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SPH Foundation Brings Underprivileged to The Theatre Practice's Chinese Theatre Festival

Singapore, 18 August 2011The Singapore Press Holdings Foundation (SPH Foundation) will be bringing 680 underprivileged youths and elderly folks to catch the inaugural Chinese Theatre Festival by The Theatre Practice.

The beneficiaries will be treated to one of the four productions of the Festival: Tell Tales Sing Songs, The Happy Prince, Am I Crying and The Story After Ah Q. These productions will be staged from 25 August to 19 September at the new Joyden Hall at Illuma.

The beneficiaries are from the following organisations:

    1. Chinese Development Assistance Council
    2. Shan You Counselling Centre
    3. HELP Family Service Centre
    4. Mindsville – Children's Wing
    5. Humanitarian Organisation for Migration Economics
    6. Bedok View Secondary School (Low income family students)
    7. Marymount Centre
    8. O'Joy Care Services
    9. Low income students from the National Library Board's Reading Initiatives Programme

The SPH Foundation launched its Arts Fund on 20 April this year to give the underprivileged the opportunity to enjoy and appreciate the arts. At the same time, it also helps local arts groups to produce quality productions and reach out to more audiences.

Coming up in October, SPH Foundation will purchase tickets for more than 600 children to enjoy I Theatre's Elves and The Shoemaker, which will be staged at the Drama Centre.

Besides The Theatre Practice, I Theatre and Toy Factory Productions, other theatre groups which the SPH Foundation Arts Fund is supporting this year include the Singapore Repertory Theatre and Drama Box.

About the Chinese Theatre Festival productions

Tell Tales Sing Songs is a musical concert featuring famous tunes from five local Chinese musicals including December Rains, Lao Jiu: The Musical, If There're Seasons, 881 - the Musical and Liao Zhai Rocks!.

The Happy Prince, an adaptation of Oscar Wilde's famous story, is retold with the use of rod puppets from Czech Republic. The beautiful production will capture the hearts and minds of both children and adults.

Am I Crying presents a fresh interpretation of the beloved Chinese folklore of Lady Meng Jiang, whose tears brought down the Great Wall of China. Be enthralled by the use of fascinating giant pop-up books and paper puppets in this performance.

The Story After Ah Q is based on Chinese writer Lu Xun's best loved work. Open your minds and revel in a tragi-comedy of mind-boggling dimensions and playful deviations.

Media Invitation

We would like to invite your reporter and your photographer/ camera crew to attend the opening performance of the Chinese Theatre Festival - Tell Tales Sing Songs on 25 August 2011.

Details:
Tell Tales Sing Songs - Opening Performance of Chinese Theatre Festival
Date: 25 August 2011, Thursday
Time: 8pm
Venue: The Joyden Hall at Iluma (Level 7)
201 Victoria Street

Please RSVP with Francis Mah at 6319 1028 or email: mahys@sph.com.sg by 23 August 2011.

A limited number of charity tickets are still available for Tell Tales Sing Songs, Am I Crying and The Story After Ah Q. Charity organisations who are interested to catch these productions can contact Mr Cell Tono of The Theatre Practice at 6337 2525 for more information.

Singapore Press Holdings Foundation Ltd Co. Registration No. 200300910M

For media queries, please contact:

Mr Francis Mah
Manager
Corporate Communications
Singapore Press Holdings Limited
Tel: 6319 1028
Email: mahys@sph.com.sg

Mr Guo Xiong
Publicist
The Theatre Practice
Tel: 6337 2525
Email: guoxiong@practice.org.sg

About the Singapore Press Holdings Foundation

The Singapore Press Holdings Foundation, a registered charity and an Institution of Public Character, was first set up as the Press Foundation of Singapore in January 2003 to help build a lifelong learning community that embraces language enrichment, creativity, diversity, healthy living and sports. The seed contribution of $20 million to the Foundation came from media group Singapore Press Holdings Ltd. It was renamed Singapore Press Holdings Foundation in May 2005.

For more information, please visit the Foundation's website at www.sphfoundation.org.sg.

 

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