October 30, 2014

Pangdemonium 2015 Season Ticket



The Pangdemonium 2015 Season Ticket promises to be the hottest ticket on the theatre calendar. Enjoy up to 25% savings on all three shows in 2015, priority seating and the flexibility to change your show dates, access to the best seats in the house and an exclusive invitation to the annual VIP Party with the shows’ cast and crew members. Get your Season Ticket and be part of the Pangdemonium family today!

2015 Season Shows
-Circle Mirror Transformation
-Tribes
-Chinglish


For more details: http://pangdemonium.com/season-ticket
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hikaru's note: actually hor, i know the inertia involved in getting these season tickets... what if I can't make it? then it will be wasted right? Well... I just saw this on my facebook newsfeed about running a marathon: the miracle isn't that I finished the race. the miracle is that I had the courage to start one. If you buy the season ticket, i think you'll make the effort to catch the shows. And looking at the line-up of shows next season, I think I will end up watching them individually anyway :) particularly looking forward to David Hwang's Chinglish, read the script a few years back and loved it. If it was well received in angmoh land (where i'm sure some of the subtleties of the Chinese-English miscommunication were lost), it will probably be a better show for those of us who understand Chinese.

October 28, 2014

Circle Mirror Transformation by Pangdemonium


What shenanigans do actors get up to behind the scenes? Let’s take a peek…

Beautiful, disillusioned actress Theresa (Nikki Muller), shy divorcee Shultz (Adrian Pang), moody teenager Lauren (Selma Alkaff), and gregarious, gung-ho James (Daniel Jenkins): four imperfect strangers join an Acting Class run by “earth mother” Marty (Neo Swee Lin)…resulting in epic episodes of comedy, and drama of theatrical proportions.

As the fun & games blur into their private lives, this acting class transforms into much more – role-play gets awkwardly personal, jaw-dropping secrets are revealed, wars are waged, won & lost, hearts are quietly broken, and lives are changed forever…

A hilarious and heartwarming exploration of lost souls in search of themselves, Circle Mirror Transformation was voted one of the top ten plays of 2009 by Time Out and the New Yorker.


http://pangdemonium.com/productions/circle-mirror-transformation

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nhikaru note: there must be something with pangdemonium. why is it that they come up with good shows after good shows (while some other companies have continuous bad streak?!). Anyway, I personally have very high faith in pulitzer prize winning authors. and look at the cast. lovely.

October 25, 2014

Junior Claus by Singapore Repertory Theatre



"I'm Santa's only son. I'm supposed to take over and I don’t even understand how Christmas magic works!"

Junior Claus is the rebellious heir to an immense empire in the North Pole, where elves busily prepare for the biggest day of the year - Christmas. When Santa falls into a deep sleep because the Belief-o-Meter falls to a dangerously low level, Grumpo the greedy elf assumes power as Chief Inventor in Santa’s workshop. After Junior runs away from home, Grumpo attempts to achieve his sinister goal: ruin the Yuletide season forever.

Will Junior return home to save Santa? Can he rekindle the Christmas spirit? Join Junior and his friends, Chipper the elf and Pengy the penguin, as they race against time to bring Christmas back. With upbeat tunes and engaging dialogue, Junior Claus encapsulates the best of the Christmas spirit, making it a festive year-end treat for audiences of all ages!

Fri, 31 Oct - Sun, 14 Dec 2014
Mon - Fri : 10am
Sat & Sun: 11am, 2.30pm

http://www.sistic.com.sg/events/junior1214?cid=highlight-juniorclaus

October 23, 2014

Monkey Goes West!


W!ld Rice's annual cheek-in-tongue production has really become my staple. I look forward to it every year!

W!LD RICE looks East for its 11th holiday musical extravaganza for the whole family! An affectionate and cheeky retelling of the beloved Chinese fantasy classic, Monkey Goes West is an epic thrill ride that will take you from Haw Par Villa to Jurong West - by way of a colourful world filled with mythical monsters and naughty fairies.

When orphan Ah Tang runs away from home after quarrelling with his adoptive family, he finds himself transported to a new, strange land. There, he befriends a trio of fellow travellers: Wukong, the cheeky Monkey King; Pigsy, a brave but always-hungry warrior; and Sandy, a stubborn but loyal river ogre.

Together, the fearless foursome embark on the adventure of a lifetime, one fraught with trials and dangers aplenty. Can they contain the rowdy mischief of the fire-breathing Red Boy? Will they be able to defeat the monstrous shape-shifting King Bull? How in the world will they get their hands on the magic fan of the man-eating Princess Iron Fan? Most importantly, will Ah Tang ever find a place that he can call home, truly?

Written by Alfian Sa'at, with music composed by Elaine Chan, this production marks Broadway Beng Sebastian Tan's directing debut with W!LD RICE.

Packed with catchy songs, hilarious gags, Wushu and magic, Monkey Goes West promises to brighten up your holiday season and keep you and your loved ones laughing well into the New Year. Come and be entertained... and enlightened!

Starring
Chua Enlai as Princess Iron Fan
Siti Khalijah Zainal as Sandy
Lim Kay Siu as King Bull
Joshua Lim as Ah Tang
Frances Lee as Pigsy
Kimberly Chan as Red Boy
and introducing Sugie Phua as Monkey King

The Way We Go Promo Trailer

October 19, 2014

FIREFLY IN THE LIGHT—A NEW MUSICAL

Book by Shayna Toh. Music and Lyrics by Shayna Toh.
Directed by Tabitha Loh.
Firefly In The Light, a new pop musical, tells the story of Wendy, a beautiful and talented teenage school- girl, who knows she is destined for great things. In her shadow, is her childhood "friend", Jake, unassuming and insecure – who (finally) finds his strength in Wendy. Beckoned by the brightness of a future in a city thousands of miles away, Wendy leaves her small hometown to follow her dreams.
A protective mother, her elusive husband in the entertainment business, a shrewd artist manager, amidst adoring friends and fans alike- all wittingly or unwittingly direct the destinies of Wendy and Jake as they search for themselves, love and success, finding themselves treading on similar grounds but taking very different paths, not once but twice in their young lives.
With a collection of freshly minted songs ranging from rambunctious up-tempo pieces to soft ballads, this Musical, to be staged in the historic Chamber of The Arts House, promises the audience an intimate experience with the young, budding cast and musicians as they spin this tale of youthful hopes, discoveries and pain into an ending. 
Shayna Toh, a seventeen-year old Junior College student, has been studying and composing music since she was six. With a love for theatre as well as pop music, she is also an avid writer, having had several stories published since 2008 and in 2013, a children’s book (on urban nature deficit) published. Shayna made her first foray into the theatre scene at eleven, in 2008, when her script “Where Your Dream Takes You” directed by Singapore Repertory Theatre’s (SRT) Director, Michael Corbidge, was performed by actors from SRT and MediaCorp at the DBS Arts Centre.
“Firefly in the Light” is Shayna’s debut full-length pop musical.
Tabitha Loh, twenty-two, was first trained at ten, under The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art Speech and Drama Program. Completing a year under LASALLE’s Performing Arts Foundation Course and a degree in Theatre and Performance, Tabitha has worked on assistant directorships including Peter Handke’s, Kaspar (2011) with director Natalie Hennedige, Fences (2012) an original opera by Dr John Sharpley and Robert Yeo, directed by Chandran K Lingam. She directed M. Lee’s Serangoon Sunset (2012) presented at the APB Drama Schools Festival, Taiwan.

TANGGANG – THE UNFILIAL SON



Presented by A.D.I Concept

A.D.I Concept will be presenting its first main season show, titled, Tanggang – The Unfilial Son is based on a famous Malay folktale that tells the story of a young man in a small fishing village in Singapore, who was turned to stone due to his insolence.


The show was conceptualised with the intention of prolonging the life of Malay folktales against the tide of modernization, in which western cultures and fairy tales are very much preferred.


Tanggang – The Unfilial Son presents deep rooted values and themes from the past that are, as what the Malays would say— “tak lekang dek panas, tak usang dek hujan”, which means that they never get old or outdated. These values remain relevant even to today’s context.

Tanggang – The Unfilial Son features experienced casts, Adi Jamaludin, 32, Nur Khairiyah Ramli, 27, as well as a new comer into the theatre scene, Faizal Masjudi, 27.


Adi, who was last seen in Army Daze: The Musical in 2013, believes that theatre is one of the best way in preserving the Malay culture. He also cited that some of the more memorable folktales are the ones that have been brought to life either on stage or film.


To date, Tanggang has been staged once 20 years ago under the direction of Lut Ali and presented by Teater Ekamatra. It was then brought back to life in 2002 in the form of a dance, presented NUS Ilsa Tari. It has also been adapted into a film in 1961. 


One of the many challenges faced by the three actors was figuring a way to make it appealing to the younger crowds who might not have been exposed to Asian folktales.


To appeal to the younger crowds, the trio have been busy filming several teasers and trailers to be uploaded on the different social media, as part of their marketing campaigns.


The trio are hopeful that the show will strike a chord with the audience, regardless of age, culture or religious background.

The show will run from 13 November to 15 November 2014 and will be staged at The Arts House, Play Den. It will be staged mainly in Malay and English.

https://www.theartshouse.com.sg/Programmes/EventPage.aspx?EventID=3739