A Royal Treat!
Dear friends of W!LD RICE,
The Emperor's New Clothes has won rave reviews from audiences and critics alike - thank you, John Bittleston, for your kind words! It gives me great pleasure to take you behind the scenes of this extraordinary musical extravaganza. In this issue, we interview director Pam Oei, a superwoman who miraculously juggles her directing duties with being a mother, one third of the Dim Sum Dollies, as well as the lead singer of rock band Ugly In The Morning. Thank you, Pam, for inspiring everyone in this production with your vision, and for shining a spotlight on Singapore music and the talented musicians we can proudly call our own!
We also chat with Singapore Idol Sezairi about making his stage debut in a show that requires him to sing, act, dance and play an instrument at the same time. Head into the private quarters of the royal palace to find out more about Lim Kay Siu and Audrey Luo, our Emperor and Empress; and meet three incredibly talented FIRST STAGE! Kids - Anne-Sophie Cazaubon, Nadim Sazwan and Rizq Suhaimi - who give us hope for the future of Singapore theatre!
In the Singapuran Legend of Bukit Merah (the Swordfish Attack), the vain Sultan and his ministers execute Hang Nadim, a young boy, for being too smart for his own good. How serendipitous that, in The Emperor's New Clothes, the little boy who dares speak the truth is played by a boy named 'Nadim'. Its significance is not lost on the Company - and it confirms our belief that there's magic in the theatre!
We hope you enjoy W!LD TIMES!