Take an old-time classic, add some adorable little characters and bring it closer to home—these are what make iTheatre’s latest musical production, The Magic Paintbrush worth watching. Since its inception 15 years ago, iTheatre has stayed true to its vision to create “family-focused entertainment for the region,” enriching Singapore’s young audience with its class productions. This year, to mark its anniversary year, it brings this endearing Chinese folk tale closer to home with familiar characters and surroundings.
Meet Singaporean girl Toni Lee, who gets transformed to Ma Liang, the girl with the gift of the magical paintbrush, and travels back in time to a village in the Southern province of China. As the story unfolds, watch Ma escape the clutches of the comical palace guards Sotong and Shrimp and outwit the greedy emperor and free the village from his cruel intentions.
Through its beautiful rendition combined with fun songs and fantastical imagery, the play conveys a strong message to children and adults alike—just like magic. Written and directed by iTheatre’s Artistic Director Brian Seward, and with musical score by Kenneth Lyen and arrangement by Bang Wenfu, The Magic Paintbrush comes in the trail of iTheatre’s other successful runs like The Boy Who Cried Wolf, The Rainbow Fish and Little Star, and packs all the right formulae for your child’s perfect family day out. For more details, visit itheatre.org
The Magic Paintbrush is on from 27 October to 12 November at Drama Centre Theatre, NLB Level 3. Tickets priced at $32/person; $121.60 for a family of 4 persons; $140.80 for a family of 5 persons. Visit sistic.com.sg