Dear friends and W!LD RICE Angels,
I’m very excited to share with you everything that’s happening with The Emperor’s New Clothes. As I type, rehearsals for our year-end pantomime are well underway. Our incredibly talented cast is being whipped into shape (gently, lah!) by director Pam Oei.
All musicians will tell you that playing an instrument live, on stage, isn’t as easy as it looks. Beyond playing the correct notes, they have to come in at the perfect time, and find precisely the right tonality and rhythm as they perform. Imagine what it must be like, then, for our actors this year, who will not only act, sing and dance, but will also be playing a host of instruments – from the piano to the angklong!
This issue of W!LD TIMES takes you on a behind-the-scenes tour of this year’s pantomime. We check in with Benjamin Kheng of The Sam Willows, who’s making his pantomime debut this year as a cheeky tailor who teaches the Emperor a lesson about humility. Pantomime veteran Siti Khalijah reflects on her career in the theatre industry, while playwright Joel Tan and composer Julian Wong talk us through the process of crafting a brand-new musical out of Hans Christian Andersen’s timeless tale about the ultimate fashion victim.
In other news, we share highlights of our 1965: Swinging Sexy Singapura RICE BALL. A big thank you to everyone who came in support and to all involved in this vital fundraising effort. Last but not least, if you’re young & W!LD, or know someone who is, please take note of the upcoming auditions for our youth development division.
Enjoy W!LD TIMES, and see you at the theatre!