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‘Ehsabha Ghair’ play opens on Eid, aims to promote humanitarian values in a fun and effective way

Ehsabha-GhairKUWAIT: The ‘Ehsabha Ghair’ play opens this Eid Al-Fitr and promises fun, as well as good values, to all its viewers. The play is one of the largest productions and is the first theatrical work produced by Lightbug Media Productions. “The idea of the play is new. It is about three kids who enter the social media world through Instagram, YouTube, Twitter, Facebook and Snapchat and discover that they should use it in a good way.

They also learn that if they have a goal, they have to reach it,” Rehab Al-Medlij, head of the organizing committee of the play, said. “All of the staff worked hard to make this play, the costumes are great and creative, and the lyrics of the songs are educational and teach a lot of values. Even the children worked so hard,” she said.

Medlij noted that 35 children are participating in this play and includes a hyperactive child from the Autism Center. “He is happy and excited. He also worked hard during rehearsals,” she said. Medlij shared that this is her first time to organize a play and that she’s really enjoying it, explaining that since she works as a school principal, she’s addicted to organizing. “I hope to participate in such plays every year and I hope all the schools learn from this play and do the same,” she said.

Yousif Al-Harby, the main actor, who graduated from the Higher Institute of Dramatic Arts, said “I play the King of YouTube who educates the kids about the benefits of YouTube and how they can learn a lot of stuff through it... So YouTube is not only for fun but it can also be useful,” he said. “After passing the King’s tests, every child discovers his talent in reading and handicrafts through the YouTube videos.” Assistant Director Sharifa Al-Omran was glad the idea of ‘Ehsabha Ghair’ was one of a kind: “Most of the plays rewrite stories from America or copy script, and nobody brings new ideas, so this is a unique play happening for the first time in Kuwait.” Omran also praised the children’s performance and also noted their dedication in practicing every single day until 12 am.

Meanwhile, Dr Nainawah Al-Seaileek who is a mother of two of the children who are participating in the play, Elaf, 11, and Atyab, 9, said, “Both kids are acting in lollipop costumes and dancing with Gerga’an people, it is kind of like Halloween thing.” Dr Seaileek explained that what she likes about the play is that it is educational and it is not like the other plays and that it has a diverse set of children of various ages, coming from different nationalities and religions. “The play is teaching my girls how to organize their time and their thoughts,” she said.

Her daughter, Elaf, who was participating for the first time, had chosen to participate because the play is not only about having fun, but it is also educational. “It is not lame and shallow like for example Zombie plays and so on, but we learned a lot of things from the play and I’m going to dance as a lollipop,” she said.

The Director Yea’reb Bo-Rahma was proud to direct ‘Ehsabha Ghair’ with the strength and depth of the play’s script. The script was written in two months by Sherifa Al- Jaber, Manayer Al-Kandri and Hessah Al-Rashdi. The main actors in ‘Ehsabha Ghair’ are Yousef Al-Harbi, Abdulrazaq Al-Shoibi, Wadha Al-Jahim, Sheikha Al-Hindi, Hussain Al-Hadad, Bader Al-Halaq, Hussain Al-Fares, Abdulrahman Al-Enzi, Rania Al-Barhami, and Suliman Al- Marzouq. The play will start on the first day of Eid Al-Fitr and will run for nine days at the Kuwait Center for Autism’s theater located at Block 6, Street Number 3, West Mishref. To book tickets, call 55178127 or visit www.pulseshows.com

By Faten Omar

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This article was published on 12/07/2015