"The Prodigal Son" does good

Musical show by Catholic amateur group raises more than $200,000 for charity

Right, the cast of "The Prodigal Son", the first musical organized by the Singapore Order of Malta to raise funds for two charities, pose for a photo outside the Esplanade where the show was staged. All donations after deduction for production cost will go entirely to the charities.

By Dr Gabriel Oon

SINGAPORE - Wow! Fantastic! These were typical comments from the audience at a musical show on Jun 26-27 to raise funds for charity. The contemporary version of the Prodigal's Son was performed at the Esplanade Recital Studios and organized by the Singapore Order of Malta in aid of Marymount Center (which deals with abused women and young children) and aLife (Ltd), a pro-life group helping women with pregnancy and family life crises.

The 23-member amateur group included five actors and a 12-member choir.

The story is set is in the 1970s, and tells of a wealthy churchgoing family in Nassim Road with two grown-up sons. Tragedy strikes when Mum has leukaemia and dies in spite of prayers. Broken, the younger son fails his exams, asks his father for his inheritance, leaves home, lives it up, loses everything, returns home and is reconciled with the father...

The storyline and a mixture of Christian and popular music carried the audience along. Many were moved to tears. The show was scripted, produced and directed by Dr Stephen Lim, a Consultant Urologist. The music was directed and performed by Dawn Kwok. Nicole Tan coordinated the show as Stage Manager.

The star of the evening was pre-university student David Lee, who played the Prodigal Son. The show raised S$208,000 with more being pledged.

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