Local theater groups launch joint search for talent

Taipei,  Eight local theater groups held joint auditions at Taipei’s National Theater Wednesday to seek new talent, at a time when the majority of performances in Taiwan had been either canceled or postponed due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

Streamed live through the YouTube channel operated by the All U People Theatre, one of the organizers, a total of 39 performers selected from over 800 applicants showed their skills and talents on the stage of the National Theater from 10 a.m. that day.

Among the participants, the youngest was 9-year-old Lin Pin-tung (林品彤), who sang a song titled “Naughty” from the musical “Matilda,” while there was also a ballet dancer from Bulgaria and an exchange student from South Korea.

Lin said the event was an eye-opener for her, being able to see so many adult actors on stage performing.

The organizers said the event will offer performing groups a chance to discover future collaborators, while a video of the performances will remain online.

“I’m glad to see the groups that started the initiative and promoted the event. The Ministry of Culture will not just be cheering, but will also give full support to all art and cultural groups,” said Deputy Minister of Culture Hsiao Tsung-huang (蕭宗煌), who attended the event.

The ministry has currently earmarked NT$5.22 billion (US$174.21 million) for groups and workers in the arts and culture sector hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, with the first round of grants having already been handed out.

In addition to All U People Theatre, the other co-organizers are Godot Theatre Company, Perfectmatch, Tainaner Ensemble, Story Works, Yang’s Ensemble, Greenray Theatre Company and Studio M.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel

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