It was the culmination of weeks of hard work and preparation. The moment had finally arrived for a group of students from R.E.A.L Schools, Cahaya Campus, Shah Alam to dish out a musical of ‘heroic’ proportions; and to wow audiences with their one-of-a-kind interpretation of the legendary comic book superhero, Batman, and his daring escapades.
Dubbed “Batman &Catwoman”, the musical extravaganza was loosely based on the screenplay featuring the two title characters; along with the Caped Crusader’s arch villain, the Penguin, and Batman’s trusted sidekick, Robin ‘The Boy Wonder’.
The two-day musical extravaganza (held on 11 and 12 April 2014) was scripted, directed, produced and choreographed by Ms. Veronica Shepherdson with the support of Cahaya Campus Senior Principal and Business Manager, Ms. Serena Chow. With an average age of just 15, the young but talented cast of student actors and dancers took centre stage with confidence, gusto and even a sense of professionalism that belies their tender age.
The play certainly lived up to its billing of being a musical with a twist, with audiences treated to a unique take on Batman and his fellow protagonists in a manner that has not been seen before. The storyline revolved around the love triangle between Batman, Penguin and the seductive Catwoman (with the feline femme fatale putting her feminine charms to good use). The ‘twist’ was dished out by the fact that it was the Penguin who won Catwoman’s heart in the end, proving that you do not have to be a dashing superhero to get the girl.
The underlying message here was that, it is the heart and what lies within that matter, not one’s exterior or looks. In saying that however, the Penguin made a major change to his overall appearance from a pot-bellied menace to a slim and dapper gentleman in what was a startling transformation. He also turned over a new leaf and ceased his crime-committing ways when he realised that being evil brought no benefits at all. Catwoman saw the good in Penguin and did not give up on him. Eventually, she succeeded in making an honest man out of a villain.
The plot also transported the audience to a myriad of historical-themed settings and ‘locations’ around the world. Those who were watching were also given interesting facts on a particular era as Batman went on a ‘worldwide chase’ to stop the misdeeds of his nemesis. With delightful song and dance numbers perpetuating the play, it was fitting that the musical ended with a song as well – Michael Jackson’s “Heal the World” that was sung by the entire cast and crew along with the audience. The message behind this song was that – in order to make a difference in the world today, we must believe in people and the good that they possess. ‘Batman &Catwoman’ had certainly achieved this, by bringing the best out of all who were involved.
All in all, this live stage production provided everything one could possibly hope for in a musical – music, dance, drama, comedy and even historical facts. With costumes creatively designed and provided by the ALFA College School of Fashion, the success of the entire show was ultimately down to the teamwork and dedication of both the national and international students of R.E.A.L Schools, Cahaya Campus. This upholds the school’s effort in bolstering the ‘One Campus’ concept.