The Monkiest King

Happening in the Lyric Theatre

This is the world premiere of an epic new opera by Dora Award-winning creative team Alice Ping Yee Ho and Marjorie Chan.  Chan puts her unique spin on the early life of the Song Dynasty character of Sun WuKong, The Monkey King, a trickster character similar to Raven or Loki.  The clever, proud monkey learns compassion and humility through a series of adventures with the elements, forest animals, the forces of heaven, and ultimately the stern Jade Emperor and kind Kwanyin.

Featuring the on-stage talents of the over 150 children and youth of the CCOC led by Teri Dunn (music director) and Nina Lee Aquino (stage director).  They will be joined by a professional chamber orchestra that realizes Ho’s score with a mixture of Western and Chinese classical instruments. 

Sung in English and Mandarin with English and Mandarin SurtitlesTM

Award-winning designers Camellia Koo (set & costume) and Michelle Ramsay (lighting) and choreographer Emily Cheung

Approx. 60’ in one act.

School Performances - May 25th at 10am and 1pm are for school groups only – please direct inquiries to the Box Office at 416-250-3708.


May 26, 20187:30 pm
May 27, 20182:00 pm