{Giveaway} Win 3 Pairs of Tickets worth more than $192 to I Theatre’s Little Star

Time loved nursery rhyme Twinkle Twinkle Little Star comes to live on stage very soon with I Theatre’s Little Star opening at the Alliance Francaise Theatre from 17 August – 11 September 2016.

Book your tickets at SISTIC http://www.sistic.com.sg/events/cstar0916 and expect to have a great family bonding time with your little ones!

Little Star

Every little one’s favourite nursery rhyme goes something like this,

Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star,
How I wonder what you are…

Well, here is the story of Little Star who sits in the sky. She sees the other stars, the Moon, the Earth, the planets.
And she wonders…  “What am I? Who am I? Where do I belong?”

When a comet passes by, she hitches a ride, and her adventures begin.

Follow Little Star through space, down to earth and even under the sea, as she tries to find her place in the universe. Will you help Little Star find her way back home before the sun rises?

I Theatre’s Little Star is a brand new production for their 15th Anniversary celebrations and promises a highly visual and interactive production to engage your little 2 – 6 year olds with wonderful tunes and minimal dialogue. Expect puppetry, fun interaction and colourful props with Black light effects to thrill and amaze your young ones as they join in to help Little Star on her journey of discovery. Little Star will be a great introduction to children’s theatre for younger audiences, opening new experiences for them altogether.

Join Little Star to explore the wonders of the universe and the joy of re-discovering home and family in her adventure. Do book early http://www.sistic.com.sg/events/cstar0916 to get best seats to enjoy the great interaction.

Here’s our little surprise just for SAys! Happy Mums’ loyal readers! We’re really excited to have  3 pairs of tickets to I Theatre’s Little Starworth more than $192, for giveaway! That’s right! 3 lucky readers will get a pair of tickets each to go to Little Star on 21 August 2016, Sunday 2:30pm. Yay!!

GIVEAWAY : WIN 3 pairs of Tickets worth $192!  


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  • Giveaway ends 11 August 2016, Thursday at 11.59PM.
  • Show date and time is on 21 August 2016, Sunday at 2.30PM and cannot be changed to a different day or time.
  • The Winner will be notified by the email provided under the blog comments and must reply within 48 hours, failing which, a new winner will be drawn, without notice.
  • The Sponsor reserves the right to request for a redraw if the drawn winner on our blog has also won tickets to the show from another giveaway.
  • All tickets are to be collected by 17 August 2016, 5pm at I Theatre’s office,  27 Kerbau Road Singapore 219163. Tel: (65)6341 5960.
  • This giveaway is open to Singapore residents only.
  • Incomplete entries will be disqualified without notice. Decisions are final and no changes/disputes will be entertained.
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Best of luck and we hope you will have a fun bonding time at I Theatre’s Little Star!
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About Little Star

 Little Star

When: 17 August to 11 Sep 2016| Mon – Wed: 10am | Thurs & Fri: 10am & 2.30pm | Sat: 10.30am & 2.30pm

Where: Alliance Francaise Theatre, Sarkies Road

Who: 3 years and above and their families

Ticket Pricing : Standard $32 (Excludes Booking Fee) | S$121.60 for Family Package of 4 | S$140.80 for Family Package of 5 (Do Check Sistic website for applicable ticket discounts.)
ALL PATRONS (including babies-in-arms) MUST PURCHASE A TICKET FOR ADMISSION.
Duration: 45 minutes with no interval

Tickets available through:
SISTIC Website

SISTIC Hotline (65) 6348 5555
SISTIC Authorised Agents islandwide

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{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!

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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.

{Review} Gimme Hanuman The SuperHero Monkey!

Hanuman The Superhero Monkey
So we finally got to watch SRT’s Hanuman The Superhero Monkey on Sunday and it was certainly a hit with the kiddos!
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The boys have been asking to watch Hanuman since they saw the theatre graphics and promotional posters and pamphlets, and no wonder. The word SuperHero + Monkey is bound to get curious little boys all excited!
Hanuman

Happy trooper all set to watch The Superhero Monkey!

I was actually not very sure what the story line would be about but trusted that since it was a SRT The Little Company production, everything would hit the right note for the young audience. It seems I was totally RIGHT!! (hehhe … I told you so?)
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You may be wondering as I was, who Hanuman is?
Hanuman The Superhero Monkey
Hanuman is a very special monkey with super powers. Somehow along the way, he lost his powers or forgot he had them because he did not apply them to good use.
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The story starts with Queen Sita, beloved wife of Rama, being taken by the Demon King, Ravana. Lord Rama then looks for Hanuman, his childhood friend, to help him rescue Sita. Will Hanuman regain his powers? Will he be able to defeat the powerful and cruel Demon King to rescue Lord Rama’s beloved Queen? Catch the show to find out 🙂
Zachary Ibrahim (2) as Hanuman in Hanuman - The Superhero Monkey
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Although the production does not have as many songs as the usual TLC productions, the play is unusual and cleverly uses multimedia to transport the young audience into the world of Hanuman the Superhero Monkey and his journey to finding himself and rescuing Sita.
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Honestly, this is my first time experience with such a one- of -a-kind visually sensational production for children, and what a winner it is! It felt almost like watching a superhero comic strip coming to live onstage… haha with the BOOM! and the WHAM! BAM! flashing across the stage… Touted as a multi-sensory theatre experience for the kids, I think it was an eye-opening fun treat for them. Most certainly something what the young ones would call Cool!
Millicent Wong, Zachary Ibrahim and Sean Lai in Hanuman - The Superhero ...
The kids were captivated throughout the story with the dynamic displays onstage. Wey commented that he loved the show because it was so colourful and lively with all the audio visual displays and fun because of the part-cartoon effects. He said it was “exciting! like a real adventure!” and couldn’t stop talking about it to his grandma after the show.
Hanuman

Gathering his gang to face Ravana the Demon King

The suspenseful parts were not frightening but left the young audience at the edge of their seats in anticipation. Wey loved the kung-fu action when the monkeys practiced their fitness routine… Boys and sticks! haha… He told me he wished he had the same fight stick as Hanuman and his gang! (No way, you’re getting near sticks now! )
 Jo Tan, Millicent Wong, Fazli bin Ahmad, Sean Lai and Zachary Ibrahim in...
I liked that despite the unfamiliar tale, the kids got to explore and expand their horizons with this Indian folklore. What was a great take home was the wonderful themes of bravery, loyalty, friendship, determination to do good against all odds and most of all self-belief. It was a fun light hearted production to catch, highly recommended if you want a visual treat and something different for a change.
Sean Lai, Millicent Wong, Jo Tan, Zachary Ibrahim and Fazli bin Ahmad in...
Catch Hanuman and his band of playful cheeky little monkey friends on their adventure to rescue Queen Siva from the Demon King Ravana. Hanuman the Superhero Monkey plays at the KC Arts Centre for the entire month of April 2016, so don’t miss your chance to get some action-packed monkey fun at the theatres! You can book at SISTIC http://www.sistic.com.sg/events/hanu0416 now.
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About Hanuman

Hanuman

When: 1 to 30 April 2016 |  Tue – Fri : 10am |  Sat & Sun: 11am, 2pm | 9 April 2pm April 2pm is a Charity Show dedicated to raise funds for Zonta Club’s Pari Project

Where: KC Arts Centre – Home of SRT

Who: 5 year olds and above 

(if parents wish to bring their infant-in-arms or children below the age of 5, both parent and child will be required to purchase a ticket.)

Duration: Approx. 45 min with no interval

Ticket Price (excludes SISTIC charges)

Weekdays
Standard: S$28, S$25 Family Package of 4: S$95 for Cat 1 tickets Family Package of 4 (with TLC CD Vol.2): S$107 for Cat 1 tickets
Weekends (Sat, Sun & Public Holiday)
Standard: S$48, S$38, S$35 | 9 April 2016, 2pm: S$53, S$48 |
Family Package of 4: Cat 1* (with photo taking): $163  Cat 2 (no photo taking): $129 |
Family Package of 4 (with TLC CD Vol.2):  Cat 1* (with photo taking): $175  Cat 2 (no photo taking): $141
*Ticket includes a photo taking session with the cast in costume. (Applicable for Weekend show only.)
For more information, please visit https://www.facebook.com/littlemagsg.
Tickets available through:
SISTIC Website

SISTIC Hotline (65) 6348 5555
SISTIC Authorised Agents islandwide

{GIVEAWAY} Win a Family Package to Disney on Ice Festival 11- 20 March 2016

Disney on Ice - Magical Ice Festival

It’s going to be the end of the School Term soon and the March holidays will be upon us! What better treat this term break for our little Disney Fans, Disney On Ice Festival starts 11- 20 March 2016 at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.

A few years ago, I took Wey to Disney On Ice – Treasure Trove and we absolutely loved it! Yes even a little boy can love Disney Princesses and of course Mickey and Minnie Mouse! Disney is Magical… We grew up loving Disney and our little ones are still taken in by the magical world of Disney! I can’t wait to go to this year’s Disney on Ice Magical Festival! Needless to say the trio, K, Wey and R are all excited for the March Holidays! So it’s study hard for Term One tests first and then whoppee!

This year’s Magical Ice Festival promises enchanting magical moments! Be whisked away into the wintery world of Disney’s Frozen!! haha yep Frozen!!

Join royal sisters Elsa and Anna, Snowman Olaf, rugged mountain-man Kristoff and his loyal reindeer Sven as they help the sisters along the way in a story full of action, adventure, magic and unforgettable characters.

  

Experience Disney’s The Little Mermaid with a show-stopping performance by Sebastian as he breaks out of his shell to make waves with Ariel “Under The Sea!” Get tangled up with a chorus of harmless hooligans when they get a visit from the sassy and spirited Rapunzel and her charming ally Flynn from Disney’s Tangled.

And get swept away by Disney’s Beauty and the Beast as the Beast and his castle’s enchanted entourage take centre stage in a spectacular show for Belle.

It will be a magical night of royalty when Disney On Ice brings this winter wonderland to you! Excited yet? I can already hear all your little ones screaming to go! Hurry to book your tickets early for best seats at www.sportshubtix.sg !

We’ve got a Family Package of 4 tickets to watch Disney on Ice Magical Ice Festival for Giveaway to our wonderful readers!

GIVEAWAY : WIN a Family Package of 4 tickets to Disney On Ice Magical Ice Festival!

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  • Giveaway ends 29 February 2016, Monday at 11.59PM.
  • The Winner will be notified by the email provided under the blog comments and must reply within 48 hours, failing which, a new winner will be drawn, without notice.
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    Tickets for this giveaway will be determined by the Sponsor (i.e. category, date and time of show, etc), and cannot be changed or be resold.
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  • The Sponsor reserves the right to request for a redraw if the drawn winner on our blog has also won tickets to the show from another giveaway.
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About Disney on Ice

When: 11 – 20 March 2016 

Show Schedule

Where: Singapore Indoor Stadium 

Who: Everyone who loves Disney!

Note : Infants in arms and children under 2 years of age may be admitted free of charge provided they do not occupy a seat (they must be seated on the lap of a parent or guardian).
Children aged 2 and above must purchase a ticket for admission.
All children under 12 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Duration:  approximately 120 minutes, with a 15 minute intermission

Ticket Price :

$25 – $200

Tickets available through:

http://www.sportshub.com.sg/sportshubtix/Pages/Disney-On-Ice-2016.aspx

For more information about Disney on Ice presents Magical Ice Festival, please visit http://www.disneyonice-asia.com/magical-ice-festival/


 

[Updated 02 Mar ’16]

Thanks everybody for taking part in this giveaway.  Congratulations to our winner!  We will be in touch shortly with regards to ticket collection details.

Disney on Ice


 

{Review} I Theatre’s The Boy Who Cried WOLF!! @ Jubilee Hall from 15 Feb -19 Mar 2016

If you’ve read our preview post, you would know that I Theatre Season 2016 is back in full swing with a brand new production! We were glad to finally head to Jubilee Hall for I Theatre’s, The Boy Who Cried Wolf which runs from 15 Feb – 19 Mar 2016. So get busy booking at SISTIC  before it’s another sell out season again!

 The first production for 2016 in this special 15th year Anniversary Celebrations of I Theatre, the cast played to a full house on Saturday, and charmed the young audience with a time treasured simple story.
Now who hasn’t heard of the story of the boy who cried wolf? Boy has a really boring job, watching the sheep really… just watching and watching…He gets bored and decides to add some excitement by crying WOLF!! What happens next in this Aesop fable, is all too familiar.

The play opens to a slow start with the sheep chattering on… about humans and how jealous they are of sheep because they just don’t have wool.

The Boy Who Cried Wolf

The conversation was a wee bit fast and almost inaudible perhaps also because we were seated at the back end of the theatre. (Hint: Do book early to get front row seats for greater enjoyment!) Even so, when I glanced at Wey and R, they were captivated by the interesting costumes of the sheep. So much effort and costs must have gone into the costume design and making!

Expect your little ones to laugh a lot at the show, which was peppered with funny moments through out. The little ones found it really funny to watch Boy falling asleep almost every minute on stage. And Boy cleverly worked in some audience participation by getting them to shout “WAKE UP! WAKE UP!!” Everyone (even the Adults) had a fun time exercising their lungs! LOL!

And then there is the crazy hysteria of the sheep which made the audience giggle and laugh a lot… The mention of WOLF sends the sheep into a crazy silly panic, even if it was just talking! haha… so nobody should say the WOLF word… just say… W-er W-er W-er hehehe….

I really enjoyed the number performed by the town folk. Joshua Lim who plays both Galway the sheep and Mr Arabella sang with such a rich baritone voice that I’m already looking forward to watching future plays with him in it! Wow!

The Boy Who Cried Wolf

Colourful sets and absolutely beautiful singing!

If there’s a part we totally loved, it has to be the Puppet Show! It was brilliant! The sheep were really rather creative as they sought to become teachers to Boy… to show him the consequences of his irresponsible action. They put on a puppet show of Chicken Licken’ for Boy to see what could happen if he continued to lie about the Wolf. A show within a show? I thought it was cool!

Wey absolutely loved the puppetry and so did all the young ones around. Which child doesn’t love puppets? The entire theatre was abuzz with delight as we were told the story of how all the fowl friends went into the Fox’s Den and never came out again all because Chicken Licken’ told a lie about the sky falling.

As always, we love I Theatre plays for the learning points that little ones can pick up from watching them. This play drove home obvious teaching points that it is not right to lie and that lying has consequences. What a wonderful way to teach our kids that they should always only tell the truth. It happens that Wey’s school is focussing on the value of integrity this term, which means to do what is right. I thought it was great that we could discuss the point that being dishonest and lying makes others have doubt on one’s reputation and makes everyone not trust the person in future.

It was nice that Boy learnt his lesson before it was too late! Go to the theatre to find out how and what happened! There were scary moments when Wey cringed with anxiety as the ‘wolf’ appeared but they were short lived because of the happy ending 🙂

The Boy Who Cried Wolf

Have you learnt your lesson yet?

After all the fun watching the show, don’t forget to have your photos taken with the entire cast at the end! Queues may be long but clears up pretty quickly… I do so love these Meet and Greet photo keepsakes, especially when we look back at all the theatre shows we’ve been together with Wey since he was only 2!! 🙂

We almost missed this precious family shot with the cast as the little one doesn’t do quite well with queues… Good thing the queue cleared up just as we were ready leave the theatre so we sneaked back in haha! Yay!

Book your tickets now at SISTIC http://www.sistic.com.sg/events/cboy0316 and get your little ones excited with this fast paced funny adventure of Boy and bring home the lesson of the danger of telling lies!

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All photos unless otherwise stated are copyright of I Theatre.

About The Boy Who Cried Wolf

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When: 15 Feb to 19 Mar 2016 | Mon – Fri: 10am | Sat: 10.30am & 2.30pm

Where: Jubilee Hall, Raffles Hotel

Who: 3 years and above and their families

Ticket Pricing : Standard $32 (Excludes Booking Fee)

Duration: 55 minutes with no interval

Tickets available through:
SISTIC Website

SISTIC Hotline (65) 6348 5555
SISTIC Authorised Agents islandwide

{Review} Ahoy Mateys! It’s Pirates’ Treasure at SRT’s Treasure Island

Wey had been eagerly waiting to watch Singapore Repertory Theatre‘s year end blockbuster Treasure Island showing at the DBS Arts Centre from 30 October to 29 November 2015. Read our earlier pre-show post.

Seeing his excitement, I got him the classic story by Robert Louis Stevenson (Usborne Young Reading, adapted version) available at MPH. Reading the book made him even more excited to catch the play. I always love that theatre encourages my little one to pick up either a brand new book or a well loved one to read before the play.

Treasure Island

Finally reading independently and enjoying a new story, Treasure Island, on his own.

As I’ve shared before, one of the reasons why I love Children’s theatre is the opportunity to grow Wey’s love for books. I like that after enjoying the book, he gets to see the story come to live on stage, firing his imagination. Wey likes to point out to me all the parts of the play that are different from the book that he’s read, and how they’ve changed it.

A week ago, we also had the rare opportunity to catch a sneak peep visit to the backstage of the Treasure Island production. SRT kindly showed us the costumes and props which were still being made and it was a visual treat for the curious little ones who kept asking who was wearing what!

SRT Treasure Island

Guessing whose costumes are they? Now we know the blue coat was for Captain Smollett and the moss green one will be worn by Long John Silver! Now look at them pirate swords!!!

Even as the cast was deep in rehearsal, without the makeup, costumes or stage props, they kept us riveted with their beautiful singing and dramatic expression. Wey was really reluctant to leave that day and he couldn’t wait to catch the show… quite frankly, he was not alone, even mummy couldn’t wait too! hehee… 🙂

One week is a long wait (for a child) and the anticipation and excitement grew as Saturday finally drew near! The wait was worthwhile and we were not disappointed at all.  SRT’s Treasure Island is definitely a show not to be missed, plus it’s an opportunity to get the kids to pick up a classic storybook to read, so do book your tickets at SISTIC early to avoid disappointment. More show information at the end of post.

SRT Treasure Islnad

While Mummy smiles, the little one is trying his best to make a pirate’s angry face! Arggh!

SRT’s adaptation of the popular novel gives the time loved story of Treasure Island, a new twist that’s both refreshing and heart-warming. As with the original story, the play follows the adventure of Jim Hawkins (Ann Lek), a lion-hearted 13-year-old (heroine) who yearns for a pirate’s adventure amidst her mundane life running her family inn. She dreams of exploring like her late father. When Billy Bones appears at Benbow Inn and is cursed with a sudden pirate’s death, Jim finds herself with a Treasure Map!

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Squire Trelawny and Captain Smollett examining the treasure map with young Jim! Just look at their faces! haha!

The little ones were captivated by the intrigue as the plot developed with the expected pirates’ betrayal in the bid to get hold of the map and win the treasure! I could see Wey’s intent expression as he watched every movement on stage even as he squealed in delight at familiar parts of the story.

Treasure Island

At last on board the Hispaniola in search of adventure and Captain Flint’s Treasure Island.

With the clever use of a mix of puppetry, energetic expression and song plus really amazingly beautiful sets, this exciting tale of pirates and hidden treasure got the full attention of the entire audience both young and old, right from the very start.

treasure island ben gunn

The cast took what could have been a scary dark story and made it more light-hearted for the children with the lively songs and humour. I for one totally loved Ben Gunn (played by Kimberly Chan) with her Jamaican accent and funny songs, injecting lots of laughter during the play. We last saw Kimberly in SRT’s The Three Billy Goat’s Gruff as Baby and we’re still loving her in Treasure Island as she brilliantly plays her multiple roles as Ben Gunn, Jim’s Mum and nasty Pirate Hands, all effortlessly.

SRT Treasure Island

Ben Gunn and her coconut friends inject fun and cheer in Treasure Island

My favourite part of the play must have been when Long John Silver led the pirates to mutiny on board the Hispaniola in order to snatch the treasure map from Squire Trelawny. The furore of of the mutiny left us all on an almost unbearable cliff-hanger as Act One closed for the interval.

The musical is split into two Acts of approximately 75 enjoyable minutes in total plus a 15 minute interval. I did  wish that the interval was not quite so long as the kids got really fidgety waiting for Act Two. If you’re not one to like to leave your seats during the break, do bring along something to occupy the kids or you could work on the prepared activities in the Programme booklets provided. I was thankful that I had a book in the bag to keep Wey from repeatedly asking when was the show starting again! hahah…. Phew!

Will it be the end of Jim under the treacherous hands of Long John Silver and his dreadful greedy pirates? Or will she find a way to turn the tide and bring home a more important treasure than the pieces of eight that everyone is after?

As expected, my little one’s absolute favourite part was the swashbuckling action when the pirates converged onto Jim, the Squire and Captain Smollett at the Treasure Cave. Ooo!! Be prepared for some exhilarating exciting action that will keep you at the edge of your seats. Hahha…

The musical has a slightly different twist but I enjoyed SRT’s happy ending because it draws the young audience to value friendship more than material treasures. A reminder for adults and a teachable moment for the little ones to understand that human relationships are the real treasure, far more valuable than monetary treasures. Watch the play to find out how it ends!

My little Mateys (and Me) gave our two thumbs up for this really exhilarating play. I promise it’s a delightful quality production that even parents will enjoy every moment of! Days after watching it, I still find myself humming “Yo-ho-ho and a Bottle of Rum“. Kids 5 years and above will be captivated by the swashbuckling action and plot intrigue. Younger ones will still enjoy the music and songs but may have some difficulty understanding the dialogue. Treasure Island runs till the 29 November, you’ll have only another 3 weekends to catch it!

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About Treasure Island

SRT Treasure Island

When :  Fri, 30 Oct – Sun, 29 Nov 2015
Time :  Mon – Fri : 10am    Tue(11 Nov):11am   Sat & Sun : 11am, 2.30pm
Duration: ~Approximately 90 minutes (15 minutes interval)
Tickets available through:
SISTIC Website Book now at http://sistic.com.sg/events/island1215

SISTIC Hotline (65) 6348 5555
SISTIC Authorised Agents islandwide
Ticket Pricing (Excludes Booking Fee)
Weekdays (Tue – Fri)
Standard: S$35, S$32
*Family Package of 4: S$119 for Cat 1 tickets
*Family Package of 4 (with TLC CD Vol.2): S$131 for Cat 1 ticketsWeekends (Sat & Sun)
Standard: S$45, S$42
*Family Package of 4: S$153 for Cat 1 tickets
*Family Package of 4 (with TLC CD Vol.2): S$165 for Cat 1 tickets

Please refer to http://www.sistic.com.sg for more information about Group discounts/Family Packages available

Note: Photographs unless otherwise stated are copyright of the Singapore Repertory Theatre, The Little Company.