The Three Little Pigs By The Little Company

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.

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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. Smile

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. Smile

Well, of course and that “evil” (Big Bad Wolf) will never prevail.

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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. Open-mouthed smile

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”. >>

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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.

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And for the adults, I think we had good laughs at the convenience trade person (watch carefully to see who she is. Smile). 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! Smile

Eizac and Mummy

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With our dates for the morning. Smile

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. Open-mouthed smile

Details:

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)

Booking: SISTIC

Various discounts are available. Do check out SISTIC site for more information and hope you will enjoy the production as much as us! Smile

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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.

Morning with the fire engines

March holidays are here!!!

Whenever it is school holidays, I will be cracking my brains on where to bring the boys to expend their energy. The best deal will be a free-entry place and not too crowded; some educational value will be helpful.

Drum roll….if you haven’t already heard of this place as a parent, you should diarise this activity to bring your children!

Your friendly neighbourhood fire engine station

This had always been on my places-to-bring-children-list. And I am glad we made it on one sunny Sat morning!

We choose to go to Sengkang Fire Station as it is not far off from our place and gladly found out that you can park for free at the fire station premise; just don’t block the way!

I must say I am seriously impressed with this visit. The firemen on duty were real firemen and they were so patient with the little ones and inquisitive parents! They explained patiently about their work and duties and the daily running of the station.

All the stations are open to public from 9am to 11am every Saturday. You need not be a resident to visit. I saw tourists posing for photos! But you will need some form of ID for registration at the entrance.

More details on SCDF website.

These are the stations which are open:

1. Alexandra Fire Station
2. Ang Mo Kio Fire Station
3. Bishan Fire Station
4. Bukit Batok Fire Station
5. Central Fire Station
6. Changi Fire Station
7. Clementi Fire Station
8. Jurong Fire Station
9. Paya Lebar Fire Station
10. Sengkang Fire Station
11. Tuas Fire Station
12. Woodlands Fire Station
13. Yishun Fire Station
14. Tampines Fire Station

It is a systematic visit; the young firemen gave out plastic helmets freely when we entered; such greats props for taking photos ya. 🙂

Thereafter we joined a group where there were explanations on what goes into a fire engine. It is a huge warehouse-on-the-go with important equipment!

This is the part that I am really impressed with: 2 of the guys were ready with their gears to show how and what they dressed up with when they go and fight a real fire. They actually strip down and dress up again for every group. Wait, they have to pose for the children and eager parents too! 😀 Thank you firemen for your tireless efforts towards national education! 😛

And that’s not all. The favourite 2 activities of the day:

Experience with a real fireman hose with Daddy holding the fort! #FrisoMoment

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And….Riding on real fire engines!

We also had the opportunity to tour the office and control station. For our nation safety, many thoughts had been put in for such meticulous planning and execution.

I think I am probably more excited about this visit than the boys (all 3 of them). I learnt so much things! That Sengkang Fire station receive the most no. of calls for fire (they are the station which covers Pulau Ubin too!), the gears that the fireman uses, the response time and etc. In the midst of our visit, we also experienced a real fire call and the little red rhino that Eizac was sitting on sped off in seconds with 4 other crew members on board! How cool is that! I meant the real-life experience not the “fire” happening somewhere. 😛

A fire station visit top my list for national education, real-life learning and experiences with the entire family. Bring your family next Sat! 🙂

Do you have a parent-child experience to share too? From jumping in puddles to running down the hill slopes (and visiting an fire station!), do you have that special parent-child experience to share?

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