Published on 22 November 2017

By Melanie Lee

From left to right: Emiliano Cyrus, nine, Gisele Chiam, nine, Neo Le Yang, 11, and Lilo Baier, 11, are the four child leads in the show. (Photo: ChildAid 2017)
Credit: ChildAid 2017

The 13th run of ChildAid breaks new ground with its theme “An Amazing Awesome Asian Adventure”. For one, this is the first time it is helmed by Cultural Medallion recipient Dick Lee as Creative Director. Also, the various performances will be connected together with a linked narrative involving four children going on a quest through various Asian countries.

This charity concert is jointly organised by The Straits Times and The Business Times. Proceeds from this event will go to ST’s School Pocket Money Fund, which provides an allowance to children from low-income families, and BT’s Budding Artists Fund, which gives financially disadvantaged children opportunities to explore the arts.

Performers, including guest star Natalie Ong (wearing a chequered shirt and standing left of picture), rehearsing the show finale (Photo: ChildAid 2017)

After two-day audition in June which even brought in young performers from overseas, over 150 children ages 5 – 18 were selected to be involved in this 90-minute production. There will be singing, dancing, musical performances and even martial arts from this talented group of children and teens – all in the name of raising money for a worthy cause.

For 14-year-old Nur Amira Binte Rohaizad, it’s her way of giving back after being a beneficiary of The Business Times Budding Artists Fund. Last year, the Ahmad Ibrahim Secondary School student took part in the youth programme at arts training centre 10 Square supported by this fund. Through the programme, she learned about managing productions and the different types of performing arts. For this concert, she will be part of the ChildAid Choir.

Nur Amirah Rohaizad (Pix credit: Courtesy of Nur Amirah Rohaizad)
Neo Le Yang (Pix credit: Courtesy of Neo Le Yang and family)
Marcus Chiau (Pix credit: Andre Chong)
ChildAid costume designer Frederick Lee adjusting the costume for Marcus Chiau who plays the Imp in the show (Photo: ChildAid 2017)

Do also look out for Neo Le Yang, 11, from Maha Bodhi School. He plays one of the four child leads going on a whirlwind adventure through Asia. Neo previously took on the role of 9-year-old Emperor Guangxu in the local musical “Forbidden City: Portrait of An Empress.” He has experience acting and singing on stage, and has taken part in wushu and dance competitions.

For SOTA (School of the Arts) theatre student Marcus Chiau, 17, ChildAid 2017 marks his first full-scale professional production with his role of the Imp who helps the four children in their journey across Asia. He hopes to pursue theatre as a full-time career and contribute to the local arts scene.

ChildAid 2017 will take place on 24 & 25 Nov 2017 at Resorts World Theatre. Tickets have sold out but you can still watch snippets leading up to the show here. If you would like to donate towards the ST School Pocket Money Fund and BT Budding Artists Fund, click here to find out how you can contribute

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