SIDDHARTHA the musical, depicting the Life of Sakyamuni Buddha played at QPAC on 16th and 17th June. The performances were completely houseful. The musical was presented in English, the main artists were from The Philippines. Twenty-seven budding stars from New Farm State School, Brisbane joined in a segment and did us proud.

The choreography, sound and lighting was just amazing, on 17th June a VIP reception was held before the show, invited guests got an opportunity to meet the stars in person and interact with them. The musical presented in two parts covered the birth of Siddhartha till he became the enlightened Buddha.

The production and storytelling was of a very high standard, pleasing and eloquent, a feast for the eyes and solace to the soul. A great effort by the students of Guang Ming College Cebu’s, Performing Arts Institute Philippines.

The show was organised by Fo Guang Shan Chung Tian Temple, co-organiser was Nan Tien Institute and Buddha’s Light International Association of Queensland and supported by Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) and Queensland Government.

Siddhartha the musical was produced through the collaboration of Fo Guang Chu Un Temple in Cebu and Cebu chapter of Buddha’s light International Association in 2007. Depicting the life of Siddhartha Gautama, the Indian prince who became Buddha, the musical features original songs based on the writings of Venerable Master Hsin Yun.

Lord Mayor of Brisbane, Councillor Graham Quirk said “festivals, events and shows like Prince Siddhartha create new lifestyle and leisure opportunities and add to the rich tapestry that help make Brisbane a modern and vibrant World City” .

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