Christmas Magic in Taiwan

26 November, 2013 to 27 November, 2013

Instead of the sights and sounds you hear at a sporting event, Taipei's National University Sports Centre has been filled over the past two days with a very different soundscape - the sounds of an illusion-theatre spectacle that is unmistakably... Christmas Magic.

For the past 48 hours, Lawrence and Priscilla Khong and Team Gateway comprising of technical crew, production staff and dancers have been throwing their full weight behind setting up and rehearsing to bring Christmas Magic to the people of Taiwan. As with all of Gateway Entertainment's productions, the stagecraft and illusion is anything but simple, and mounting a full elaborate production such as Christmas Magic from the ground up is a daunting task - especially if it's held in a giant empty hall.

The NT$1.1 billion sports centre is Taipei's first official sports stadium that has a seating capacity of over 4,000. This three-storey glass-domed structure is a major venue for large-scale sports activities in Taipei, seven basketball courts, seven volleyball courts and even a golf driving range.

As you can therefore well imagine, setting up and creating the right lighting, acoustics and stagecraft for the production in this environment was challenging. Besides building the world of Christmas Magic in a large empty hall, the production team also had to manage and modify the acoustics of a large indoor stadium to suit the production's stringent and diverse technical specifications. Communicating these requirements to the team's Taiwanese counterparts also had to be precise and detailed as this was the first time such an elaborate production has ever been staged at the Centre. Handling such a task did not daunt our Taiwanese friends who fully gave their hearts, minds and hands to ensure all the stage and technical details were running flawlessly.

Rehearsals continue in full swing, and although the team ended at 2.00am last night, everyone left the Centre with a sense of anticipation and excitement as the opening night of Christmas Magic drew yet another day closer.