Again, Saro 2 To Thrill A Easter
AFTER a successful outing last December at Christmas that spanned six days, producers of Saro 2: The Musical will again present the epic stage production to Lagosians come Easter in yet another electrifying performance of the dance, music and drama showpiece. This was stated in a briefing last during the week at Terra Kulture, Lagos. Saro 2 is returning with its 100-man cast that traces and pays homage to Nigeria’s rich musical history by beautifully rendering some of its greatest hits over the years along with its own ingeniously composed original music.
And as before, the elegant combination of drama, music with the impeccably choreographed dance routines and unforgettably charged performances would be delivered by an attractive cast. Saro 2, according to its Executive Producer and CEO, Terra Kulture, Mrs. Bolanle Austin-Peters is the story of four young people, who in an age-old search for greener pasture, migrate to Lagos with little else but an abundance of hopes and dreams, where they are duly reoriented by the people and experiences they encounter on their journey of self-realisation.
Austen-Peters said the musical theatre is set to push Nigeria’s culture forward, and added that the choice of Lagos is inspired by the place the city represents in the promotion and celebration of arts and culture, and as a convergence point for all Nigerians for fulfillment of cherished dreams.
The staging of Saro 2 Easter edition, she further said, “is due to popular demand. Many, who missed the showpiece during Christmas because they travelled, have asked that we stage it during Easter to give them the opportunity of watching it”.
Ms A’rese Emokpae, grand-daughter of that great artistic personage, who plays the lead female (Rume) in Saro said, “Saro is telling an African story by Africans themselves. It’s not just the story of four boys on a quest for fame and fortune; it’s the story of aspirations. It’s the story of everybody. We keep improving on previous editions. What we have now is something better going forward”.
While observing that the show was a huge success last year, Austin-Peters said beginning from Wednesday, April 1, Saro 2 would be having 13 shows during Easter that would end on April 6.
Also for Austin-Peters, Saro 2 has come to define cultural production in the country with its pacesetting style. Although she’d been approached to take the production abroad, she said she was not in a hurry but waiting for the right moment and that the home audience also needed to be satisfied first, as it was huge and only needed to be properly roused with the right artistic product.
“We’re shattering barriers with Saro,” Austin-Peters stated confidently. “Saro is completely accessible. What makes it different is that every facet of Lagos society is fascinated about Saro. Our focus is on getting it right before we go abroad. We need to capture the home audience before taking it abroad. In Saro we’re growing a crop of people who are experts and also deep in what they are doing.”
She also disclosed that going forward there would be a new play that would be premiered every Yuletide, which would be re-staged during Easter. This, she said, was a way of pushing forward Nigeria’s cultural space.
Lead male, Patrick Diabuah and GM, Terra Kulture, Mr. Joseph Omoibom, were also part of the briefing.
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