Flight of fantasy
It's not easy staging Sentosa's new night show, Wings Of Time, which features majestic water effects, fireworks and light projections
Most evenings, you can find Mr Zuhairi Mohamed Idris on Siloso Beach at Sentosa.
Mr Zuhairi, 26, is one of the performers at Sentosa's new night show, Wings Of Time, a multimedia production with majestic water effects, fireworks and light projections.
And unlike many productions where performers just need to play one character in a production, the cast of Wings Of Time have to work extra hard as they are expected to know the script for multiple characters because they may play different roles from night to night.
"Some of the outdoor performance trainings were especially tiring because of the hot weather in Singapore," said Mr Zuhairi, who does not only act in the show but also takes turns to be the show coordinator. "But all in all, it was still very fun."
Wings Of Time tells the story of Felix and Rachel, who are taken on a journey through time by a mystical bird-like creature named Shahbaz.
The cast includes a team of 20 performers, seven of whom perform at any given time.
Mr Zuhairi said he went through a two-day audition for the show two months before it was launched.
"The audition was supposed to last for only a day, but due to the number (of people auditioning), they had to extend it to two days," said Mr Zuhairi.
But that was the easy part.
A month of training followed to prepare them for the performances ahead.
Another performer, Ms Nur Amalina Mohamed Juffri, 24, said training was tough because of what performers needed to do in each show.
"The show required us to not only be able to dance but to sing as well. We had to stretch our bodies and vocals," she said.
The first week consisted of singing training to help the cast hone their voices.
Then the team had to focus on characterisation, where they learnt about their individual roles.
Lastly, they had to learn their positions on stage.
The team was also split into two groups to take shifts on different days.
"We each have to come down at least 10 days each month for the shows," said Ms Nur Amalina.
Wings Of Time, which had its first show last Tuesday, was developed over two years by a team of 150 professionals who conceptualised and developed the multi-sensory experience.
Sentosa's signature show replaced its previous Songs Of The Sea, which ended its seven-year run last month.
Shows run daily at 7.40pm and 8.40pm along Siloso Beach.
You can buy tickets online www.wingsoftime.com.sg or at the nearby ticketing counters.
The show required us to not only be able to dance but to sing as well. We had to stretch our bodies and vocals.
- Cast member Nur Amalina Mohamed Juffri