The Three Billy Goats Gruff is another storybook from my childhood days that I share with the kids. When I saw that The Little Company was going to produce this story as one of its plays for children, I was excited to bring the kids so that they will not only get to read but watch the story as well!
The tale of the Three Billy Goats Gruff is a wee bit different in The Little Company’s production with a wee caretaker, Little Bo-Filly and goes somewhat like this:
It dawned on the trio one day that they they are in the middle of a horrible drought, and they are slowly but surely running out of food as the grounds turn a dreadful shade of brown. So they convinced Little Bo-Filly they have to cross the bride to the other side of the valley when lush green grass awaits. However, there was a troll below the bridge who LOVES to feast on goats. With Little Bo-Filly’s help, the Three Billy Goats Gruff managed to trick the dim-witted troll and crossed the bridge! Alas, they realized that the grass is not greener on the other side after all. Thankfully, Little Bo-Filly’s dad came looking for them with good news that the drought has ended and the grass on their side of the valley will be growing soon again!
We have always enjoyed the music put together by the creative people behind The Little Company’s production team. The songs are catchy and the lyrics never fail to make us laugh. And I’m so glad that the cub finally participated in the audience interaction bit by dancing along with the cast this time! He was always too shy to do so for the previous performances we went to.
The Three Billy Goats Gruff’s dancing and singing was such a delight to watch!
The cub was totally captivated by the performance. I was amused with how the cub would attempt to cover his eyes when a Billy Goat Gruff crosses the bridge and still jump a little in his seat whenever the troll appears despite knowing that it’s going to happen! There, this is one effect I can’t quite create while reading from the storybook. Love watching them experience their books come to life with such performances!
Don’t miss out on this third and final part of George Stiles and Anthony Drewe’s trilogy for younger audiences!
Recommended for 2-6 year olds, The Three Billy Goats Gruff will be running from 2 April – 10 May 2015 at the Singapore Repertory Theatre.
Noted: we were invited to The Three Billy Goats Gruff play for the purpose of review. All opinions are my own.