Monday 7 March 2016

The Three Billy Goats Gruff - 三只山羊

It's been almost a year since we last caught the play, The Three Billy Goats Gruff. Following its successful production, we were most glad to be back catching this play again. This time in Mandarin, 三只山羊. Even though a play of the same setting and storyline, Js were keen to be in for a treat again. And of course, their Mama love it that we can catch a meaningful stage play in Mandarin. Not an easy find locally.

It was an entertainment that offered another great opportunity to learn and love the language out of the usual classroom settings. The conversational, educational, hilarious and interactive mix of Mandarin were creatively stage in this play.

The Three Billy Goats Gruff, 羊老大, 羊小二 and 羊咩咩 were a close-knit bunch who grazed happily together with their caretaker, Little Bo-Frilly, 没脑妹 (Yes, we had a good laugh over her name). But that simply meant 没有烦脑的小妹妹!We do know how to take it positive now when someone says, '没脑.'

Then one day, it dawned on them that they were in the middle of a horrible drought. The grounds turned a dreadful shade of brown, they were slowly but surely running out food. As the gang decided to cross the bridge to the other side of the valley, where grass seemed greener, they had to take on a frightening troll, 怪兽 that loves to feast on goats!

The troll did look terrifying, but I thought he was probably the most humourous character in the play. He assured the audience that he only loved feasting on goats, not wolves, not humans and specially not kids, because they ate too much candies and were too sweet for his appetite. He joked that he would get diabetes for feasting on children! That sent us all to stitches.

There were many terms that the kids and grown ups can learn through this play. One which I particularly remember was, 知足常乐. Which means a contented mind is a perpetual feast! I often remind the kids about self contentment in English, but we had never spoken or related it to the Chinese term. It was one refreshing term for us.

Another particular scene that specially impressed us was, baby goat chewing on paper, claiming that she was overly hungry! And yes, she was literally eating paper with nothing spat out. I thought it was some clever stage act to trick the audience. Only to find out the truth during photo taking when the kids were handed some 'paper' to eat, they were edible! Just how creative they are from staging acts to solving mystery in the little minds. CAT 1 tickets come with a photo taking session with the casts (weekend shows only).

In sum, the show was very well played with witty and humourous lines that were different from its English. The translated tunes remained catchy and its Mandarin was very well articulated by their very experienced casts.

Behind every solid work is always some talented, experienced and credible people. The Chinese adapters are Danny Yeo and Zhang Lesheng. Zhang is a Singapore lyricist who has written more than 300 theme and sub theme songs in our local drama scene. He has a great love in cultivating interest for the Chinese Language in the younger generation through his lyrics. So be assured, it is another quality production of SRT.

This great musical for every young and old should not to be missed! It really is one fun way to enjoy and love Mandarin the unconventional way.


Thanks SRT!

I am highly pleased that Js enjoyed the play so extremely much that we are still joking about how the troll will not want to eat them, because they are too sweet!

Show is running at SRT till 25 March 2016 (Fri)
Mon to Fri: 10am
Sat: 11am and 2pm
Fri (25 March): 11am
Venue: KC Arts Centre – Home of SRT , 20 Merbau Rd Singapore 239035.
Ticket Pricing:
Standard: S$28, S$25
Sat and Public Holiday
Standard: S$48, S$38, S$35

Family packages available too. Tickets at sistic.

A show this perfect ought to be shared! Courtesy of SRT, we are giving away a set of 4 family tickets to the 12 March (Saturday), 2pm show. All you had need to do is: 
1. Like Mum's calling on Facebook
2. Like SRT on Facebook
3. Tag 3 friends on this Facebook post whom you think will be keen on this giveaway or are new to Mum's calling.

Best of luck!

Try your luck too with Missus Tay on the same giveaway! Her giveaway is for 19 March, 11am show.

This giveaway has closed. The winner is Wendelyn T. Congrats! 

Terms and Conditions:
  • This giveaway ends on 10 Mar 16, 2359 hrs.
  • Date and time of show cannot be changed.
  • Winner will be picked by
  • Winner will be announced on Facebook and this blog post
  • Winner will have 24 hours to respond, failing which a new winner will be drawn. 
  • All incomplete entries will be disqualified. 
  • All entries will be verified before the winners are announced.  

Disclaimer: We were kindly given tickets for the purpose of this review. All opinions are solely ours. Photos are with credit to SRT.

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