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The Magic Paintbrush 2004 presented by I Theatre



I Theatre is presenting The Magic Paintbrush - named after the book written by playwright Brian Seward and illustrated by Francis Chua - from 26 May - 6 Jun 2004 at DBS Arts Centre.

The Magic Paintbrush is an Old Chinese Folk Tale transformed into a Musical, Magical journey for all ages.

The performance is a musical treat for the whole family, where children over the age of four can bring their parents, and older brothers and sisters, aunties and uncles. Marvellous puppets and lively action will enthral the youngest audience members, whilst fun songs and a witty script will entrance grownups and older children.

With an accidental wish, Tony Lee, a young student from present day Singapore meets a Magical Paintbrush. He is transported to a Southern Province of China where, in a series of magical adventures, the story of Ma Liang and his magic paintbrush is recounted.

Meet the tuneful Phoenix who guides and helps Liang with his quest, the comical Flower Rangers, the confused and very blur Chicken. And watch out for the cruel Emperor and his guards!

Through the fun, a clear and strong moral message about friendship, the dangers of using, or abusing power, and the value of creativity is presented in this magical musical show.

This wonderful 75-minute play, directed by Brian Seward, will be performed in English. It features Dwayne Tan, Ernest Seah, Serena Ho, Edric Hsu, Joni Tham, Windson Liong and Cristina Bulahan. Music is provided by Kenneth Lyen and arranged by Bang Wenfu.

The book, The Magic Paintbrush, is published by international publishers Marshall Cavendish International ( Asia ), and will be out in all major bookstores by 24th May.

This beautifully illustrated colour picture book, intended for the primary school audience, contains all the characters and the storyline from the play, and develops some story elements further in a way that the play could not.

Tickets for the performance are available at S$19.00. Special Family Ticket: 2 adults plus 2 children - only $70.00! Early Bird Special Until 26th April only - Tickets $16.00 and Family Ticket $60.00. (SISTIC Fees not included)

Buy your tickets through SISTIC Website at, SISTIC Mobile Ticketing:, SISTIC Hotline: (65) 6348 5555 and SISTIC outlets island-wide.

Contact I Theatre direct or visit our website for Special Educational Establishment offer with free tickets for teachers. This programme is fully supported by the NAC Arts Education Programme, and Government Schools , JCs and ITEs are entitled to use the Tote Board Grant.

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