三只山羊 The Three Billy Goats Gruff

We caught the mandarin adaption of The Three Billy Goats Gruff over the weekend and here’s top 3 reasons why I liked it.

Why “I” and not “We”?

Simply because I think I enjoyed the mandarin version more than my companions. Open-mouthed smile

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The storyline and set is exactly the same as the English production we saw last year.

3 key points I felt made the Mandarin version outstanding:

1) Pun on Mandarin words

With English, you addressed relatives as Aunties or Uncles. Or if you are more “English/westernised”, you address them by first names.

With Mandarin, we can address relatives as 三婶 or 二舅 or the likes. During the recent Chinese New Year, I tried to make an effort to teach my boys to address our relatives either with the correct Mandarin or dialect words. It is easy peasy if I go with English, but the effort of using Mandarin made them think a little and hopefully not forget their roots.

And so with 三只山羊, I enjoyed the twist on Chinese words. For example, the Troll (怪兽) said that he likes to eat goats and not 狐狸 (wolves) because after eating 狐狸, he might just slip (on his legs) (“脚滑”). A deliberate pun on the Mandarin words that wolves are crafty animals (狐狸狡猾). Such clever use of Mandarin spiced up the drama!

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2) The music

Though the tunes are exactly the same as the English version, the lyrics creatively rhymed well and interweaved with the drama as though it was first written in Mandarin. 张乐声 (Zhang Lesheng), the Chinese Adaptor for the songs did a great job! He is a Singaporean Lyricist – famously known for the popular MediaCorp’s TV drama theme songs in The Journey: A Voyage, The Journey: Tumultuous Times and The Little Nyonya. All these are my favourite MediaCorp’s TV drama serials which also broke viewership records. Of course, he is not the only one on the music team, but his name is better known. Smile

Personally, I have a bias towards Mandarin songs to begin with. With the recent revival in Xinyao 新姚 songs in Singapore, I hope my children can grow up appreciating the deeper meanings in Mandarin lyrics.

3) Local content/context

Another well known name on the team is Danny Yeo 杨君伟. He is the Chinese Adaptor for 三只山羊 as well as The Goldilocks and The Three Bear (Mandarin) which we also watched last year.

All of us (even Xi En) can strike a chord with local content such as “ERP” and etc (I can’t remember everything!). We saw a few foreigners with their children and it is amazing that they too understand the show and laughed at the “local jokes”.

This helped the younger audience last the entire 50 mins production (without interlude). Xi En was quite captivated throughout the duration.

And of course the ending and moral of the whole story has to be educational.

To be contented with what you have in life rather than looking for that green which looks greener on the other side. 知足常乐.

Children shows have to end on a good, positive note yeah? Smile

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Don’t be mistaken that I am saying Mandarin is anything more superior than English or vice versa. But with the recent discussions on how to get our children to learn and appreciate Mandarin, it is apt to promote good quality Chinese productions at a young age. Xi En started from enjoying a Mandarin chat with his grandmother; but once he entered kindergarten, speaking in Mandarin seemed to be such a chore. It is quite alarming to me that he had enjoyed the language very much before preschool and it took at 180 degree change thereafter.

For now that he isn’t adverse to Mandarin, I hope to cultivate the enjoyment of the language through good productions such as 三只山羊. We only had good old SBC and TCS (Channel 8!) back then!

For more details and synopsis of the The Three Billy Goats Gruff (Mandarin) musical, check out my previous blog entry here: http://www.claudedambreville.com/2016/02/11/the-three-billy-goats-gruff-mandarin-version-by-srts-the-little-company/

You can still catch the show with your children before it ends on 26th March 2016.

Details:

Dates: 18th Feb to 26th Mar 2016

Mon to Fri: 10am

Sat: 11am, 2pm

Fri (25 Mar): 11am

Recommended for 5 years old and above

Venue: KC Arts Centre – Home of SRT , 20 Merbau Rd Singapore 239035.

SRT’s Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/singaporerepertorytheatre

You can purchase tickets to this show through SISTIC at http://www.sistic.com.sg/events/billy0416

Tickets are actually quite affordable for the weekday tickets (Prices start from S$25 per ticket). We sat in Cat 2 and Cat 3 last year and still have decent views as the theatre isn’t that big.

Special family package tickets of 4 in Cat 1 include a photo opportunity with the cast too. Grab that if your children must have a photo as photo taking are prohibited during the show.

Don’t worry, the Troll doesn’t appear during the photo taking. Smile

And your child might even get to taste a little slice of that edible paper which the goats ate during the show!

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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 photos except those with the family are copyrights of the musical’s PR company.

Disney On Ice Presents Magical Ice Festival

Media Invite

It’s back again! Disney on Ice!

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Our first encounter with the Disney Ice skating show was during the Disney on Ice – Treasure Trove. It was just so magical to be able to see many Disney characters “live” in front of you! And this coming March school holidays, they are back again with more favourites!

Disney On Ice Presents Magical Ice Festival from 11th March to 20th March 2016. The freezing great news is that the Disney show which rocked every radio stations, every TV screens, every household (especially those with little girls!) will be featured during the Magical Ice Festival! Yes! There will be special appearances from characters of Disney’s Frozen. I can so imagine what song will be ringing in my head after the performance!

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Besides the highly anticipated Elsa and friends, you can expect to see a medley of Disney movies characters from The Little Mermaid to Beauty and the Beast.

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My young boy, Xi En, has something about mermaids. He find the whole fantasy of mermaids enchanting and intriguing. But don’t ask him about it. He is too “man” to admit that he likes to read books and watch shows about mermaids. But I am sure he is looking forward to meeting all the favourite Disney characters at the rink again. ^ ^

With an extraordinary line-up of hit songs, memorable scenes and never-before-seen characters to look forward to, here are 10 magical moments behind Disney On Ice to get you all geared up for the show.

1. Disney On Ice was founded in 1981 and has since travelled to over 75 countries and 6 continents

2. The average size of the ice skating surface is 42m x 21m.

3. There are approximately 180 costumes presented at one Disney On Ice show

4. And more than 100 people work on these costumes

5. It takes 18 trucks to transport all production equipment for set-up

6. And it takes between 12-15 hours to set up one Disney On Ice show

7. But just about 4 hours to tear down the entire production

8. Over 80 different colours of paint are used on the 183 props for this production

9. The youngest performer on this year’s show is 19-years-old and the oldest is 44-years-old

10. Each performer may change up to 8 costumes in one show

And since my son loves The Little Mermaid, here are some trivia to share:

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1. How many sisters does Ariel have?

a. Answer: Six , Attina, Alana, Adella, Aquata, Arista, Andrina

2. What is the object that Ariel’s friend Scuttle calls a dinglehopper?

a. Answer: A fork

3. Who tricks Ariel into visiting Ursula to gain human legs?

a. Answer: Flotsam and Jetsam

4. Ursula gives Ariel the ability to walk on land. How long is this ability supposed to last?

a. Answer: 3 days

5. What is the name of Ariel’s best friend?

a. Answer: Flounder

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Wait no further! Do secure your tickets early to get preferred seats and time/dates.

Tickets for Disney On Ice presents Magical Ice Festival can be purchased online via www.sportshubtix.sg.

Event details:

Dates: 11th to 20th March 2016

Venue: Singapore Indoor Stadium

Ticket prices: start from S$25

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

Giveaway!

What’s Disney without some cheer?! Smile Brought to you by Feld Entertainment, a worldwide leader in producing and presenting live touring family entertainment experiences, here’s a giveaway for you to catch Disney On Ice presents Magical Ice Festival!

We are happy to host this giveaway – a set of 4 tickets for a happy family entertainment!

Steps to enter the random draw (but creative and/or heart-felt answers will be awarded more points!):

1) Visit and Like Disney on Ice Facebook Page

2) Visit and Like Claude Dambreville Facebook Page

Thereafter follow the other steps on the Rafflescopter link below:

Disney on Ice Present Magical Ice Festival Giveaway (Evespiration)

Additional notes:

* Tickets are not for resale.

* Allocation of tickets dates is not finalised yet. More details will be provided to the winner. No changes will be allowed.

* Giveaway will run from 24th Feb 2016 till 3rd March 2016.

Announcement of winner:

Thank you everyone for the keen participation!

Here’s the winner of Disney on Ice Present Magical Ice Festival Giveaway:

Winner for Disney on Ice

The Three Billy Goats Gruff (Mandarin version) by SRT’s The Little Company

Following a hugely successful English production in 2015, The Little Company is proud to present the Mandarin version of The Three Billy Goats Gruff, an entertaining musical that is bound to be unforgettable.

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The Three Billy Goats Gruff (affectionately known as “Baby”, “Middle”, and “Big”) are a close-knit bunch who graze happily together with their caretaker, Little Bo-Frilly. But one day, it dawns on them that they are in the middle of a horrible drought. As the grounds turn a dreadful shade of brown, they’re slowly but surely running out food.
Unfortunately, as the gang decides to cross the bridge to the other side of the valley for survival, they will have to take on a frightening troll that – gulp – loves to feast on goats!

Step into the magical, fairy-tale world of The Three Billy Goats Gruff – a musical guaranteed to be snortingly silly and full of giggles!

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We watched the English version last year with 6 years old Xi En and totally enjoyed the show. Thankfully he didn’t find the troll that scary (he read about trolls in books!). The music, lighting and acting proved to be entertaining both for young and old (us!). We also happened to watch Goldilocks & The Three Bears in its’ Mandarin adaption last year and I have to say I really liked the catchy Chinese songs! Can’t wait to watch The Three Billy Goats Gruff in Mandarin this round! 🙂

《三只山羊》

简介:
继2015年英语原创制作广受好评之后,新加坡专业剧场属下的小剧团再接再厉,推出充满欢乐、让人难忘的华语版音乐剧《三只山羊》!
故事中的三只山羊——羊老大、羊小二和小咩咩——感情要好、关系亲密,经常和照顾它们的牧羊人在草原上玩耍,大伙儿快乐地生活在一起。可是,干旱以后,大地变得一片枯黄,快没有食物可以吃了。
不巧的是,当它们正要过桥到山谷的另一端寻找食物时,却遇见爱吃羊肉的怪兽。而这只可怕的怪兽最喜欢吃的,就是肥嫩嫩的羊肉!
欢迎你一起走进《三只山羊》的精彩童话世界,一同来欣赏这部让你开怀大笑、禁不住咩咩叫的音乐剧吧 !

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Event details as below:

Dates: 18th Feb to 26th Mar 2016

Mon to Fri: 10am

Sat: 11am, 2pm

Fri (25 Mar): 11am

Recommended for 5 years old and above

Venue: KC Arts Centre – Home of SRT , 20 Merbau Rd Singapore 239035

You can purchase tickets to this show through SISTIC at http://www.sistic.com.sg/events/billy0416

And a sneak peek at other line ups for the year:

Hanuman – The Superhero Monkey (1st Apr to 30th Apr 2016)

The Three Little Pigs (11th Aug to 25th Sep 2016)

Charlotte’s Web (28th Oct to 11th Dec 2016)

GIVEAWAY

Thanks to SRT, Here’s a chance to win a set of family package (4 tickets) to watch The Three Billy Goats Gruff!

Simply follow the instructions below to enter the random draw:

1) Visit and “Like both Claude Dambreville and Singapore Repertory Theatre (SRT) Facebook pages.

2) Leave a comment on this blog post sharing with us “why do you want to bring your young ones/family to watch this production?”

3) Share this post on Facebook using either the Facebook “Share This” icon below or share the Facebook post you saw this on. Please tag me @Claude Dambreville when you do so and leave the sharing as public.

Important Notes:

Giveaway tickets are only valid for 27th Feb 2016, Saturday, 11am show. Please enter if you can make it for this timing. No changes are allowed.

This giveaway ends on 17th Feb 2016; 2359hrs. Thereafter the winner will be announced on this blog post.

Please remember to leave your email address and your Facebook name in the comments section for verification and contact purposes.

All The Best! 🙂

Updated on 21st Feb 2016:

Congratulations to Prankstertien for being the winner of this giveaway! Please email your email address to evespiration@gmail.com 🙂

Thank you everyone for the participation! Watch this space for another giveaway coming real soon!