Original musical featuring award-winning cast and crew to premiere in Kuching this Friday

In conjunction with What About Kuching (WAK) 2019 and supported by WOW Design Limited, theatrethreesixty and Two Much Drama presents LOST/FOUND, a production featuring four short musicals about four desperately lost people, hoping to be found and not left behind.

The audience can look forward to themes that will speak to them at different stages of their lives.

LOST/FOUND is a rollercoaster of emotions – at once side splitting, sometimes tragic yet full of energy, featuring Gabriel Tham, Alia Kearney, Natalie Makulin and Tria Aziz.

The award-winning cast of Lost / Found: (From L-R) Alia Kearney, Gabriel Tham, Tria Aziz, and Natalie Makulin.
The award-winning cast of Lost / Found: (From L-R) Alia Kearney, Gabriel Tham, Tria Aziz, and Natalie Makulin.

Tria Aziz is an award winning musical theatre performer. Before she was named the Boh Cammie’s Best Musical Performer in 2014 then Best Musical Performer in a Supporting Role and Best Vocal in Music 2018, Tria also won the Short + Sweet Musical’s Best Female Actor in 2013 then Best Actor in 2017.

Alia Kearney won Best Female Actor in Short and Sweet Musicals, 2015. A few shows she has worked on won BOH Cameronian Arts Awards, namely Into The Woods and Mahsuri (and Other Peculiar Tales). She has just completed a major role in Euphrasia the Musical which also went on tour. When not performing, Alia also works as a Theatre Director, Vocal and Acting Coach.

Natalie Makulin’s debut into musical theatre began in 2010, performing in, ‘The Reluctant Saint The Musical’ staged in Kuala Lumpur and in Singapore. She made a comeback in 2019 as part of, ‘Euphrasia The Musical’ ensemble. She is currently a Speech and Drama teacher.

Gabriel Tham began his performing arts journey with Cempaka Schools’ annual Box Office Productions. He has trained under Dama Asia and was involved in several Dama’s productions. He has also performed in several original black comedy works such as Angry Pyjamas, The Butler Did, and My Zombie Ex.

Written and composed by musical theatre powerhouse Nick Choo and directed by theatrethreesixty’s award-winning director Christopher Ling, LOST/FOUND premieres FIRST in Kuching before touring to Johor Bharu and Kuala Lumpur this December.

The director of Lost/Found, Christopher Ling.
The director of Lost/Found, Christopher Ling.

On the inspiration for LOST / FOUND, director Christopher Ling, says, “I have always admired Nick Choo’s mini musicals from afar, never having had the chance to direct them. That is until this production of LOST/FOUND. Not only have I had the awesome chance to reconceptualize an entire outing of these musicals but am also premiering a brand new one too.”

On his decision to premiere the musical in Kuching, and not in Kuala Lumpur, he says, “The overwhelmingly warm and welcoming response that we got for our staging of EVERY BRILLIANT THING in Kuching last year was truly the clincher. The hunger and thirst for quality theatrical productions here in Kuching is on the rise and theatrethreesixty is most glad to continue to play our part alongside TWO MUCH DRAMA in stocking the fire further.”

Ling is the co-founder and artistic director of Malaysian theatre collective, theatrethreesixty. His work as a director of plays, operas and musicals has been seen in Malaysia, Singapore and London, UK.

He was awarded the Boh Cameronian Arts Award for Best Direction (Musical Theatre) in 2012. He also received the Anugerah Seni Negara (National Arts Awards) Young Talent Award for Theatre Directing in 2009. He trained in Drama and Theatre Arts at Middlesex University, UK and with the National Youth Theatre of Great Britain.

LOST/FOUND is written and composed by Nick Choo, a Malaysian composer, musician and playwright whose original works of musical theatre have been produced in Kuala Lumpur, Australia, South Korea and Singapore.

In 2013, his original piece Dreaming Outside The Box swept eight out of 14 awards in the Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre’s Short+Sweet Musical festival. He was the recipient of the inaugural Mercedes-Benz Malaysia Creative Excellence Award in 2014.

Nick is the also the composer,writer and lyricist of The Edge, which won several Boh Cameronian Arts Awards. The Edge made its Western Australian premiere in Perth last year with an all-Australian cast.

There will be only three shows available in Kuching for this exciting new musical production. The venue will be at Events Hall, Old Courthouse.

The first show is on Oct 25 (Friday) at 8.30pm. This will be followed by an afternoon matinee the next day (Oct 26) at 3pm and another evening show at 8.30pm.

Tickets are priced at RM100 and can be purchased by contacting Sze Lyn (019-888 1948) or Laura (012-887 6889).

This production has mature content, suitable for 13 years old and above with parental guidance.

The creative team behind LOST / FOUND will also be conducting a Musical Theatre 101 workshop on 26 October, 10am-1pm, at the Events Hall, Old Courthouse. Open to adults aged 16 and over, this workshop will be an insightful sharing on how they had put this whole musical together. Admission is free, but registration is required.

This event is part of What About Kuching 2019. For more information or to download our calendar, visit aboutkuching.com.  Programme booklet are also available for free across Kuching. For updates, find WAK on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter under @aboutkuching.

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