《鬧西河》是北管少見的神怪戲，唱腔屬於古路系統，唱唸主要採用官話，本次演出將出演其中的〈三妖鬥寶〉。劇情以宋代外邦單單國派駙馬姜統（銅鐘精所變）入侵中原為背景，宋廷命胡延平家人前去沙河征剿，卻都被姜統俘虜；此時胡延平之子胡仁寶（白鶴精所變）奉命，帶著師父賜的照妖鏡、寶劍、穿楊神箭等三件寶物前去搭救，並在途中遇見表兄高風豹（狗精所變）、魏元龍（貓精所變），三人一起結伴前往。後仁寶聽風豹要與單單國宮主蕭翠英成親，便設計取得風豹的隱身草，先去與宮主相會。三人與姜統鏖戰多時未果，仁寶用照妖鏡得知他乃玉帝前銅鐘所變，故刀槍不入，只能利用穿楊神箭射中咽喉殺之以救出父親，班師回朝後即與宮主翠英成親。 北管戲曲在表演身段較為輕緩，演員著重於利用手眼表達個性，亦能透過眼神來牽引觀眾融入情節起伏。演員透過不同的身、步動作，搭配上刀、槍、扇等道具輔助，以表現開門、上馬、搭船等動作。 本演出由資深北管戲藝師彭繡靜、董盈廷共同指導排練演出，亦特別感謝新竹都城隍廟及竹塹北管劇團多年大力支持。
Pak-koán Theatre ‘A Bizarre Adventure at Xihe’ is a rare script about witchcraft, which consists of melodies from the ‘old style’ and sung in a historical dialect from northern China named ‘koaⁿ-oē’ (official language around 400 years ago). Characters are shown from actors’ hand gestures and eyes, and with props such as sword, fan, table or chair, they perform open door, get on a horse. Our thanks go to senior Pak-koán artists Hsiu-Ching Peng and young artist Ying-Ting Tung’s coaching, but also to the long-term support from Hsinchu Chenghuang Temple and Hsinchu Beiguan Art Troupe.
Today’s performance “Three Wizards and Their Treasures” is a highlight from ‘A Bizarre Adventure at Xihe’, depicting an imagined battle, in which Sung Empire was invaded by Prince of Tantan (an imagined foreign state), Kiang Thóng. Kiang Thóng was actually turned into a human from the spirit of a copper bell, owned by the God Jade Emperor. Sung Emperor sent General Hu and his army for defense, but all were captured by Kiang Thóng. General Hu’s son, Hu Lîn Pǎo, who was actually turned into a human from a white crane, was sent by his wizard master to help, equipped with three magical treasures: a magical mirror, a double-edged sword, and an unfailing arrow. On the way to Xihe, Lîn Pǎo was joined with two cousins, Kao Hong Pǎo and Ûi Iân Lông (turned into a human from a dog and a cat). With the help of yet one more treasure, the stealthy grass which makes the owner invisible, they successfully defeated Kiang Thóng, rescued General Hu, and Lîn Pǎo married the Princess of Tantan.
TNUA School of Music of Traditional Music Department