If you were asked whether you knew any of the stories that Aesop told, chances are high that you would be familiar with at least one or two.
I Theatre’s Aesop’s Fables opened at the Jubilee Theatre, Raffles Hotel last Thursday offering audiences a total of 8 Stories packed in 50 minutes of absolute fun.
The scene opens with Crowfoot Troupe getting ready to tell Aesop’s stories to the audience, except that one of them forgot to bring all the stage props and so they had to improvise and the audience must therefore use their imagination because “This is theatre after all!”
We were very fortunate to be seated in the 3rd row, unblocked, and had a full view of the action.
When one of the theatre troupe members asked, “Did anyone see my cheese?! Where is it?” She immediately caught our reaction when we pointed to indicate that her cheese was near us. She came forward to look for it and had fun teasing K, Wey and R. The kids were thrilled and I was really impressed that the cast actually worked the reactions and exclamations of the audience into the show. Definitely, thumbs up for the superb spontaneity and great audience interaction of the talented cast.
The Miller, his Son and the Donkey
We had a good laugh at the funny antics of the Miller and his son, as they tried to please everyone that they met, until he finally lost his donkey! Indeed such a valuable lesson for both young and old, that “when you try to please everyone, you end up pleasing nobody!”
The Fox & The Crow
This is one of the kids’ favourite tales about the crafty fox who used words of flattery to convince the crow sing with her beautiful voice! All the fox wanted was for her to release the piece of cheese in her mouth… and as it was the crow succumbed to the praise of the crafty fox and lost her precious cheese.
One take away we had, was to teach our children not to believe in the flattering words of others especially strangers.
The Goose that Laid the Golden Eggs
“The goose that laid the golden eggy…. getting very rich” … “he has killed the thing that brought him riches…” … The cast wooed us with catchy music and singing in this all too familiar story of the greedy farmer who killed the goose that laid the golden eggs because he was impatient and wanted to get rich all at once.
I appreciated that the visual of the goose being killed was delivered in a dramatic yet comical manner instead of being morbid or scary, highly suitable for a young audience!
The North Wind & The Sun
We’ve always loved I Theatre’s shows for the high level of audience involvement and interaction. Aesop’s Fables did not disappoint. In the story of The North Wind & The Sun, two brave volunteers were asked to come on stage, one to represent and cheer for the Wind and the other for the Sun.
It’s definitely a great experience for young ones to be called on stage to participate, not only because it’s a memorable theatrical experience but it also boosts their confidence. Imagine having a whole theatre of people watching you on stage! A rare opportunity indeed, plus the volunteers were given goodie bags too!
The Lion & The Mouse
Again, the vivid and animated acting brought this story to life and I even spied one member of audience holding her breath as the little mouse tried to rescue the lion.
No one is too small or too weak to do good! Wow! what an encouragement to our young ones, hopefully K, Wey and R caught this valuable lesson to know that they have it in them to do good even though they are so young (and small! LOL!)
Androcles & The Lion
This final story was probably our favourite not only because of the captivating music but also the local humour injected within. It was funny to see how Androcles performed an “operation” on the Lion to save him! And I wouldn’t spoil the fun for you by telling why!
All the stories were presented in a light hearted fun interactive way. The songs, which were catchy and easy for little ones to follow had us swaying to the beat in between bouts of laughter. I still find myself humming the tune “Aesop Fables, here to tell you things that you should already know…” 🙂
Other stories presented include The Jay & The Peacock and The Sheep & The Wolf.
Because there were 8 stories to tell, the pace was also quick, so reading the stories beforehand with the kids would really help their enjoyment of the show. Wey was able to anticipate and interact with what was happening on stage because we’ve read most of the stories presented. I could tell he thoroughly enjoyed every story.
We really like the I Theatre Programme given out at the show. If you are early, there’s an opportunity to show your children some of the cast’s profiles plus there are some fun activities to engage them in whilst waiting for the show to start. Don’t forget to pick up a copy and read it with your little ones.
We’ll also be blogging about our Aesop’s Fables home learning activities with the kids, be sure to follow our blog for updates. Stay tuned!
It’s always rewarding to hang around a little longer after any I Theatre show because the cast would usually appear for a brief photo opportunity. Queues form quite quickly but the cast is always very accommodating and will patiently pose for photos with everyone. So make sure you don’t rush off or you’ll miss that one more photo for the album! Here’s ours!
Still thinking about catching Aesop’s Fables?
We’d say go for it, because it’s a wonderful opportunity to capture their imagination and nurture their love of reading. So, do join I Theatre and their band of quirky, curious creatures as they learn life’s little wisdoms, and bigger secrets, with a mixture of fun, excitement and silliness. You’ll be tickled, teased and turned around by this amusing collection of fabulous fables – however old, or young you are!
About I Theatre’s Aesop’s Fables
When: 26 February to 21 March 2015
Where: JUBILEE HALL, Raffles Hotel
Who: 3-13 year olds and families
Duration: 50 minutes with no interval
Tickets available through:
SISTIC Hotline (65) 6348 5555
SISTIC Authorised Agents islandwide
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