Lao Jiu: The Musical (2017)

6 April 2017 – 23 April 2017 @ Drama Centre Theatre, National Library Building


Lao Jiu, a Singapore classic that has stood the test of time, will awake your aspiration to pursue your dream.

Lao Jiu, literally "the ninth child", is the only son in the family. An incredibly intelligent boy on track to win a prestigious scholarship, but he finds his true calling in the declining traditional puppetry arts. Torn between his dream and responsibilities, will Lao Jiu follow his heart; or will he cave to the needs of his family, seeking wealth and success?

Lao Jiu: The Musical is adapted from a play by late theatre doyen Kuo Pao Kun. Featuring songs composed and written by local Mandopop luminaries Eric Ng and Xiaohan, this acclaimed musical has moved countless audiences, both young and old. 

Directed by The Theatre Practice's Artistic Director Kuo Jian Hong, Lao Jiu: The Musical returns by popular demand this 2017 to tell a courageous and heartwarming story through a flawless union of song, dance, and various forms of puppetry.


Sugie Phua
Yeo Lyle
Ng Johnny
Goh Guat Kian
Ethel Yap
Peter Ong
Petrina Kow
Hang Qian Chou
Isabella Chiam
Benjamin Chow
Katherine Tang 
Benjamin Wong
Jodi Chan
Ric Liu
Natalie Yeap
Xavier Kang
Abby Lai Ka Hei
Edward Choy
Vanessa Phang Wan Qing
Darren Guo
Gloria Ang Xiao Teng
Tay Wei Liang
Catherine Wong
Tan Peng Boon
Chai Shu Hui
Tan Jing Yun Olivia 
Toh Yun Woon
Cherelle Chew
Ong Wan Xin
Yeow Haau Yahn 

Creative Team

Original Work by: Kuo Pao Kun
Director: Kuo Jian Hong
Lyricist: Xiaohan
Composer: Eric Ng
Script Adaptation: Liu Xiaoyi
Arranger: Bang Wenfu
Music Director & Co-Arranger: Julian Wong
Choreographers: Seong Hui Xuan, George Chan 

Set & Costume Designer: Chen Szu-Feng
Puppet Designer & Trainer: Benjamin Ho (Paper Monkey Theatre)
Lighting Designer: Genevieve Peck
Sound Designer: Shah Tahir
Hair Designer: Ashley Lim
Makeup Designer: The Make Up Room

Speech Coach: Ng Mun Poh
Dance Captain: Tay Wei Liang 

Production Team

Producer: Karene Teo
Assistant Producer: Lim Yu Ye
Production Manager: Chan Lee Lee 
Technical Director: Lee Bee Bee
Stage Manager: Eng Sze Kee 
Assistant Stage Managers: Marilyn Ang, Tan Yi Lin Michelle

Stage Crew: Peter Chi, Ho Li Yi, Alethea Koh, Steffi Tan, Toh Wen Fang 
Scenic Artists: Chen Szu-Feng, Lee Bee Bee
Sound Engineer: Sandra Tay
Sound Crew: Darren Cheah Jun Han, Chua Zong Ming, Lim Chengyi, Nur Asfarina binte Mohammed Ishak 
Radio Mic Operator: Jessy Choo 
Followspot Operators: Merissa Tang, Wong Teck Shuen 
Wardrobe Supervisor & Coordinator: Glenna Ng 
Wardrobe Assistants: Gabrielle Lee, Valeree Ray Lee, Yeo Fu Bi
Set Assistant: Jessy Choo
Puppet & Props Assistant: Leah Sim 
Puppet-making Team: Benjamin Ho, Hung Chit-Wah
Surtitle Operator: Catherine Ho


Conductor & Pianist: Julian Wong
Keyboardist: Tan Kian Wee
Acoustic & Electric Guitarist: Feri Susanto
Electric Bassist: Din Safari
Violinists: Lee Shi Mei, Meah Tze Chuan
Drummer & Percussionist: Patrick Ang 

(Source: The Theatre Practice Programme)

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Lao Jiu: The Musical (2017), Brochure
Brochure for Lao Jiu: The Musical (2017). 
The Theatre Practice
Recorded: 6 April 2017
Lao Jiu: The Musical (2017), Programme
Programme for Lao Jiu: The Musical (2017). 
The Theatre Practice
Recorded: 6 April 2017