Take a well-known and well-loved Chinese folk tale. Add a multitude of marvellous, madcap characters. Stir together with a highly talented cast of established local actors and bright newcomers, and then fill the whole thing with a host of lively, memorable tunes, slapstick comedy, and just a dash of suspense. What do you get?
That’s right, a musical treat for the entire family! “The Magic Paintbrush”, first produced in 2000, is now reworked and re-visioned for the 21st century with music, puppets and lively action that will enthral the youngest audience members, and a witty script to entertain grownups and older children.
The story revolves around Toni Lee, a young student from present-day Singapore who is struggling with the pressures and stress of schoolwork and parental expectations. With an accidental wish, Toni quite unexpectedly meets a Magical Paintbrush, and is transported back in time to a Southern Province of China, where Toni becomes Ma Liang.
Ma Liang meets the tuneful Phoenix, who guides and helps him with his quest in a series of magical adventures. Watch out for the comical Palace Guards, Sotong and Shrimp, as they try to capture Ma Liang for the cruel, greedy Emperor and his wicked schemes!
Through the fun and laughter, “The Magic Paintbrush” presents a clear and strong moral message about the value of creativity, friendship, and the dangers of using, or abusing power.
Date: 27 October (Thu) to 12 November (Sat)
Time: Please check SISTIC website for timings
Venue: Drama Centre Theatre, 100 Victoria Street Level 3, National Library Building
Tickets (excluding SISTIC fees): S$32 (Standard)
Note: This 1 hour 30 minutes performance ((with 15 minutes interval) is recommended for children who are two years old and above. All children (including babies in arms) require a valid ticket to enter the theatre.
You may purchase your tickets through www.sistic.com.sg.
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Update: All tickets have been claimed.