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Seussical the Musical

Seussical the Musical

Seussical the Musical

Seussical the Musical begins with monkeys scampering wildly through the audience and the action does not let up for the rest of the 75 minutes! Wacky, lively and loud, Seussical the Musical takes the audience through the story of Horton Hears a Who! and Horton Hatches an Egg with lots of impressive singing and animated dancing along the way.

Horton the Elephant hears a sound coming from a small speck of dust and he places it on a clover. He discovers that the speck is actually a tiny planet and home to an entire community and he vows to protect Whoville because “a person’s a person, no matter how small.” Along the way, he is mocked by the other animals in the jungle for believing in something that they are unable to see or hear.

The beloved Cat in the Hat is on hand (with his signature red and white striped hat) to provide non-stop zany entertainment. One minute he’s a doctor, and the next he’s making it snow on one of the characters. The other animals are dressed in cleverly-conceptualised costumes that make them seem more like humans than animals, allowing us to relate to their very human traits and to see ourselves in their behaviour.

Although the story went over the heads of the younger ones a little and is more suitable for children above 5, the kids had fun watching the show. Our favourite bit was when the Mayor of Whoville got the audience involved in alerting Horton’s jungle friends to the existence of life on the speck of dust, reminding the kids of the importance of standing up for what you believe in and the power of teamwork. I also enjoyed the spirited rendition of Green Eggs & Ham by the cast during curtain call.

Horton hears a Who

Horton hears a Who

the Cat in the Hat

the Cat in the Hat

up to no good

making fun of Horton

Horton and his egg

Horton and his egg

TICKETING AND SHOW INFORMATION

Season: 
6 – 8 November
Venue:  Esplanade Theatre
PERFORMANCE TIMES: Fri, 6 Nov: 5pm; Sat, 7 Nov: 11am & 3pm; Sun, 8 Nov: 11am & 3pm
TICKET PRICE:  From $58
INTERNET: www.sistic.com.sg
PHONE: +65 6348 5555
IN PERSON AT:   SISTIC Authorised Agents

Disclaimer: We received complimentary tickets to watch this performance. All opinions are my own. All photos used are from ABA Productions.

Our SG50 Jubilee Weekend

Happy birthday, Singapore!

Happy birthday, Singapore!

We kept ourselves rather busy over the National Day weekend! On Friday, we headed to Gardens by the Bay East to catch the RSAF Black Knights in action. We didn’t have a very good view there and also got soaked in the rain! In hindsight, we weren’t very prepared for this little outing.

soaked!

soaked!

On Sunday, we tried again but this time we made reservations at Stewords Riverboat and had a fantastic view of the Black Knights before heading inside for lunch. It’s so amazing how the planes seemed to fly so close to us!

crowds at Marina South Pier

crowds at Marina South Pier

Black Knights in action

Black Knights in action

Adam thought it was too loud

Adam thought it was too loud

so did Anya

so did Anya

great view from the Riverboat

great view from the Riverboat

fully booked for lunch

fully booked for lunch

all decked out in red and white

all decked out in red and white

In the evening, Anya went to the Floating Platform with our friends who had an extra ticket while Adrian, Adam and I slummed it near the Esplanade Outdoor Theatre. We didn’t have a great view of the screen or the sky or the fireworks but we had access to proper toilets and to decent food! The three of us had a blast soaking in the atmosphere with the crowds.

Anya at the floating platform

Anya at the floating platform

happy that he found a bubble floating around

happy that he found a bubble floating around

eating pad thai from Thai Express

eating pad thai from Thai Express

Adam and me

Adam and me

Sam Willows!

Sam Willows!

Black Knights again

Black Knights again

this is our flag

this is our flag

21-gun salute

21-gun salute

not every one appreciates it

not every one appreciates it

loved the aerial display!

loved the aerial display!

slightly blocked view of fireworks

slightly blocked view of fireworks

walking back to where our car was parked

walking back to where our car was parked

Happy 50th birthday, Singapore! I don’t know if I’ll be around for SG100 but you really know how to throw a birthday party!

A Midsummer Night’s Dream by Shakespeare’s Globe

A Midsummer's Night Dream

A Midsummer’s Night Dream was my O-Level text so I know it pretty well and it’s a dream come true to watch it performed by Shakespeare’s Globe. I’d watched a few other productions of the play and had been somewhat underwhelmed each time, but I thoroughly enjoyed the performance by Shakespeare’s Globe and highly recommend it.

Titania and Bottom

Titania and Bottom

A Midsummer’s Night Dream is a comedy of errors reminding us that ‘the course of true love never did run smooth’. Hermia and Lysander love each other but she is expected to marry Demetrius. Helena is madly in love with Demetrius but spurned by him. Oberon and Titania, the king and queen of the fairies, are in the midst of a dispute but he still has the time to meddle in the affairs of the mortals and to play a trick on Titania. Comic relief is provided by a group of rustics preparing to perform a play within the play. Of course, everything is resolved and (almost) every one is happy by the end of the play.

Titania

Titania

I love the costumes worn by the fairy people. There are no pastel colours, glitter, or organza anywhere and instead there is a lot of leather and fur (and mud!) and everything looks very organic, earthy and raw. What also stood out for me was the physicality of the actors and that is used to great effect in the scenes where the young lovers are under Oberon’s spell and when the rustics perform their play during the Duke’s wedding. It was also interesting to see the young lovers losing bits of their clothing and becoming more exposed (both their bodies and their nature) in the forest. The play within the play performed by the mechanicals was so funny and it had the audience rolling in the aisles.

Helena and Lysander

Helena and Lysander

There are a few things that could have been better. For example, they attempted to inject a bit of local flavour by namedropping a Singaporean production (Forbidden City) but that was such a long time ago that it didn’t have any impact on the audience and completely went over our heads. I think they would have been better off referring to Dim Sum Dollies or something. Later, they had some of the characters speak a few lines of Mandarin and it came off as a bit pointless and there’s a significant number of people in the audience who do not understand Mandarin.

Demetrius and Helena

Demetrius and Helena

Overall, I loved the simplicity of the set, the music accompaniment, the energy, the comic timing, the pacing and the strong acting by most of the actors. If you are into Shakespeare, you should definitely catch A Midsummer Night’s Dream by Shakespeare’s Globe. This is as close as you will get to how Shakespeare is supposed to be done without actually making a trip down to London!

A Midsummer's Night Dream

A Midsummer’s Night Dream

SEASON DETAILS
Venue: Esplanade Theatre
Season: Thu 13 Nov to Sun 16 Nov; Thu, Fri, Sun: 8 pm; Sat: 3 & 8 pm
Duration: 2 hours and 45 minutes (with a 15-minute intermission)
Tickets: from $54
Bookings: Tickets available through SISTIC. (Internet:www.sistic.com.sg; Hotline: 6348 5555; All SISTIC authorized agents island-wide)

Octoburst! 2014 + A Giveaway!

We are big fans of the Esplanade, especially their performances and activities for kids. Just last Friday, I took Anya and her friend to watch the shadow puppetry show ‘The Cat Who Grew Fat & Other Fables’ as part of Moonfest 2014. We are now looking forward to the annual Children’s Festival held in conjunction with Children’s Day known as Octoburst!

Octoburst!

This year, Octoburst! is from 3 to 6 October and will include performances, workshops and activities, both free and and ticketed. Here are some highlights of Octoburst! –

Octoburst! Children’s Drawing Competition & Colouring Fun

If your kids like to colour or have a talent for drawing, register them for some colouring fun or a drawing competition. They may get their artwork displayed on the Esplanade Community Wall from 4 Oct to 2 Nov!

For the drawing competition, an A3-sized drawing paper with a special Esplanade stamp will be provided on the day of the competition. Participants are required to bring their own drawing materials. Only crayons, pastels and/ or colour pencils are allowed. Colouring sheets will be provided for Colouring Fun. Participants have to bring their own colouring materials.

Date: 3 Oct 2014, Fri
Time: 8.30 – 11.30am
Venue: Meeting Point at Esplanade Concourse
Details: Colouring Fun for children between 2 & 4 years old; On-the-spot Drawing Competition open to children between 5 & 12 years old (Category A: 5 & 6 years old, Category B: 7 – 9 years old, Category C: 10 -12 years old)
Registration: Pre-registration is required for both Colouring Fun and Drawing Competition and can be done online.

Parent-Child Workshops

Pinhole Monster

Octoburst!

When I was a kid, I made a pinhole camera and was amazed to see the image projected inside! Find out what you and the kids can make with items from around the house, cardboard pieces
and a monster-sized imagination. Tap into the creative minds of your little ones in this workshop that blends science and art by creating a “Pinhole Monster”, a pinhole camera that projects the view from the outside into a black box.

Date: 4 Oct 2014, Sat
Time: 2.30pm (2hr 30mins, with breaks)
Venue: Esplanade Bay Room
Details: Recommended for children aged 6 – 12.
Tickets: $28 for one pair of tickets, available from SISTIC

Kamishibai Storycrafting

Octoburst! Gather around and listen closely as master storyteller Kamini Ramachandran weaves tales of wonder and magic through the Japanese art of kamishibai, a visual form of storytelling. After the storytelling session, take on the role of a storyteller for the day. Children and their adults will get a chance to illustrate their own story by making kamishibai story cards and also spin their own fantastical tale.

Date: 5 Oct 2014, Sun
Time: 2.30pm (1hr 30mins, with breaks)
Venue: Esplanade Bay Room
Details: Recommended for children aged 4 – 8.
Tickets: $28 for one pair of tickets, available from SISTIC

Kirigami Pop-Up Card Making

Octoburst!
Learn kirigami, the Japanese art of paper cutting and folding by magically transforming a plain piece of paper into a 3D pop-up card filled with intricate shapes, unique designs and vibrant colours.

Date: 6 Oct 2014, Mon
Time: 2.30pm (2hr, with breaks)
Venue: Esplanade Bay Room
Details: Recommended for children aged 5 – 9.
Tickets: $28 for one pair of tickets, available from SISTIC

Dance Appreciation Series: Introduction to Ballet Classics by Singapore Dance Theatre

Octoburst! For all aspiring ballerinas! Singapore Dance Theatre brings you around the world by bringing to stage the different sides of classical ballet from Germany, France, Spain, Poland and India. Told through narration and dance excerpts, this hour-long performance specially created for young audiences will feature some of the world’s most enchanting classical ballets like Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, Don Quixote, Nutcracker and La Bayadère!

Date: 3 Oct 2014, Fri
Time: 1pm & 4pm (1 hr, no intermission)
Venue: Esplanade Concert Hall
Tickets: $10, available from SISTIC
Details: Recommended for ages 2 and up. Admission for children aged 2 and up. Children who come dressed in their favourite character costumes will get a chance to take photographs with the cast after the show!

Something Very Far Away
A Unicorn Production (UK)

Octoburst! Octoburst!

The performance I’m looking forward to the most is Something Very Far Away.  It is a moving tale about an ordinary man who loves two things beyond all others: the cosmos and his wife Tomasina. After a sudden and tragic loss, he looks to the stars for answers and journeys deep into space to keep the thing most precious to him alive.

The show uses puppetry, music, sound and live animation to create a unique and beautiful performance that will enchant children and adults alike. Check out the production trailer here!

Date and Time: 3 Oct 2014, Fri, 2pm & 5pm; 4 & 5 Oct 2014, Sat and Sun, 10am, 12pm & 5pm
Venue: Esplanade Recital Studio
Tickets: $28 each, available from SISTIC
Details: Recommended for 6 years and up. No admission for children aged 4 and under.

GIVEAWAY!
I have a pair of Something Very Far Away tickets for Friday, 3 October 2pm, to be won by one lucky reader!

To qualify, simply do the following by  16 September 2014, 2359H (Singapore time):

1. Like the ‘In the Wee HoursFacebook page.
2. Like the ‘Octoburst!Facebook page.
3. Like, share and comment on this Facebook post telling me which Octoburst! performance/ workshop/ activity you are keen to check out and why! Tag a friend when you share the post and make sure your post is public.

Flipside 2014 – Bicycle Scribble by Guixot de 8

If you have visited Masak Masak at the National Museum and enjoyed Sculpture Scribble on the 2nd floor, then you should definitely check out Bicycle Scribble by the same guys at Flipside at Esplanade! It’s a sculpture garden made up of old bicycle parts and each sculpture is a game to solve. So much fun!

There are lots of other performances and activities going on for Flipside (until 8 June 2014) so check out the calendar if you’re interested.

making thimbles move with magnets

making thimbles move with magnets

picking up marbles

picking up marbles

catching marbles

catching marbles

rolling the ball from one side to the other

rolling the ball from one side to the other

trying to park a car

trying to park a car

catching an egg

catching an egg

flipping and catching a wooden block

flipping and catching a wooden block

making the snake move with a magnet

making the snake move with a magnet

catching balls

catching balls

transferring marbles (he's cheating by holding the cover)

transferring marbles (he’s cheating by holding the cover)

moving the ball from one end to the other

moving the ball from one end to the other

trying to poke the finger into the nose

trying to poke the finger into the nose

rolling the ball into the cup

rolling the ball into the cup

using mirrors to join two sections together

using mirrors to join two sections together

not sure what he's doing here

not sure what he’s doing here

balancing the two sides (he managed to do it!)

balancing the two sides (he managed to do it!)

rolling the ball

rolling the ball

SSO Babies’ Prom 2013

The day after getting back from Legoland, I took both kids to SSO Babies’ Prom. It was Anya’s 3rd Babies’ Prom and Adam’s 1st. I wasn’t in a very good mood when the performance started because we rushed all the way to Esplanade from City Hall MRT station and I was very tired and out-of-breath from carrying Adam most of the way.

We made it just in time and I think the kids enjoyed it although Adam was terribly fidgety throughout and didn’t want to sit on his booster seat. The performance was very similar to last year’s (and the one in 2010) but I guess the formula works well with the kids.

Uncle Peter introduced the different sections of the orchestra, got each section to play a bit, then added on one section at a time until the whole orchestra was playing. Then they encouraged the kids to move along to the music, swaying like trees and marching like soldiers.  This was followed by the bit where a few kids go up to conduct and inevitably there’s at least one kid who conducts faster and faster and faster to the amusement of the audience.

At the end, when they invited kids up on stage, Anya sprinted up on her own but Adam and I had to be content with standing in front and blocking everyone because the stage had reached its limit. We met Mummybean up front though and the kids got to hang out for a bit. Like her, I will probably take Adam to watch Babies’ Prom again next year but it’s probably time for Anya to move on!

SSO Babies' Prom

SSO Babies’ Prom

Anya managed to get on stage at the end

Anya managed to get on stage at the end

the kids

the kids

on the way home

on the way home

PLAYtime! – Hello Adam

We took the kids to watch Hello Adam today. Didn’t really know what the show was about but bought tickets long time ago based on the title of the production. We didn’t get very good seats because we made it in just as the show was starting. (Digression: I hate it when there’s a running event going on in the area when I’m at the Esplanade because the eating places are inevitably filled with the runners and we have to wait ages to get food!)

Hello Adam was all about movement! Using a range of props like balls of various sizes, blocks and slinkies, the performers moved around catching, throwing, jumping, running, etc. There wasn’t a storyline of any sort but the fast-paced performance was visually very entertaining for the kids.

Anya loved the bit where two performers were dancing around with ribbon sticks and I have pinky-promised that I will make one for her to twirl around with. Adam was under the weather and not as enthusiastic as usual but he sat through the entire performance without fussing and liked the bit where they lifted a big piece of cloth up and down like a parachute with the lights changing in colour. He was also happy to pick up the little coloured balls after the performance.

Hello Adam

Hello Adam

the four performers

the four performers

moving blocks around and hiding behind them

moving blocks around and hiding behind them

there's someone in there

there’s someone in there

human slinky

human slinky

Anya thought this was very amusing

Anya thought this was very amusing

four in a row

four in a row

getting into their slinkies

getting into their slinkies

hiding behind some blocks

hiding behind some blocks

balls of different sizes and colours

balls of different sizes and colours

I'm supposed to make Anya a ribbon stick

I’m supposed to make Anya a ribbon stick

different coloured lights passing through the cloth

different coloured lights passing through the cloth

Adam was fascinated by the changing colours

Adam was fascinated by the changing colours

more balls

more balls

smaller balls

smaller balls

lots of little balls!

lots of little balls!

the kids went crazy

the kids went crazy

Adam running around picking up balls

Adam running around picking up balls

the next one is Hello Yasmin

the next one is Hello Yasmin