Winning families take the stage in Jing'an

Li Qian
Ten performances stood out among the 16 families who had won a place in the finals of the 2021 Chinese and Foreign Families' Drama Contest at the Malan Orchid Theater.
Li Qian
Winning families take the stage in Jingan
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Sun Xiao and his mother staged a heart-wrenching revolutionary story.

Winning families take the stage in Jingan
Li Qian / SHINE

 Sha Mo and her mother from Wenzhou perform Ouju opera, 

Ten families won the finals of the Jing’an’s 2021 Chinese and Foreign Families’ Drama Contest.

Sixteen families from Shanghai and Yangtze River Delta regional cities of Nantong, Wenzhou and Maanshan competed on Monday afternoon at the Malan Orchid Theater.

They performed classic dramas, traditional Chinese operas, and original short sketches that showed daily life, reflected social phenomenon and paid tribute to the 100th anniversary of the Communist Party of China.

Sun Xiao and his mother staged a heart-wrenching revolutionary story.

A young Party member persuaded his mother to sell the family property to support the uprising against the Kuomintang government. The son was arrested, and he wrote a letter to his mother from prison, saying he had no regrets and was sticking to his beliefs. 

Sha Mo, 11, and her mother from Wenzhou performed Ouju opera, a local opera in the Wenzhou dialect that has a history of more than 300 years. It is listed as intangible cultural heritage.

Shao Yindong and his mother presented a short sketch in Shanghai dialect.

Shao played a son too busy at work to spend much time with his elderly mother. One day, he found that his mother confusing the date and mistaking salt for sugar. He realized then that she was suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.

“The story was written based on the experiences of one of my colleagues,” Shao said. “I hope today’s young people don’t get too engrossed in their work. Instead, they should care more about their parents as they get older. Also, we want to raise public awareness of Alzheimer’s.”

The contest, in its second year, required a five-minute creative performance, and more than 1,000 families submitted videos.

"We can feel the love of a family through their performances," said Luo Xin, a local television anchor and one of the show's organizers.

He said the contest combines art and family education, brings family members closer and helps to build a harmonious society.

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