Taiwanese opera in Surrey

Ming Hwa Yan troupe comes to town for its first and only Canadian stop during North American tour.

A scene from Ming Hwa Yuan's opera being staged at the Bell Performing Arts Centre in Surrey on Sunday (Oct. 11).

The name of the show is Once in a Life Time, and for those wishing to see a professional Taiwanese opera in their own backyard, the title may not be far-fetched.

Ming Hwa Yuan Arts and Cultural group is coming to Canada for the first time, performing in Surrey this weekend as the only Canadian performance in a 13-stop North American Tour.

The world-renowned Taiwanese troupe is celebrating 86 years by bringing the traditional art form to the international arena.

The show is comprised of two performances.

The first, entitled Lovebird Spears, is adapted from a humourous and heart-warming tale of an Emperor in disguise who stumbles upon a martial arts competition – and not only wins the contest but the love of a beautiful maiden.

The second performance is called General of the Empire and, with its elaborate battle scenes, spotlights the acting prowess of the performers’ singing and physical stage presence. The castle sieges involving the use of long ladders showcase action sequences from Chinese martial arts and traditional opera.

Once in a Life Time takes place Sunday, Oct. 11 at 7 p.m. at the Bell Performing Arts Centre (6250 144 St.).

There will also be a marketplace with Taiwanese vendors in the lobby from 5-7 p.m.

Tickets are $20-50, available at www.bellperformingartscentre.com or by phoning 604-507-6355.

For more information about the opera troupe, check www.twopera.com/