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Friday Flips #8: The Three Billy Goats Gruff (Plus a Giveaway!)

I haven’t really introduced fairytales to Noah yet, so when I heard that the Singapore Repertory Theatre’s (SRT) The Little Company (TLC) will be performing The Three Billy Goats Gruff, I thought it was as good a time as any, to start reading some fairytales to him. Honestly, some fairytales can be rather scary, and with so many other books out there, it never really crossed my mind to read fairytales to him. 

The Three Billy Goats Gruff is the third and last instalment of the SRT’s Trio-series, featuring music and lyrics by the Laurence Oliver award-winning West-End musical theatre songwriting duo, George Stiles and Anthony Drewe.

The Three Billy Goats Gruff



The Three Billy Goats Gruff (affectionately known as “Baby”, “Middle”, and “Big”) graze happily together with their caretaker, Little Bo-Frilly. But one day, it dawns on them that they are in the middle of a horrible drought. As the grounds turn a dreadful shade of brown, they are slowly but surely running out food. Together, the gang makes the decision to cross a bridge to the other side of the valley, where lush green grass awaits.

Unfortunately, below the bridge lives a frightening troll that – gulp – loves to feast on goats! Can they outsmart the monstrous, greedy troll in this fight for survival? Come on this adventure with catchy tunes and laugh-out-loud moments – this is one musical that has it all.

Noah checking out the brochure



We were invited to catch a glimpse of the rehearsal, and even got to see a miniature mock-up of the set. Noah was rather nervous about watching the musical, as I had read him the book a few days ago, and he really did not like the troll. It’s a good thing that the troll didn’t eat the billy goats up, or I think Noah would have freaked out!

Examining the miniature set


I thought that the billy goats were all really adorable, and was most amused when Little Bo-Frilly made her appearance. I enjoyed the jokes, although I think they whooshed right over Noah’s head. He did bop along to the music, and was captivated by all the singing and dancing, so I think it didn’t really matter that he couldn’t understand the jokes. In fact, he’s been walking around going, “Trip, trap, trip, trap!” like the goats! I was most disappointed when we had to leave after a few songs, and am really looking forward to watching the entire musical this weekend.

Group photo with the cast, although Noah didn’t want to have anything to do with the troll


The Three Billy Goats Gruff Thu, 2 Apr – Sun, 10 May 2015 Mon – Fri : 1pm, 1.30pm, 2pm, 10am Sat & Sun: 11am, 2pm (Show runs for approximately 50 minutes)

Venue: DBS Arts Centre

Ticket Pricing (Excludes Booking Fee): Weekdays (Mon – Fri) Standard: S$25, S$22

Family Package of 4: S$85 for Cat 1 tickets Family Package of 4 (with TLC CD Vol.2): S$97 for Cat 1 tickets

Weekends (Sat & Sun) Standard: S$35, S$32 Family Package of 4: S$119 for Cat 1 tickets Family Package of 4 (with TLC CD Vol.2): S$131 for Cat 1 tickets

Book tickets online HERE


As I mentioned earlier, I’ve been reading The Three Billy Goats Gruff to Noah, and I like this edition that I borrowed from the library. The troll doesn’t look as scary as what I imagined it to be, and the text isn’t too lengthy, so I would say that it’s pretty suitable for young children, especially if it’s their first encounter with the fairytale.

The Three Billy Goats Gruff



The billy goats


The troll


“I don’t like the troll!”


Reading the book from a safe distance, because he was afraid of the troll


“He fell into the water! Hooray!”


I think The Three Billy Goats Gruff is quite a fun fairytale to read, especially since it doesn’t have a very gory ending like some of the other fairytales, and I hope that Noah will enjoy watching the performance this weekend!

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SRT has kindly offered to give away a set of FOUR tickets to one lucky reader of Growing with the Tans! All you have to do is complete the Rafflecopter widget below.

Terms and Conditions: This giveaway will end on Tuesday, 7th April 2015, at 1159h, and is open to Singapore residents only. Winners will be contacted via the particulars provided when entering this giveaway, and will have 24 hours to respond, failing which a new winner will be selected. All incomplete entries will be disqualified, and all entries will be verified before the winner is announced. To be fair to our sponsor, please note that all fake Facebook accounts (accounts set up purely to take part in contests, with no or very few real friends), will be disqualified. Tickets must be collected at the DBS Arts Centre box office an hour before the show. Please do not participate in this giveaway if you are unable to attend the performance on the 12th of April 2015, at 11am.


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