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Mapletree Proudly Presents Once Upon A Like – A New Musical produced by Sing’theatre
10 Oct 2023

SINGAPORE, 10 October 2023 - Once Upon A Like, is an exciting new musical based on the timeless Cinderella story made for the modern social media generation (and less tech-savvy family members, too!).

Fun, current and full of modern references, this musical, proudly presented by Mapletree Investments, will make the whole family look at their social media with a different perspective through the medium of the beloved story of Cinderella that we all know and love.

How will Cindy (Cinderella) handle the constant pressures of likes, followers, and subscribers? Will Charming break free of his influencer fame and family expectations to follow his true passions? Is everyone in Far Far Away truly happy with their scrolling, swiping, and sharing cycle?

Want to find out? Don’t wait for your Fairy God Mother to arrive! Put on your best glass slippers, hop a carriage ride and catch this new musical written here in Singapore by a West End composer and starring a fantastic local cast!

Mr Edmund Cheng, Mapletree Chairman, said: “Sing’theatre first performed at our lunchtime performance series, Mapletree Arts in the City, in September 2022. With arts being one of the four key Corporate Social Responsibility pillars at Mapletree, we are pleased to bring them to VivoCity for a full-fledged one hour inaugural performance. We look forward to presenting more artistic genres to the community moving forward.”

"When Mapletree approached us with the opportunity to craft a musical performance at VivoCity, it became clear that we had discovered an ideal collaborator, united by our shared mission to make performing arts accessible to all," said Ms Nathalie Ribette, Executive Producer & Artistic Director of Sing’theatre. 

Once Upon A Like premiered as a short musical in 2018 for a local short theatre festival. The script was written by Sing’theatre’s Associate Artistic Director TJ Taylor, and the music/lyrics by Composer Luka Bjelis. 

“Once Upon A Like was such a hit and so well received that we had to get the creative team back together to transform it into a 1-hour show for the entire family!’ Ms Ribette added.

Since its conception, Luka has moved back to London and has successfully created some new musicals while TJ stayed in Singapore and expanded the Musical Theatre genre in Singapore through Sing’theatre. With the opportunity to revisit their inaugural work and extend it to a full-length show, the British Duo TJ Taylor & Luka were elated. Their partnership, which transcends borders, demonstrated their mastery of the musical theatre genre and their innate talent for captivating and delighting audiences.

“By working collaboratively through Zoom, Luka writes the music and lyrics in London, and then I develop the script as well as work with our fantastic cast of local performers to bring the show to life right here in Singapore”, said TJ Taylor.

Since the first version of Once Upon A Like, times have changed; thus the show has been adapted to include TikTok and modern references, alongside the thoughts and feelings of Gen Zs and their parents that will get everyone laughing.

The cast is full of talented next-generation Singapore-based performers who are excited to premier a brand-new musical. 

“It is so rare to create a brand-new musical in Singapore, and we are so happy we get to give this opportunity to the next generation of performances and hopefully inspire the next generation of performers in our audience with this new work too,” added Mr Taylor.

Make sure to mark your calendars for this extraordinary musical event at the VivoCity Amphitheatre, Level 3, on November 4, 2023.


Once Upon A Like - Fast Facts

Presented by:


Music & Lyrics by:

Luka Bjelis

Book by:

TJ Taylor

Produced by:

Nathalie Ribette

Directed by:

TJ Taylor

Choreographed by:

Pat Jon Gregory & TJ Taylor

Musical Direction by:

TJ Taylor

Light & Multimedia
Design by:

Doodle Productions

Set Design by:

Petrina Tan

Sound Design by:

Aldon Chua

Starring: Ines Estela, Gabriel Nicholas Tham (Gabbie), Katie Walker, Natasha Kabakova, Alice Anna Ribette, Randall Lee, Roderick Howie & Abigail Hicks


Saturday 4 November 2023


5pm & 7:30pm


VivoCity Amphitheatre, Level 3


From 10 October 2023
Tickets Available on Peatix

Ticket Price:

S$10 (Adult), S$8 (Child*), S$30 (4 tickets)
All prices excluding Peatix handling fee & GST

*Refers to Children under the age of 12. Free admission for children under the age of 2 but must be seated on guardian’s lap. 


For more information, please visit Sing'theatre's website and social media channels:





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    Mapletree Investments Pte Ltd
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Sing'theatre is a theatre company committed to bringing music and theatre to everyone.

We use the musical theatre genre and music to bring social conversations and personal struggles to the stage through our shows.

Beyond the traditional stage, we are committed to bringing music to everyone through our community outreach programmes in hospitals through programs such as Musicfest@SGH & 365 Hours of Music.

Sing'theatre Academy gives musical theatre enthusiasts from all walks of life the opportunity to practise with and learn from professional artists through our high-quality classes, and more than just offering technical lessons, we are exposing our students to the cultural value of musical theatre and real professional stage experience.