Resorts World Sentosa
Resorts World Theatre/Last Friday
Watching LightSeeker was like being force-fed a poorly curated platter of campy 1990s cheesiness, which was made barely palatable only by a healthy side of acrobatics.
It is hard to put a finger on what was the worst part of the show. The cliched dialogue? The obviously expensive but terribly campy costumes? The storyline which has too many holes?
Created by veteran TV producer Andrea Teo, Resorts World Sentosa's third original production had a paper- thin, science-fiction plot about a mysterious evil Emperor (Lim Kay Siu, appearing only on video) who feeds on the light in people in order to survive. He gets this light with the help of his two lieutenants, Usha (Vivienne Carlyle) and The General (Stuart Boother).
To get more of this essential essence, he tries to force Nova (Sarah Brown, as a mysterious spirit-like creature) to create light for him, but his plan is thwarted when she turns The General against him.
What could actually have been a straightforward epic is thrown into disarray by the injection of random, inexplicable plot elements and jarring transitions.
Somehow, Nova comes from a land where people wear white, high-collared flowy robes. Then Usha turns her pet snakes into human form so that they can hunt for the missing Nova, but they never do so. And later, Nova has to raise an army of near-dead souls that never actually end up fighting.