In celebration of its silver jubilee this year, leading bilingual theatre company Toy Factory Productions is proud to present the grandest Mandarin production of 2015; the well-loved classic of December Rains 雨季, widely-regarded as Singapore’s first original Mandarin musical.
A titular work from the stalwart company’s illustrious 25-year portfolio, December Rains 雨季 was last staged by Toy Factory Productions in 2010 and played to an audience of 16,500 during its run at The Esplanade Theatre – making it one of the best-watched local Chinese theatre productions.
Written by renowned Singapore songwriter Liang Wern Fook, December Rains 雨季 boasts an epic score and unforgettable songs jointly-written by Liang and composer-singer Jimmy Ye. Helmed by Chief Artistic Director Goh Boon Teck, who directs an all-new dynamic cast comprising the likes of Andie Chen, Chriz Tong and Sugie Phua, this much- anticipated musical is set to enrapture the audience with its highly-charged and emotional storyline that delves into the themes of love, friendship and kinship, as well as the endless pursuit for happiness.
A notable highlight in this third re-staging is the debut of an original new song, “我在等什么” (What am I waiting for) with music composed by Ye, lyrics by Liang and sung by Sugie Phua and Ann Lek.
“History must be remembered; especially the tumultuous and illustrious 1950s. This era witnessed some of the greatest heart-breaking love stories and the bravest young Singaporeans who became leaders in their own right. Audience can gain an insight into these moments through December Rains 雨季. As we march into a new chapter of Singapore history, we will be singing you the most meaningful songs which remind us of who we really are” enthuses Boon Teck.
Brand new cast (Which means we won’t be able to see Kit Chan in this production)
In line with Toy Factory Productions’ unwavering commitment to provide the platform and opportunity for more local talents, December Rains 雨季 showcases a 26-strong cast of rising stars, who are set to light up the stage with their spirited performances.
Stepping onto the theatrical stage for the first time is Star Search 2007 winner and established television actor Andie Chen who stars as Zhou Ying Xiong, while songbird Chriz Tong; well-known for lending her vocals to popular television drama theme songs, assumes her first lead role as Chen Li Qing.
Besides multi-talented Sugie Phua who plays the conflicted Zhang Ming Li, December Rains 雨季 also showcases a high-calibre supporting cast of emerging versatile performers including Ann Lek, Abby Lai, Stella Seah, Timothy Wan, Darren Guo and Shirlene Tia.
DECEMBER RAINS 雨季
Date: 28 August – 6 September 2015 (No show on Monday)
Time: 3pm (Fri to Sun) & 8pm (Tue to Sun)
Venue: The Esplanade Theatre, 1 Esplanade Drive, Singapore 038981
Tickets: $129, $109, $89, $79, $59, $49 (Excluding $4 SISTIC fee)
SISTIC, visit www.sistic.com.sg or call (65) 6348 5555
Duration: 2 hours and 25 minutes
Priority booking discounts
a) Early Bird Booking Discount for Cat 1 & 2 from 27 Apr – 10 May 2015 (*Available 28 – 30 Aug 2015 shows only)
- – 15% discount minimum of 2 tickets
- – 20% discount minimum of 4 tickets
- – 25% discount minimum of 8 tickets
- a) 15% discount with OCBC cards
- b) 10% discount with Passion card (from 11 May onwards)
*December Rains is pleased to be working with Ascendas GIVES Foundation (AGF), a non-profit charity foundation that aims to create and inspire communities through their philanthropic efforts.