What's on: Thursday's top picks of what to do from Life!
Thursday's top pick
HANSEL & GRETEL, A PANTOMIME
Written by Alfian Sa'at and directed by Dim Sum Dolly Pam Oei, this annual Christmas pantomime by Wild Rice puts a Singapore spin to the familiar Brothers Grimm fairytale. It has the new pop-star stepmother of Hansel and Gretel abandoning them in the jungles of Mandai as she reckons the family budget cannot support the family of four in the tight economy. Starring Sebastian Tan, Dwayne Lau, Denise Tan, Siti Khalijah and Vernetta Lopez as well as 30 young talents aged from four to 12 from Wild Rice's First Stage! Programme.
Where: Drama Centre Theatre, National Library Building 100 Victoria Street MRT: City Hall/Bras Basah When: Till Dec 15, 7.30pm (Tue - Sun), 2.30pm (Sat & Sun) Admission: $42 - $62 $52 - $72 Tel: 6348-5555
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CHILDAID 2012: THE ELECTRIC EDITION
This year's ChildAid Concert will feature the Orchestra Of The Music Makers, which will back up 140 performers in a programme that includes song-and-dance pop numbers, classical music and dance genres from ballet to hip-hop. Proceeds from this concert go to The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund, which helps children from low-income families with school expenses, and The Business Times Budding Artists Fund, a programme which provides an arts education to underprivileged but artistically gifted children.
Under the baton of matestro Shui Lan, Russian violinist Alina Ibragimova will join the Singapore Symphony Orchestra in Tchaikovsky's ever-popular Violin Concerto at this all-Russian programe which also features Shostakovich's Eleventh Symphony.
Where: Esplanade Concert Hall MRT: Esplanade/City Hall When: Fri, 7.30pm Admission: $16 - $75 Tel: 6348-5555 Info: www.sso.org.sg
2012 NATIONAL CHINESE MUSIC COMPETITION
Local and international adjudicators will judge this year's National Chinese Music Competition. They include Young Artist Award recipient and erhu specialist Ling Hock Siang, guzheng specialist Wang Chang Yuan from the United States, and pipa specialist Hao Yi Fan from China. The preliminary and final rounds will be from Tuesday to Dec 7. Masterclasses will be held on Dec 8 from 9am to 5pm. Selected prize winners will perform with the Singapore Chinese Orchestra at the Prize Winners' Concert.
Where: Singapore Conference Hall, Shenton Way MRT: Tanjong Pagar When: Till Sun, 9am - 7pm (preliminary rounds), Mon - Dec 7, 9am - 3pm (final rounds) Admission: Free Where: Singapore Conference Hall, Shenton Way MRT: Tanjong Pagar When: Dec 9, 8pm (prize winners' concert) Admission: $11 (prize winners' concert & prize presentation ceremony), $6 (to observe a masterclass) Tel: 6348-5555
Catch international artists from countries such as Denmark, Norway, Germany, Israel, Japan, Malaysia and South Korea at this contemporary dance festival by T.H.E Dance Company. Six local dance companies will be performing at the festival - Maya Dance Company, Singapore Dance Company, Re: Dance Theatre, Frontier Danceland, T.H.E Dance Company and T.H.E Second Company.
Where: Esplanade Theatre Studio MRT: Esplanade/City Hall Where: Goodman Arts Centre Black Box and studios, Goodman Road MRT: Mountbatten When: Thu - Dec 9, various times Admission: $11 - $38 Tel: 6348-5555 Info: www.sistic.com.sg & www.the-contact.org
A cross-cultural collaboration featuring two dance forms - India's odissi, which is about swirls and lyrical melodies, and Sri Lanka's kandyan dance, characterised by dynamic leaps and thunderous drum beats. Sahara has played to sell-out audiences in India, the United States and Mexico. By Nrityagram Dance Ensemble in collaboration with Chitrasena Dance Company (India & Sri Lanka). Part of Kalaa Utsavam.
Where: Esplanade Theatre Studio MRT: Esplanade/City Hall When: Thu , 8pm Admission: $31 Tel: 6348-5555
SATURDAY LATE NITE MOVIE: A THOUSAND WORDS
Festive shoppers at Ion Orchard can enjoy a free movie screening - A Thousand Words - a comedy- drama starring Eddie Murphy, who plays Jack McCall, a fast-talking literary agent, who can close any deal, any time and in any way.
Where: ION Orchard's giant LED screen, ION Orchard, Orchard Turn MRT: Orchard When: Thu, 10pm Admission: Free Tel: 6238-8228
THE TEENAGE TEXTBOOK (PG) (BUT IS THE BOOK BETTER?)
This film is adapted from Adrian Tan's bestselling 1988 novel of the same name. It follows the life of a female student and her best friend at the fictitious Paya Lebar Junior College as she discovers boys and love through Singapore's public school system. Starring Melody Chen and Caleb Goh. Directed by Philip Lim, who wrote the script with Haresh Sharma and Edmund Tan.
Where: The Arts House, Screening Room, Old Parliament House MRT: Raffles Place When: Thu, 7.30pm, Dec 7, 7.30pm (post-show dialogue with director Philip Lim and author Adrian Tan) Admission: Fee Tel: 6332-6919 Info: Those attending the screening in school or army uniform will receive I Love Books.Com vouchers.
INTO ASIA COMES TIM'S WORLD
Korean-American ballad singer Tim Hwang is here as part of his promotional tour of South-east Asia. One of South Korea's top solo recording artists, he has sung numerous hit drama soundtracks including Secret Garden.
Where: Hard Rock Cafe Singapore, 50 Cuscaden Road MRT: Orchard When: Thu , 8pm (doors open at 7pm) Admission: $71, including a non-alcoholic drink (free-standing) Info: Go to https://tickets.eventclique.com/leapims
DISNEY LIVE! MICKEY'S ROCKIN' ROAD SHOW
Join your favourite Disney friends -Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Goody - on a zany road trip to search for talent. You can help pick the coolest acts. Along the way, hit a high note with Cinderella, get your bounce on with Tigger and shout out your loudest "Yee-Haw" at a hoedown with Woody, Jessie and buzz Lightyear from Disney/Pixar's Toy Story. Brought to you by MediaCorp VizPro International and BASE Entertainment Asia.
Where: Marina Bay Sand, Grand Theater MRT: Bayfront When: Till Fri , 3 & 6.45pm, Sat, 11am, 3& 6.45pm Sun, 11am & 3pm Admission: $48 - $128 Tel: 6688-8826 Info: www.MarinaBaySands.com/Ticketing. You can also book tickets at the Marina Bay Sands Offices (Museum, Theaters, SkyPark and Retail Mall. Go to www.marinabaysands.com and www.BaseentertainmentAsia.com
FANTASTIC MR FOX
The Singapore Repertory Theatre's The Little Company presents this well-loved children's tale, adapted for the stage by David Wood.
Where: DBS Arts Centre, 20 Merbau Road MRT: Clarke Quay When: Till Dec 9, 10am (Tue - Fri), 11am & 2pm (Sat & Sun; Sat 2pm shows only available on Sat & Dec 8 Admission: $28 (weekdays) and $38 (weekends and public holidays) child or Tel: 6733-8166 Info: Recommended for audiences aged four and above. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
This play by The Finger Players, based on a true story, is a monologue about a man who goes to China in search of a distant relative and finds himself in an alien landscape full of strangers who may or may not be related to him. Written, directed and performed by Oliver Chong. Performed in Cantonese and Mandarin with English surtitles.
Where: Drama Centre Blackbox, National Library Building, 100 Victoria Street MRT: City Hall/Bras Basah When: Fri, , 8pm, Sat,3 & 8pm, Sun,3pm Admission: $33 (concessions: $28) Tel: 6348-5555 Info: www.sistic.com.sg
SLEUTH BY ANTHONY SHAFFER
A black comedy, farce and political drama, Anthony Shaffer's classic psychological thriller is about a wealthy crime-fiction writer who invites his wife's lover to his house. What follows is a cat-and-mouse game of deception and intrigue that will keep you guessing till the end. By World-In-Theatre.
Where: Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (Nafa) Campus 3, Studio Theatre, 151 Bencoolen Street MRT: Bugis/Bras Basah When: Thu & Fri , 8pm, Sat& Sun, 3 & 8pm Admission: $29 (concessions: $24 for students, senior citizens and national servicemen Info: E-mail email@example.com
ANOTHER MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS
Go on a musical ride of a lifetime on the Orient Express with a famous film producer, damsels in distress and handsome heroes who will sing their way through Offenbach to solve a murder. Presented by Bellepoque. Conceptualised and directed by Nicole Stinton with music direction by Dr Robert Casteels, the cast includes sopranos Kristy Griffen and Sabrina Zuber, tenors Jonathan Lum, Melvin Tan and Tom Ragen and actor Tim Garner.
Where: The Arts House, Living Room, Old Parliament House, 1 Old Parliament Lane MRT: Raffles Place When: Till Sat, 8pm Admission: $50 Tel: 6332-6919 Info: www.bytes.sg
CRAZY CHRISTMAS (SILVER SCREEN MEETS SILVER BELLS)
Spend an evening of song, dance, laughter and love with Singapore's finest entertainers as Marilyn Monroe, Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly, Audrey Hepburn and Charlie Chaplin. Directed by Selena Tan and George Chan, it features a stellar cast including Adrian Pang, Hossan Leong, Kumar, Karen Tan and Robin Goh. Presented by Dream Academy Productions.
Where: Esplanade Theatre MRT: Esplanade/City Hall When: Till Sun, (family-friendly version) Tue,- Dec 9 (R18 version), 8pm (Tue - Fri), 4 & 8pm (Sat), 2 & 6pm (Sun) Admission: $40 - $120 Tel: 6348-5555 Info: www.sistic.com.sg
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