By: Amy Greenburg
There’s no shortage of entertainment hitting Singapore’s stages this July – read on for our highlights…
Music to Our Ears
The beloved Rogers and Hammerstein musical, The Sound of Music, arrives this month, giving you a chance to experience one of the most famous shows of all time. Set in Austria during WWII, The Sound of Music tells the heartwarming, true story of Maria, a fun-loving governess, who changes the lives of the widowed Captain Von Trapp and his children by bringing music into their home.
In addition to hearing memorable songs like “My Favourite Things,” “Do-Re-Mi,” “Sixteen Going on Seventeen” and, of course, the title song, audiences can look forward to seeing young faces from both the expat and Singaporean communities on stage. Of the 400 students from 50 schools who auditioned, 18 were chosen for the coveted roles of six of the seven Von Trapp children, and will be performing on a rotation basis; the eldest Von Trapp sibling, Leisl, will be played by a regular cast member from the touring production.
Meet the Von Trapp Children
Chloe Choo, Singaporean, 8
Jaime Chew, Australian, 8
Emilia Klein, Singaporean, 7
Carolina Campbel Magan, British, 9
Samantha Lee, Australian, 9
Selma Hansen, Danish, 9
Georgia Blakeman, British, 11
Mimi Slinger, British, 11
Felicity Bertram, Australian, 11
Benjamin O’Dwyer, British, 10
Joshua Goh, Singaporean, 11
James Bell, New Zealand, 11
Sabrina Lee, Australian, 11
Abbie Machin, British, 13
Olivia Nolan, British, 13
Isaac Burgess, Australian, 12
Patrick Friedlander, Australian, 14
Sean Harrison, British, 13
Watch The Sound of Music from 11 to 27 July at MasterCard Theatres, Marina Bay Sands. Tickets from Sistic.
Picnic and Pirouettes
This year marks the 19th edition of Singapore Dance Theatre’s Ballet Under the Stars, an outdoor performance featuring works by a selection of renowned international choreographers. Audiences can expect a range of dance numbers from classic and Asian-inspired pieces to more contemporary sequences, divided between two consecutive weekends – Australian choreographer Natalie Weir’s A pas de deux will be featured at all shows. So, pack some snacks and a bottle of wine, and get ready to take in the timeless art of ballet. 7.30pm from 18 to 20 July and 25 to 27 July at Fort Canning Green. Tickets are $25 from Sistic.
Scotland-based Singaporean director Ramesh Meyyappan takes the classic themes of love, despair, loss and hope from Madame Butterfly to create a modern adaptation, using complementary elements of puppetry. Butterfly tells the tragic tale of a kite-maker who must grapple with her anguish after her lover leaves her alone and isolated. Don’t miss out on the post-show dialogue with the artists. See it 17 to 19 July at Esplanade Theatre Studio, 1 Esplanade Drive. Tickets from Sistic.
Following last year’s sold-out show, the original stars of the hit British TV show Whose Line is it Anyway? return to Singapore this month for a second round of improv. Audiences can expect lots of laughs as comedians Andy Smart, Stephen Frost, Steven Steen and Ian Coppinger turn anything and everything into a fresh batch of hilarious sketches. See Whose Line is it Anyway? live from 2 to 5 July at DBS Arts Centre, 20 Merbau Road. Tickets from Sistic.
Based on the true story of Matthew Shepard’s 1998 kidnapping and brutal death in Laramie, Wyoming, The Laramie Project chronicles life in the small town in the year following the murder. Presented by The Young Co., Singapore Repertory Theatre’s educational platform for 16- to 25-year-olds, and directed by Daniel Jenkins, the play confronts the destructive power of bullying and hate in all forms. See it 25 and 26 July at DBS Arts Centre, 20 Merbau Road. Tickets from Sistic.
New Spin on the Brothers Grimm
A twist on the classic fairytale, Hansel & Gretel: An Eco Adventure, follows two intrepid siblings on their journey through the forest. They meet an evil witch along the way – only, in this version, she’s disturbed the balance of nature, and it’s up to Hansel and Gretel to save the flora and fauna before it’s too late. This 35-minute musical – complete with catchy songs and animated puppets – teaches three- to eight-year-olds the importance of caring for animals and the environment, and how their actions can impact the entire ecosystem. See it 12 July to 2 August at Aliwal Arts Centre, 28 Aliwal Street. Tickets are $19 from Sistic.
In Round the Moon, Blue the Sky, little ones can journey with Smallest Dragon through a whimsical world of shapes and colours. Combining physical theatre, puppetry, black light magic and audience interaction, this lively, educational show features cast members from Singapore, Hong Kong and Japan – it’s iTheatre’s first collaborative project with the Asian Alliance of Theatre Festivals for Young Audiences (ATYA), and is specially tailored for children aged two to eight. See it 21 to 27 July at Alliance Française Theatre, 1 Sarkies Road. Tickets from Sistic.