Posted by Loh An Lin On September - 24 - 2017

The Club found itself at a crossroads at the beginning of 2018, and the then Committee called an EGM in March to let members voice their opinions on the Club’s future. It was gratifying to see members’ absolute determination not only to keep the Club going, but to do whatever was necessary to return it to its rightful place at the heart of Singapore’s theatre scene.
A big thank you to everyone who stepped up to form the new Committee. With all due modesty, I am honored to be the Club’s first female Chinese Singaporean president and I am hugely grateful to all the committee members who give freely of their time to ensure that the Club fulfils its mission. I’d also like recognise with gratitude the support and guidance of the Club’s elder statesmen, notably Life Members David and Eileen Hickman. The Hickmans have served the Club with distinction for many years and have been kind enough to share their wisdom.

photo6165551211722418303

2018’s first show was a hugely ambitious production of Cabaret, directed by Asha Peppiatt. Musicals are the most challenging theatrical form for an amateur company but thanks to some wonderful vocal talent and a superb group of musicians under the direction of Andrew Fordham, along with a company of decidedly slinky dancers choreographed by Stephanie Hughes, the show was a great success. James Smith’s MC was unforgettable, as was Heather Garside’s Sally Bowles.

photo6167769519381129262

In October the Club broke new ground with the presentation of a staged reading of Rank Outsiders, an original work by Australian Kirsten Trott. This thought-provoking drama, staged as part of the LitUp Festival, addressed topical social issues of prejudice and isolation, leavened with dark humour. The show, directed with great sensitivity by Susie Penrice, was enthusiastically received and is currently under development to take to the next level.

photo6168210780026153078

November saw our annual programme highlight – the traditional Stage Club pantomime. Directed by Elena Scherer, Cinderella was a resounding success, with the wonderful cast bringing the unique magic of panto to the Tanglin Club and Siglap Community Centre. Cries of “Behind You!” are still echoing through their buildings!

 

It was a challenging year, but we’ve more than survived and we enter 2019 with fresh enthusiasm and optimism. Stay on the lookout for all the exciting things TSC has in store for the new year!

 

As The Stage Club moves towards its 75th anniversary in 2020, we wish to both look back and reckon with our long history, and at the same time to look forward, to building community, as our unique position allows us to do. We are, and will always be, a theatre that opens its doors to people of all backgrounds and levels of experience to join us and not only watch but to participate and put up a show together.

Anyone who is interested to join or support the club in any capacity – creative, performing, backstage – or who just wants to know more, please email vice president William Laws at william.laws@thestageclub.org.

Similarly, if there’s anyone whose social group has an interest in the Stage Club and/or our productions, please email anlin.loh@thestageclub.org. We will be delighted to arrange for a special package for your company to enjoy Club productions.

 

Sincerely,

Loh An Lin

President

Comments are closed.