Award winning dramatist Nalaka Swarnathilake, who has produced many children’s creations such as Dangamalla, Anne, and Mama Wenama Malak, is bringing his annual show back on stage on September 25, (Friday) at the Kalutara Town Hall. This event, titled ‘Pini Poda Wessak – Small Wonders on Stage’, is designed to showcase creative performances in the streams of drama, dancing and singing.
It will comprise of two shows, a morning 10.30am show for schoolchildren and the public show at 6.30pm, which will be held under the patronage of veteran artist Edward Jayakody and Charitha Priyadarshani Peiris.
It is a presentation of the Whyteleaf Performing Arts Academy and will feature 50 children (who are between the ages of 10-15) performing 15 items, including songs and dancing styles stemming from several cultural backgrounds. The 50 children are comprised students from 20 schools in Colombo and Kalutara, marking the first time a show of this scale is being held in Kalutara.
It will feature songs from several famous Sri Lankan stage dramas and include a collection of songs written by Kalasuri Arisen Ahubudu. The music direction for the show will be done by veteran musician Lakshman Wijesekera. At a time when creations that can be jointly enjoyed by our children and adults are diminishing, the goal of this event is to present a stage show that rejuvenates this genre of entertainment.
As Nalaka explains, “The Whyteleaf Performing Arts Academy was the first institute in Sri Lanka that was started with the intent of using drama, dancing, singing and other aspects of the performing arts to develop the personality of the children. Its main objective was to create a better citizen for the future rather than just an artist. Thus, this show is being organised as an annual event to provide the childrenan opportunity to exercise their leadership and organisational skills as well as giving them a national stage to showcase their talents. It follows on from the tremendous success we had with last year’s show”.
Tickets for the upcoming show are available at the Kumara Bookshop (Kumara Maha Pothhala) and ARD Selections and at the gate on the day of the show.