Whether you want your little one to get a dose of culture, or your munchkin has caught the theatre bug and wants to take drama classes, check out our ultimate guide to kids’ theatre in Singapore, mama!
For a relatively tiny island, Singapore packs a real punch when it comes to world-class theatre performances and concerts, particuarly for little ones! It seems there’s not a weekend that goes by where we’re not scooting off to a kid-friendly theatre performance or concert – not that we’re complaining!
Read on to find out all about kids’ theatre performances and drama classes in Singapore!
This international theatre production company is the name behind family-fave KidsFest, perhaps the highlight on the Singaporean cultural calendar for the junior set, with a rep for bringing well-loved books and characters to life vividly on stage. This year will see six different productions spanning four weeks in two different venues. We can’t wait to catch Guess How Much I Love You in November!
ABA Productions, 20 Upper Circular Road, #01-31 The Riverwalk, Singapore 058416, Tel: (+65) 6235 3817, www.kidsfest.com.sg
Founded in 1999 by British theatre actors Peter Hodgson and Alison Tompkins, Centre Stage is renowned for creating a safe environment where kiddos can explore both the imaginary and the concrete world. With creative programmes including playgroups babies and toddlers, drama and arts & crafts camps for kids, and musical theatre and dance classes for adults, Centre Stage now produces an amazing 16 theatre productions a year! It’s one of the few arts schools in Singapore to give students the opportunity to perform in front of live audiences in fully staged productions. Bonus points for two fab locations, too: their flagship in a black and white house in Portsdown, and more studios on the East Coast in Siglap.
Centre Stage School of the Arts, 15 Woking Road, Singapore 138694, Tel: (+65) 6732 7211, www.centre-stage.com
Sing’Theatre is a professional theatre company with popular shows throughout the year. It’s also home to a dedicated musical theatre academy in Singapore, where students not only advance skills in singing, dancing and acting, but also develop creativity, self-confidence and interpersonal communication skills. Classes are taught by trained musical theatre performers from the UK and Singapore, and culminate in yearly shows presented by the students in a professional theatre. In addition to other classes and holiday workshops offered for both children and adults throughout the year, Sing’Theatre also sponsors a number of admirable community outreach initiatives that everyone can get involved with, including Sing Me a Story @ NUH, a weekly project that brings songs, music and storytelling to the little ones in NUH’s paediatric wards.
Sing’Theatre, 21 Tan Quee Lan Street, Heritage Place #02-10, Singapore 188108, Tel: (+65) 6334 6397, www.singtheatre.com
Singapore’s only professional national Chinese orchestra, the SCO has performed at numerous prestigious evens and venues around the world. Besides staging showstoppers all over Singapore, the SCO can also be found doing community outreach events at schools, national parks and community clubs. Its Little Adventurer of the SCO series is always a hit as it makes classical music particularly fun and accessible to young audiences. Two shows to look out for on the calendar this year: Concert for Little Tots – Tales and Legends (with narration in English), and Young People’s Concert: A Voyage to Nanyang IV – Karung Guni Capriccioso.
Singapore Chinese Orchestra, www.sco.com.sg/concerts-events/concert-season-2017
Touting itself as “Singapore’s leading Arts company for the young”, ACT 3 offers all manner of drama classes and camps for littlies as young as 18 months old, and also puts on plays and concerts by top performers from all over the world. Our toddler is still talking about the Sid Bowfin kid-friendly violin concert she attended earlier this year! Other upcoming performances include Pinocchio and The Very Hungry Caterpillar.
ACT 3 International, 126 Cairnhill Road, ONE-TWO-SIX CAIRNHILL ARTS CENTRE, Singapore 229707, www.act3international.com.sg
ArtBeatz is all about creating engagement and connection between the community through the arts, whether via kid-friendly workshops, cool outdoor excursions (such as arts walks and sculpture garden tours), or public performances. Right now you can catch Pinocchio: A Whale of a Tale, an immersive musical puppet show happening at Far East Square!
ArtBeatz, 795 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 1, Street 22 #03-08, Singapore 569976, www.artbeatz.com.sg
BASE Entertainment brings some of the biggest shows in the world right to Singapore, from Broadway-caliber musicals like Sister Act and Beauty and the Beast, to the upcoming Disney in Concert (playing this weekend, mamas!) and November’s The Sound of Music. BASE is the resident producer of live entertainment at Mastercard Theatres at Marina Bay Sands.
BASE Entertainment, www.baseentertainmentasia.com
Designed for children aged between 3.5 and 18 years old, MADDspace is one of the top performing arts schools in Singapore, and offers junior kids programmes such as Kids Musical Theatre, Developing Artiste Programme, VoxStars, Pre-Theatrical and Performing Arts. The programmes aim to promote self confidence, discipline, humility and mutual respect among students, and provides them with an opportunity to learn multiple disciplinary classes in one space. There’s a class for everyone, ranging from Basic Foundation classes and CSTD exam classes, to the more advanced Competition Dance Crew, and even a one-of-a-kind Direct Schools Admission (DSA) Dance Programme, in which teachers prepare students to apply for their dream school. Students receive multiple performing and competition opportunities throughout the year, both locally and internationally, and there are special Dance Immersion Programmes, where passionate and talented dancers go to neighbouring countries to learn from the best. Students can also choose to take an acting class to complement their dance lessons, or opt to take a singing class and dance lesson combo. MADDspace offers programmes for adults, too!
Quote SASSYMAMA to get a trial class at $10 (U.P.: $48)
MADDSpace, Orchard *SCAPE, 2 Orchard Link, #02-27 and #05-01, Singapore 237978, and recreational club THE CHEVRONS, 48 Boon Lay Way, #01-17, Singapore 609961, Tel (+65) 6802 4072, email [email protected] or visit www.maddspace.com.sg
This non-profit group was established as a platform for young theatre graduates to hone their craft, and has grown to encompass a variety of kids’ theatre classes and camps geared toward children ages 3 to 15. Buds also puts on a range of interesting and unique performances throughout the year.
Buds Theatre Company, www.budstheatre.com
There’s so much to love about the myriad kids’ arts offerings at the Big Durian: besides the super central and convenient location, many of the workshops and storytelling sessions offered throughout the year are completely FREE! Add in fun kids’ theatre performances – many of which celebrate local culture and heritage – and cool parent-child workshops (Twinkle Toes, anyone?), and it’s a must for mini culture vultures.
Esplanade Theatres on the Bay, 1 Esplanade Dr, Singapore 038981, www.esplanade.com
If you’ve got a little one captivated by magicians in particular, Gateway stages a whole range of fantastic magic shows throughout the year in its dedicated performance space. We love that it’s run by a father-daughter team of magicians, too!
Gateway Entertainment, www.gateway.sg
If your little one loves the perky, peppy songs of the kid-friendly Australian singing group and TV show, you’ll want to check in with Hi-5 Operations throughout the year to find out about upcoming performances in Singapore. They’ve appeared everywhere from MBS, to Changi Airport to Christmas Wonderland at Gardens by the Bay — look out for an all-new superhero-themed show, Hi-5 Supers, coming to MBS this December!
Hi-5 Operations, www.landing.hi-5world.com
What does the ‘I’ in I Theatre stand for? Ideas, Impact, Imagination, Ignite…all of which feed their mission to create theatre for children, youth and family audiences by producing international-standard plays right here in Singapore. Recent productions have included The Ant and The Grasshopper, The Magic Paintbrush, and The Boy Who Cried Wolf , while kiddos can also get involved with their Creative Edge Training Ensemble, which teaches everything from clowning, to puppetry, to physical and devised theatre.
I Theatre, www.itheatre.org
At this performance school run by Mediacorp (the company behind many of Singapore’s most successful TV and radio stars!), children ages 6 and up can tap into their creativity with both term-long courses and mini-workshops that develop and improve communication skills and self-confidence, from “Bubbling Talents” to “Junior Radio Academy” and the bi-lingual “Little Reporters”. If junior wants to gain a foothold into the local entertainment scene, this is a great way to do it.
Singapore Media Academy, www.mediaacademy.sg
One of Singapore’s leading children’s theatre companies dating back to its founding in 2003, The Players Theatre puts on three performances throughout the year, culminating with Rumpelstiltskin this September. They also offer occasional hands-on crafting classes for kiddos (and helpful dress and costume design courses for adults!).
The Players Theatre, 1 Bukit Batok Crescent, #09-18 WCEGA Plaza, Singapore 658064, www.theplayerstheatre.org
If your little one is enchanted by the ballet, chances are you’re familiar with SDT, mama. With performances throughout the year (The Nutcracker in December is an annual highlight), an international-calibre performing corps, and an outstanding ballet school for passionate young performers (Singapore Ballet Academy), it’s the destination for topnotch dance performances in Singapore.
Singapore Dance Theatre, www.singaporedancetheatre.com
How much do we love The Little Company, which produces quality plays for children with professional adult actors?! We love how they bring children’s fairtyales and literature classics like The Three Little Pigs and Charlotte’s Web to life, and how plays are carefully broken down even further into two different age groupings (under 5s and 6-to-12-year-olds). The KC Arts Centre is also a very kid-friendly venue, with plenty of fab dining options right outside the door at Robertson Quay!
Singapore Repertory Theatre (The Little Company), www.srt.com.sg
Are you as excited to catch Cirque du Soleil’s KOOZA this week as we are, mamas? We have Sliding Doors Entertainment to thank for bringing the circus spectacular to the Little Red Dot. Launched in 2015, Sliding Doors is committed to promoting high-quality Broadway and West End musicals, along with touring international ballet companies, across Asia-Pacific.
The Theatre Practice is the longest-standing professional bilignual theatre group in Singapore, dating all the way back to 1965! It’s also a pioneer in arts education in Singapore, launching a theatre-in-schools initiative back in 1995 that’s only grown in scope, along with its popular improvisational storyelling competition, the National Story Challenge. Besides school-based programmes, The Theatre Practic also offers various camps and workshops for kiddos, along with its annual Little Windmills student performance showcase!