{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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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

Act3 Pinnochio

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

{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.