MILE-HIGH MERRIMENT

Af­ter sev­eral suc­cess­ful runs, Wild Rice is bring­ing the French com­edy clas­sic Boe­ing Boe­ing to the stage again next month. The play cen­tres on Bernard – a fre­quent­fly­ing play­boy who’s dat­ing three stew­ardesses at once. His per­fect life gets a bit tur­bule

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What can au­di­ences ex­pect from the up­com­ing pro­duc­tion?

Laugh­ter, laugh­ter and more laugh­ter! This is a play de­signed to tickle au­di­ences from be­gin­ning to end. And, sexy girls – very sexy girls.

The show was pre­vi­ously staged by Wild Rice in 2002, 2005 and 2010. What’s dif­fer­ent in the 2017 ver­sion?

It’s a brand new cast, and we have stew­ardesses from dif­fer­ent air­lines. While the Sin­ga­pore Air­lines girl re­mains (how can we not have the SQ girl with a hi­lar­i­ous com­edy set in Sin­ga­pore?), we have the new ad­di­tions of a stew­ardess from Air In­dia (Sangeetha Do­rai) and one from Air China (Judee Tan).

The orig­i­nal ver­sion of the play is set in Paris in the swing­ing 60s. How has this new ver­sion been adapted?

It has been up­dated to 2017, as we want the au­di­ence to re­late to it im­me­di­ately. It has a Sin­ga­pore set­ting with im­me­di­ately recog­nis­able char­ac­ters, as op­posed to the orig­i­nal Amer­i­can, Ger­man and Ital­ian air stew­ardesses. When some­thing is fa­mil­iar, it def­i­nitely serves as fod­der for good com­edy.

What do you love most about this story?

The story is sim­ple – a cheat­ing po­lyg­a­mist jug­gles three women at the same time, and none of them knows about the oth­ers. The joy of telling this story is lis­ten­ing to the au­di­ence panic to­gether with Bernard as his care­fully or­ches­trated harem falls apart. It’s pure joy to see and hear the au­di­ence’s re­ac­tion.

You played a stew­ardess in Wild Rice’s 2002 and 2005 pro­duc­tions. How does it feel to be back, this time in the di­rec­tor’s chair?

I had so much fun play­ing Miss Cathay Pa­cific! I wish I could reprise this role over and over but, alas, I am 45 and can­not. So, I’m de­lighted and hon­oured to still be part of this amaz­ing play as the di­rec­tor (di­rec­tors can be 45 and above, phew!). I’m ready to fly!

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