The new Illumanorah show by PAKA is shining bright into the night.
After 3 years of rigorous planning and marketing, the PAKA Showpark has finally opened its doors with the first breathtaking performance this past March titled ‘The Illumanorah.” The theatre is outfitted with hundreds of multi-colored lights, fog machines, lasers and a number of other visual effect tools making it a truly amazing show to witness.
Located on Pekasam road (about 30 minutes from downtown Ao Nang), it is easily accessible by motorbike or car, but if you feel like taking full advantage of the PAKA Showpark amenities, you may call the operator at: 095-095-5650 to arrange a free van trip.
The Illumanorah show is not all there is to keep you and your family busy at the PAKA Showpark. There is also a shopping area featuring both locally made unique handicrafts as well as a variety of goods imported from Bangkok. There is also a full buffet offering a number of traditional Thai dishes, drinks and desserts.
The performers you see prancing, jumping and twirling through the air are all from Krabi, but without a true performing arts theatre or school, there are few options for this group to learn and develop their skills as performing artists. The PAKA Showpark enlisted a team of choreographers from Bangkok to train the more than 30 performers.
The Illumanorah features a range of acrobatics and visual arts and over 30 cast members. It tells the story of a young girl as she ventures to the south of Thailand. During her travels, she meets a group of locals, who give her a magical crown or “Manohra.” Once she dons the crown, she is whisked into a magical world inspired by her imagination. On this new (inner) adventure, she is introduced to the god of the ocean called the Naga. While with the Naga she meets hundreds of Tiger fish, sea flowers, giant jellyfish, and glowing sea insects which interact with her Manohra, illuminating it and brightening the stage. After her adventure with the ocean and all its beauty, she closes her eyes and is transported to the Himmapan forest, rich in wildlife and mystery.
On this new (inner) adventure she is introduced to the god of the ocean called the Naga. While with the Naga she is introduced to hundred of Tiger fish, sea flowers, giant jellyfish, glowing sea insects which interact with her Manohra illuminating it and brightening the stage. After her adventure with the ocean and all it’s beauty she closes her eyes and is transformed yet again to the Himmapan forest, rich in wildlife and mystery.
In the Himmapan forest, she is surrounded by wild deer, butterflies, birds, and other forest
Creatures, all of whom seem to have a sort of reverence for her Manohra, and treat her as the queen of the forest. And so enter the antagonists, a group a hunters who see her infinite beauty and the beauty of the creatures worshiping her, and who decide to capture her and the wondrous forest creatures. They do this with a fervent intensity and cruelty.
Hunting the last of the forest creatures, they capturing it with ropes and chains. The once beautiful Himmapan forest is then distorted into a desperate and desolate place.
However, rescue is on its way! The Naga (God of the ocean and protector of the land) seeing there to be a gap in the perfect work of the imagination, sets forth to stop the hunters and free the many creatures of Himmapan forest. And so the battle ensues! After an intense fight, the Naga is victorious and the hunters are banished from the forest. The Land is then freed from evil, the girl and fantastical creatures are set free, the girl returns her Manohra, and sent back into the world where she was born.
From her experience, she realizes that the Manohra is a sacred piece of the local culture where she visited and should remain there despite its supernatural powers. She then continues her journey as a tourist. The story that is told during the show is a true and accurate one. Not only is it a fantastic performance given by the many talented cast member, it has a message that can be taken to heart.
The PAKA Showpark was built in 2015 but the planning for such a performance has been underway for the past 3 years. But that is not all…
What you see at a PAKA SHOWPARK is only the beginning of what is to come. There are big plans for the future such as a large outdoor amphitheater, and an even larger outdoor shopping area. So take in the greatness that The PAKA Showpark has to offer but brace yourself for what is to come. It will truly be an experience to remember.
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