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The Three Billy Goats Gruff (Mandarin version)

March 1, 2016, 0 Comments

We are back to catch this classic story in the mandarin version. As a family who faces challenges in our mandarin, we try to make fun and relevant for the children in whatever ways we can. Watching live performances is one of the most non intrusive way children pick up languages, as beautiful stage works and lively songs and dances captivates young audience naturally.

Even with a new mandarin cast, Singapore Repertory Theatre’s The Little Company seldom disappoints. They delivered a stella performance with impressive adapted lyrics, beautiful diction and dance steps. The mandarin show was also more interactive than the English version, and encourages children to sing and dance along.

The story talks about a difficult time that the goats faced when a severe drought destroyed the grassland. They began to look afar where the grass seemed to be greener. Armed with a plan, they made a decision to face the dreadful danger that lies beneath the bridge. Would they survive or would they not?

This brilliantly written Broadway style musical captivates hearts of the young and the young-at-heart with catchy tunes even with the mandarin play. It seemed however a little too quick for my boys.

What looks good may not be that great at the end of the day, as the goats almost fall prey to the trick that the sly troll uses to lure his prey.

Expect lots of dance moves as the three Billy Goats, “Baby”, “Middle”, “Big”, trip trap their way everywhere, donning tap shoes, no less, as the trio belted out fun and catchy songs one after another.

It is educational. It is fun. Little Bo-Frilly or , their caretaker, a little girl who loves frilly things tells us that goats are herbivores , have four stomachs and are browsers. A scene of “Baby” goat tearing up a page from a big book of research, and then gobbled it up was a case in point.

Join the three Billy Goats and the charming little Bo-Frilly as they set off on a adventure with one thing on their mind. With a little bit of ingenuity and courage, the three Billy Goats managed to cross the bridge as they finally realised that the grass on the other side was not … real. The cunning troll had it painted a shade of green as green as the grass. Thanks to Little Bo-Frilly, she discovered the secret to overcoming the troll.

And so the last Billy Goat was sent across the bridge at the crack of dawn. He fought valiantly as the troll groaned while the sun shone on him, and eventually turned him into a boulder.

Don’t miss a musical that is filled with suspense and funny moments! Audience were encouraged to clap and sing along while the goats trip trap its way to a happy ending.

Oliver Pang who played Big Goat in the mandarin play stood out as he was involved in string of notable plays and musicals, the most recent one being SRT’s The LKY Musical. He has also participated in “Goldilocks and the Three Bears” and “The Three Little Pigs” with SRT’s The Little Company.

The Three Billy Goats Gruff was written and composed by George Stiles and adapted to mandarin by Danny Yeo and Zhang Lesheng.

We’re giving away a set of FAMILY tickets (4 tickets) for the upcoming show this Saturday, 5 March, 11 am show at SRT.

To win, leave a comment on OAKTREEBABY Facebook and share the post.   Results will be announced this Friday, 4 March at 12 noon.

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