Thoughts on 13:34, The Musical

Two days after 13:34, I finally feel rested enough to write a post about it. Just goes to show how tired I was 🙂

It’s a good tired, though, the kind which makes you feel that all the effort was worth it.

It was a long journey. There were ups and downs, countless burnt weekends, frayed nerves, and moments where I asked myself: “What am I doing here?” In the end, I told myself I was in this for God – not for me, but for Him.

Rehearsals began sometime late March, and in those early days, some of us were like headless chickens without a clue as to how we fit into the larger picture. Slowly, as the production took shape, it began to make sense. And in the final run-up to the show, when all the cast, dancers, musicians and choir came together to rehearse, what started off as only a vision became something beautiful and moving.

That said, on 10 June, what you witnessed at Hall 1 of the Singapore Expo wasn’t just the work of a couple of hundred people. It was through God’s Grace that the show went on – and quite smoothly too. From what I’ve heard, its message touched many of the people watching. That in itself is testament to His hand.

I feel like I’ve grown a little from this process too. You see, I had signed up really hoping for a singing part, but was asked to dance and RAP instead, neither of which I have any skill or experience in doing. So, extremely far outside my comfort zone, the only thing I could do was to try, and I’m glad I did. Because I realise that even though it takes me a long time to learn a dance move, with practice I’m pretty sure I didn’t stick out like a sore thumb; and I did get the chance to write my own rap, and perform it too. Yes, I was shaky the first few times, but I hope I did a decent job in the end.

I’m lucky to have met so many talented people on this journey, people who have taught me a lot. Not only about singing or dancing, but also about humility, selflessness, and trust in God. Also, it was great fun seeing Catholic priests hamming up with the rest of us. It’s something you don’t get to see very often, I tell you. In the words of “Fr Gerard”, they’re “as human as the next person”.

Yup, that’s about all I have to say. It has been a wonderful journey, and great fun too. “Frankie’s gang”, especially the guys – Peter, Thanakan and Glen – we had some good times 😉

The gang backstage with Mel our dance instructor - Thanks to Ysabel for the picture



  1. Peter · June 12, 2010

    Some? Some?? Hahaha… it was always a good time with you, my man. =)

  2. marcelpereira · June 13, 2010

    Haha! Definitely 🙂

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