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Catherine Robert
Monday, Apr 28, 2014

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Filipino team tells story of S'pore

The New Paper | Catherine Robert | Monday, Apr 28, 2014

The temporary cast from Thursday’s 20-minute preview skit of Singapura — The Musical comprise Singaporeans, Filipinos, Canadians and Americans. Casting starts in August.

A Filipino team will be at the helm of a musical on Singaporeans striving to build a nation.

The musical, planned for April next year, is to mark the re-opening of the iconic Capitol Theatre.

It promises to feature prominent moments in founding father Lee Kuan Yew's life and career as he helped shape Singapore pre-independence.

It is a worthy subject, especially since next year will be Singapore's 50th birthday.

Titled Singapura - The Musical, it will be helmed by a Filipino team from The 4th Wall Theatre Company, which is based in the Philippines.

But can a crew of foreigners authentically and accurately portray a Singapore story?

Singapura's Filipino director, Mr Loy Arcenas, is confident of pulling it off.

He was previously based in New York, where he worked on Broadway as a set designer for award-winning plays like Love! Valour! Compassion! and Once On This Island.

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