KUALA LUMPUR: The Covid-19 pandemic has put a severe strain on the financial resources of arts venues across the country which continue to remain closed to this day.
In an effort to weather the storm, the Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre (KLPaC) is offering a new production available online for theatre fans with the added aim of collecting donations to stay afloat.
Produced together with The Actors Studio (TAS), the venue will release its first ever digital show, titled Indicinelive! Quaranstream Edition, on June 12.
The 75-minute comedy show is set to entertain viewers with fun and laughter through brand-new sketches, character satires and song parodies, all inspired by the pandemic, the recent political shift and the apparent "new normal" world.
Directed by Freddy Tan, the show will showcase the talents of Anrie Too, Dinesh Kumar, Jad Hidhir, Jon Chew, Kamini Senthilathiban, Nabilah Hamid, Oxford Tong, Siti Farrah Abdullah and Tiara Anchant.
Tan, in a statement, said: "There has been a deluge of archival material and digital documentation of the arts on the Internet like never before. Fortunately, Indicinelive! or sketch comedy is a form of live entertainment that can be translated online without losing its essence."
He added: "We are excited to premiere this brand new work and, best of all, you can tune in from anywhere in the world. In fact, it may open up more avenues to poke fun at the chaos that we find ourselves in now, in fun-sized pieces of course. Come and laugh with us – everyone needs to have some fun."
Audiences can also expect a few surprise guest performers during the livestream, which will take place at 9pm on June 12 via KLPaC's Facebook page (www.facebook.com/theklpac).
Indicinelive! Quaranstream Edition will be tied to an ongoing fundraising campaign for KLPaC and TAS via an interactive approach.
The venue and theatre company are appealing to Malaysians to help keep them alive and running.
With its theatres closed, KLPaC and TAS' losses already exceeded RM1.1 million.
According to the statement, its #SaveYourSeat campaign has raised crucial funds for the two months since the Movement Control Order came into effect but KLPaC requires RM132,000 per month and The Actors Studio RM25,000 per month to stay afloat.
Part of it read: "As part of its fundraising efforts, KLPaC is also running an e-greeting service called Send-A-Song, which packages your message with a song sung by a local artiste into a video and delivers it to your loved one's smartphone for a fee of RM50 only."
"Both Indicinelive! Quaranstream Edition and Send-A-Song are run on a profit-sharing basis with the artistes, where they will receive a portion of the proceeds. For Indicinelive! donations will be split between the artistes, KLPaC and TAS."
Visit www.klpac.org for more information.
Note: The comedy sketch show is strictly for mature audiences only.
Source: New Straits Times