2020/9/24  
The show must go on for Thai cabaret in Thailand (2020/09/16)
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    The show must go on for Thai cabaret in Thailand (2020/09/16)

    A Tainan theater that hosts transgender cabaret performers from Thailand has reopened after a dry spell. The seven performers usually rely on tour groups to fund their theater, but with the coronavirus hitting tourism, things looked grim for business. The theater's owners even opened a grocery stall to ease their losses over the tough period. Now, although profits are still low, they've decided that the show must go on.

    Exciting music, fabulous costumes, and sexy moves – the Fengma Theater dancers from Thailand love the limelight.

    Township. Shows have been run by theater owner Chan Jiu-hsing for almost 10 years, and business relies on vacation tour groups. But due to the coronavirus, visitor numbers fell and the business was in peril. Without no shows on the schedule, the performers seemed to have no choice but to return to Thailand. But they begged Chan to find a way to let the show go on. So he and his wife opened a grocery stall.

    Chan Jui-hsing
    Theater owner
    We just got on with it and kept putting one foot in front of the other. When the performances stopped, the two of us decided to sell vegetables if we could, and managed to cover our losses a bit, so they could have a stage and a little income.

    The couple runs their veg stall for 10 hours a day, all while continuing their hostel business and paying for guests’ meals. Tourism has recently started to pick up again, and they decided the theater could reopen for the Seven Fairies’ shows.

    Dancer
    He works so hard. He has to sell produce and find audiences to come to our performances. Thanks boss!

    Dancer
    I’m so happy! When the audience claps and encourages us, swe feel so happy.

    Chan Jui-hsing
    Theater owner
    On average it costs an extra NT$10,000 for one person for one month. There’s also their meals to pay for.

    The theater is running a loss right now, with profits just 10% of their normal range. The vegetable stall will stay open but at least the performers can once more enjoy their time onstage.
    中文 Chinese  
    劇團賠本也要開!「七仙女」回歸藏滿滿洋蔥

    武漢肺炎疫情重創觀光,台南後壁有對經營劇場的老闆夫婦,不忍旗下7名變性藝人沒有工作,淚求不想回泰國,咬牙跨行賣菜來維持劇場運轉。半年過去了,觀光稍微回溫,老闆決定劇場賠本重新開張,讓七仙女重返舞台,換上華麗衣裳閃亮登場!

    動感音樂,頭戴華麗裝飾,隨著歌曲扭腰擺臀,楓傌劇場旗下泰國藝人,展現好舞藝。

    這個劇場,位在台南後壁烏樹林糖廠,有大型的泰國藝人綜藝團,老闆經營劇團快10年了,專門做團客。但因為武漢肺炎,遊客銳減,生意撐不下去,一度要請舞者回泰國,但舞者淚求留下來,老闆夫婦決定賣菜,來維持劇場運轉。

    [[劇場老闆詹瑞興]]
    “邊作邊走、一步一步走。沒有表演時,就兩個人一起加減去賣菜,多多少少彌補,讓她們有一個舞台,也有一份收入。”

    老闆夫婦,決定每天擺攤賣菜10小時苦撐,不但繼續供住宿,每天還發餐費。近來觀光稍微回溫(pick up),老闆決定劇場重新開張,讓七仙女重返舞台。

    [[劇場泰國舞者]]
    “辛苦他了,還要賣菜、還有找客人來看我們表演,謝謝老闆。”

    [[劇場泰國舞者]]
    “非常開心。(客人)掌聲鼓勵,我們聽到就很開心了。”

    [[劇場老闆詹瑞興]]
    “平均的話,一個人一個月,也差不多還有一萬塊左右,另外還有飯錢給她們。”
    雖然至今劇場仍是賠本開張,收入只有全盛時期的一成,老闆決定繼續賣菜維持劇場運轉,而重新站上舞台的泰國藝人,還是相當開心,使出渾身解數跳舞,希望讓觀眾有值回票價的感覺!

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