Tuesday 17 March 2015

Goldilocks and the Three Bears (金发姑娘和三只熊) - Checked!

Goldilocks and the three bears (金发姑娘和三只熊) is a timeless classic play that we should not miss! Much more when it's a mandarin play. If your kids need to skip a session of Chinese tuition just for this, you will agree it's worth it and probably a better and more fun way to loving and learning the language.

As always, we are great lovers of any The Little company (Division of Singapore Repertory Theatre) productions, especially the mandarin ones. Watching English plays are very common, but good Mandarin plays for kids aren't an often come by. The SRT's productions we've watched this far never fail to impress us. Here are the various reasons why we love SRT's productions:
  • They were never cheesy or lacking. We love every part of their stage, from their head to toes costumes and to every single prop. There's effort in every crafted piece.
  • Their songs and lyrics are very catchy. Those that will still run in your mind for a few days, even after leaving the theatre.
  • And of course, the very entertaining and professional talents that brought us right into the story.
  • The Little Company is always producing quality plays for little children who deserves the equivalent amount of professionalism. 

Photo credit: SRT

I would usually pre-empt the kids about what we'll be doing or watching for the week. Somehow, I've no idea why I missed out telling them that the Goldilocks we're watching will be played in Mandarin. When the stage curtains unveiled, Jare turned to Daddy, and Jazz turned to me and asked, "Why is it in Mandarin?" I had in my mind, "why not?!!" But well, it's good evidence that we're not having enough dosage of Mandarin plays.

The story was brought through in an interactive manner without much spin off from the classic. On a trip into the forest, Goldilocks ventured into a seemingly uninhabited house. In the process of making herself home, she turned the place into a terrible mess. Little did she know that the house belonged to a family of three bears who were out walking while waiting for their porridge to cool. You can already imagine the commotion they had, when these bears met a little human in their habitat.

Photo credit: SRT
The story continued with a chapter about deforestation to make way for new roads, which got the bears worried about their home being demolished. But having made friend with Goldilocks, all was made well and preserved. It taught us to be kind and receptive to someone even if we're of a different breed.

A very good show overall. Extremely interesting to be watching this familiar tale in Mandarin. Where they would use and correct words like 熊爸爸 and 熊宝宝, and then differentiating that it should not be pronounced as 凶吧吧 and 熊爸爸, which sounds quite alike when mispronounced. So yeap, we should not mispronounce to get misinterpreted. Mandarin is a beautiful language.

Other than learning not to fiddle with the belongings of other, we've all learned much more from this version of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Don't miss it! One of the winner we picked from our giveaway had actually emailed me that they enjoyed the show very much too. Lovely gesture.

Get your tickets from sistic. Or if you plan to catch the upcoming shows by SRT, you may get the season pass for a more valued deal of 20% discount.

Show Dates and Time:
11 to 29 March 2015
Mon to Fri: 10am
Sat and Sun: 11am and 2pm

Approximately 50 minutes

DBS Arts Centre - Home of SRT
20 Merbau Road,
Singapore 239035.

Disclaimer: We were given the opportunity to watch this production for the purpose of this review. All opinions and photos are solely ours.  

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