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October 2015 || Issue No. 29

Clothes Call

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!

My best,

Hot Off The Press!

Tailor-Made For Success

You may have seen Benjamin Kheng of The Sam Willows sing, act, dance and play an instrument – but, in The Emperor’s New Clothes, he’ll be doing it all at the same time! In this in-depth interview, he tells us about stitching up his role in this year’s pantomime and explains why, despite his growing success as a musician, he will always return to the theatre. Read more...

Minister of Fashion

For her fifth pantomime outing, Siti Khalijah Zainal plays a Minister in the court of W!LD RICE’s The Emperor’s New Clothes. She tells us about what makes this pantomime refreshingly different, what inspired her to become an actor, and her recent tour to Brisbane and New York.

Putting It Together

Singled out by The Straits Times as one of 30 rising stars under 30, Joel Tan made his playwriting debut with W!LD RICE on Family Outing in 2011. After revamping Jack & The Bean-Sprout! in 2013, Joel returns with a brand-new pantomime for this holiday season. He fills in the blanks on The Emperor’s New Clothes, his very stylo-mylo adaptation of a fairy tale that still rings true in Singapore today. Read more...

The Music Man

Don’t take your eyes (or ears) off Julian Wong – this multi-talented musician, composer and musical director is going places! We chat with Julian about coming full circle in his career, from his debut as Pam Oei’s opening act to working with her to create an original score for The Emperor’s New Clothes. Read more...

In Other News...

Welcome to the '60s!

Take a trip back to 1965: Swinging Sexy Singapura with us!

Are you young &

Audition to be a part of the next cohort of our youth development division! Read more...

Seeking volunteers for The Emperor's New Clothes!

Want to help out with front-of-house duties?

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