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About December Rains

The Cast

Creative Team

Ticketing & Discounts

Sponsorship & Partners

About December Rains

By TOY FACTORY PRODUCTIONS LTD

28 Aug – 6 Sep 2015
The Esplanade Theatre
Introduction

Let the rain caress your fear and hidden insecurities

Let the rain beat upon your expressive yet speechless lips

Let the rain sing you the far too early swan song

This rain will change everything.

A Rain of Stories

In the grandest toast of Toy Factory Productions’ Silver Jubilee celebration in 2015, we are proud to restage the Beau Monde of all Mandarin Musicals, DECEMBER RAINS.

Serenading you with heartrending musical pieces by pivotal figures of Singapore Mandarin Pop – Liang Wern Fook and Singer/ Composer Jimmy Ye. Helmed by award-winning director, Goh Boon Teck, the Musical Director, Elaine Chan, Music Arranger Bang Wen Fu and a dream creative team, DECEMBER RAINS will be a visual and musical wonder that opens and touches every single heart with endless drizzles of emotions. Behold as the clouds roll in this August at Esplanade Theatre!

One unforgettable rain

December Rains is a story weaved by tenderness and hope.

The tumultuous 50s was a time of dreams and changes. Amidst all was a pair of young lovers whose innocent relationship was convoluted by social unrest, a marriage out of convenience, and violent parental disapprovals. The downpour of pain drenched the lonesome schoolmate who lingered, holding on to his unrequited love as he, too, was caught in the whirlpool.

As the rain season continued decades later, past grievances and mistakes surfaced, forcing decisions to be made. One cannot help but wonder if it is a sweet drizzle or a dire storm waiting.

Performance Details
Date : 28 August – 6 September 2015
Show Time : 8pm (Tuesday – Sunday)
3pm (Friday – Sunday)
No performance on Mondays
Duration : 2hr 30min inclusive 20min intermission
Performing Language : Performed in Mandarin with English Surtitles
Venue : The Esplanade Theatre
Ticket Price : $49, $59, $69, $79, $89, $109, $129
Prices do not include SISTIC $4 booking fee
Tickets Available From : SISTIC/(65) 6348 5555/ www.sistic.com.sg
Enquiry Tel : (65) 6222 1526

 

Creative Team
Director Goh Boon Teck
Playwright / Lyricist Liang Wern Fook
Music Composer Jimmy Ye ·Liang Wern Fook
Music Arranger Bang Wen Fu
Musical Director/Vocal Coach/Conductor Elaine Chan
Set Designer Eucien Chia
Lighting Designer Garrido Freire Manuel
Sound Engineer Shah Tahir
Sound Artist Darren Ng
Costume Designer Saksit Pisalasupongs & Phisit Jongnarangsin
(Tube Gallery Bangkok)
 Hair Designer Ashley Lim
 Makeup Artist The Make Up Room

 

Production Team
Executive Producer James Toh · Justin Wong
Production Manger Chan Lee Lee
Stage Manager Petrina Dawn Tan
Sound Operator Sandra Tay
Wardrobe Mistress Theresa Chan
Assistant Stage Manager Phua Yun Yun, Samantha Chia, Tan Xiang Yi
Cast Team
Zhou Ying Xiong Andie Chen
Chen Li Qing Chriz Tong
Zhang Ming Li Sugie Phua
Ah Ling Ann Lek
Wang Mei Abby Lai
Meng Yu Stella Seah
Yang Guang Timothy Wan
Li Qing’s Father Darren Guo
Li Qing’s Mother Shirlene Tia
Ensemble Xavier Kang, Gordon Choy, Lim Jun Jie, Jacky Chew, Wang Danning, Jodi Chan, Yo Chen, Vanessa Phang Wan Qing, Wong Karmen, Sunny Yang Ziyi

 

The Cast
Andie Chen as Zhou Ying Xiong

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Andie first impressed audiences with his dazzling performance at Star Search 2007, where he lived up to expectations and became the overall champion of the contest. The truth is, Andie’s training began at the young age of 11 and he has since fulfilled his childhood dream of becoming a professional entertainer.

Before Andie shot to stardom, he was already cast as season regulars on programmes such as Channel 5’s Heartlanders (season 4), Tiramisu and Channel U’s Ok! No Problem. He is also no stranger to theatre acting, being a member of the Hokkien Huay Kuan Youth Drama Group and Teochew Ba Yi Huay Kuan Youth Drama Club in his teens.

Andie’s convincing portrayal of an opportunistic and wilful son in the iconic drama The Little Nyonya made audiences sit up and notice the young actor. He went on to wow English audiences when he was cast as the male lead in the highly-rated English drama, Fighting Spiders. In 2011, Andie was nominated for Best Supporting Actor at the Star Awards for his role in Precious Babes. His dramatic turn as a scheming police officer seeking revenge in Unriddle, followed by a nerdy geek in Prosperity proved his versatility as an actor.

 

Already a competent host, performer and model since his younger days, Andie is one of the few multi-talented and bilingual artistes in the local entertainment scene. He is also familiar with production work, having graduated with a Diploma in Film, Sound and Video from Ngee Ann Polytechnic.


Chriz Thong as Chen Li Qing

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Chriz’s unique vocals and talent were discovered at the 2005 Rhapsody Singing Contest when she was just a backup vocalist. Later on, she went through a series of professional vocal training classes in pursuit of establishing her own distinctive style of music. In 2007, Chriz released her first album titled Wei En Xazz to showcase her talent with her unique interpretation of lyrics of the modern popular music, and her versatility in singing pop, rock, ballads & R&B styles.

Her first MediaCorp TV drama serial theme song, Kampong Ties, was very well-received and was nominated for Best Theme Song at the 2012 Star Awards. The following year, she sang another theme song Truth, Virtue and Beauty for the drama Don’t Stop Believin, which was once again nominated for Best Theme Song at the 2013 Star Awards. This song went viral and has attracted over 10 million hits since the drama was aired.

Chriz also launched a single titled Coffee Love Song for the drama 96°C Café. As the melody and genre were unique and distinctive, it prompted many to find out more about Chriz and her music. One of the latest drama theme songs, Love at Risk and sub-theme song An Unfinished Love Song were also very well-received. At the 18th Singapore Hit Awards, both Coffee Love Song and Love at Risk were nominated in the Top Downloaded Hits award category.

With her rising popularity, Chriz has also been invited for several TV, radio and media interviews, as well as to perform at events such as the Sundown Festival. In a recent news report, Chriz was also lauded as the “Queen of Theme Song“.


Sugie Phua as Zhang Ming Li

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Young and vibrant Sugie was one of the male finalist for Project SuperStar, Channel U’s mammoth singing contest where he won over the audience.

Sugie’s talent in singing was once again proven when he was among the top 7 in the international singing competition One Million Star. Sugie is not only well-versed in the art of singing, he is also talented in hosting and acting. His hosting career started with Ch U’s lifestyle variety show, SuperFunkies in 2005. His talents are not limited to just singing and hosting as he took on his debut acting role in Happily Ever After alongside actress Joanne Peh in 2006. The following year, he was cast in another role in The Miracles alongside Thomas Ong. His acting capabilities are showcased in Channel U’s blockbuster drama The Illusionist, which also featured Thomas Ong, Quan Yi Feng and MeiXin.


Timothy Wan as Yang Guang

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A graduate from NUS’ Theatre Studies department, Timothy is currently a freelance theatre practitioner. He has always displayed a great love for the arts, and has been actively involved in different art forms such as music making and writing. He finds the greatest joy, however, as an actor on stage.

In a short span of time, Tim has been fortunate to have been involved in productions by a host of different theatre companies. Some of his theatre credits include: Glass Anatomy, and Romeo & Juliet by Toy Factory; Red Riding Hood, The Nightingale, and Junior Claus with Singapore Repertory Theatre; Army Daze, High Class, Firecrackers & Bombshells, and Hansel & Gretel by Glowtape Productions.


Stella Seah as Meng Yu

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Stella recently graduated from LASALLE College of the Arts, Diploma in Contemporary Music.

Though petite with a soft-spoken nature, Stella is quite the opposite when she is on the stage. Her powerful and impressive vocals possess a unique quality that has been commended on many occasions, to be able to “move mountains”. You may say that Stella is the epitome of how good things come in small packages!


Abby L. Kahei as Wang Mei

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Abby was born in Hong Kong and is currently a freelance actress/singer based in Singapore. She has appeared in several theatre, film and TV productions since entering the industry in 2012, including Hello Ling!; a kids’ musical presented by The Esplanade in 2014.

Her onscreen accolades include the Best Actress Award in the FSV Filmmaking Awards 2013, and she also played the lead role in a local feature film entitled, Kopi-O (currently in post-production). In addition, Abby does storytelling performances for children in both English and Mandarin. She was invited to perform at the Penang International Kids Storytelling (PINKS) Festival in 2014 and her tandem storytelling team was also featured by Lianhe Zaobao. Abby has much experience in the local a-cappella scene as a soprano, and also does solo performances at weddings, corporate and dinner functions.


Ann Lek as Ah Ling

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Crazy about singing, Ann enjoys every opportunity she gets to perform and has a voice bigger than her body gives her credit for.

Ann fell in love with musical theatre during her time at the Singapore Management University where she played the roles of Ida in Honk! and Kolokolo Bird in Just So. After graduation, she had the honour of being part of great musicals such as Into The Woods, The Three Little Pigs, The Nightingale and its Mandarin adaptation, 《夜莺》. When she is not busy singing in musicals, she can be found participating in other performances, including this year’s Shakespeare in the Park – The Tempest. December Rains is her first production with Toy Factory and also her first major Mandarin musical.

Off stage, she dabbles in voice acting, hosting, teaching, writing and pet-sitting.


Jacky Chew as Ensemble

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Jacky is a local singer-songwriter who released his debut single 是我不好My Bad in 2013.

Jacky was in the same batch of the V-Singer program; aimed at training singers to be professionals organized by Ocean Butterflies Music, with JJ Lin. Jacky participated in Channel U’s singing competition SuperBand with 2 other members as a band named J3 in 2006 and made it to the top four.

Jacky has penned several theme songs for Mediacorp dramas, as well as for renowned artistes like A-Do. Jacky Chew is currently a collaborating artiste with Ocean Butterflies Music and is looking forward to releasing his debut mini album in May 2015.


Gordon Choy as Ensemble

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Gordon is a skilful performer in many aspects. Besides dancing, singing and acting, he is also a known action actor cum choreographer given his forte in wushu, Chinese Opera, stilt-walking, lion and dragon dance, acrobatic stunts, as well as oriental- stylised drumming.

Formerly an athlete with the Singapore National Wushu Team and an artiste and choreographer of SAF Music and Drama Company, Gordon is currently the artistic consultant and choreographer for Martial House – Singapore’s leading wushu academy which has close to 1000 trainers and trainees. Backstage, he is an established dance-fight choreographer, stunts-coordinator as well as movement coach who has contributed his skills to the local theatre industry. He was last seen this year in Theatre Practice’s Legend Of The Arch as the fight choreographer, stunt coordinator and supporting actor. He is also one of the actors in Nine Years Theatre’s Twelve Angry Men which won Best Ensemble Award in the 2014 Life! Theatre Awards.


Lim Jun Jie as Ensemble

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Jey Jun Jie graduated in Theatre from NAFA.

Jey is one of the founding members of physical theatre group – Theatrestrays. He performed in Fish by Eng Kai Er, Little Riots with young&W!LD, Con$umed with NUS Arts Festival, Rumors with OpenStage, Macbeth with World-In-Theatre and Lower depths with Theatrestrays. He is currently a participant of young&W!LD 2014. When he is not performing, he imparts his knowledge as a speech and drama instructor. Jey is extremely excited and grateful for this opportunity to be a part of December Rains.


Xavier Kang as Ensemble

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Xavier graduated with a Bachelors in Theatre Arts degree from the University of Essex in 2014 with a keen interest in musical theatre.

Xavier enjoys studying the human character and exploring the different styles in situational responses. In developing this interest, he was part of a Performance Research Group ThreatreStrays. He also participated in the exchange between the Performance Research Training Group (Singapore) and Pro Rodopi (Bulgaria) for the Substation’s September Festival 2009

Xavier made his professional debut with Buds Theatre’s production of Going Local as Thomas. He also participated in and entered the finals of a short play competition, Short and Sweet 2008, in which he directed a mandarin play – HELP! Apart from being an actor and director

Xavier enjoys and is eager to share his experience with the younger generation and contribute

to furthering the high standard of Singapore’s acting industry.


Shirlene Tia as Ensemble

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Shirlene headlines regularly in national level shows. Most recently, she opened the Xin Yao Festival 2015 as the lead singer for the Remember medley. She also sang at the 2013 National Day Parade, Chingay 2013 for the theme song Fire in Snow, as well as recorded the theme song Music Box for local movie The Blood Ties.

She adds a new dimension to any performance with her years of experience in dancing, having trained across several genres such as ballet, jazz, cultural, contemporary and even hip-hop!

In April 2014, Shirlene was the anchor lead solo for the song Training to be Soldiers in the Ah Boys to Men musical staged at the grand Resorts World Sentosa. The artiste of choice for any event, Shirlene always delivers a seamless show – from start to finish.


Wang Danning as Ensemble

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A graduate with a Bachelor’s degree in Theatre from Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA), Danning has participated in numerous plays like 8 Femme, Empresses in the Palace, The Storm, Beijing People, Deling and Cixi. Performing and hosting shows for events has always been an important part of her life. This young talent is also a vocal and drama instructor in the well-known Lee Wei Song School of Music.

Though December Rain is her first foray into musicals, she is sure it will definitely not be her last.


Sunny Yang Ziyi as Ensemble

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Sunny graduated with a Diploma in Acting from the Beijing Film Academy (BFA) of China in 2011, as well as a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Theatre from NAFA in 2015.

She was awarded the Lee Foundation Entry Scholarship and Lee Foundation Academic Achievement Scholarship for two consecutive years while pursuing her diploma. She was also awarded the NAFA Entry Scholarship for her Bachelor’s degree.

Sunny has been active in both TV and theatre, appearing in films, TV shows and variety programmes in both China and Singapore. She has also taken part in singing competitions such as The Voice (China) and Project Super Star 2014.

Her acting works include: On The Train of Life (ATEC 2012), Tangyin And Qiuxiang (ATEC 2013), The Taste of Life (Graduation Show), I Have a Date with Spring (2014) by The Spring-Time Group, Beginning of the Great Revival (Film) by China Film Group Corporation.


Vanessa Phang as Ensemble

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As an avid Walt Disney fan from a tender age, Vanessa has been immersing herself in the magic of music, dance and drama since then. She has always steadfastly held on to the belief that the performing arts has the mystical ability to peer into the souls of the audience – communicating beyond words, many a time. Since her graduation from psychology school, Vanessa has been involved in local and overseas musicals like Toy Factory’s Glass Anatomy and Singapore Repertory Theatre’s Three Little Pigs, as well as actively sharing with students through workshops and curriculum teaching.

She has also paid her experience in various genres of dance forward by assisting with the choreography for productions ranging from school concerts to mass displays of up to 1000 for the People’s Association for Chingay 2012-2014 and cultural festivals for Singapore Soka Association. She has also ventured into voice acting and has written and performed theme songs for a number of People’s Association Chingay items. Performing has taught her to dream; and dreams have shown her that winter never fails to turn to spring.


Karmen Wang as Ensemble

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Karmen feels blessed and humbled to be making her professional stage debut in December Rains and is immensely grateful to Toy Factory for this amazing and wonderful opportunity. She is currently a sociology undergraduate at the National University of Singapore. Her fascination and slight obsession with the idiosyncrasies of people and society have fuelled and deepened her love and appreciation for the arts, particularly theatre.

Since young, Karmen has delighted in escaping into the world of films and dramas. When she isn’t overwhelmed by the demanding nature of life itself, she enjoys hanging out in museums, people watching and hunting for the next cup of flat white or kopi-c in the neighbourhood. Besides indulging in the arts by being an active participant and volunteer at local arts events, she also spends her time in church and serving in the church’s arts ministry. Last but not least, Karmen is also a wanderlust stricken soul who is especially enthralled with Chinese and Japanese

culture.


Yo Chen as Ensemble

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Yo has been in the TV industry for over a decade; she clinched the Best Director at the Star Awards 2013 with Unriddle 2 and the Best Digital Fiction/Non-Fiction programme at the Asian Television Awards 2014 with her team for Who Killed The Lead. Yo Chen’s first love, however, is still theatre performing. Freelancing since 2014, December Rains is her second theatre production and she is extremely proud to be part of the cast. She is also grateful to the director for making this possible and this experience memorable. She looks forward to many more performing opportunities to come.

 


Jodi Chan as Ensemble

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Jodi graduated from the University of Exeter, United Kingdom, with a Master of Arts degree in Theatre Practice in 2013. Her affinity with the stage began in secondary school, where she first performed under the guidance of various inspiring teachers and drama instructors. Since then, she has been determined to pursue her passion in theatre and contribute to the local arts scene. December Rains marks Jodi’s first collaboration with Toy Factory and she is delighted to be part of this exciting production.

 


Darren G as Ensemble

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Having graduated from NAFA’s Theatre course, Darren has acted in various productions including P.I.E. And Macbeth. Also, as a bilingual actor, he performed for professional theatre companies including Drama Box, Toy Factory, and I Theatre. During the Singapore Arts Festival 2009 & 2010, Darren performed with international arts groups as part of Arts on the Move, The Agency by The DCP (Belgium) and The Hoodby La Passionata Svironi (Israel) respectively. He was last seen in Esplanade’s Playtime Series – Out of the Box and I Theatre’s Hop & Honk. Other credits include Toy Factory’s Glass Anatomy (Shanghai Tour), People and Under the Dragon Moon; both by Creative Edge, Grimm’s Fairy Tales by I Theatre and Poor Theatre Series by The Theatre Practice.

Creative Team

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Goh Boon Teck  

Director

One of the most prominent creative forces of Asian theatre, Boon Teck is a distinguished Director, Playwright and Production Designer from Singapore. He graduated from the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts with a string of merit awards and was the first recipient of the VISA International Arts Scholarship. He received the prestigious National Arts Council Young Artist award in 2001 and Singapore Youth Award in 2005. The inaugural LIFE! Theatre Awards saw his original work Titoudao, swept 5 out of the 9 awards. He was also later awarded the Best Set Design for Fireface at the 2003 LIFE! Theatre Awards. Boon Teck was commissioned in 2003 by Japan’s Kageboushi Theatre Company to write and direct PRISM, a 6-country collaboration which toured Tokyo, Singapore, Bangkok, Manila, Kuala Lumpur and Jakarta. In year 2007 and 2008, he was appointed as the Creative Director for Singapore’s National Day Parade. He was the Creative Director for Singapore Day 2011 in Shanghai. In 2014, he was awarded Elite Director Award in One Theatre Awards, Shanghai, China.


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Liang Wern Fook

Playwright/Lyricist and Composer 

Dr Liang Wern Fook is a writer, composer, and educator in Chinese literature and Chinese language. He is the Language Director for Xue Er You Language Centre and an Associate Professor (Adjunct) with the Division of Chinese, Nanyang Technological University. Dr Liang holds a PhD in Chinese Studies from Nanyang Technological University (1999) and received gold medal awards both from the National University of Singapore’s Arts and Social Sciences Faculty and the Chinese Studies Department for being the most outstanding graduating student (1988). He was voted “Most Popular Writer” by local students in a poll organized by Lianhe Zaobao (1990) and “Person Who Best Represents the Xinyao Spirit” in a 2003 poll conducted by COMPASS. To date, Dr Liang is the only artist who has received the National Arts Council’s Young Artist Award (Literature, 1992) and the prestigious Cultural Medallion (Music, 2010) across different arts genres. Liang Wern Fook is the only artist who has entries of his name under both “Chinese Literature” and “Chinese Popular Music” sections in the book “Singapore, the Encyclopedia” (2006).He has over ten publications in various genres of literature writing, and has over two hundred songs, two Mandarin Musicals to his name. In the words of the distinguished late dramatist Kuo Pao Kun, Dr Liang’s work “ bridges music and literature in the Singapore’s arts scene”.


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Jimmy Ye

Music Composer

In 1997, Jimmy Ye Liang Jun had the good fortune to collaborate with Liang Wern Fook, James Toh and Alec Tok on December Rains, Singapore’s first all-original Mandarin musical.

He still cannot quite believe it that 18 years later, he’s been given a third chance to revisit this groundbreaking piece of homegrown theatre in Singapore’s 50th year.Jimmy is an award-winning songwriter and singer with 5 solo Mandarin albums to his name. He has written over 200 songs for A-list Asian artistes such as Jacky Cheung, Kit Chan, Andy Lau, Jeff Zhang, Leslie Cheung, Anita Mui and Jolin Tsai. Jimmy’s dream is to have time and energy to write more original musicals for the Asian stage.

Apart from his fulfilling music career, Jimmy also serves as the Head of Creative Experience and Partnerships at the Singapore Management University. Jimmy will be staging his own solo comeback concert at the Esplanade this September and hopes to see all of you there.


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Elaine Chan 

Musical Director

Best known for the LTA jingle Love Your Ride, NDP 2005 theme song Reach Out for the Skies and 2013 One Singapore, this popular theatre composer-arranger-director has garnered songwriting awards in her teens, wrote and directed her 1st full length musical score at 18, toured south of New Zealand, received the Wong Yee Hua Memorial Music Excellence Award, music directed NDP 2013 & 2005 and together with Selena Tan, was nominated in 2011’s Life Theatre Awards for Cinderellah! And most recently, in 2015 Life Theatre Awards for Monkey Goes West!

Her prolific portfolio encompass musical direction, original writing & arrangements for all Dream Academy Productions’ of Dim Sum Dollies, SingDollar, Hossan Leong & Broadway Beng Shows, the 1st Crazy Christmas, Wild Rice’s Pantomimes : Hansel & Gretel, CinderellaH! Jack and the Beansprout!, Aladdin, Snow White, Beauty & the Beast and a musical adaptation of the Bawd’s Romeo and Juliet.

Her varied engagements include theatrical and commercial productions, CD projects, recordings, charity concerts as well as orchestrations for the 2013 National Day Parade, 2010 Singapore Youth Festival Opening Ceremony and vocal arrangements and direction for the 2010 YOG Opening Ceremony.

Her recent music theatre directions include a Shanghai Musical Tour of Toy Factory’s Glass Anatomy & Like! Musical, Dream Academy’s Crazy Christmas Concerts 2012 & 2011, Wild Rice’s La Cage 2012 (Life Theatre Awards 2013 Readers’ Award for Production of the Year), Aladdin 2011, Into the Woods 2011, SingTheatre’s A Singaporean In Paris 2010, 2014 & No Regrets 2011, Toy Factory’s megamusicals December Rain & 881.

She is most happy to be back once again for this restaging of Dec Rain 2015.


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Bang Wenfu

Music Arranger

Classically-trained as a pianist, I began diversifying my portfolio to include music composition, arrangement and production upon graduation.

Now an established musician specializing in theatre, my trademark musical creativity is best featured in Chestnuts, an annual madcap parody show by STAGES. Other notable creative works include Wi!d Rice’s Oi! Sleeping Beauty!!, Jack and the Beansprout, SRT’s Forbidden City – Portrait of an Empress, Much Ado About Nothing, Theatre Practice’s If There’re Seasons, Liao Zhai Rocks, among others. Besides producing music for the pop industry, corporate functions, films and animations, I am also actively working with students to promote musical theatre appreciation. I am the resident musical director of STAGES.


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Manuel Garrido Freire

Lighting Designer

Manuel Garrido was born in Argentina the 23rd of February of 1984. In 2008 while he was studying filmmaking as a Director of Photography he discovered the Stage Lighting and once he graduated, he began collaborating as a stage lighting designer with a renowned Stage Director. This fruitful creative relationship developed multiple productions for the stage such as “Oedipus the King” (Play), “Happy End” (Musical), “La Grande Magia” (Play).

Currently, Manuel Garrido is a lighting designer working internationally on plays, musicals, dance and opera. In 2010 he did the lighting design for his first Opera: Mozart´s “Don Giovanni” and he toured to China as the Technical Director of an Argentinian Ballet Company who performed at The 11th China Shanghai International Arts Festival in the Shanghai Grand Lyric Theatre.

Manuel was nominated for Best Lighting Design in the 2010 ACE Awards for the Italian play “LA GRANDE MAGIA” staged at the San Martin General Theatre in Buenos Aires. This production was also nominated for Best Lighting Design in the 2010 Maria Guerrero Awards and the 2010 World’s Theater Award.

In 2011 he moved to Singapore with his wife and he is currently working at the United World College of South East Asia (UWCSEA-East) as a Lighting Designer for the Drama Department.


Eucien Chia

Set Designer

Eucien is the three-time winner of the Best Set Design at the ST Life! Theatre Awards 2011, 2012, and 2013, for his work on December Rains (Toy Factory), Dealer’s Choice (Pangdemonium), and Company (Dream World Productions).

Eucien’s recent set designs include Fat Pig, Little Voice, Frozen and Spring Awakening for Pangdemonium; and Edges (Derrick Chew). Previous productions include: Shanghai Blues (Toy Factory); Snow White (Wild Rice); Sing To the Dawn (I-Theatre); H is for Hantu (STAGES); and Monster Rock (Universal Studios Singapore).
 
As a full-time Architect, Eucien has designed small projects, sprawling urban masterplans and high rise residences. His event designs include the inaugural National Day Parade at the Marina Bay Floating Platform (2007), and an installation titled disSPACEments commissioned for the Singapore Arts Festival (2008).


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Saksit & Phisit (Tube Gallery Bangkok)

Costume Designer

The edgy and prolific Tube Gallery is made up of two extremely talented and dynamic designers Saksit Pisalasupongs and Phisit Jongnarangsin, who have made waves in the fashion scenes of Bangkok and the region. Tube Gallery is about fun and eclectic designs that remain very accessible and ready-to-wear. They are proud to have showcased their pieces at renowned fashion shows in Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore and most recently in Paris for the Prêt A Porter Autumn/Summer 2009 season. Tube Gallery have also designed for numerous theatrical productions such as Maha Moggallana – A Story of Filial Piety (Toy Factory)

 

Saksit Pisalasupongs graduated with a M.A in Theatre Directing from Middlesex University, London, UK. He obtained a B.A in Personal Management, Public Administration Department and Political Science Faculty at Chulalongkorn University.Tube Gallery was a creation with him and his partner Phisit Jongnarangsin and is a Thai Fashion house that specializes in ‘New Age’ Design with an avangard touch. Inspired by traditional costumes, arts and cultures of different countries and races of the world, mixed with unusual patterns and selected materials, the brand has created a unique design of its own.


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Darren Ng

Sound Artist

Darren has sound designed and composed music for over 150 arts productions over his 16 years career and has received multiple Straits Times Life! Theatre Awards for Best Sound. As a music composer, he is signed to record label Kitchen. Label, going by the pseudonym – sonicbrat, and was invited to perform solo in numerous prestigious international music and arts festivals across Europe and Asia. He has been Associate Sound Artist and Music Composer for The Finger Players since 2004 and is a cofounder of the design collective INDEX. He was conferred the Young Artist Award (music; multi-disciplinary practice) in 2012 by the National Arts Council.

 


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Trev Neo

Choreographer

Many might still remember Trev as Teng Swee Lian from Titoudao earlier this year. Did you know that he is also the youngest theatre choreographer in Singapore history?

In his school days, Trev was akin to a round peg trying its best to fit into an education system made for square ones. He found a source of freedom in the arts and quickly threw himself into the school band, choir and clubs for studio-recorded singing, plus modern, hip-hop, Malay and jazz dance.

Moving on to LASALLE College of the Arts, training in dance and musical theatre, was a natural progression. His infectious passion won him scholarships for programmes with Jitterbugs Swingapore, Ecnad, Singapore Dance Theatre, LA Dance Connection and DanceArts.

Trev started teaching professionally at an early age of seventeen. A year later in 2007, he was invited to choreograph Singapore’s first TV musical series, “School House Rockz”. He has since trained many performers who are now professionals working in the industry.

A few recent and notable productions he has worked on are “Titoudao” by Toy Factory; “Nightingale” and “Rapunzel” by Singapore Repertory Theatre – The Little Company; “Under the Dragon Moon”, “People”, “Grimm’s Fairy Tales” and “Sing to the Dawn” by I Theatre; “Lao Jiu” by Theatre Practice; and “National Broadway Company” by Theatreworks.

When not working on productions, Trev teaches yoga as an accomplished and internationally-accredited yoga instructor.

Ticketing & Discounts

28 August – 6 September 2015

8pm (Tuesday- Sunday)
3pm (Friday – Sunday)
No performance on Mondays

Venue: The Esplanade Theatre

Language: Performed in Mandarin with English Surtitles

Duration: 2hr 30min inclusive 20min intermission

Ticketing
Categories VIP / CAT 1 CAT 2 CAT 3  CAT 4 CAT 5 CAT 6
 Ticket Price
$129
$109
$89
 $79 $59  $49

Prices do not include SISTIC $4 booking fee

Early Bird Booking Discount for Cat 1 & 2 from 27 Apr – 10 May 2015

  • 15% discount minimum of 2 tickets
  • 20% discount minimum of 4 tickets
  • 25% discount minimum of 8 tickets

*Available 28 30 Aug 2015 shows only

 

Call SISTIC hotline: (65)6348 5555 or Visit www.sistic.com.sg

For school or group booking of 20 or above, contact Toy Factory at: (65) 6222 1526.

 

Concessions & Discounts

OCBC
Up to 15% discount with OCBC cards (Cat 1 & 2 from 27 Apr onwards)

PASSION CARD MEMBERS
Up to 10% discount with Passion card (Cat 1 & 2 from 11 May onwards)

50% TOTE BOARD
Eligible for 50% Tote Board Arts Grant Subsidy Applicable for school only

Enter to WIN a necklace (worth $750) from On Cheong Jewellery when you purchase December Rains ticket.
(*Available 1 3 Sep 2015 shows only)

 

Toy Factory Productions Ltd. is a recipient of the National Arts Council’s Major Grant FY2016.

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