I’ve been invited to a backstage tour at Festive Grand Theatre, the current home of Incanto. Together with other bloggers, we had a special look behind the scenes. We didn’t uncover any secrets to the stage illusions (of course not!) but we had encounters with some of the cast and crew, followed by a treat of the show itself.
Incanto has been showing since last November at Festive Grand Theatre, Resorts World at Sentosa. You can find my original full review here.
We gathered on the stage at Festive Grand Theatre, shrouded in mysterious blue lighting, and met Ben Russell (Director of Creations). He introduced us to the show and hosted the backstage tour.
Some members of the Shenyang Acrobatic Troupe gave us a quick demo of Hoops Act, requiring skillful jumps through rings. During the show, the rings would rotate and the acrobats may even need to leap through three of them in a single sequence. There are even coordinated jumps, where a few acrobats pass through a tower of hoops in unison.
Hoops level up time.
One of the kids in our tour group was very energetic and had a lot of fun with the “mini” Hoops Act!
Here’s a closer look at the set on stage – the Library in the Monastery.
Hidden right above the stage floor, beyond the proscenium arch, is the “Bell”. This is lowered at one point of the show and a group of acrobats will dangle and perform stunts from it.
And here’s another set. Not sure if this is supposed to be part of the monastery or dungeon, as it’s used for both “worlds”.
My favourite prop would be massive Wheel of Death.
Next, we went to the dance studio. It’s a lot cleaner – with all the hoops, ropes and other aerial acrobatic apparatuses (for Voyage de la Vie) removed.
Here, the international dance cast rehearsed and gave us a demo of the dance finale of Incanto.
The last room of the tour is Make-up and Costume.
Interestingly, the make-up artists here said that due to the large ensemble of performers, they have little opportunity to put on make-up for performers during the show. The performers were trained to do their on make-up.
Parts of costumes, for Dungeon Master and some dancers.
As part of the Bloggers’ special, we had the chance to do some face or hand painting. Have a look at some of them:
Overview of the stage.
That’s all for the tour! Now here’s some extra bits:
Incanto revisited: A second review
I have watched Incanto during its opening weekend, and you can read my original full review here.
While I did not expect any dramatic changes, there have been some improvements.
For Oon Shu Ann’s initial solos, her vocals are much clearer than the last time (which had too much reverb and overall the audio system sounded unbalanced). The finale “Incanto” song could still be improved – maybe have it performed clean, without any backing track?
With vocals being clearer than before, I’ve heard some rather bizarre lyrics. There are lines like: “You can’t fool me with confusion, no you can’t trick me, you sly devil, no you can’t fool me because I am clever”.
The amount of theatrical fog used was drastically reduced. This is better for guests seated at the stalls near the stage, but the added level of clarity inadvertently reveals secrets for some stage illusions.
The Hoops Act acrobats also seemed more confident than last November. I remembered that there were moments of hesitation during the opening weekend, causing strange delays.
While the show still has some rough edges, it is 90 minutes crammed with good entertainment. There’s never a dull moment in the world of Incanto. Even when dramatic illusions and dangerous stunts are performed, Incanto is always accompanied with a strong dance ensemble.
Taking photos with the stars of Incanto
Right after a show, you can find the main stars of Incanto at the Festive Grand Theatre entrance. Only two cast members will appear at the photo spot (though Joe Labero is most certain to be there) meaning it’s Oon Shu An (The Seeker) and Chad O’Brien (Dungeon Master) on rotation. Photos are free and you’ll need to use your own camera. They may also sign autographs on request.
Other cast members of Incanto (mysterious hooded strangers) and the Jester can sometimes be found roaming near the entrance to Festive Grand Theatre before a show starts.
Extra: Incanto Soundtrack – How to get itWhere to download the Incanto Soundtrack? (Click to expand)
For those interested in the Incanto soundtrack, it is only available at Incanto Plus. You’ll need to buy the Incanto Plus card (S$20) at Festive Grand Theatre Gift Shop. The card has a voucher code that can be redeemed at Incantoplus.com. Only five tracks are available and they are all composed by Jonathan Lim (who also wrote music for Voyage de la Vie).
Incanto Soundtrack – Jonathan Lim
1. The Bell Rhapsody
2. Enter The Dungeons
3. Chants Of The Darkness
4. Blades Of Fury
5. Wheel Of Death
8. Incanto Dreams
I had trouble redeeming my voucher code and downloading content from Incantoplus.com, so how I managed to get the music in the end:
1. Sign up for an account at http://www.bandit.fm
2. Login at http://www.bandit.fm
3. Go to this page: http://www.bandit.fm/dashboard/account/redeem and enter your voucher code.
4. Go to http://www.incantoplus.com (You should be automatically logged in).
5. Scroll down to “Soundtracks and Ringtones” and click the “Buy” button to download a track.
You will not be charged any fees for downloading, although the purchase history page on Bandit.fm will log each download for $0.18.
Incanto – A Magical Spectacular
Festive Grand Theatre
Resorts World at Sentosa
Now till 10 March 2013
Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays: 8pm
Saturday and Sundays: 4pm and 8pm
Tickets range from $78 (CAT 4) to $148 (CAT 1/VIP). Tickets for seats with restricted view of the stage are available at $48.
Various discounts and concessions are available, such as student discount of 15%, and child (age 4-12) discount of 30%. See full list here for details.
Special Thanks to Resorts World at Sentosa for inviting dejiki.com to an afternoon of Incanto and a walk around backstage.
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