"Loving The Silent Tears: The Musical"
By Ivetta Babadjanian
Oct 31, 2012 - 1:17:44 PM
LOS ANGELES—An event both inspirational and beautiful, "Loving the Silent Tears: The Musical" left an impression on thousands of people that won't be soon forgotten. The one-time-only charity performance portrayed humanitarianism as an art form that can be truly described as magical.
The event began outside the Shrine Auditorium as the celebrities made their way one-by-one to show off their tuxes and gowns while speaking to reporters on the sidelines.
The cast closes the ceremony with “Take Each Other’s Hand." Photo courtesy of Supreme Master Television.
The cast's diversity was reflected in the musical that allowed the audience to get a taste of various cultures and bask in each of their unique yet captivating qualities. The musical was directed by Tony-nominated Vincent Paterson and choreographed by Emmy-winning Bonnie Story. Various talented performers were featured in the production such as Grammy-award winning musician Jon Secada, Emmy-winner and Tony-nominee Liz Callaway and Vietnamese pop star Há»“ Quá»³nh HÆ°Æ¡ng.
The musical told the story of older woman Joy who is dealing with a loss of faith due to her son's death and Pete who is slowly becoming acquainted with the harsh realities of the world. The characters went on a magical train ride through 16 countries with music and dance to adequately portray each region. The underlying result of the performance was to find inner happiness and to always have hope.
French singer Flo Ankah performs “Accept Me the Way I Am.” Photo courtesy of Supreme Master Television.
The musical was held in honor of the 19th Anniversary of Supreme Master Ching Hai Day who is a world-renown spiritual teacher, humanitarian and artist. Her collection of poems, titled "Silent Tears," was the inspiration behind the music that was created by two-time Oscar-winning composer Al Kasha. Although Hai was unable to make the performance, she gave a video greeting in which she stated, "To all involved in this musical event, blessed be your dedication to make this world a more enjoyable place, cheering up the masses and giving thanks to Heaven and Earth in this way."
The event was hosted by award-winning actor Corey Feldman, TV host and former Miss USA Susie Castillo, actress Kelly Packard and two-time Emmy winning actor Kristoff St. John with additional commentary by California State Senator Curren Price.
Continuing to make selfless contributions, Hai donated $100,000 each to three organizations, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, Animal Defenders International and Wolrdwide Veterinary Service.
"This money will go so far to helping these animals, helping us rescue more animals, and most important of all, raising awareness about the treatment of animals all around the world," said Vice President Tim Philips of Animal Defenders International.
Additionally, a video was shown to the audience showing Hai in a variety of places all around the world as she dedicated her time and efforts in helping those who were suffering. By the time the cast sang the finale song, "Take Each Other's Hand," as the audience waved star-shaped light wands, a sense of unity throughout the crowd was inevitable. The production was dedicated to the belief that kindness is never overrated and should be shown to people of all cultures.
The day was far from over as VIP guests were invited to a special Banquet that showcased Hai's creative art pieces and offered an assortment of gourmet vegan cuisine. The room was filled with creative food sculptures and friendly chatter as each guest went back for second and third helpings as the food was simply delicious. The notion that the food was beneficial for the body and the environment was the added bonus that made each helping worthwhile.
By the end of the night, many couldn't help speaking with fellow guests about their favorite scenes or the emotional connection they made with its overall theme. Hai's contributions to society have influenced people to convey her message through art which then inspired audience members to give back as well. Her work has caused a never ending cycle of humanitarianism that will prove beneficial to this world's future.
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