RWS musical to open later

RWS musical to open later
LightSeeker features lots of acrobatic stunts and multimedia special effects.

The multi-million-dollar musical LightSeeker at Resorts World Sentosa has hit a speedbump in bringing together computer-generated imagery, multimedia special effects and acrobatic stunts for the blockbuster production.

These "technical difficulties" have resulted in a four-day delay for the opening and the show will now open on Thursday instead of its planned debut on Sunday.

The difficulties the creative team encountered during their full-dress rehearsals led to "a delay in the show's development".

A Resorts World Sentosa spokesman said in an e-mail statement: "We are working to rectify the issue and to finetune the show."

Ticketing service Sistic has been contacting those who have tickets to the four shows that have been cancelled on Friday (a preview show), and tomorrow to Tuesday.

Audience members who are affected can choose to exchange their tickets for another show date.

The fantasy-themed LightSeeker tells the story of a general ordered to search for a mystical power by his emperor, leading him to a girl who appears to have this mysterious ability.

It features songs written by award-winning Singapore songwriter and composer Dick Lee. He says his part in the musical, including the music and story development, had wrapped up earlier in the year but adds that the musical has "a very heavy acrobatic aspect" that is "very complex".

Its 39 cast members include British actors Stuart Boother and Vivienne Carlyle, who have performed on London's West End, as well as local actor Lim Kay Siu.

The 90-minute show was created by television production veteran Andrea Teo, who was behind popular local TV shows such as Under One Roof and Phua Chu Kang.

The musical's producer, Wendi Teoh, tells Life! that delaying the opening was a "tough decision but a necessary one". Most of the difficulties involved making sure that the many multimedia and live elements of the show were integrated "seamlessly", she adds.

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