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W!LD TIMES

|| November 2014 || Issue No. 20

The W!LD West awaits!

Dear friends and W!LD RICE Angels,

Last week, the curtain finally went up on Monkey Goes West, the first homegrown musical to be staged in the newly-refurbished Victoria Theatre. The production opened to wonderful reviews from the likes of The Straits Times and Today, and audience members are raving about it! The show is almost completely sold out, so please hurry and buy tickets if you haven’t done so already.

In this issue, Sebastian Tan shares his insights about directing Monkey Goes West, and Chua Enlai muses about playing the show's unforgettable Iron Lady. We also talk to Happy and Bee Rogers, two sisters who were inspired by a pantomime to choose acting as a career. Being young & W!LD, our youth division extended their skills through a workshop with cutting-edge physical theatre performer and educator Mark Hill.

On a personal note, Tony and I were thrilled to be invited by HM Queen Elizabeth to a State Banquet at Buckingham Palace, held in honour of President and Mrs Tony Tan Keng Yam, and in advance of Singapore's 50th anniversary. It was a great distinction for W!LD RICE, and we’d like to take this opportunity to share some photos of this occasion with you.

Enjoy the weekend. We look forward to welcoming you to the theatre!

My best,
Ivan

Hot Off The Press!

Going West with Sebastian Tan

Sebastian Tan has taken leading roles in no less than four of W!LD RICE's pantomimes. It's about time, then, that he takes the reins for Monkey Goes West. We chat with Sebastian about his childhood affinity for the original Chinese classic and the joy he finds in directing. Read more...

The Iron Lady

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 Princess Iron-Fan in Monkey Goes West.
Read more...

W!LD CHILD (x2):
Happy and Bee Rogers

Meet Happy and Bee Rogers – a pair of sisters who were inspired by a W!LD RICE pantomime to choose acting as a career. Happy, 11, and Bee, 6, joined our FIRST STAGE! programme last year, and are thrilled to be returning for Monkey Goes West. We chat with Happy and Bee about auditioning, rehearsing, and performing onstage. Read more...

In Other News...

More fun than
a barrel of monkeys!

Re-live the magic of our Gala Premiere with us!
Read more...

For Queen and Country

Ivan and Tony had dinner with the Queen!
Read more...

Climbing Up-Hill

Mark Hill imparts different Viewpoints to young & W!LD
Read more...

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