Recently, I was involved in the Legend of the Conchshell stage play by Kechara House, where I played the part of a villager. The dance and drama production was held at the PJ Live Arts studio and the main dancer was the famous Lee Swee Keong. The show was presented on three nights to a full house.
The practice sessions that we had over many months were tiring and for my part, I had to do many full prostrations. In order not to get sore knees, I wore knee pads.
When we went on stage, I was surprised that I was not nervous at all. The shows went on smoothly and everybody did their best. We had nice traditional costumes and the props, music score and stage lighting were fantastic.
Over the few months that we were together to do our practices, we got to know the other performers quite well, many of whom were our own Kechara House members. Everyone took care of each other and helped each other to perfect their parts.
Altogether it was a wonderful experience and I am glad that I agreed to contribute by taking up this part. The best part is that I was able to contribute in spreading the story of Lama Tsongkhapa to many people in the form of dance and drama. What a fun and different way to do Dharma work. The many prostrations I did were also a purification practice. I will certainly do it again next year if I am given the opportunity.