{Review} The Curious Adventures of Pinocchio | 25 July – 6 Aug 2017

We had such an amazing time last year with Lyngo Theatre at Jack and The Beanstalk, (read our review here) that we were looking forward to this year’s The Curious Adventures of Pinocchio.

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The Curious Adventures of Pinocchio is an excellent retelling of the story of Pinocchio. Artistic Director, Patrick Lynch doesn’t disappoint with his unique style of story telling. This master storyteller was able to put together the entire production on his own. The children were captivated from the minute he appeared onstage and started the narration.  At every corner of the theatre, I could hear children laughing or asking when would Pinocchio’s nose grow longer haha…

Act3 Pinnochio

As expected, the props that accompanied his master retelling of the story were simple yet effective. Amidst dusty old books, the magic starts and the story of Pinocchio comes alive on stage. Patrick was able not only to hold the attention of the young audience, he made them laugh gleefully at his playful antics and his curious magical props.

My favourite part must have been when Pinocchio crushes all those ice cream cones (oops! I mean Pinocchio’s long nose) bit by bit by bit after he learns not to lie again.

Wey was spellbound throughout the entire hour. Although there were no actors, and many of the characters in the story that Patrick spoke of were left to imagination only, I could see he was truly absorbed in the story unfolding onstage. At one point, he even exclaimed out loud, “Oh no, this story is tragic…” I was quite surprised at his choice of words because it showed that he was emotionally invested and had empathy for the characters of the story. Therein lies the mastery of Lyngo Theatre’s story telling.

Catch a glimpse of what’s in the show at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L5XHqO6sOxc&feature=youtu.be and I’m sure you will be clicking on the SISTIC http://www.sistic.com.sg/events/cpino0817   link to get hold of tickets. There is only one more weekend to catch this production at the Drama Centre Black Box, before the run ends on 6 August 2017. Details at end of post.

It’s a pity though that this time, there is no Backstage Workshop Tour special like in Jack and the Beanstalk but Patrick was kind enough to have a short question and answer session that left the children wanting more! haha…. I do so wish that there will be a rerun of Jack and the Beanstalk next year.

Expect a magical experience through interesting props that seem alive eg. a book that grows, a book with a bottomless hole, a log that apparently moves on its own! Wey could not help himself but to ask how this was done during the Q&A session but alas, a secret it must stay hahaha! We need that Backstage Tour again! haha…

It would do well for parents to heed the age advisory of 5 years old and above as the style and attention span and maturity required for this production would not be suitable for any child younger than the recommended. Also, get there early as it is free seating and queues to enter the theatre forms even 10-15mins before show time.

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SAys! Audrey :) 

We are grateful for the opportunity to attend The Curious Adventures of Pinocchio, for the purposes of this review. We were not remunerated monetarily for the review, all opinions and experiences remain our own alone. All photos unless otherwise mentioned are copyright of Act 3 International and were provided for the purposes of this review. All other photos remain the copyright property of SAys! Happy Mums and may not be reproduced without prior notice or written permission given.

About The Curious Adventures of Pinocchio

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When: 25 July to 6 August 2017| Mon – Fri: 9am | Sat & Sunday : 10.30am & 2.30pm

Where: Drama Centre Black Box

 

Who: 5 years and above and their families

Ticket Pricing : Standard $28 Weekdays, $38 Weekends (Excludes Booking Fee)

Duration: Approximately 60 minutes no interval

Tickets available through:
SISTIC Website

SISTIC Hotline (65) 6348 5555
SISTIC Authorised Agents islandwide


*For School Group Bookings, please call ACT 3 International at 6735 9986

Going Mad about Music with Sid Bowfin |25Feb- 12Mar 2017

This was the very first time we’ve gone to the theatres not for a drama but for a musical treat and the kids loved every minute of Crazy Classics with Sid Bowfin at the Drama Centre Black Box last Sunday.

 

You may be thinking, really? Can classical music really be fun… and for kids?? Well, I had my doubts before going this weekend and the children were the best judges. Every little one was enjoying Sid’s fun easy going way with the Classical pieces. He fiddled on his violin to the delight of the small audience who were clapping ,tapping along and having pure 60minutes of fun.

I liked that the show  was held at the Blackbox Theatre, a small cosy setting that made it all the more intimate and interactive. It didn’t feel intimidating (even though it was classical music haha)! Before midway, Sid Bowfin had already gotten the children on their feet and dancing to the classics he was belting out.


Sid Bowfin seemed to make classical music accessible even for the littlest one or the most clueless one that had zero musical background. He talked to his audience, interacted and told us stories of each piece he was about to play. He made everyone laugh easily with his funny expressions, crazy antics and jokes. The audience participation was unending and there was no lack of volunteers as hands waved up and down to be picked.

I was happy to see Wey very enthusiastic throughout the performance. He was trying his best to be picked as a volunteer. LOL! It has always been a big regret for me when Wey stopped music lessons last year because we just couldn’t quite find the time; with him being in the afternoon session in Primary school. Although I’ve heard him tell me that he wants to restart music once he gets to morning session, I was not sure that he meant it. And yet last weekend, I saw the twinkle in his eyes as the music played on, and yes perhaps, next year, he will go back to music again, when time permits. 🙂 In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if many of the children at the show are already asking for violin lessons, thanks to Sid Bowfin (aka Adrian Garratt).

Even though the theatre is small, do note that it is free seating so get there early to get better seats. In any case, Sid does make an extra effort to go to his audience, even those seated behind got to be up close and personal with him so no one gets left out. Also, if you care to stay on after the performance, you can have family pictures taken with Sid Bowfin for that precious keepsake.

If you have a budding musician at home or just want to introduce and inspire the little ones, Sid Bowfin will certainly be a fun way to do it. Crazy Classics with Sid Bowfin is presented by Act 3 International and runs at The Drama Centre Black Box Theatre from 25February – 12 March 2017. Tickets are available from SISTIC, http://www.sistic.com.sg/events/ccrazy0317  more details at the end of the post.

 

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About Act3 International presents Crazy Classics with Sid Bowfin

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When: 25 February to 12 March 2017| Mon – Fri: 9am | Sat & Sunday : 10.30am & 2.30pm

Where: Drama Centre Black Box

 

Who: 4 years and above and their families

Ticket Pricing : Standard $28 Weekdays, $38 Weekends (Excludes Booking Fee)

Duration: Approximately 60 minutes

Tickets available through:
SISTIC Website

SISTIC Hotline (65) 6348 5555
SISTIC Authorised Agents islandwide


*For School Group Bookings, please call ACT 3 International at 6735 9986

{Review} Fee-fi-fo-fum FUN! It’s Jack and the Beanstalk!

Just when I thought that every last fairy tale had been made into a theatre production, I’m surprised yet again that there’s yet one more! Yep, Jack and the Beanstalk is a classic fairy tale which we’ve yet seen on stage until now.

Together with Lyngo Theatre, Act 3 International brings this Giant of a fairy tale to stage at the National Library Black Box Theatre from 6 -18 September 2016.

Jack and the Beanstalk

Everyone knows the classic story about Jack who sells his cow, Milky White, for 5 magic beans that grew and grew overnight to reach a land above the clouds where the Giants live. Now join LYNGO‘s fun storytelling and hilarious exploration of the land of Giants and expect lots of fun surprises and squeals of laughter!

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Smiling happy faces at Act 3i and Lyngo Theatre’s Jack and the Beanstalk

We had so much fun at today’s stage performance. The kids were all riveted to what was happening onstage. The set was simple as with the storyline that remained unchanged from the familiar, and yet every bit captivating with the well timed lighting cues and music.

The wonderful acting and performance by just one very energetic engaging actor drew laughter from every corner of the theatre. That is the children’s theatre success of Lyngo ~ One man, all the laughter.

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The Tiny house that Jack lives in…

The audience interaction was superb even without asking for anyone to come onstage or purposefully baiting the audience to participate. The atmosphere was so relaxed at the Black Box Theatre this afternoon that the children felt so at ease to shout out their thoughts right from where they sat at every possible moment. Watch for the really Enormous boot, tiny house, snow and showers of silver and gold and some squirts of ‘milk’ for the front seats! A really good show that wastes nothing!

Backstage Workshop Tour

If anything, don’t miss the Backstage Workshop Tour. There are limited spaces and tickets available for this and it’s really really worth doing!

Having fun at the Backstage Workshop Tour. Kids are encouraged to try it out and let their imagination flow

At the backstage workshop, you get the Meet and Greet to meet the man behind the amazing performance. But what’s most precious about this 30 minute workshop is that your kids get to explore theatre behind the scenes.

The children are encouraged to think how each scene is achieved, how and why a prop is made in that way, what lightings are used and why and what they noticed about the music used! I learnt that there were 45 different lighting cues for this short 50minute production! Wow!

Watch this mini-video of parts of the Backstage tour that we so enjoyed and loved!

As a parent interested in the Arts and wanting to cultivate the same love for Arts in my little one, I found this workshop really great creative fun. The kids were given every opportunity to interact with the actor, with the props and with what they had just watched, to explore and imagine.

I could see it really helped Wey put his creative thoughts in place as he thought through the play he just watched and how each scene was achieved.

Creating rain with air pressure!

The discussion was highly interactive as the kids were told and taught how things were done. Everyone even the adults had fun!

Making the audience believe that the boot was really SO HEAVY!! hahaa

So if you can help it, book this segment and stay the extra 30 minutes! No regrets whatsoever!

As the show ended, I couldn’t help but to ask the kiddos what they thought about Jack’s actions, was it right or wrong? Although the fairy tale doesn’t quite give a sense of Jack doing any wrong, and seems to celebrate the fact that he killed the Giant, my take home discussion for Wey was to check out his moral compass despite the fair tale’s presentation.
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Presenting Lyngo Theatre and Wey! haha!

I was quite pleased that Wey’s immediate response was that Jack was not right to steal (not just once but actually thrice!) from the Giant. Wey said to me “Mama, being poor doesn’t mean he can steal from the Giant. And because he didn’t work hard for what he stole, he used it up so quickly and had to go back to steal again!” Wow!! Thank you, Wey! So we’re good in that department! hahah! Phew! So, there you have it, a great take home lesson and teaching opportunity for the kids too! 🙂
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Don’t miss this great fun opportunity to meet theatre in a fun innovative way with LYNGO, a UK based Children’s Theatre company. Their shows have delighted children for over 10 years, with their inventive use of beautifully designed and handmade ‘theatre toys’ with a genuine approach to playing and interacting with their audience. There is only one more weekend to catch this wonderful production. Book your tickets at SISTIC before the run ends on 18 September 2016!
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We are grateful for the opportunity to attend Jack and the Beanstalk and the Backstage Tour Workshop, for the purposes of this review. We were not remunerated monetarily for the review, all opinions and experiences remain our own alone. All photos unless otherwise mentioned are copyright of Act 3 International and were provided for the purposes of this review. All other photos remain the copyright property of SAys! Happy Mums and may not be reproduced without prior notice or written permission given.

About Jack and The Beanstalk

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When 6  to 18 Sep 2016 | Weekdays 10am | Weekends & PH : 10.30am & 2.30pm |

Where : Drama Centre Black Box, National Library

Who : 3 years and above and their families

Ticket PricingWeekdays S$28 (Excludes Booking Fee) | Weekends & PH Standard S$38 , Limited S$46( inclusive of 30min Backstage Tour) |
Do Check Sistic website for applicable ticket discounts
ALL PATRONS (including babies-in-arms) MUST PURCHASE A TICKET FOR ADMISSION.
Duration : 60 minutes with no interval

Tickets available through :
SISTIC Website

SISTIC Hotline (65) 6348 5555
SISTIC Authorised Agents islandwide

{Review} Shakespeare with Act3i Festival for Children | All On A Summer’s Day

ACT 3i Festival for Children

ACT 3i Festival for Children opened at the Drama Centre on Tuesday and we were so excited to be at the opening show of All on a Summer’s Day.

Wey has been asking about Shakespeare ever since he heard that his dad and I went to a Shakespeare play ~SRT’s Shakespeare In the Park : Romeo and Juliet. He has been interested about the works of Shakespeare and I so wanted to introduce them to this curious 6 year old. It was wonderful that ACT 3i Festival for Children, with all its wide variety of theatre offerings, also included All on a Summer’s Day, a companion piece to Shakespeare’s well loved fairy tale, A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

When Wey was told that he would be going to his first Shakespearean play, he was all excited and wanted to read the story before we went. I was really glad to find a collection of Shakespeare stories for children by Andrew Matthews and Tony Ross at The Book People UK. All the books in this collection were simple, easy to read, children-friendly with colourful illustrations to captivate them. Wey happily read and finished the book the night before show day!

Engrossed with A Midsummer Night’s Dream

There are multiple screenings of different plays at the same time and ACT3i’s All on a Summer’s Day plays at the Black Box Theatre at NLB Drama Centre which is free seating, so it would be good to get there early for ‘better’ seats. Although I must say that because the stage and seating area was small and cosy, it seemed like every seat was a pretty good one with equally good views of the actors.

We got to the Drama Centre early and had a special treat when we spotted Carrot the Elf seated at the garden outside the theatre, plus some of the other cast members as well! CooL! 🙂

Look who we found in the garden!!


Thrills to take a sneak peek at backstage 😛 hahaha…

The story is about the Little Indian Prince, the human child now all grown up under the care of the Fairy Queen Titania, and what happens to him when he meets the Shoemaker’s daughter, Phoebe (his fairy child replacement).

See the precious human child being cradled by Fairy Queen Titania

The young ones were all attentive (plus excited) as the stage came to life with fairies and elves. The children laughed especially at Carrot and Compost, the two playful funny elves, who made the story come alive for them. My personal favourite was Carrot the elf, who made everything seem funny and enjoyable.

Wey’s favourite was the handsome young Prince Rajeev. Will he get to live happily ever after with the lovely shoemaker’s daughter? Who saves the day in the end? Go catch the play soon to find out! 🙂

Wey was captivated throughout the entire play which had absolutely no dull moments. I liked that the little ones got their first taste of Shakespeare through this really fun and entertaining play. It was colourful, light hearted and just right for children.  All on a Summer’s Day brought Shakespeare to an accessible enjoyable level for the young audience.

Wey enjoyed the play thoroughly, squealing with delight each time he recognised a character although he did point out the story was somewhat different yet somewhat similar to the story he had read 🙂 I’m hoping that this very palatable first taste will encourage him to explore more Shakespeare stories until he is better equipped to truly enjoy the beauty of Shakespeare’s words in an actual Shakespearean play.

It was also wonderful to be able to have a memento photograph with the wonderful cast at the end of the play, so do make sure you are ready to get in line for the meet and greet session!

If you would like to catch this rare Shakespearean play for children, the last show is at 10.30am, Saturday 28 May 2016. This performance is a part of the ACT 3i Festival for Children, dedicated to children ages 2 to 12, in celebration of the arts, play and experience.  ACT 3i Festival for Children also has many other wonderful plays to choose from at the NLB Drama Centre, until 5 June 2016. More information, about the amazing shows available, can be found in our earlier post here. Have fun and start booking your tickets at SISTIC  http://www.sistic.com.sg/events/ifest2016!

Thank you for joining us on SAys! Happy Mums.  If you liked what you read on our blog, please follow us on Facebook for the latest updates.  We hope to see you back again soon.

SAys! Audrey :) 

We are grateful for the opportunity to attend Act 3i Festival for Children’s All on a Summer’s Day, for the purposes of this review. We were not remunerated monetarily for the review, all opinions and experiences remain our own alone. All photos unless otherwise mentioned are copyright of Act 3i Festival for Children and were provided for the purposes of this review. All other photos remain the copyright property of SAys! Happy Mums and may not be reproduced without prior notice or written permission given.

{Giveaway} ACT 3i Festival for Children | Theatre Performances, Visual Arts, Conviviality Sessions

ACT 3i Festival for Children

ACT 3 International, Singapore’s leading Arts company for the young, is proud to announce the launch of a brand new ACT 3i Festival for Children dedicated to children from 2 to 12 years old.  Happening daily from 24 May to 5 June 2016 at the centrally-located Drama Centre, ACT 3i Festival for Children is the latest brainchild of experienced festival creative producers ACT 3 International, who are stalwarts in this arena.

ACT 3i Festival for Children

You can expect original, exquisite, high quality and awe-inspiring theatrical works from Singapore, Italy, Sweden, Argentina, the U.K and Canada, an artfully curated visual arts programme, as well as Conviviality Sessions led by Children’s Theatre artists that are aimed at educators and parents at the festival.  ACT 3i Festival for Children aims to be the frontrunner in arts enrichment for the young.  The ultimate aim of this festival is to give young audiences a unique and memorable experience that is different from broad-based children’s entertainment to enrich their lives through Arts and Culture.

More information is available on http://act3international.com.sg/act3ifestival/ where there will be regular updates.  Here’s a summary of the festival highlights for your selection :-

1. All On A Summer’s Day

24 – 28 May 2016 | Tues – Fri (10am & 3pm) / Sat (1030am) | Drama Centre – Theatre | 7 to 12 yo | 1 hr, no interval

All on a summer day ticket

Written and directed by notable Children’s Theatre director and writer Vicky Ireland, this festival opener with a local cast is all ready to charm audiences with a tongue-in-cheek adaptation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, a Shakespearean classic.  With a blend of Shakespearean and modern language, this production is an ingenious way to introduce Shakespeare to children.  2016 also marks the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death.

ACT 3i Festival for Children All On A Summer's Day

2. The Steadfast Tin Soldier

24 to 29 May 2016 | Tues – Fri (10am) / Sat & Sun (11am & 3pm) | Drama Centre – Blackbox | 4 to 12 yo | 1 hr, no interval

The Tin Soldier Tickets

With a magical interpretation of the Hans Christian Andersen’s classic, renowned Argentinian puppeteer Omar Alvarez Titeres will bring us into the beautiful story of adventure, courage and love.  Follow the tin soldier on his journey back to the girl of his dreams and final destiny in this amazing production.

ACT 3i Festival for Children The Steadfast Tin Soldier

3. Snow White

24 to 29 May 2016 | Tues – Fri (10am) / Sat & Sun (1030am & 2pm) | Drama Centre – Visitor Centre | 4 to 8yo | 1 hour, no interval

Tickets for The Tin Soldier, Snow White

Live a fairy tale story through this sharp and well-paced adaption of the original script.  There is never a dull moment at a DuffleBag production, where new adaptations of fairy tales and Shakespearean classics meet plenty of humour and with a dramatic twist at the end.  Be prepared for an extremely interactive and engaging performance that is full of surprises and fun!

ACT 3i Festival for Children Snow White

4. Marmalade

31 May to 5 June 2016 | Tues – Fri (10am) / Sat & Sun (10am & 4pm) | Drama Centre – Black Box | 2 to 6 yo | 40 min, no interval

Tickets for The Tin Soldier, Snow White, Marmalade

A deliciously tactile performance that blends poetic movements with circus-based actions by choreographer Claire Parsons and juggler Viktor Gyllenberg, Marmalade will be a feast of comedy and emotional experimentation and visionary thinking.  Marmalade was performed more than 300 times in sold-out tours in Sweden since its premiere in September 2013. This will be their first time in Singapore.

ACT 3i Festival for Children Marmalade

5. Hanà e Momò

31 May to 5 June 2016 | Tues – Fri (10am) / Sat & Sun (11am & 4pm) | Drama Centre – Visitor Centre | 3 to 8 yo | 1 hr, no interval

Tickets for The Tin Soldier, Snow White, Marmalade, Hanà and Momò

With simple and natural materials such as sand, paper, wood and bamboo to symbolise different characters, audiences are invited to enter the childhood world of two friends – Hanà and Momò, who began their friendship as rivals.  In the unique setting with a circular space of sand, audiences get to sit up very close with the imaginative play and surprise.  Freely adapted from the book Fairy Tale of Love by Hermann Hesse, it hints on the importance of happiness when doing things together.

ACT 3i Festival for Children Hana and Momo

6. Awake LOVE Orchestra

31 May to 5 June 2016 | Tues – Fri (10am) / Sat & Sun (11am) | Drama Centre – Theatre | 4 yo & above | 1 hr, no interval

Tickets for All On A Summer Day, Awake LOVE Orchestra

An ensemble of performers and creative innovators made up of vocals and a variety of string and percussion instruments will transport audiences on a musical journey across Scandinavia, the Mediterranean, Eastern Europe and the U.S..  The fusion of folk melodies with a contemporary groove is a brilliant avenue for children to learn about the beauty and diversity of the Arts.

7. Conviviality Sessions

25 May to 5 June 2016 | Drama Centre – Various Locations | From $30 per parent-and-child pair

A series of workshops led by artistes of the various productions above has been organised for parent-and-child groups on weekends.  These sharing-and-learning sessions aim to empower parents with the skills in creative parenting, artistic engagement and value-adding towards child development.

Reservations and payment – Book via ACT 3 International’s online booking system at http://act3international.com.sg/ (starting from end April ’16), OR call 6735 9986 to enquire and reserve.

8. Sweet

28 May to 5 June 2016 | 10.30am OR 3.30pm | ION Art Gallery, ION Orchard | 4 to 8 yo | $35 per child | 2 hrs

ACT 3i Festival for Children Sweet

Sweet is an interactive drop-off workshop comprising of multi-sensory creative process.  Centred around the story of Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Sweet will feature elements of storytelling, creative art-making, improvisation and even gelato-making.

About ACT 3i Festival for Children

Dates: 24 May to 5 June 2016

Venue: Drama Centre (Theatre, Black Box and Visitors Centre) @ 100 Victoria Street, National Library Building (Map)

Information: (65) 6735 9986 or www.act3international.com.sg

BOOKING DETAILS
By internet: SISTIC, credit card payment only
By phone: SISTIC Hotline 6348 5555, credit card payment only
In Person: At authorised SISTIC agents
At the door: Available at venue an hour before start time, at full price. Cash payment only

DISCOUNTS
Discounts applicable for all shows from 1 April 2016 onwards
15% Current ACT 3 Drama Academy students
15% For a minimum of 12 tickets in the same transaction to the same show and time
10% OCBC Child Development Account (CDA) Holders and Mighty Savers members
10% when 2 shows are booked
15% when 3 or more shows are booked

Giveaway

Thanks to our sponsors, we have a SET of FOUR (4) tickets for our readers.  There will only be ONE (1) winner for the tickets to All On A Summer’s Day, presented by ACT 3 International.  Show Date is 28 May ’16 at 1030am.  So bring along your family for a great day of entertaining music and drama!  Just click on the image below to take part.  Do follow the instructions below to take part for your chance to win!

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  • Giveaway ends 23 April 2016, Saturday at 0000 hrs.
  • Collection will be at the box office of Drama Centre, Level 3, 30 minutes before show time.
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ACT 3i Festival for Children All On A Summer's Day

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