Musical Theatre in Singapore
Get an insight from the various companies on the current Musical Theatre scene in Singapore, as well as their thoughts on what the future holds for it.
Join TJ from Sing'Theatre Academy, Dayal Singh (Musical Theatre Programme Leader) from LASALLE, Adeeb Fazah from The Second Breakfast Company and Dick Lee — Associate Artistic Director of SRT, as they share their varying experiences and perspectives regarding their journey with Musical Theatre in Singapore.
SINGAPORE REPERTORY THEATRE
Founded in 1993, Singapore Repertory Theatre (SRT) is one of the leading English language theatre producers and presenters in Asia.
SRT produces the very successful Shakespeare in the Park season and is one of the biggest producers of children’s theatre in Southeast Asia with shows like The Cat in the Hat, The Ugly Duckling and The Three Little Pigs.
SRT is also very active in the local community with Learning & Engagement programmes that benefit thousands of young learners and educators underpinning a substantial investment in audience and talent development for the wider industry in Singapore.
Multi-talented Dick Lee has firmly established himself as a performer and composer, often recognised through his works as the spokesperson for the New Asian generation. 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 and the Gang (teaming with his siblings).
As Singapore Repertory Theatre’s Associate Artistic Director, Dick has written some of Singapore’s most iconic musicals – Sing to the Dawn (1996), A Twist of Fate (1998), Forbidden City: Portrait of an Empress (2002) and The LKY Musical (2015)
THE SECOND BREAKFAST COMPANY
The Second Breakfast Company (2Bco.) is a for youth by youth non-profit that dabbles in English language theatre. 2Bco's work focuses on three content pillars, namely reinventing narratives through new works, reimagining the classics, and revival of Singapore works. Most recently, the company staged its first original musical production, The Paiseh Pieces.
An educator for drama-in-curriculum and CCA programmes in various secondary schools, junior colleges and polytechnics, he currently serves as a Committee Member of the Singapore Drama Educators Association.
As Artistic Director of The Second Breakfast Company, he advocates for youth talent on professional stages, directing works like The Singapore Trilogy (2021), The Essential Playlist (2022) and The Paiseh Pieces (2023).
Adeeb has also directed works for Toy Factory, Gateway Theatre, Impromptu Meetings, Centre 42, The Arts House, Bhumi Collective, Yellow Chair Productions, M1 Singapore Fringe Festival, Wisma Geylang Serai and so on.
Sing'theatre Academy gives musical theatre enthusiasts from all walks of life the opportunity to practise with and learn from professional artists through our high-quality classes, and more than just offering technical lessons, we are exposing our students to the cultural value of musical theatre and real professional stage experience.
We have musical theatre classes for everyone from age three to adults.
Originally from the UK, TJ graduated with a First-Class Honours in Musical Theatre before moving to Singapore in 2013.
TJ is a passionate Musical Theatre practitioner, developing courses, events and performances dedicated to developing MT in Singapore.
TJ is the proud Associate Artistic Director of Sing’theatre as well as the Artistic Director for the Singapore Musical Theatre Fringe Festival.
As a director TJ’s Credits include ‘I love You You’re Perfect Now Change’ & ‘A Spoonful Of Sherman.’ Tj’s performance highlights are ‘End of The Rainbow’ and ‘Quasimodo’
LASALLE College of the Arts
LASALLE’s Faculty of Performing Arts offers a range of comprehensive undergraduate programmes in Dance, Music, and Theatre. The degree programmes are offered at Honours level and include Acting, Music (Jazz, Popular Music, Classical Music, Composition, Music Technology), and Musical Theatre. In addition, the Faculty offers diplomas in Audio Production, Dance, Music, Performance and Theatre Production and Management.'
Dayal Gian Singh
Dayal Gian Singh works internationally across a wide range of areas as a producer, actor, singer, writer, filmmaker and corporate trainer.
As a performer, Dayal has performed across a range of media. He has toured with numerous plays and musicals across the globe, featuring in performances at the Royal Opera House (UK) to Marina Bay Sands (Singapore) in The LKY Musical. In Perth, Australia, he is linked closely with local production house The Penguin Empire, working on numerous award-winning projects over the years. Recently he was involved in a feature film that saw him taking part in Sundance 2019. In Singapore, Dayal has worked numerous companies both in stage and film. As an educator he has delivered multiple drama programmes for schools internationally, as well as contributing and writing drama education books for course curricula.