(25 April 2016, Monday) Next month, the iron-willed, kebaya-clad Emily of Emerald Hill – the most iconic dame to rule the Singapore stage – will be reborn like never before: in a flurry of song and dance. It has taken playwright Stella Kon about eight years to transform her famous 1982 play, which rests on the shoulders of a single actor, into a full-length musical jam-packed with characters. She first started writing scripts for musical theatre in 2002, and in 2008 took a stab at setting the play on the iron-willed Emily Gan to music.
In this incarnation, Emily, who has been played by veteran actors such as Margaret Chan and Ivan Heng, will be played by three actresses as she ages in the musical. Temasek Primary School pupil Melissa Wei-En Hecker, 11, will be Little Emily. Meanwhile, Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts student April Kong, 28, will be Young Emily, while actress and arts educator Karen Lim will be Old Emily.
Media: The Straits Times, Life, Page D5
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南洋艺术学院 Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts