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The Amazing Adventures of the Marvelous Monkey King
The Amazing Adventures of the Marvelous Monkey King

The Confucius Church/Chinese Benevolent Association, with partial funding from the Stockton Arts Commission, created the Red Dragon Youth Theater which culminates with a performance of "The Amazing Adventures of the Marvelous Monkey King" taking place this Saturday, June 21st at 1pm in the newly refurbished Confucius Church annex called Colliver Hall accessible through the Confucius Church located at 212 E. Lafayette Street.  Tickets are $5 for adults, $4 for students and 3 and under are free. 

The play, written by Elizabeth Wong and directed by Val Lee Acoba combines old and new - Chinese Opera and hip-hop music.  The impish Monkey King, after much dancing, battles and heroics triumphs over his adversaries learning about leadership, responsibility, and forgiveness.

Next year’s Red Dragon Youth Theatre program, also funded by a grant from the Stockton Arts Commission, will feature two short plays, "The Chinese Cinderella" and "Ming Lee and the Magic Tree,” on the larger Confucius Hall stage. 

More About Val Lee Acoba -

Val Lee Acoba is a retired SUSD performing arts teacher.  She now teaches youth theater at Delta College Kids College.  “Be A Star Theatre” starts July 14th and ends with a performance of “Beauty and the Beast” on July 26th.  For enrollment call Claudia Mackey at 209-954-5013.

Val’s interest in working with the Chinese Benevolent Association at Confucius Hall is rooted in history.  In the 20’s, a group of Stockton Chinese family clans joined together to protect Chinese interests.  In 1949, the Chinese Benevolent Association built Confucius Hall with each family clan donating money.  Val’s father Thomas Gong Lee was among them. “I think Dad would approve of me using the hall he and his colleagues worked so hard to build.” Hopefully more activities for the public at the Confucius Church will bring attention to South Stockton.

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