Since making her musical debut in Monkey Goes West, Frances Lee has wowed audiences with her gorgeous voice. How did she re-discover her love of singing? What does she find most challenging about playing Pigsy? Find out here!
Monkey Goes West marks Darius Tan’s fifth pantomime with W!LD RICE – and the first time he’s playing a man! He chats with us about joining the cast of this hit show and always giving it his all on stage.
Monkey may steal scenes, but it’s Joshua Lim’s Ah Tang who anchors Monkey Goes West with his kindness and big heart. Joshua chats with us about the perils of wearing white and the joys of working with kids.
In his iconic Broadway Beng persona, Sebastian Tan represents the perfect fusion of East and West. He belts a Broadway tune as impressively as he croons a Hokkien gwa. It’s fitting, then, that Sebastian is making his directorial debut with WILD RICE on Monkey Goes West – the first WILD RICE pantomime to look to the East for inspiration. We chat with Sebastian about his childhood affinity for Journey To The West and the joy he finds in directing.
Put Chua Enlai in your show, and you pretty much have an iron-clad guarantee that he’ll have audiences rolling in the aisles. We chat with Enlai about the unique joys and challenges of playing the Dame in a WILD RICE pantomime.
Meet Happy and Bee Rogers – a pair of sisters who were inspired by a W!LD RICE pantomime to become actors themselves. Happy, 11, and Bee, 6, joined our FIRST STAGE programme last year with Jack & The Bean-Sprout!, and are thrilled to be returning for Monkey Goes West. We chat with Happy and Bee about auditioning, rehearsing, and getting onstage.
If you’ve watched even one theatre production in the last twenty years or so, chances are you’d have feasted your eyes on Ashley Lim’s work. A veritable maestro of hair, Ashley has created wigs and headdresses for every single W!LD RICE production since its inception almost fifteen years ago. He chats with us about the joys of working in the theatre industry and the inspiration for his breathtaking designs in Monkey Goes West.
Talk about coming full circle! Kimberly Chan, one of the local theatre scene’s brightest rising stars, made her professional debut as a dancing crab in
Cinderel-lah!, W!LD RICE’s first pantomime. Now, she’s starring as Red Boy in Monkey Goes West. She chats with us about graduating into the limelight and performing in the recent RICE BALL.