The nominees for Best Supporting Actress on the Life Theatre Awards confronted uncommon challenges of their roles, from doing push-ups for 3 straight minutes to holding a straight face on stage.
Oon Shu An, 32
Nominated for: Boeing Boeing (Wild Rice) Previous nominations: Best Actress for the 2015 manufacturing Chinglish by Pangdemonium, Best Original Script for #UnicornMoment (2014) by Checkpoint Theatre and Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay
Oon is nominated for her comedian flip as an SIA woman in Boeing Boeing by Wild Rice. Her character Jeanette is certainly one of three girlfriends juggled by a playboy, however who ultimately turns the desk on him.
“She’s so shrewd, I love it,” says Oon. “She’s so unsentimental and I’m very sentimental.”
Much of her work these days is made for on-line streaming on Toggle, together with the Mandarin military collection Yes Mdm and actuality present You Deserve A Break, which surprises deserving folks with a holiday.
Returning to theatre was a enjoyable change for Oon, but in addition difficult. Comedy is more durable than folks assume it’s, she says. “Timing needs to be on point. If the timing goes off, you lose the laughs.”
When the whole lot goes properly and there may be terrific comedian chemistry among the many solid, a brand new problem arises. “The hardest thing for me was not laughing during the show,” she says of Boeing Boeing. “It’s so important, isn’t it?”
Jo Tan, 36
Nominated for: Frago (Checkpoint Theatre) Previous nominations: Best Ensemble for the 2015 manufacturing It Won’t Be Too Long (The Cemetery: Dusk) by Drama Box
Previous wins: Best Ensemble for the 2012 manufacturing of Lao Jiu: The Musical (The Theatre Practice)
While taking part in a warrant officer within the armed forces in Frago, Tan did no less than 10 minutes of continuous calisthenics, together with about 60 tricep push-ups, in entrance of the viewers.
It was not too tiring, but it surely was laborious to keep up good kind, she says. “It was great because now I have pretty defined arms,” she provides, laughing.
Tan performed an officer who realises that she has hit the restrict for profession development. She tried to organize by going to an open home organised by the Singapore Armed Forces, however found extra confessions by Google.
“There’s so much of a glass ceiling for women regardless of profession,” she says. “I think it’s true for any woman in a male-dominated environment.”
Soon after Frago, she performed a social media influencer in Army Daze 2, a light-hearted position poles aside from the character she is nominated for. “People valued Frago because it was so real,” she says. “My character is anybody who is fighting things that are senseless.”
Cheryl Tan, 29
Nominated for: Forbidden City: Portrait Of An Empress (Singapore Repertory Theatre and Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay)
Previous nominations: None Tan needed to do core workout routines and stretches to recuperate from the burden of her head-dress in Forbidden City: Portrait Of An Empress.
The Malaysian actress is nominated for her portrayal of Yehenara, a naive concubine who learns a swift lesson in court docket politics to turn out to be the de facto ruler of China.
She says she was typically scolded for ready till the final second to don the ornate headgear. She explains: “The thing is skewered to your head. Cable ties are involved. It is not pretty. At one of the tech rehearsals, I cried a bit because it was so painful.”
She learn Jung Chang’s bestseller, Empress Dowager Cixi, to organize for her position. “It paints her as this politically savvy bada** rather than an innocent victim of circumstance,” says Tan. “I’d like her to be remembered as someone who didn’t accept her circumstances. The world hands you this deal, are you going to lie down and take it? Or are you going to fight?”
The actress has been in a number of native productions, together with youngsters’s play Rapunzel in 2014 and Romeo And Juliet in 2016, each offered by the Singapore Repertory Theatre. This is her first nomination on the Life Theatre Awards.
“I was jumping around when I found out. I feel like one of the cool kids,” she says. “I’m super sad about having no ceremony though, I’d already picked a designer and everything.”
Chloe Choo, 12
Nominated for: Fun Home (Pangdemonium) Previous nominations: None Chloe continues to be too younger to be allowed into the musical that she is nominated for. Fun Home was rated R18 for gay content material. It relies on a memoir by best-selling graphic novelist Alison Bechdel and centres Bechdel’s complicated relationship together with her father and her lesbian id.
Chloe alternated the position with Elly Gaskell and needed to observe her good friend one night time. At the door, the usher tried to cease her. “She said, ‘Being a cast member is one thing, being in the audience is another,” recollects the younger actress, who ultimately obtained in because of her solid cross.
She is in Primary 6 at CHIJ Our Lady of the Nativity, however has already been on stage a number of instances, together with taking part in a Von Trapp daughter twice in The Sound Of Music on the Mastercard Theatres at Marina Bay Sands in 2014 and final 12 months. She was additionally within the solid of Annie in 2012 and in Wild Rice’s pantomimes The Emperor’s New Clothes (2015) and Monkey Goes West (2016).
Fun Home has been her most difficult position, in additional methods than one. Her mother and father had been questioned by household pals for letting their daughter play a homosexual character. In the top, they left the choice to Chloe. “I didn’t see any problem with that. In the end, we’re all only human,” she says.