Red Cliff, a NCPA original Peking Opera, has been performed four rounds since its debut at the end of 2008, attracting more than 80,000 audiences in all. Statistics show that the average attendance of each performance is 95%. It was also filmed into a stage art documentary in April 2010, which had been released in May. To further popularize the quintessence of Chinese culture, nurture young Peking Opera players and enrich children's vacation life, the NCPA and Beijing Peking Opera Theatre jointly hold the First NCPA Children's Peking Opera Red Cliff Summer Camp .
On August 2, the NCPA Children's Peking Opera Red Cliff Summer Camp was held at the Multi-functional Theatre in NCPA. Camp members will perform the Red Cliff from August 27 to 29 on NCPA's stage. The 21 children in the leading role group are all selected rigorously from the whole country via rounds of interviews. Zhuge Liang is played by Tao Yang, Tang Da and Zhang Jiyuan respectively, Cao Cao by Li Zelin, Gong Zhengyang and Lu Xiang respectively, Zhou Yu by Liu Shuoyu, and Xiao Qiao by Yuan Jiayi and Ma Yangyi. Besides, there're a dance group of 20 members, a martial arts group of 10 members and a basic performance group of 60 members for the show. Notably, the eldest child is 12 years old, whereas the youngest one is eight. And the average age of all children is only 10.
While the plots are the same as the adults' version, composer Zhu Shaoyu made lots of technical changes to the music in the children's version. This Peking Opera is to be performed for three rounds in August and for audience of all ages who are looking forward to appreciating the charm and glory of our national treasure. The magnificent stage landscape of the adults' version Red Cliff leaves deep impression in audiences' mind. Though the stage is scaled down and classic scenes will also be altered for the convenience of children, the stage designer and supervisor Gao Guangjian said, "it will be even more stunning".