Theatre fan? Then you’ll wanna keep your eyes peeled for these up-and-coming talents!
Ivan Heng. Selena Tan. Adrian Pang. Janice Koh. If you’re a regular theatregoer, you’ve probably watched these theatre titans in action. But these rising talents are not to be dismissed either! We get a lowdown on some of the most exciting new faces to watch in the local theatre scene.
1. Sugie Phua
Years in theatre: 7
Last seen playing Jue Yan in Kumarajiva by Toy Factory Productions
Most memorable role to date: Lao Jiu in the play of the same name, and Ming Li in December Rains.
Catch me in: “Innamorati Two, happening from 22 September to 2 October 2016 where I play a backpacker travelling around the world to fulfil the final wishes of his deceased girlfriend. The cast, including myself, has written our own songs for this production, making it very unique indeed. It will also be my first time as Assistant Director, a role that I am very excited about and I look forward to learning from Mr Goh Boon Teck, a theatre doyen whom I greatly respect.”
2. Chriz Tong
Years in theatre: 3
Last seen playing Hong Ling in Ge Tai – The Musical by Resorts World Sentosa
Most memorable role to date: Li Qing in December Rains by Toy Factory Productions (2015)
Catch me in: “Innamorati Two, by Toy Factory Productions at the National Library Drama Centre Theatre from 22 September to 2 October 2016. I am excited about the opportunity to work with Huang Jinglun again – we both worked on Innamorati in 2014, which was my ‘virgin’ theatre experience. We did not have many scenes together in that particular production though. This time round, I get to play his older sister! It should be an interesting dynamic. We also get to write our own original music, which is a first for most of us. Singing and acting are two of my greatest passions and I’m really looking forward to working with everyone.”
Tickets for Innamorati Two will go on sale at Sistic from 11 July 2016.
3. Mina Kaye
Years in theatre: 5
Last seen playing: Little Voice in The Rise and Fall of Little Voice by Pangdemonium
Most memorable role to date: Little Voice
Catch me in: “RENT by Pangdemonium. Winner of the Tony Award for Best Musical and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, RENT is an unforgettable and timeless story of a group of friends, who despite poverty and illness, learn to fall in love and find their voices. Under the shadow of HIV/AIDS, the group’s dreams and losses weave through the musical’s narration to paint a stunningly raw and emotional portrait of the gritty bohemian world of New York City in the 1990s.”
4. Andrew Marko
Years in theatre: 5
Last seen playing: Josh in FALLING by Pangdemonium
Most memorable role to date: Josh
Catch me in: “RENT by Pangdemonium. With memorable characters, an inspirational story, and music that will make your heart sing, RENT is theatre at its best – exuberant, passionate, and joyous.”
Tickets for RENT will go on sale at Sistic from 5 August 2016.
5. Frances Lee
Years in theatre: 2
Last seen in the musical Jacques Brel Is Alive And Well And Living In Paris (Singtheatre)
Most memorable role to date: Rosemary Joseph in Beauty World
Catch me in: “BROADWAY BENG: 10th Anniversary Concert. This July, Singapore’s Broadway-loving, Hokkien-speaking, hamsum Ah Beng – SEBASTIAN TAN is back to celebrate with BROADWAY BENG: 10th Anniversary Concert. Yes, 10 years of East meets West!”
6. Munah Bagharib
Years in theatre: 3
Last seen playing: Ginny in NUS Arts Festival Now Then Again (Centre For the Arts)
Most memorable role to date: “Munah in Munah and Hirzi! Haha kidding! Ana in the show Ana as part of Project Suitcase.”
Catch me in: “BROADWAY BENG: 10th Anniversary Concert. There will be humour, nostalgia, lots of Hokkien and show-tunes with his tok kong band and all-singing, all-dancing CHIO BUUS. It’s a show for everyone!”
Tickets for BROADWAY BENG: 10th Anniversary Concert is available here.