Tuesday, January 12, 2016

KidsFest 2016 is back this Jan and Feb!

Mummies and Daddies! How are your little ones and you coping in the new year? My eldest has just started his Primary School journey and our family is adjusting to the brand new schedule after total home-schooling both children for a while! 

To reward ourselves for the good start on this journey, I am so glad that KidsFest 2016 is back!! I am looking at the exciting four new productions this year and planning to bring my family to enjoy some theatre! 



What is KidsFest?
If you still have not heard of KidsFest (which should be quite impossible!), It 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! Suitable for children aged 3 and above and their families!

When is KidsFest?
This year 2016, KidsFest is returning for the 5th time between January 20th to February 14th with six theatre productions! Back by popular demand are "The Gruffalo" and "Room on the Broom", and there are also four new exciting productions with stage adaption of stories from another well-loved children’s books - "Aliens Love Underpants", "Snow Child", "I Believe in Unicorns" and "Little Red Riding Hood"!

Where is KidsFest?
SOTA (School of the Arts)
Drama Theatre, 1 Zubir Said Drive
Singapore 227968
(Can travel there conveniently via Dhoby Ghaut MRT)

Where To Buy Tickets?
You can book them at any SISTIC outletofficial SISTIC website or call the hotline 6348 5555. Prices range from $42 to $62.

SAVE WHEN YOU BOOK TWO OR MORE SHOWS!

A 10% discount is applicable when you book two shows and a 15% discount when you book three or more! You can also show your purchased tickets or ticket stubs at any SISTIC outlet to receive a 10% discount on additional tickets. For more information, check out KidsFest at http://www.kidsfest.com.sg/ and at the official KidsFest Singapore Facebook page here

Highly Recommended Four New Productions are:
Click on show's titles to find out more

1) Aliens Love Underpants


This has to be on our must watch list as we have the book at home! "Aliens Love Underpants" tells a hilarious tale about aliens that flew to Earth not to take over our planet, but because of their love for our underpants! 

Delightfully brought to life against a vibrant set, this pants-tastically fresh and funny tale is sure to enchant and amuse the whole family. Bring your children for this journey into space and find out why aliens have such an unexplainable fancy for the unmentionables! With the plot revolving around the knickers, it is sure to have you snickering!
Production Image from KidsFest

2) Snow Child

As Autumn leaves fall and the foxes, wolves and bears hide among the trees, a magical story is told, about family, love and the power of dreams.

The first snow falls. Watching the village children play, a lonely couple yearn for a child of their own. They build a small figure from the ice and snow, and wish very, very hard… until the strength of their longing brings the magical snow child to life before their eyes!

She’s a girl like no other. As she dances in the wild landscape and talks with the animals, she brings joy, fun and laughter to the whole village. But it’s not easy, bringing up a wild daughter of the blizzards and the wind. As the seasons turn, and winter gives way to spring and summer, will the Snow Child and her parents find their “happily ever after”?

Production Image of Snow Child by KidsFest


Olivier Award nominated Wizard Presents brings best-selling children’s author Michael Morpurgo’s treasured story to life.


This intimate show is set in a library full of books that hold more than stories within their pages. It is a tale of the power of books, and the bravery of a young boy called Tomas. Tomas hates reading and school, but his world is turned upside down the day he meets the Unicorn Lady in his local library...

An enchanting and interactive production, I Believe in Unicorns, which won an Argus Angel Award for Artistic Excellence at Brighton Festival, sparks imagination in both young and old. We challenge you not to believe in unicorns after joining Tomas’ spellbinding journey.

Production image of I Believe in Unicorns by KidsFest

4) Little Red Riding Hood

Production Image of Little Red Riding Hood by KidsFest
From the creative team behind the hugely popular Hairy Maclary Show, Little Red Riding Hood is a fun, original musical for children, with live music and loveable characters! 

Join Scarlet and her side-kick Stanley the Squirrel as they try to outwit Walter the Wolf and discover that it's not just the enchanted forest that has magical powers... A forest full of family fun, this show is a joyous new version of the classic fairy tale.









Shows Back by Popular Demand

The Gruffalo 

Opening the festival is none other than The Gruffalo where the quick-witted Mouse continues to outsmart our beloved grizzly bear in the woods. A classic mainstay at every KidsFest since 2013, The Gruffalo is the perfect show for parents bringing their children to the theatre for the first time. With music, songs and dance to bring Julia Donaldson’s award-winning story to life, there is monstrous fun to be had!

Join Mouse on an adventurous journey through the deep dark wood in this magical musical adaptation of the award-winning book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler (described by The Observer newspaper in England as “a modern classic”). Mouse can scare hungry animals away with tall stories of the terrifying Gruffalo, but what happens when he comes face to face with the very creature he imagines?

Let your imagination run wild with songs, laughs and fun for everyone aged 3 to 101!
  
Room on The Broom

Yet another favourite by Julia Donaldson – promises a spellbinding adventure on the broomstick. Make sure you sit tight because this is sure to be a wicked ride – complete with a fire-spitting dragon!

Join a witch and her cat as they fly happily along on their broomstick – until a stormy wind blows the witch’s hat, bow and wand away into the night! With the help of a daft dog, a beautiful bird and a friendly frog, her belongings are retrieved. But this broomstick’s not meant for five and – CRACK! – it snaps in two. When a hungry dragon appears, who will save the poor witch? And will there ever be room on the broom for everyone?





About KidsFest

In early 2012 ABA Productions launched the inaugural KidsFest: a three-week Festival of world-class theatre for young people in Singapore and Hong Kong. Dedicated to creating and promoting a wide variety of performance styles from all corners of the world. "KidsFest 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 interaction and at the same time, nurtures a child’s interest in literature and language. KidsFest has become a key event on Singapore’s calendar of cultural events when families can look forward to a series of world-class productions," said Matthew Gregory, Executive Producer of ABA Productions Pte Ltd.

Since 2012, KidsFest has grown, and in 2016 there are 6 different productions over 4 weeks at SOTA Drama Theatre, located at the heart of Singapore.

About ABA Productions 

ABA Productions is an international theatre production company dedicated to creating and promoting a wide variety of performance styles from all corners of the world. Recent productions have included A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Waiting for Godot, The Woman in Black, The Taming of the Shrew performed by Shakespeare’s Globe, Anthony Burgess’s A Clockwork Orange, Bubble Magic, Dr Bunhead’s Blast Off!, Cirque Mechanics’ Birdhouse Factory, Insane in the Brain, The Bible: The Complete Word of God (abridged), The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged), The Snail on the Whale, Room on the Broom, The Gruffalo, Horrible Histories: Awful Egyptians, Ruthless Romans and Barmy Britain, The Tiger Who Came to Tea, Stick Man, Showstopper! The Improvised Musical, Hamlet, and the Asian tour of the international smash hit musical Peter Pan. ABA Productions produces KidsFest in Hong Kong and Singapore.

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