Boy, 11, is getai stage producer

Boy, 11, is getai stage producer
Jeral Tan, the 11-year old boy who does the AV system for getai performances.

SINGAPORE - By day, he is a primary school pupil. But at night, Jeral Tan, 11, is a stage producer for getai performances.

He operates more than $50,000 worth of light and sound equipment, setting the mood and synchronising the lights using a laptop and several control panels.

Each show can cost between $5,000 and $30,000 to host, depending on the number of artists and the scale of the event, say organisers.

But Jeral is such a pro that organisers have trusted him to help produce more than 100 getai performances over three years.

Looking at Jeral, you wouldn't guess that he is a getai veteran.

His classmates and teachers do not know about his alter ego.

"It's my secret talent," said the shy Primary 5 pupil from Chongzheng Primary School.

Only the drink stall operators in his school canteen praised him when they read about him in Shin Min Daily News last Thursday.

Jeral said: "I don't tell anyone I do this. It's just my hobby."

He doesn't even take part in his school's audiovisual club.

"All they do is set up microphones. I can do better than that," he said.

On Monday evening, The New Paper was at Kaki Bukit to see one of Jeral's getai productions, sponsored by Yun Yin Dian Temple.

There, we saw him expertly controlling more than 20 stage lights and fog machines, each pulsating with the music's rhythm.

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