Interview: Arlene Phillips from Starlight Express

You mentioned choreography came along by chance. Why did you say yes to it?
I’ve always loved a challenge and it was something new for me to try.

Three things you look for in a dancer?
Strong technique, good style and to be a storyteller.

Tell us, what gives you an adrenaline rush these days?
Creating choreography for new musicals. It gets my juices flowing.

Weirdest gift you’ve received from a fan?
A doll that looks just like me. Weird.

Are you a perfectionist when it comes to work?
I’m very obsessive.

Starlight Express celebrates 25 years. What’s the most beautiful thing about this production?
The performers that fearlessly dance on skates.

The thing about choreography is having to keep yourself updated with the latest trends in entertainment. How do you do it?
I love working with dancers in all genres and I am always on Youtube!

If you were a character from the Mr Men & Little Miss series, what would you be?
Little Miss Bossy!

You’ve worked with so many different people in your life. What sets someone apart from the rest?
Star quality is the ability to connect with people with you heart and soul.

What’s your mantra in life?
Do unto others as you would wish to be done by.

Catch Starlight Express from Nov 13-24 at the Mastercard Theatres, The Shoppes @ Marina Bay Sands. Tickets at $65-$780 from Sistic.