So finally today it’s officially Children’s Day, super yay for NO School! But what really kept Wey more excited the entire day was the promised Children’s Day treat of going to watch ABA Production’s What the Ladybird Heard. Check out our preview giveaway post here!
Back by popular demand, and based on the award-winning picture book of the same name by Julia Donaldson & Lydia Monks, What the Ladybird Heard is playing for limited public performances from 9 – 11 October 2015 at SOTA.
This beloved Julia Donaldson story is definitely a familiar favourite with the children. If you haven’t had the chance to pick up this book yet, the story is about two crafty robbers, Hefty Hugh and Lanky Len, who think they have the perfect plan to steal the Farmer’s Fine Prized Cow. The plan is foiled by the Ladybird who devises a very clever plan to confuse the robbers in the dark of night so that the Fine Prized Cow is safe and the bungling duo is captured! Years after first reading it to Wey, he still managed to squeal with delight when I took out the book again for one of his bedtime reads recently.
We were certainly not disappointed at the show today. When entering the theatre, everyone is immediately amazed at the colourful set! It was like seeing the beautiful artwork of Lydia Monks come to life right before your eyes. Yes, it felt like we walked into the storybook itself with life-sized colourful illustrations of Lydia Monks surrounding us (well maybe not, since it was upfront on stage.. but you get the idea?). The children started trying to spot the farm animals on the set. I personally loved the two cats sitting on the window sill that looked identical to the ones in the storybook!!I must admit I was a little worried if my 6 year old may have outgrown the show but those worries melted away when the theatre lights dimmed. I could see Wey and R, even K, was captivated by the colourful characters and the catchy live music. The younger children were also obviously enjoying themselves, and some were very expressively shouting out in delight. The entire theatre was filled with laughter and chatter. I could hear everyone go “Oooo!!” excitedly when the Fine Prized Cow appeared at the window, she was adorable! hahaha… The production never left the magic out of children’s theatre. We were thrilled to see the farmer magically grow flowers as he watered them and even spring up wheat at the front of the stage… small touches of magic that caught the eye of the littlest one, I’m sure!
Although Wey knew the story well, it was refreshing to see the production creatively bringing to live the ‘puppet’ animals – the fat hen, the woolly sheep, the hairy hog, the dainty dog, the goose, the horse and of course the duck in the pond! At some point it was almost chaotic with all the children shouting out the different animals in the story but definitely fun!Perhaps what was most magical was when the much anticipated ladybird appeared! Having seen all the puppet animals so creatively put together on stage, Wey was beginning to wonder where was his favourite smart ladybird. Everyone in the theatre had fun ‘looking’ for the ladybird, who was so very shy! haha … don’t worry, she does appear, and quite magically pretty too!
After the show, I asked my theatre loving 6 year old what was his favourite part of the production and his answer was when the two robbers fell into the swamp and got caught! Haha quite the little justice seeker, he is! Heeehee..
It was the perfect glittery Children’s Day treat for the kids today and I’m glad we had the chance to watch it because it was amazingly fabulous for the kids. Gauging from the excited chatter in the theatre, I think everyone had a great time at this fun and colourful production. Children’s theatre based on beautiful well loved stories is a great way to get kids interested in books and reading. So don’t miss out on this fascinating production and grab the story book at the show if you don’t already have it!
If you haven’t gotten tickets yet, do book your tickets at SISTIC now before it ends on 11 October 2015. Tickets available at www.sistic.com.sg/events/cladyb1015. Remember to quote ABA2015 to get 10% off tickets as a Friend of ABA! More ticketing information at the end of the post.
Also, do keep a lookout for upcoming ABA Productions shows that your kids will love and book early… Seussical the Musical is coming (6th to 8th Nov 2015) and don’t forget KidsFest 2016 (20th Jan – 14 Feb 2016) with all new shows and familiar favourites like The Gruffalo and Room on the Broom!
HAPPY CHILDREN’S DAY to all your little kiddos!
About What the Ladybird Heard
When: Fri, 9 Oct 5pm | Sat, 10 Oct : 11am, 2pm & 4.30pm| Sun, 11 Oct : 11am, 2pm & 4.30pm
Where: SOTA – Drama Theatre @ 1 Zubir Said Drive Singapore 227968 (Map)
Who: For children aged 3 and above and their families
Duration: Approximately 55 minutes with no interval
Ticket Price : S$62, S$52, S$42 (excludes SISTIC charges) – Quote ABA2015 to get 10% off tickets as a Friend of ABA
For more information, visit www.aba-productions.com
Tickets available through: SISTIC Website | SISTIC Hotline (65) 6348 5555 | SISTIC Authorised Agents islandwide