We were in the midst of a hectic schedule of renovating, packing and moving home. But I knew The Three Little Pigs (By The Little Company / SRT ) were showing this season and I just cannot miss it.
Because it is one of the first few bedtime stories that Eizac enjoyed and remembered.
I thought it is interesting which are the first fairytale stories parents picked to read to their young toddlers.
For me, it is Goldilocks and the Three Bears and The Three Little Pigs!
Why? Because they are adage-old stories which I can still make sense while I am dozing off!😛
And so, at 3 years old, Eizac had this background understanding that there are 3 little pigs and 1 big bad wolf. And it is a BIG BAD WOLF!
We were kindly invited to a weekday morning show. And there were shores of preschool kids in the theatre. Clearly, parents/teachers approve this form of art.
And it definitely did not disappoint. I think the key reason is because both adults and children are entertained.
It isn’t just a kids’ production though it is meant to cater to toddlers as young as 3 years old. It has injected enough humour to humour the adults too.
And the end result is always to bring across a positive message; in this case, The Three Little Pigs teaches little ones how success can be achieved through hard work and perseverance. And there are “rewards” for reading your books too.
Well, of course and that “evil” (Big Bad Wolf) will never prevail.
I always enjoyed SRT’s The Little Company’s productions. The Three Little Pigs are part of a trilogy musicals for children written by The Laurence Olivier Award winning writing duo, George Stiles and Anthony Drewe. The other two musicals which have also been translated into Mandarin plays are The Three Billy Goats Gruff and Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Read my past review here.
Not sure who the duo are? No worries, someone closer to home, well-known ex-mandarin DJ, Danny Yeo, is actively involved in all of The Little Company’s Mandarin children musical productions. Possibly, that’s where all the “local flavours” came about.
Hopefully, without giving too much away, let me share my version of the synopsis of The Three Little Pigs.
<< The Three Little Pigs are affectionally known as “Cha”, “Siu” and “Bao”. If any of them looked familiar, you might have seen “Bao” in Three Billy Goats Gruff and “Cha” was in some TV commercials such as Ah Ben Nescafe and WaiFai Starhub. Ah Ha! That’s why.
Sadly, Daddy Pig was gobbled up by the Big Bad Wolf and that left their devoted single-parent Mum who decided that her piglets need to move out because her house is a “real PIG STY”!
After a wefie shot, they departed to build their own pig sty as the “world is prefect for a pig”. Eventually, as we all knew the ending, the brick house stood the huffs puffs of the BIG BAD WOLF. And that piglet who built the brick house is none other than “Bao” who is always reading a book. So it goes to show “it helps to have your snout stuck in a book”. >>
We cannot forget the “baddie” who made the piglets look even more adorable. The BIG BAD WOLF. Here, he does look a little scary when he first took the stage. Later, he was presented as a misunderstood Big Bad Wolf. With his croons and howls, he did made a few new friends in the crowd! I overheard that the he became some of the children’s favourite character in the play.
And for the adults, I think we had good laughs at the convenience trade person (watch carefully to see who she is. ). The local humour and some Singlish jokes (not too much) made it highly palatable for the local crowd. The catchy music, colourful stage and interactive actors complete the experience. It is a good production which I will highly recommend especially for 3 to 12 years old. Eizac left asking to return for more!
Don’t miss it as this season runs till 16th Sep 2016. Last I checked, the tickets are running out fast!
P.S: one small tip to share. The theatre is not a huge one. So any seats will be a good seat unless of course you must be in the first row.
Title of Play: The Three Little Pigs
Dates: 4th Aug to 16th Sep 2016
Location: KC Arts Centre – Home of SRT. 20 Merbau Road (near Robertson Quay)
Various discounts are available. Do check out SISTIC site for more information and hope you will enjoy the production as much as us!
N.B: We were kindly invited for a media review. No further compensation were received. All opinions remained writer’s own. All images except those with the normal folks are copyrights of SRT.