Sunday, November 25, 2012

Review: Hansel and Gretel

This November, W!LD RICE presents a deliciously hilarious musical  

HANSEL & GRETEL – the 9th edition of its annual must-see Christmas pantomime.
Penning the book and lyrics is Alfian Sa’at, the company’s resident playwright who, having written the highly successfully Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (2008) and Beauty & the Beast (2009), is no stranger to the W!LD RICE panto. Another familiar name, Elaine Chan, will compose the soundtrack of original music, making this her sixth panto adventure. Dim Sum Dolly and celebrated actress, Pam Oei, makes her professional directorial debut with the
production. True to W!LD tradition, the trio is set to give the Brothers Grimm fairytale a local twist, full of laugh-out-loud moments.
HANSEL & GRETEL’s star-studded cast includes Sebastian Tan (Broadway Beng), Dwayne Tan (Army Daze), Denise Tan (Gold 90FM), Siti Khalijah (Boeing Boeing), Dwayne Lau (Cinderel-Lah!) and Vernetta Lopez (CLASS 95FM). It will also feature 30 young talents from the age of 4-12 as part of W!LD RICE’s FIRST STAGE! programme.
W!LD RICE is proud to bring you this fun-filled musical feast for all the family this holiday season. Come follow the food trail as the world’s most beloved brother and sister lead us on a yummy adventure that indulges in Singapore’s favorite past time.
Poor Hansel and Gretel. Their new pop-star-wannabe stepmother thinks that the family budget is too tiny to support a household of four, so she’s decided to let them go. Their henpecked father doesn’t quite agree, but even he’s feeling the pinch in this new economy! So the brother and sister pair are abandoned in the jungles of Mandai, to fend for themselves.
There are strange cries in the dark, and eyes glowing in the bushes. Will they ever make their way back home?
To their surprise, they stumble upon a house, made from the tastiest goodies they’ve ever seen.  Fences of fishball sticks, walls of kueh lapis, and roof tiles made of kaya toast! Little do they know that the homeowner is a batty, flamboyant witch, mysteriously known as ‘the Chef’. Will Hansel and Gretel realise in time that they have jumped out of the frying pan and into the fire? Will their father stop making goo-goo eyes at their stepmother and start looking for his kids? And what exactly is the secret identity of the Chef’s assistant, a spunky, rapping dynamo called Nicki Minah?
Hansel & Gretel features Sebastian Tan, who won Best Supporting Actor for his role as The Queen in another W!LD RICE pantomime, Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs. With an exciting cast line-up including Denise Tan and Dwayne Tan, catchy original songs and mouth-watering sets and costumes, Hansel & Gretel promises to be a holiday feast for the senses.

I caught the play on 23rd Nov 2012, at the Drama Centre in National Library, and it was one of the best pantomime that I have watched to date. 
Sebastian was really good at the cross dressing part and I could see that they put a lot of effort in this production.
The kids in it were not that bad but as usual, there were some small cock-ups here and there.
They actually gave out pandan cakes and kuah Lapis for the audience! It is pretty awesome and they even had the 4D touch of it too =) 
I love the local touches and they even had a very insightful idea of what has been happening in Singapore e.g. the wayang show in Queenstown and the army guys. The little boys were so cute!!!
I definitely recommend everyone to watch this musical as it is something not to be missed. I even got the cd for Hansel and Gretel!

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