"Leading Goose of Rural Opera Troupe" Wang Chaoying goes all over the world

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He loves string music very much. He is the leader and soul of the Yue Mo troupe in the village. For decades, he has often led the troupe members to perform for the surrounding people. He is Wang Chaoying from Shishichang Village, Zunhuadian Town, High-tech Zone. He has won honors such as municipal village treasures, and he is also an advanced individual at the municipal and provincial levels.

Wang Chaoying watched and guided the rehearsal at the scene

On the afternoon of March 29th, in the bright spring light, in the Shishichang Village Party and Mass Comprehensive Service Station not far from the east side of National Highway 311 (Xunan Highway), sonorous and powerful instrumental music was heard from time to time, accompanied by heroic or melodious overtones. Singing, people can't help but want to find out. This is the regular practice of the Lime Factory Muyue Molestation Troupe. During the slack season, almost every afternoon and evening, a group of Yuetiao lovers will gather to rehearse the show and carry forward the traditional art of opera.

"The Yue molestation troupe in our village has been around since I was very young, and has a history of nearly a hundred years." Talking about the troupe in the village, 79-year-old Wang Chaoying said with emotion. He had gray hair and a kind face. He said that there are three major types of local operas in Henan: Henan Opera, Qu Opera and Yue Diao. His village has always loved Yue Diao, and he grew up listening to Yue Diao.

"The more flirting, it's easy to listen to, but it's exciting." Wang Chaoying said that he especially liked the more flirting, but his voice was not very good, so he chose to learn to play the strings, and soon became the leader of the village's opera troupe after learning. He has been accompaniment to troupe performances for decades.

At the rehearsal site, accompanied by his wife Gu Xiuling, Wang Chaoying watched the performance of the actors and the band attentively, followed the drummer to beat the beat, saw the highlights, and applauded everyone with a smile on her face.

"He has always been the head string of our troupe, and he pulls the strings very well. He is pulling the main string of the huohu, and I'm pulling the erhu for the supporting string." Talking about Wang Chaoying, the main string of the troupe in the village who is pulling the huo-hu is the main string. Wang Changshan said that a few years ago, after Wang Chaoying was seriously injured, he changed the main string and fell under his guidance.

"It's still very difficult for him to raise his hand now. He can't pull me. I will ask him for advice on anything the troupe has to do. I'm his secretary." Although Wang Chaoying can't play due to physical reasons, in Wang Changshan's eyes, Chaoying has always been the soul of the troupe. He said that under the leadership of Wang Chaoying, the troupe has choreographed more than 20 costume plays for many years. In addition to local performances, the troupe also performed in Nanyang Fangcheng, Luohe Wuyang and other places many times during the most brilliant years. He still leads everyone to perform for the vast number of fans without any payment."

"Laxianzi is not easy to learn. You can't practice it without many years of hard work." Wang Chaoying's family has five or six pendant beards. He said that he officially learned Laxianzi when he was ten years old, and at first followed the old artists in the village. Later, artists from Xiangcheng County, Xuchang often came to the village to communicate, and he got advice from famous experts.

"Master leads the door, and cultivation depends on individuals." Wang Chaoying said that he put a lot of effort into practicing Chu Hu, "the fingers were worn out at that time." Relying on perseverance and persistent pursuit, his performance Level up quickly.

When model operas became popular in the 1960s and 1970s, Wang Chaoying became the head of the village troupe. "At that time, the troupe often performed in various places, and I would play all kinds of modern plays such as "Red Lantern" and "Shajiabang"."

"He especially likes to play musical instruments. As long as there are performances, he doesn't care about anything at home. But I support him very much. He entertains himself and others." Gu Xiuling said.

"He is the most handsome when he devotes himself to playing, and we are proud of him as children." said Wang Hongjun, Wang Hongjun, the third daughter of Wang Chaoying, who loved watching her father play since she was a child.

"I'm 73 years old this year. I played with Brother Chaoying in the 1960s, and no one can do without one," said Zheng Ziwen, a drummer in the village troupe.

Wang Junling, secretary of the party branch of Shishichang Village, said that over the years, Wang Chaoying has contributed a lot to the development of the troupe in the village.

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