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The Great Wall: One woman's journey is an intense, unforgettable love story that is set to thrill audiences both young and old.

Captivating and profoundly moving, a gripping tale of love and courage is intricately woven against an epic backdrop of imperial China, where, in the face of insurmountable odds, a young woman does not yield to her fate. What unfolds is an exquisite display of a woman's resolve as she stands alone against the ultimate symbol of unbridled hubris and power.

This spectacular stage adaptation transforms Meng Jiang Nü's epic tale into a soaring musical odyssey, where raw emotions are laid bare in a dazzling display of vocal showmanship as the characters come to life in a beautiful contemporary setting detailed with traditional design influences.

Come and bear witness to Meng Jiang Nü’s immortal tale and revel in the life of the brave everywoman who stood between an Emperor and his imposing wall, all while celebrating the capacity for love and the strength of the human spirit.

NO WALL TOO TALL
NO JOURNEY TOO LONG
WITNESS THE LOVE & COURAGE OF MENG JIANG NÜ

The story of Meng Jiang Nü

The legend of Meng Jiang Nü (孟姜女) is one of China's Four Great Folktales and has seen many variations, with later versions being set in the Qin dynasty, though it was not until the research of noted historian Gu Jie Gang (顾颉刚) in the 1920s that cemented its status as a premier Chinese folktale.

The legend's history can be traced back to an incident narrated in the Zuo Zhuan (左傳), which had been embellished with numerous details over the following centuries, until the tale of the virtuous wife of Qi Liang (杞梁) achieved its canonical version in Liu Xiang's (劉向) Biographies of Exemplary Women (Lienü Zhuan, 烈女傳 ).

Since then, the legend of Meng Jiang Nü has evolved from sparse vernacular literature into an essential part of the rich fabric of cultural traditions surrounding the Great Wall of China, and in some cases, a part of the myth of the First Emperor of China, Emperor Qin.

It is also likely due to the widespread popularity of the legend of Meng Jiang Nü that until the early 20th century, the Great Wall was viewed by some as a symbol of despotism and cruelty, especially to women.

By that time, the evergreen legend had already found new life in emerging media formats and had steadily made its way into regional dramas and songs, with the earliest film of the story being a 1926 film starring the era's most famous actress, Hu Die (胡蝶).

Aaron Avshalomov, a Russian émigré composer who came from the United States to Shanghai, also used the legend as the basis for his opera, The Great Wall, which was produced in November 1945, making it the first Western-style opera in Chinese.

Post-World War 2, the legend of Meng Jiang Nü has continued to grow in influence, sporadically lending inspiration to a number of motion pictures produced for Asian audiences, including a 1970 Taiwanese feature film.

References

—— (1994). "Historical Scepticism in the New Culture Era: Gu Jiegang and the 'Debate on Ancient History'" (PDF). 近代中國史研究通訊 Jìndài Zhōngguó Shǐ Yánjiū Tōngxùn. 23: 355–388.

Doar, Bruce G. (2006). "The Rehabilitation–and Appropriation–of Great Wall Mythology". China Heritage Quarterly. 7. Retrieved September 30, 2014.

Idema, Wilt L. (2008). Meng Jiangnü Brings Down the Great Wall: Ten Versions of a Chinese Legend. Seattle: University of Washington Press.

—— (2012). "Old Tales for New Times: Some Comments on the Cultural Translation of China's Four Great Folktales in the Twentieth Century 二十世紀中國四大民 間故事的文化翻譯" (PDF). Taiwan Journal of East Asian Studies. 9 (1): 25–46.

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Carolene Liew

Stage Manager

Carolene received a BA (Hons) in Stage Management from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, United Kingdom. She is a recipient of the National Arts Council Overseas Scholarship and the Lee Foundation Bursary.

Her theatre credits include, The Passion (National Theatre of Wales), The Face In the Mirror (Welsh National Opera), I Saw Myself (Lurking Truth Theatre), Swimming with Sharks; Next to Normal; Gruesome Playground Injuries; Frozen; Chinglish; RENT (Pangdemonium! Theatre Company Ltd), Othello; The Merchant of Venice; The Tempest (Singapore Repertory Theatre); Company – The Musical; Crazy Christmas 2013 (Dream Academy Productions Pte Ltd), Madama Butterfly (Singapore Lyric Opera), Give Me Your Blood and I Will Give You My Freedom; Martha @1963 Interview; Peter Pan (Singapore International Festival of the Arts); This Chord and Others (Esplanade Theatres on the Bay).

She is grateful to God and would like to thank her family and friends for being so supportive of the path she has chosen to take.

Marc Andre Therrien

Technical Director

Reaching Singapore shores with Cirque du Soleil, as technical director for Asia Pacific Division, he has since work for major events such as NDP (2004-2005-2016) and SEA Games 2015, and built many of the major sets done in Singapore in the last 15 years from Beauty World to most of the SRT Shakespeare in the Park series and many others and contributed to the building of some ride sceneries in Universal Studios, to name but a few.

In Montreal, his home town, besides opening the first Cirque du Soleil scenery shop and taking Cirque in its first European adventure, he has work repeatedly as technical director or production manager for Just for Laughs Festival TV galas, International Dance Festival, and numerous other Festivals and theatre shows.

He now runs his own scenic painting business with his wife Natalie Chung, L’Atelier Scenic Studio.

Grace Low

Producer

Grace has worked in Singapore’s theatre industry since 1998, focusing on stage and production management of plays and musicals in the last decade. This culminated into a strong desire to see the growth of the industry by engaging in work which aims to deliver a sustainable platform for the development of local theatre content, talent and audience. Grace has thus dedicated the next phase of her theatre career to the creation of new musicals and plays, and dreams of producing Singapore’s equivalent of Les Miserables. Grace is interested in cross cultural exchanges and the resulting synergy, and strives to create a collaborative environment for local talents and overseas partners to work together and benefit one another.

Grace’s management credits include: Singapore Repertory Theatre’s Twist of Fate, Man of Letters, Avenue Q, Fried Rice Paradise, Boom, Shakespeare-in-the-Park – Macbeth, The Bridge Project, The Jungle Book and Pinocchio The Musical; Action Theatre’s The Admiral’s Odyssey; Pangdemonium Productions’ Spring Awakening; Singapore Lyric Opera’s The Marriage of Figaro; TheatreWorks’ Lear Dreaming, National Broadway Company, produced to celebrate the Esplanade’s 10th Anniversary; and Ong Keng Sen’s The Incredible Adventures of Border Crossers for the Singapore International Festival of Arts 2015 & Singapore en France – le festival. Grace was also the Festival Producer for the National Gallery Singapore’s official opening arts festival in 2015.

The Make Up Room

Makeup Designer

Bobbie Ng and Low Jyue Huey, have been passionately involved in makeup for the past 17 years.  They believe in Beauty, and believe in a space that appreciates and respects your Beauty, and The Make Up Room was started with this belief.

The Make Up Room has been involved in local theatre productions for the past 13 years, and their backstage involvement includes The Theatre Practice’s LiaoZhai Rocks (2016), W!LD RICE’s Hotel and Monkey Goes West, Dream Academy’s Broadway Beng, SRT’s Shakespeare in the Park Romeo & Juliet, The Finger Players’ The Flying Dutchman, as well as NDP 2016 and various shows at Singapore International Festival of Arts 2016.

Apart from theatre, their makeup artistry expands to blissful brides on wedding bell days as well as an academy where they share their skills and knowledge to women who wants to look good and aspiring makeup artists who are keen to learn this art form.

In small and big ways, The Make Up Room never cease to grow and develop their artistry.

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Ashley Lim

Hair Designer

Ashley started his hairstyling career in 1986 and set up Ashley Salon in 1999 in order to pursue his dedication towards the art of hairdressing, especially in theatre productions. His first theatrical work started in 1987 and has since worked on more than 300 productions of local and international standards. Many of these productions were participants of festivals, some of which became nominees and/or winners of various art awards.

Ashley has gained a wide range and depth of experience working with all the leading professional theatre companies of Singapore. He has had the opportunity to create hair designs from diverse cultures and periods. His skill is extensive, the result of more than three decades of hairdressing experience. He is privileged to be widely recognised by the local theatre community as a veteran in his artistry.

Ashley’s most memorable creation were his headpieces for Forbidden City – Portrait of an Empress (Singapore Repertory Theatre), as well as the recent Monkey Goes West (W!LD RICE), which won L!FE Theatre Awards 2015 “Production of the Year”.

Yvette Ng

Associate Costume Designer

Yvette has had years of theatre experience, working in both Singapore and Internationally.

Her expertise includes styling/designing for period and contemporary theatrical productions, ad campaigns, photo shoots, stock photography and most recently bridal wears. She also does costumes coordination and wardrobe management.

When she is not busy working on her next project, Yvette can be often found practicing crotchet, cooking, or found in fabric stores near and far; actively sourcing and gaining ideas and inspiration.

Li Ruoxuan

Costume Designer

Ruoxuan Li is a costume designer for both stage and screen performances currently based in LA. She started her career as an assistant costume designer and sketch artist in China after graduated from Wimbledon College of Art, University of the Arts London with a BA in Costume Design.

Her love and passion for costume then brought her to LA. She recently received an MFA in Costume Design for Entertainment Media from UCLA. She is also the recipient of Swarovski Shooting Star Award for Excellence in Costume Design 2014, and the winner of Timken Museum: The Art of Fashion 2016. Her design aims to tell the story with the language of costume, and she believes that character matters the most in costume design.

Notable Design Credits including: The Snow Geese (ISC West Coast Premiere 2017), Judgement At Nuremberg (LA Theater Work 2016), Turn Of The Screw (DC Public Opera 2016), Distant Vision (Francis Ford Coppola Live Cinema Production 2016), Spring Awakening (Noho Arts Center 2015), Perfect Couple (Chinese TV Series 2014), Circuit (Iris Theater UK 2011).

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Mike Walker

Sound Designer

Mike Walker trained at Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

Mike has sound designed for the National Theatre (London): 3 WintersChewing Gum Dreams, Home, HymnSt Matthew PassionMajor BarbaraCaroline or Change and Jerry Springer – The Opera, for which he won Best Sound Design at the Oliveir Awards.

Mike has also designed for Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre: Crazy for YouBeggar’s OperaLord of the FliesInto The WoodsHello, Dolly!Gigi; and for other theatres in the UK: The Three MusketeersStop Dreamin’Peter PanAspects of LoveAmadeus, Time’s Up!

In the West End, Mike’s sound design credits include: The Resistible Rise of Arturo UiCrazy for YouThe Fantasticks!Latin FeverEurobeat (Almost Eurovision)Saucy Jack and the Space VixensBat Boy- The MusicalSongs My Mother Taught MeJus’ Like ThatThe Full MontyThe Graduate.

In Singapore Mike has designed a wide range of musicals and outdoor performances including: OthelloTwelfth NightMacbethMuch Ado About NothingAvenue QMidsummer Night’s DreamCabaretMy Fair LadyForbidden CityHonk!Chang and EngThey’re Playing Our SongM ButterflyArt, A Twist of FateHamletSing To The DawnLittle Shop of HorrorsNoye’s FluddeKampong AmberDeath of a Salesman and Into The Woods.

Suven Chan

Lighting Designer

Suven graduated from the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (School of Technical Arts) and Hong Kong Baptist University (Major in English Language and Literature).

Suven started to focus on lighting design in year 2000 after working as Production Manager and Stage Manager for various companies. Since then, she designed lighting for most of the theatre and dance companies in Singapore.

Currently Suven is lecturing part time with Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts and Ngee Ann Polytechnic.

This is the second time working with Glowtape Productions. She is honoured to work with a team of great passion for the theatre.

Leo Yuen Hon Wai

Set Designer

Leo Yuen Hon Wai graduated from the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (HKAPA), majoring in Set and Costume Design. He received the Best Costume Design Award from the Hong Kong Drama Awards for his design in The Good Person of Szechwan. Yuen has focused on designing for theatre and performing arts for more than a decade, with about 100 set designs for various arts performances including dance, dramas, musicals and concerts. Yuen is also a freelance theatre artist and theatre photographer.

He has been engaged by professional theatre companies and theatre publications to work on production still photos and promotional media. His photography works have been featured in Taiwan and Japan. He is also a theatre educator, part time lecturer and became Artist-in-Residence of HKAPA in 2015 (Design).

In 2010, his first photo book Black List was published with an exhibition held to pay tribute to theatre technicians in Hong Kong. Yuen was nominated 4 times of Best Stage Effect from The Hong Kong Theatre Libre Awards and once Best Stage Effect from Hong Kong Dance Awards.

This year Yuen received Best Set Design Award from Hong Kong Drama Awards for his design in The Golden Dragon.

Ix Wong

Choreographer

Wong Thien Pau, a scholar with the HKAPA (1995-1997), danced professionally with the City Contemporary Dance Company(HK) (1997-2000).

In 2000, Ix relocated to Singapore to join the Arts Fission Company as a Rehearsal Director and dancer. He co-choreographed Imagine Forest with Angela Liong for the Singapore Arts Festival 2001, a site-specific dance collaboration with the TANG QUARTET.

Ix found AHPY with his partner Aaron Khek and since has been producing, choreographing works that the duo creates together. AHPY has successfully presented Excessive Space . Constricted Space – commissioned by the Esplanade for the grand opening festival at the Waterfront (2002), Sheng Bei – Opening of Huayi festival at the Forecourt (2003), Whispering Cities I – IV – Esplanade Outdoor theatre series (2003), L+R – AHPY Inaugural performance (2004), BIG DADDY SAYS… – commissioned by the Arts House at the old parliament (2004), opening festival PENG YU commissioned by the Singapore Arts Festival (2004), TEA.MOVES – AHPY 2005 Main season at the Esplanade, Formidables – AHPY 2008 Arts House Toured Berlin (Hebbel Theatre Nov 2004 –  Asia Euro Dance Forum), collaborated with Taipei Cross over Dance Company in Jan 2005, created original choreography for musicals – Admiral’s Odyssey (Action Theatre), and created more original choreography for W!LD RICE’s Beauty World (2008) and The House of Bernarda Alba (2014).  Ix was commissioned by the Kuala Lumpur Kakiseni Arts Festival in 2013 to present RED DUST.WHITE PAPER.

In 2014, Theatre and film director Glen Goei and Cinematographer Christopher Doyle collaborated and made a dance film with Ix and his partner titled Always Together, Forever Apart.  Ix was part of the original cast of Boys Story touring with the Unlock Dance Plaza (HK) to KL, HK and Taiwan.  Ix choreographic journey and technical rigor shaped the fundamental of movement work for AHPY, both him and his partner has moved on to explore improved structures and methods to create and produce dance.  The pair rebooted AHPY in early 2017 and presented two sold out performances of SKIN TIGHT, commissioned by M1 Fringe Festival.

Aaron Khek

Choreographer

Khek Ah Hock Aaron, choreographer, dancer, creative director. Ah Hock was a scholar from the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (1997-2000), an Outreach Director with the Singapore Dance Theatre (2002-2004), commit a short stint with The Arts Fission Company (2000-2002) and the co-founder of AH HOCK and PENG YU (AHPY) with his long time partner Ix Wong.

Ah Hock works with Singapore Repertory Theatre, The Action Theatre, W!LD RICE, The Necessary Stage and the Young Peoples Performing Arts Ensemble. He taught in both Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts and LASALLE College of the Arts (2000-2009). AHPY under the helm of Ah Hock and Ix Wong presented many choreographic works commissioned by Singapore International Arts Festival, Esplanade Theatres by the Bay, The Arts House and most recently by M1 Fringe Festival 2017.

In 2009, Ah Hock was appointed the Creative Director for The Night Festival by the National Museum (2009), The Heritage Festival (2009 and 2010). He was the Chief Choreographer for National Day Parade 2009 with Director Ivan Heng, and went on to create the Inaugural Youth Olympic Opening and Closing Ceremonies with the same creative team. Ah Hock was the recipient of the Singapore Young Artist Award (2005) and his entry of the Smiling Tiger under the platform of CINEMOVEMENT won the 2015 Jumping Frames (HK) Festival for the 1 min Dance Film Competition.

Joanne Ho

Music Director

Joanne is the first Singaporean to graduate from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland with an MA in Music Directing. She was nominated for Best Musical Direction in Broadway World’s West End Awards and is currently an Associate Artist with the Singapore Repertory Theatre.

Recent music directing credits include The LKY Musical (Metropolitan Productions), Spring Awakening (LASALLE), Peter Rabbit, Three Little Pigs, Treasure Island, Three Billy Goats Gruff, Junior Claus (SRT’s Little Company), The Addams Family (Edinburgh Fringe), Nine (RCS), Songs for a New World (Theatre Lab Productions) and Triple Threats (Pangdemonium). Upcoming projects include the Singapore premiere of Fun Home (Pangdemonium).

Other selected theatre credits include Wicked, La Vie En Rose, Aida, Company, Cabaret, A Chorus Line and Legally Blonde. Joanne currently teaches Musical Theatre at LASALLE College of the Arts and has also trained performers at Universal Studios Singapore, NUS, SOTA and Stamford American School.

David Shrubsole

Composer & Lyricist

Compositions include My Country, Table, The Enchantment (National Theatre, London) National Gallery Singapore Opening Festival, The Crucible (West Yorkshire Playhouse), The Diary Of Anne Frank (York, Theatre Royal), Macbeth (Singapore Repertory Theatre), The Dark Side of Buffoon (Coventry & Lyric Hammersmith), Traveling Light (59E59, New York – Drama Desk nomination), Kes (Liverpool Playhouse) Much Ado About Nothing, Romeo & Juliet (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre), Hay Fever (Chichester Festival Theatre), Gaslight (Old Vic, London), Total Eclipse (Menier Chocolate Factory), Troilus and Cressida  (Chicago Shakespeare Theater), French Without Tears (English Touring Theatre), Hobson’s Choice (Watermill, Newbury), Epitaph for George Dillon (Comedy Theatre, London), Of Mice And Men (Mercury Theatre, Colchester), A Streetcar Named Desire (Clwyd Theatr Cymru) and Unless (Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough).

As an orchestrator/arranger his credits include The Wind in the Willow (UK tour and Palladium), wonder.land (Manchester International Festival), Porgy & Bess, Hello Dolly (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre), Sweeney Todd, Annie (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Ramin (Concert tour), I Love You, You’re Perfect Now Change (Singapore Drama Centre), Peter Pan (Birmingham Repertory Theatre), Aspects Of Love (UK tour, South Africa), The Three Musketeers (Rose Theatre, Kingston, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre), Assassins, Ain’t Misbehavin’, A Chorus Line and High Society (Crucible, Sheffield), Annie Get Your Gun (National Tour), A Twist Of Fate (Singapore Repertory Theatre & Album), and Take Me To The World & A Changing World (Albums).

Musical Direction credits include: American Psycho (Almeida, Broadway), London Road (National Theatre & Cuba pictures Feature Film), Matthew Bourne’s Dorian Gray (Edinburgh International Festival and World Tour), The Threepenny Opera (also co-lyricist), The Magistrate, Major Barbara, The Alchemist (NT), Just So (Chichester Festival Theatre & Album), Ragtime (Piccadilly, London), Miss Saigon (National Tour), My Fair Lady (NT and Theatre Royal, Drury Lane), Martin Guerre (West Yorkshire Playhouse, National Tour & Album), Master Class (Queens, London), Chess (National Tour, Oslo) and Carmen Jones (European Tour).

Jean Tay

Playwright

Jean Tay graduated in 1997 with a double-degree in creative writing and economics from Brown University, USA.  Plays produced include The Shape of a Bird, It Won’t Be Too Long: The Cemetery – Dusk, Senang, Sisters, Boom, Everything but the Brain, Plunge, The Knot and Water from the Well.  Jean has also written the books for the musicals The Admiral’s Odyssey, the NUS Centennial musical Man of Letters, and a children’s musical Pinocchio.  Jean’s plays have been performed in Singapore, the US, the UK, and Italy.  She attended the prestigious month-long International Playwriting Residency in 2007, organised by the Royal Court Theatre in London and also participated in LaMama’s International Playwrights’ Retreat in Umbria, Italy in 2010.

In 2000, her play The Knot was awarded 1st prize for Action Theatre’s 10-minute Play Competition and selected as a finalist for the Actors Theatre of Louisville’s 10-minute Play Contest.  She has been nominated four times for Best Original Script for the Life! Theatre Awards, and won for Everything But the Brain in 2006.  For her fiction, she was awarded Weston Prize for Fiction from Brown, as well as the 1st and 3rd prizes for the National Arts Council’s Golden Point Short Story competition in 1995 and 2001 respectively.

Jean was attached to the Singapore Repertory Theatre (SRT) as resident playwright from 2006-2009, and has been helming SRT’s Young Company Writing Programme since 2012.  She has also taught playwriting classes at Nanyang Technological University and the Victorian College of the Arts (University of Melbourne).  Her plays Everything but the Brain and Boom have been published by Epigram Books, and have both been used as ‘O’ and ‘N’ Level literature texts for secondary school students.  Jean is the founding Artistic Director of Saga Seed Theatre, set up in 2015 to bring Singaporean stories to the stage, and provide a platform to showcase and nurture local talent.

Darren Yap

Director

Darren recently directed the World Premieres of Alana Valentine’s plays Letters to Lindy for Merrigong Theatre and Canberra Theatre Centre and Ladies Day for Griffin Theatre, Sydney. He was Artistic Festival Consultant and Director of the Art Carnival for the Opening of the National Gallery of Singapore.

He directed the musical Miracle City for Luckiest Productions, the critically acclaimed The Serpent’s Table with Lee Lewis for Griffin’s 2014 season presented by Performance 4a and Sydney Festival at CarriageWorks and Agatha Christie’s murder mystery A Murder is Announced for Louise Withers and Associates which toured nationally.

Darren’s large scale events include The City of Sydney’s Chinese New Year Parade for two years, Sponge Bob Parade Pants for Nickelodeon and Sea World and Segment Director of the Closing Ceremony of the 15th Asian Games in Qatar. In Singapore he has directed The Admiral’s Odyssey for Action Theatre; Man of Letters and Pinocchio The Musical for Singapore Repertory Theatre; and I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change for VizPro International.

Darren has been Associate Director for Miss Saigon, Mamma Mia and King Kong. In 2017 Darren will be directing the Australian classic Diving For Pearls for Griffin Theatre and revival of Miracle City at the Opera House.

Venytha Yoshiantini

Venytha is an Indonesian Japanese-born actor. She holds a Diploma in Theatre with distinction from Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts and has recently graduated from LASALLE College of The Arts with a BA(Hons) Musical Theatre receiving First Class Honours.

Whilst in LASALLE, Venytha has featured in shows such as Cabaret as ‘Fraulein Schneider’, Into The Woods as ‘The Witch’, and The Caucasian Chalk Circle as ‘Azdac’. Venytha has worked in Singapore and Indonesia where her theatre credits include Rent (Pangdemonium), Rochee The Friendliest Cockroach (Esplanade’s Playtime! series), People (ITheatre), Pursuant (Singapore Lyrics Opera), The Cat in A Hat (SRT’s The Little Company), Goldfish, GO FISH! (Paper Monkey Theatre) and Dang Anum (Bangsawan). She is also the Artistic Director of Indonesian Arts Festival by the Indonesian Embassy where she directs and teaches singing, dancing, and acting.

Venytha is grateful to be a part of Great Wall. She intends to pursue her acting career around the globe and hopes in the future to leave a legacy, inspiring younger generations with her artistry.

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Thomas Pang

Thomas is an actor from San Francisco. He graduated from the San Francisco School of the Arts, and later LASALLE, where he received a BA (1st Hons).

Selected credits: This Chord & Others (Esplanade); Sholay (Checkpoint); Hand To God, Romeo and Juliet (SRT); Squirrel and Katak (Sweet Tooth); Ophelia (Cake); Tribes (Pangdemonium); The Shape of a Bird (Saga Seed); Philip K. Gotanda’s No.5: The Angry Red Drum (Asian American Theatre Company).

Thomas was nominated ‘Best Actor’ at the Life! Theatre Awards for Tribes (2016) and Ophelia (2017). He is working to include director, theatremaker, teacher, coach, in his skillset with 4 firsts: Apostrophes (Blubricks); Cold Bones No More (TPang/Think City); Presence: Awaken Your True Voice (Ftalent); and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (LASALLE).

He will continue to develop Cold Bones No More, and looks forward to acting in the World Premiere of Salt, Pepper, Ketchup at the Culture Corridor Festival in San Francisco.

Rachel Tay

Rachel’s love for musical theatre began in high school when she was asked to be the choreographer and assistant director for their annual musical productions. The experience sparked a desire to pursue performance full-time. Trained in dance, singing and acting since age 8, Rachel has lived overseas most of her life and has been exposed to international cultures and arts from a young age.

During her time at Shekou International School she was awarded the “Outstanding Contributions Award” in 2008 as Assistant Director, and in 2009 the “Outstanding Performance Award” for her work as Choreographer.

Since graduating in 2014 with a BA(Hons) First Class in Musical Theatre from LASALLE College of the Arts, she has been working extensively and has since been in a variety of new productions, including the roles of “Little Star” (iTheatre’s Little Star), “The Nightingale” (SRT’s The Nightingale), “Julia” (Two Gentlemen of Verona), “Felicity” (The Shadowbox), and “George” (The Wedding Singer). She recently appeared in the acclaimed SG50 film 7 Letters in Tan Pin Pin’s short Pineapple Town, and OKTO series A Tale of Song & Danz.

Armed with a versatile skill set inclusive of hosting, puppeteering, and videography, she has managed to forge her way through the arts community. In addition to theatre and film she is extensively experienced in being a theatre educator. She hopes to expand her professional career both in Singapore and internationally.

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Patricia Ginting

An actress, singer and dancer. Patricia recently graduated from LASALLE’s Ba (Hons) Musical Theatre with First Class Honours. Prior to that, she was trained as a jazz singer, ballet dancer and classical pianist. Her LASALLE credits include playing the lead role of Cassie inA Chorus Line directed by Nikki Snelson, Imogen in Shakespeare’s Cymbeline directed by Aubrey Mellor, Asaka from Once on this Island directed by Kaye Tuckerman, and Ilse from Spring Awakening directed by George Torbay.

Born and raised in Indonesia, she aims to expand her skill set and share her passion locally and internationally. She is thrilled to make her professional theatrical debut in The Great Wall: One Woman’s Journey.

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Neo Swee Lin

Neo Swee Lin has a law degree from NUS and a diploma in acting from the Royal Scottish Conservatoire in Glasgow. She is probably most remembered as the ice kacang making Ahma from the TV series PCK Pte Ltd, a role for which she won Best Comedy Actress at the first Asian Television Awards in 1999.

On stage she has appeared in many plays and musicals including Detention Katong, Falling, Hotel, GRC, Off Centre, Poop, Romeo & Juliet, Beauty World, Wo(men), Cook a Pot of Curry, Cooling Off Day, Cheek to name a few. She won the Life! Theatre award for Best Supporting actress for her role in Nadirah in 2010, and the Boh Cameronian Award for Best Actor in KL for the same role in 2013.

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Kimberly Chan

Kimberly is a triple threat who graduated from LASALLE College of the Arts in Musical Theatre in 2014.  Trained in Spanish Dance, Flamenco, Tap & Jazz, she has taught and choreographed for various dance studios and schools in Singapore and is currently a part-time lecturer at Nanyang Academy of Performing Arts.

Her selected performing credits include: High Class and Hotpants (The Presenting Company), Pintu Pagar (Generasia), Three Billy Goats and Treasure Island (SRT – The Little Company), George’s Marvelous Medicine, The Witches, Hansel & Gretel (The Players Theatre), Monkey Goes West (W!LD RICE), Detention Katong (Dream Academy) & most recently, Coraline by The Players Theatre.

Joshua Lim

Joshua is a chameleon. His versatility as an actor has brought him to big-budget spectacles and intimate works, playing characters ranging from suave to goofy, from comedic to dramatic. His performances have earned him nominations for Best Actor in Starring Hitler As Jekyll And Hyde (The Finger Players) and Best Ensemble in Café (by Joel Tan), October and Poor Thing (both by The Necessary Stage) at the Straits Times Life! Theatre Awards.

He made his feature film debut in the screen adaptation of Haresh Sharma’s Fundamentally Happy, which premiered at the Southeast Asian Film Festival 2015 and is touring festivals globally. His work in the film earned a nomination for Best Actor at the 2016 Hanoi Film Festival.

Armed with no formal training in performance, this SMU graduate feels blessed to be working professionally in the arts and entertainment industry. He hopes to contribute to the ripples and waves of other artists to create a culturally rich and compassionate community.

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Jonathan Lum

Previously seen as Dennis Lee in Metropolitan Production’s The LKY Musical, notable productions Jonathan has also worked on include Chang & Eng – The Musical; Forbidden City: Portrait of an Empress; Beauty World – 20th Anniversary; Sing to the Dawn; National Broadway Company; The Gruffalo; and the Singapore premieres of Jason Robert Brown’s The Last Five Years, and Songs for a New World.

A recipient of the National Arts Council’s Arts Scholarship, Jonathan trained at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, where he was awarded an MA (Distinction) in Musical Theatre Performance.

Upon returning, Jonathan was appointed Artistic Director of Creative Edge – Theatre Training Ensemble. For Creative Edge, Jonathan taught and directed productions of People by Joel Tan, Under the Dragon Moon and Cat, Lost & Found.

Jonathan is currently Programme Leader, Theatre Programmes, at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) where he specialises in teaching sung and spoken voice.

Ian Chionh

Ian started playing the piano at the age of 9 and performed regularly through his teenage years. During his university days, he co-wrote a pantomime and also participated as an ensemble member in his first musical, Chess. After a long break from performing, he started playing the keyboard and assisted in sound design for various theatre productions, and eventually picked up acting and singing again. His notable theatre credits include Arabian Nights, Allo Allo, A Second Life and Emily The Musical, where he played Emily’s husband, Kheong.

Ian runs a mini home music studio and also works part-time in a multi-national Internet firm. Being an animal welfare advocate, he currently has 6 adopted pets living under his roof.

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Erwin Shah Ismail

Erwin is a trilingual stage and screen actor, voice-over artist, singer and host. He is the first male Singaporean to graduate from LASALLE College of the Arts’ BA (Hons) Acting. His musical theatre credits include La Cage Aux Folles (W!LD RICE), Rent, Spring Awakening (Pangdemonium), National Broadway Company (Esplanade) and, 天冷就回来 (The Theatre Practice).

Notable theatre credits include Romeo & Juliet (W!LD RICE), Othello (SRT), Lord of the Flies, Boom (Sightlines), Dark Room, Yusof, Off Centre (Esplanade), The Last Bull: A Life in Flamenco (Checkpoint), and his touring one-man show, Kulit On The Go (Ekamatra). He shares the Life! Theatre Award for Best Ensemble in Dark Room x8 and has been nominated twice for Best Supporting Actor.

David Tao

As a professional flautist, David joined NAFA in 2014 majoring in Flute performance. His flute teacher includes Jinta, Wang Tong and Evgueni Brokmiller. Him singing in the NAFA choir led to his decision to major in Voice the following year.

His operatic endeavors include the role of Peter in Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel and God Pan in Offenbach’s Daphnis et Chloé (NAFA), Commandatore in Mozart’s Don Giovanni (SSO).

David has taken vocal lessons, vocal coaching and master class from William Lim, Huang Ronghai, Lee Jae Wook, Reuden Lai, Vincent Chen, Neo Ming Wei and Nicolas Loh. He is currently under the tutelage of Dr. Jessica Chen.

Crenshaw Yeo

Crenshaw graduated from Lasalle College of the Arts with a BA(Hons) in Musical Theatre. During the course, he played diverse roles, from ‘Luigi Gaudi’ in Lucky Stiff, to ‘Roy Cohn’ in the Pulitzer Prize winning play Angels in America, to ‘Myron Hasler’ in The Pajama Game. Crenshaw’s Professional credits include ‘Yong Nyuk Lin’ in The LKY Musical, ‘Richard Gan’ in Emily the Musical, ‘Town Mouse’ in The Friendship of Town Mouse and Country Mouse, an Ensemble role in Rent, and most recently as part of the Ensemble of La Cage Aux Folles.

When not doing shows, Crenshaw teaches Musical Theatre and Singing. When not working, he attempts original scripts, songs, and tries to get better at playing the Piano, and tries to populate his YouTube channel with videos.

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Candice de Rozario

Going back to her classical roots, Candice was most recently seen singing the principal role of Mary in The Flying Dutchman, the first full-scale Wagner production in Singapore, and her first professional appearance in an opera.

Previous roles include Sarah in Company and Cinderella’s Stepsister in Into The Woods (Dream Academy), Estelle in The Full Monty and The Adult Women in Spring Awakening (Pangdemonium), Eldest Sister (Lao Jiu: The Musical, The Theatre Practice), Girly Danker (Fried Rice Paradise, SRT/PA), Margaret (Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, SRT), and, with the help of two life-sized puppets, three out of seven Mandarins in The Finger Players’ Furthest North, Deepest South.

She was from the pioneer batch of young’n’W!LD, who garnered a Life! Theatre Award for their production of Mad Forest, a first for a youth training ensemble. Candice has an extensive resume in Theatre For Young Audiences, having written, directed and played a wide variety of wacky characters both human and non-human for The Learning Connections, I Theatre, Players Theatre, SRT’s The Little Company and W!LD RICE.

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Benjamin Wong

Training: Royal Central School of Speech and Drama (UK), Victorian College of the Arts (Australia), RADA – Shakespeare (UK).

Past Performances: San Jie Fu in Lao Jiu (Drama Centre), General Shi Dakai in Taiping Rebellion (Confucius Institute UK), Ten (Shanghai Contemporary Theatre Festival), Uproot (TTP), Angelo in Measure for Measure (Vanbrugh Theatre), Captain of the Demons in Liao Zhai Rocks (Drama Centre), Alphonsus Kan Sing Low in The Emperor’s New Clothes (Drama Centre), Upstream (TTP), Big in The Three Billy Goats Gruff (SRT), Dim Sum Dollies: The History of Singapore Part 2, Part 1 (Esplanade), H.M.S Pinafore (UK National Tour), West End Christmas (The Actors’ Church), Mao Yan Shou in Autumn of Han (Tristan Bates Theatre), Prince in The Princess and the Pea, The Musical (Edinburgh Arts Festival), Cheska in Paper Dolls (Tricycle Theatre), Ching Ho in Thoroughly Modern Millie (The Watermill Theatre), The 12 Tenors (German Tour, European Tour), Lun Tha in The King and I (Theatre at the Mill), Chulak in The Firework Maker’s Daughter (UK No. 1 Tour), Mysterious Man in Into The Woods (Embassy Theatre), King in Moonbird (Esplanade), Max in Death and Dancing (Play), Oberon in Midsummer Night’s Dream (Federation Hall), Othello (Victorian Arts Centre), Hamlet (Fort Canning Park).

Awards Including: Best Supporting Actor in Mother, Mother! (Victoria Drama Fest), Singer of the Year Award – Honorary Mention (Australia)

Ava Madon

Originally from Sydney, Australia, Ava is a recent graduate of the Musical Theatre BA Honours program at LASALLE. She previously trained in Australia with Showfit and The Victorian College of the Arts. Ava’s professional theatre work has included various Children’s theatre productions with Marian Street Theatre. She also performed as a soloist for Mathew Lee Robinson’s ‘New Voices’ Showcase.

Her LASALLE credits include A Chorus Line as Diana Morales (dir. Nikki Snelson), Spring Awakening as Wendla Bergman (dir. George Torbay/Joanne Ho), Cymbeline as Imogen (dir. Aubrey Mellor) and Once on this Island as Erzulie Goddess of Love (dir. Kaye Tuckerman/Tony McGill).

A proud two time recipient of the Veda Mekani Scholarship, Ava is keenly interested in musical theatre and its casting practices to create change around the perception of race. Ava is thrilled to be making her professional musical theatre debut in The Great Wall: One Woman’s Journey!

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Ethel Yap

Ethel is an alumnus of ACSian Theatre (2006), NUS Theatre Studies (2011) and London’s Royal Central School of Speech and Drama (Masters in Musical Theatre, 2012). Her recent stage credits include Yellow Chair Productions’ The Last Five Years, W!LD RICE’s Jack and the Beansprout, Toy Factory’s Romeo and Juliet, Our Company’s Dear Nora,  I Theatre’s Rainbow Fish, TNS’ Untitled Women, Pangdemonium’s Tribes (ST Life! Theatre Awards Best Ensemble Nominee), Dick Lee’s Beauty World, SRT’s Charlotte’s Web (ST Life! Theatre Awards Best Theatre For Young Audiences Nominee) and The Theatre Practice’s If There’re Seasons, Liao Zhai Rocks! (StyleXStyle Trailblazer Awards Breakthrough Female Arts Performer Winner) and Lao Jiu The Musical. Her TV and film credits include OKTO’s After School, Toggle’s What Do Men Want?, Channel 5’s Code of Law, and feature film Our Sister Mambo.

Ethel is also a singer-songwriter and is honoured to have been mentored under Randolf Arriola in 2015’s Noise Music Mentorship programme. She is releasing her debut EP this year.

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Lim Kay Siu

Kay Siu has been acting professionally since 1985, starting at the latish age of 29. He has a Diploma in Advanced Theatre in Directing from The Central School of Speech and Drama, in London.

Musicals include Beauty World, Fried Rice Paradise, Piaf, Nagraland, Into The Woods, Sing Dollar, Lao Jiu The Musical, Man of Letters, Cinderal-Lah!, Beauty and The Beast, Monkey Goes West, The Emperor’s New Clothes, and most recently, ITSY – The Musical.

Monique Wilson

Monique is one of Philippine’s veteran theatre and film actress, having acted professionally since the age of nine. At 18 she was understudy for and went on to perform the lead role of Kim in the original London West End production of Miss Saigon.

Monique has received numerous awards including the ALIW Award for Best actress for Cabaret the musical, and the URIAN best supporting actress for the film Kapag Iginuhit Ang Hatol ng Puso. She has also received numerous awards for her contributions to theatre and activism. In 2012 she was awarded the “Light of Culture” Lifetime Achievement Award by UNESCO and the International Theatre Institute for her work in theatre and activism in the Philippines. Her most recent award was as one of the 100 most influential Filipinas in the world for 2014 – awarded by the Filipina Women’s Network (FWN) based in San Francisco.

George Chan

George spent 7 years in the European Musical Theatre scene performing in over 2,000 shows. Highlights include the Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schonberg production of Miss Saigon, Bob Fosse’s CHICAGO, Robert Stigwood’s production of Bee Gee’s hit musical Saturday Night Fever, Irvin Berlin’s There’s No Business Like Show Business and the award winning European premiere of Tim Rice and Elton John’s Aida. Some of George’s local theatre credits include Forbidden City (2006) as Prince Tun, December Rains (2010) as Ying Xiong and If There’re Seasons… as Ah Le. George received outstanding reviews acting, singing and dancing as the principle role Kerabat in Malaysia’s first opera M!Opera.

As a Dance Choreographer, some of his work include Forbidden City (2002, 2003), Into The Woods (2011), A Singaporean In ParisNext To Normal and Company. George also directed and choreographed The Hossan Leong Show (2010/2011), Lao Jiu (2012), Liao Zhai Rocks! (2016), A French Kiss In Singapore, Jacque Brel (2016) and Kumar’s sold out one man show What Makes A Man A Man at the Esplanade theatre.

Some of his Directorial work include Ocean Butterfly’s 25th Anniversary Concert, Liang Wern Fook – For Friendship For Life ConcertGreat World Cabaret and The Noose And Kakis 2.

Nathan Hartono

Since 2005, Nathan Hartono (向洋) has been a prominent presence in Singapore’s arts scene – having done work in music, on stage, as well as screen.  Starting with an amateur singing competition, he has gone on to perform on hundreds of stages around the world, from stadium shows (NDP 2008/2015, Youth Olympics, Asian Youth Games, Stefanie Sun Tour), to selling out theatres (Esplanade Presents: Nathan Hartono 2008/2014, Pangdemonium! Productions: Spring Awakening, Next to Normal).  In July of 2016, he staged his biggest solo concert at the Esplanade Concert Hall.  He has most recently been seen on screen, starring on HBO’s Halfworlds, as well as popular China-based singing competition, Sing! China, in which he emerged as first runner-up.

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Na-Young Jeon

Na-Young Jeon is a Dutch-South Korean actress and singer.  Born and raised in The Netherlands, she studied piano from the age of 4 and was involved in many productions of AlbA Theaterhuis in her hometown The Hague.

During her training at Codarts, University for the Arts in Rotterdam she has played Kelsi in High School Musical, for which she got nominated for a John Kraaijkamp Musical Award in the category ‘Upcoming Talent’.  In her year of graduation she landed her first leading role as Kim in Miss Saigon, the revival.

Na-Young was the first Northeast Asian actress to portray the role of Fantine in Les Misérables at the Queen’s Theatre, West End.  For this portrayal she got nominated for a Broadwayworld UK/West End award in the category ‘Best performance in a long-running West End show’.

Na-Young made her South Korean debut reprising the role of Fantine, in the Korean Revival of Les Misérables.  For her second Korean stage, Esmeralda in Notre Dame de Paris she got nominated for a Korean Musical Award in the category ‘New Talent’.

Her notable screen credits include Pong in the series Conny & Clyde (VTM, Antwerp), and the title role in Akiko (Nps Kort!, nominated Gouden Kalf, best short film).

She now commutes between Amsterdam, London, and Seoul.