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On the stage in Singapore: Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake, tribute to Edith Piaf and more in May 2015

Looking to catch a theatre production? Check out this round-up of plays in Singapore this May.



Ballet Beauty
Following a sold-out Paris season, the internationally acclaimed St Petersburg Ballet, comprising 55 Russian Vaganova-trained dancers, comes to Singapore for the first time to present its full-length, grand-scale classic production of the world’s most famous ballet, Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake, complete with exquisite scenery and eye-catching costumes. See it from 28 to 31 May at the MasterCard Theatres, Marina Bay Sands. Tickets from Sistic.



Pre-Fest Fun
As the Singapore International Festival of the Arts (SIFA) pre-festival, The O.P.E.N. (Open, Participate, Enrich, Negotiate) will present a selection of screenings, talks, beginners’ guides, exhibitions and concerts, as well as several ticketed performances touching on this year’s SIFA theme, Post-Empires, in a more casual and intimate setting than the main festival itself. The 18-day programme will be held two months prior to the opening of SIFA. Early bird passes are available for $36 until 10 May here.

Three lucky EL readers will each win a pair of The O.P.E.N. all-access passes (worth $270 before Sistic charges). Visit expatliving.sg/competitions for entry details.



A Toast to Edith 
To celebrate the 100th anniversary of renowned French cabaret singer Edith Piaf’s birth, a group of acclaimed local artists will come together in concert to raise a toast to the French music icon’s spirit and passion by showcasing her classic hits in reinterpreted, contemporary styles and genres, from jazz and pop to classic, rock and Latin. The 90-minute show will feature performances by artists such as actor-director Sebastian Tan, actor Lim Kay Siu and singer Rani Singnam, among others. See it from 27 to 30 May at the Victoria Theatre. Tickets from Sistic.



Oink Alert! 
The popular preschool TV show Peppa Pig comes alive on stage for the first time in Singapore in Peppa Pig Live! Treasure Hunt, direct from London’s West End. Featuring an all-Australian cast, the sing-along production will surely have kids snorting with laughter as they follow Peppa Pig and her friends on a treasure hunt, with clues along the way from Pedro Pony, Polly Parrot and Zoe Zebra. See it on 30 May and 1 June at Resorts World Theatre, Resorts World Sentosa. Tickets from Sistic.

Classical for Kids
Kids can look forward to joining conductor Jason Lai as he leads the Singapore Symphony Orchestra (SSO) in Jason’s A to Z of Classical Music at the Victoria Concert Hall on 1 June. Each of the three family-friendly performances will teach little ones about classical music, with a selection of popular masterpieces from the great composers. Tickets from Sistic.



A Tasty Tale
This month, iTheatre presents a reinvented version of The Gingerbread Man, a fun-filled family musical featuring catchy songs, colourful puppets and live-action characters, plus valuable lessons for youngsters and adults alike. See it from 20 May to 7 June at Jubilee Hall, Raffles Hotel. Tickets from Sistic.



A Story Worth Savouring
Using music, movement and puppetry, an Australian cast of three brings to life Oliver Jeffers’ quirky and much-loved tale, The Incredible Book Eating Boy. It follows Henry, a young boy who loves to eat books – and, the more books he eats, the smarter he gets. Just as he’s on his way to becoming the smartest person in the world, Henry realises he can’t digest all the knowledge he’s eaten. But, with a little help from his parents, he eventually finds a way to enjoy books without using his teeth. Kids aged three to eight, and their families, will enjoy this captivating story, which encourages reading, finding success through hard work and not taking the easy way out. See it from 22 to 24 May at Drama Theatre at School of the Arts (SOTA). Tickets from Sistic.


This story first appeared in Expat Living’s May 2015 issue.