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It is with great pride and delight that Mitch is able to announce his involvement in "The LKY Musical" at the Sands Theatre, Marina Bay Sands in September 2022. This revival of the 2015 production will feature Singapore theatre talents such as Adrian Pang, Sebastian Tan and the luminous Kit Chan.
Mitch has a few words to share:
"When Sands Theatre opened with Disney's 'The Lion King' in 2011, I was performing with the London cast of the same show and was, thus, unable to be part of the Singapore company. The Singapore company comprised of some of my long time colleagues and friends, so naturally I came all the way back home to support them. The same thing happened when Disney's 'Aladdin' played in Singapore in the same theatre in 2017. I was part of the original London cast and continued with the company of 'Aladdin' for over 3 years until 2019. Whilst I was performing for the audiences in London, I often reflected on these concurrent productions running in the Sands Theatre. There was such a sense of pride in being on the London stage, being a representation for the Asian and Singaporean community, knowing that the same production was playing in my home country.
I was on the Prince Edward Theatre stage, with the cast of 'Miss Saigon' in London, when I found out the SM Lee had past. It was a really strange moment of disbelief. We live and we lose legends. We learn to tell their stories and hold that torch aloft for the next generation to pass along. Somehow that piece of news reminded me that I was so far from home, and so distant from stories that I wanted, and needed, to share with my people.
The Universe had other plans for me besides Disney blockbusters and epic war stories in the guise of Boublil-Schonberg musicals, I guess.
It feels like the right way to return to the stage - collaborating with Singapore Repertory Theatre to bring a Singaporean musical back onto the stage in the post pandemic era. In many ways, this musical is the story of our founding fathers fighting for this little country's independence - it is our very own "Hamilton". It is written, sung and performed in a vocabulary close to our culture and our hearts. Above all else, it is a story about love - love for the nation, love for a people, and love for those in your life.
My heart is full knowing that I've come home to this."
The LKY Musical at Sands Theatre, MBS Singapore
Mitch is delighted to be assisting the company as Dance Captain and to be appearing as Ensemble | Swing on all performances. To date, he has stepped in for the roles of Dr Toh Chin Chye and Minister Goh Keng Swee during previews and the premiere of the show. The production will run at the Sands Theatre at MBS, Singapore, from 7th September 2022 and must end 2nd October!
Tickets are now available on the SRT website:
a dream born of fire
This summer, Mitch Leow performed on the Esplanade Outdoor Theatre stage with fellow aerialists from Singapore in a festival event called "Flipside - Aerial Open Stage 2022". The initiative came from Bornfire - a social circus founded in 2005 in Singapore, with its residence training space in Singapore Circus Space at Kallang Community Centre.
Under the guidance and encouragement of aerial consultant - Pamela C - at Aerial Arts Collective, Mitch created the opening act which featured in all three days of the aerial showcase from 3rd to 5th of June.
"We | Unfold" is Mitch's love letter to London - his home of twenty years past. Inspired by a statue of a golden bird situated at Park View Square, and an accompanying poem, Mitch explores the themes of dreams, memories, migration and flight in this solo aerial silks act.
'The crane, with its head pointed North, yearns for home.'
Photo: Sarah-Tabea Sammel
Aerial Consultation: Pamela C @ Aerial Arts Collective
Music: Original Composition by Brandon Gan
Costume: Original Design by Thaine Smith
Props: Wild Rice SG
Mitch got together with Harry Oram of Third Culture to discuss all things dance and the perception of the public on male dancers. Read the full interview here:
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