SINGAPOPERA

[In case you do not know]

In this month of celebration, allow me to present to you a must-watch concert ‘Singapopera’ by our very talented composer and songwriter, Dick Lee. He will be bringing to the audience an all-star alumni cast and ensemble from the past batches of his various musicals. It promises to be a nostalgic celebration of our favorite local musical numbers which  feature songs that Singaporeans will resonate with from musicals such as Fried Rice Paradise, Beauty World, Forbidden City, Sing to The Dawn, Nagraland and Snow Wolf Lake.

This concert also celebrates the 30th anniversary of Beauty World, as well as the 20th anniversary of the most successful Chinese musical, Snow.Wolf.Lake. 

Performing together with Dick Lee are our well-loved personalities in the theatrical scene, namely, Alemay Fernandez, Sebastian Tan, Denise Tan, Dwayne Lau, Frances Lee, Benjamin Chow and Cheryl Tan.  The Musical Director for this concert is Indra Ismail.

There will be two shows – 25 August 2018, Saturday (7.30pm) and 26 August 2018, Sunday (5pm) – at the Singapore Esplanade Concert Hall.

Tickets are priced at $138, $118, $98, $78 and $58 and will be available for sale from 21 July 2018 at all SISTIC outlets or via this link.

I can’t wait to go on a date with my friends for this concert!

More about Dick Lee

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The Dick Lee phenomenon started in 1971 when, at the age of fifteen, Dick participated in various talent contests with the group, Harmony, and Dick Lee and the Gang (teaming with his siblings). His first album, LIFESTORY, featuring his own compositions, was released in 1974.

He has to date, written countless songs for the top singing talents in Asia including Jackie Cheung, Andy Lau, Sammi Cheng, Anita Mui, Miyazawa of The Boom and Stephanie Sun amongst others.

Dick started his musical directorship since 2014 with HOTPANTS in 2014, and the fifth production of BEAUTY WORLD in 2015, and the list goes on.

 

The Cast

Alemay Fernandez |Hailed by TimeOut magazine as one of Singapore’s “best-loved entertainers”.  Known for her sultry tone, powerhouse vocals and an onstage presence, Alemay Fernandez is a rising star on the Asian jazz scene. In her illustrious 18 year career, she has performed with the likes of The Count Basie Orchestra, David Foster, Ernie Watts, Incognito, Ray Parker Jr, The Platters’ Bobby Soul, William Close & The Earth Harp Collective, to name a a few. She has sung for A-listers like Kevin Spacey, Ethan Hawke, Joss Stone, Kurt Elling, Lea Salonga, Paloma Picasso, Serena Williams as well as Presidents & Prime Ministers.

Sebastian Tan | With a series of sold-out concerts at Capitol Theatre, a Dream Artist, Sebastian Tan is one of Singapore’s most well-known multi-faceted performers, and whose directing debut was the critically acclaimed Monkey Goes West.  He toured the UK with Miss Saigon, and appeared in its 25th anniversary show in London’s West End. In 2016, Sebastian’s well-loved onstage persona Broadway Beng® celebrated his 10th anniversary.

Denise Tan | A familiar radio personality, Denise is also a regular on the local theatre scene, having acted in productions like Hansel & Gretel, The Full Monty and Dim Sum Dollies. She also does voice-overs for commercials and animated shows like Nickelodean’s Tomato Twins and 20th Century Fox’s Book of Virtues.

Dwayne Lau | Actor-writer Dwayne Lau, he is not a stranger in the world of theatre.  From “love shack” in A Date With Dwayne – Let’s Go Stead, series of love-themed comic sketches to one of the duel jesting “Record Keepers” in the recent Forbidden City, sparklingly played by Dwayne Lau and Sebastian Tan. 

Frances Lee | The LASALLE graduate made her professional theatre debut in Pangdemonium’s Fat Pig as a stout girl dating a skinny boy.  Fast forward two years and she is back to join the cast of Rent, along with Tabitha Nauser, Mina Kaye, Aaron Khaled and Linden Furnell.     Wrapping up Pangdemonium’s Season of Love, Rent is a 1996 Pulitzer Prize winning Broadway classic by Jonathan Larson that traces the lives of a ragtag group of young artists as they deal with issues.

Benjamin Chow | Newcomers to the theatre scene, actor Benjamin Chow, 26, has been stirring a storm in the local theatre scene.  He has performed in the ‘live’ show on Channel 5, Home Team Show and Festival.   A first- time nominee, in M1 – THE STRAITS TIMES life Theatre Awards 2016, he also won Best Supporting Actor in his professional debut as the left-wing political leader Lim Chin Siong in The LKY Musical.   He also played Prince Tun, in the recent Forbidden City.

Cheryl Tan | Theatre actress Cheryl Tan’s portfolio is dominated by wholesome roles – from playing Juliet in Romeo And Juliet to the innocent Ivy Chan in Beauty World.  That is about to change with the 28-year-old’s latest role in Channel 5’s new drama, Faculty.  Departing from her nice-girl image on stage, she plays Dr. Sylvia Soo.   She also played the role of Yehenara in Forbidden City, Mimi in Mama White Snake and Swee Choo in 7 Letters.

See you there!

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The dreaded July

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July is over! And sickness be gone! The whole month, we were overwhelmed by kids falling sick one after another – food poisoning, fungal infection, viral fever and the persistent cough.

Life still went on. Registered the girl in the father’s alma mater and realised that this whole process was truly stressful. I’ve not monitored numbers so closely like this time round. Thankfully, we were involved in the earlier phase. I couldn’t imagine the pressure for those who had to register in the subsequent phases.

Racial Harmony Day celebration 2018 edition. Sullen faces. Tired souls.

Art piece with Teacher Heidi. During her preschool years, I’ve tried to expose her to different forms of sports and the arts, and this within my ability. I’ve come to the conclusion that she’s not into music for now but she likes art. Most probably, we will continue the art lessons for her once she enters formal school.

This is a castle that she did from another art class. She went out of the studio feeling so proud!

As part of homelearning, I had wanted to bring them out to explore the museums, parks and what not. Since they were down almost the whole month, we couldn’t. Towards the end of July, we could finally step out, to the National Gallery for some fun. It was crowded during the weekends so weekdays are still the best.

A BSF friend knew about the son’s health condition and recommended Nutritional Immunology to me. You could tell I am desperate. The boy has been taking medication every SINGLE day and this shouldn’t be the case. His appetite wasn’t good and he’s super picky about food. Hopefully, his immunity would be strengthen in time to come. It really made July a bit depressing with unwell kids.

Despite what we had to go through in a very packed July (sick kids, meetings and trainings for both the hubs and I), God remained faithful and restored my soul. It must have been the prayers of fellow believers as well and I found myself getting better towards the end of the month. In teaching the kids in Sunday school, the Lord also gave me joy through service.

We ended July with a trip to Jacob Ballas, with both of them almost completely well. I was relieved, thankful and immensely happy that we could head to the outdoors. We really can’t take our health for granted and I resolved to continue to prepare healthy meals for the family. Can’t relax in this aspect!

Welcoming August with open arms. It’s a month of celebration and it’s gonna be good!