including concerns in the financing department and stress of administrative work – were presented in the show’s production stage. Nonetheless, members of the HKVC worked together to overcome these obstacles. Each member wholeheartedly bore the pressures of performing and burdens of finance and administration. These challenges fostered closer relationships, positive feelings, and all-round great experiences. Onstage, each HKVC member excelled under the spotlight and moved audiences with their energy and warmth.
The musical was composed, arranged, scripted, and acted by young people of the post 80’s and 90’s generation. The HKVC wishes to convey that these generations aren’t social loafers, that everyone is capable of great achievements, and that attaining one’s dreams need not simply remain a fantasy. These small ideas that gathered such a group of like-minded members, and all aspects of the production – from administrative work and fundraising to singing, dancing and acting onstage – were the result of each member’s own actions, time, and resources.
The HKVC staged a total of 5 performances of “Like. So?”, including a show for charity. Aside from pursuing their dreams, the HKVC hopes to organize music charity events. The HKVC aims to present underprivileged children and students with opportunities to see a musical and hopes that audiences could reflect upon the message that the HKVC intends to deliver through its performance.
“Like. So” is therefore a production that must not only be performed but delivered well.