Julia Donaldson is one of Dana’s favourite authors. In 2011, we shared a book review on her award-winning title, ‘What the Ladybird Heard‘ and we are so pleased that it will be one of the productions brought to Singapore in the upcoming Kids Fest 2014!
What’s Kids Fest 2014?
WKidsFest is an exciting festival for the whole family where compelling characters are brought to life and scenes from well-loved books are enacted vividly on stage. It is a wonderful platform for family bonding and at the same time, nurtures a child’s interest in literature and language. It is ABA Production’s aim for KidsFest to be a staple in Singapore’s calendar of cultural events when families can look forward to a series of world-class productions. Each production promises to be an adventure for the family; with catchy music, engaging scenes and even audience participation for some. There will also be surprises thrown in for the kids along the way.
When is it happening?
KidsFest is back! Having enjoyed tremendous success in Hong Kong and Singapore since its debut in 2012, this popular festival returns from 15th January to 9th February 2014 with nine international theatre productions adapted from best-selling children’s books.
How is Kids Fest 2014 different?
KidsFest 2014 sees the introduction of KidsFest Plus (KidsFest+) – an exclusive backstage experience on scheduled dates for selected productions where fans can interact up close with the cast over an autograph or photo session.
KidsFest+ also brings an exclusive Questions & Answers (Q&A) session for the inquisitive ones who wishes to pick the brains of the director for ‘Private Peaceful’ – a production recounting a young First World War soldier reliving his poignant past.
What are some of the shows to look out for?
Recommended for the little ones aged 3 to 8 years old
1. The Gruffalo
Back by popular demand is of course, the well-loved Gruffalo! This charming production adapted from the award-winning picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler showcases Mouse’s adventurous journey into the ‘deep dark wood’ and his encounter with the terrifying Gruffalo. Though the use of sheer wit, learn how the quick-thinking Mouse evades danger.
** KidsFest+: Photo Session with the cast on Wednesday, January 22nd only
Following hot on the heels of The Gruffalo’s sell out tour comes the must-watch sequel; The Gruffalo’s Child. Find out just how brave the Gruffalo’s Child is as she ventures into the ‘deep dark wood’ to find the ‘big bad mouse’, the one thing her father, The Gruffalo is afraid of.
** KidsFest+: Photo Session with the cast on Wednesday, January 15th only
Two crafty robbers with a cunning plan to steal the farmer’s fine prize cow. Find out how one tiny ladybird saved the day! With live music, puppetry and plenty of audience participation, join the woolly sheep, the hairy hog, the fat red hen and the dainty dog on a farmyard adventure.
** KidsFest+: Photo Session with the cast on Tuesday, January 21st only
4. The Boy Who Cried Wolf
Inspired by the famous Aesop fable, this is a beautiful wintery tale about a boy, unable to find delight in what is around him and instead seeks adventure, excitement and the thrill of the unknown!
** KidsFest+: Autograph Session with the cast on Tuesday, February 4th only
5. We’re Going on a Bear Hunt
Join the adventurers on their quest to find a bear; as they wade through swishy swashy grass, the splishy splashy river and thick oozy, squelchy mud! Expect catchy songs, interactive scenes and plenty of hands-on adventure – plus a few special surprises!
**KidsFest+: Autograph Session with the cast on Thursday, January 23rd only
6. Snow Dragon
Billy has everything a young goat could need. On New Year’s Eve, Billy’s parents tell him about the legendary Snow Dragon, who will bring him even more goodies during the night. But when Billy bumps into some wolves in the woods, New Year’s Day seems a long way off. Find out how Billy escapes – and whether the Snow Dragon will bring him a present.
** KidsFest+: Autograph Session with the cast on Wednesday, January 29th only
Recommended for older kids aged 6 to 14 years old
7. Horrible Histories Terrible Tudors
For the history-buff, you’re in for a treat! Indulge in the drama during the Tudors dynasty at Horrible Histories Terrible Tudors starring the monarch, Henry VIII himself. Hear the legend (and the lies!), find out about the triumphs and what is so terrible during this enthralling era.
8. Horrible Histories Awful Egyptians
From the fascinating Pharaohs to the power of the pyramids, discover the foul facts of death and decay with the meanest mummies in town – find out why they made their mummies and how they did it!
Recommended for older kids aged 10 to 18 years old
9. Private Peaceful
This show relives the life of Private Tommo Peaceful, a young First World War soldier awaiting the firing squad at dawn. A look back at his past growing up in rural Devon; his exciting first days at school; the accident in the forest that killed his father; his adventures with Molly, the love of his life; and the battles and injustices of war that brought him to the front line.
** KidsFest+: Q&A with the Assistant Director on Wednesday, January 22nd only.
Where to buy tickets?
Tickets are on sale now. Prices range from $35 to $62. Book them at any SISTIC outlet, official SISTIC website here or call the hotline 6348 5555. Get discounts of up to 15% if you book 3 shows or more (or 2 shows for Visa cardholders).
With thanks to ABA Productions, we are giving away 1 Family Package (Four Category 1 Tickets worth SGD248) to Snow Dragon show on 29 January 2014, Wed, 5pm at The Drama Centre. The lucky family will also walk away with 1 Nestle Hamper (worth SGD30) = Worth SGD278 in total. Tickets come with KidsFest+ (an exclusive scheduled autograph session with the cast backstage after the show)!
This giveaway is only for readers based in Singapore. Winner has to collect the tickets and hamper before the show from ABA Productions Office. Participate here:
This giveaway ends Sunday 12 January 2014 and winner will be notified by email. All the best!
Readers can quote the password “ABA2014” through any SISTIC channel, whether it is through an authorized Agent (click for list of Agents), the Hotline (6348 5555) or the Website (www.sistic.com.sg) in order to receive 10% discount off tickets.