We had a really busy weekend, and one of our activities was to catch I Theatre’s The Boy Who Cried Wolf! We were having a lovely staycation (more on that in another post), and Noah was quite reluctant to leave the hotel to watch the show, especially since he’s quite scared of wolves (and all other “scary” animals/creatures). It didn’t help that I read him the actual story a while back, and related it to his habit of telling us that he needed to poop just before bedtime, so he was quite scared that a wolf would actually come and get him. Sigh.
Our friends were also bringing their daughter to the same production, so we kept reminding Noah that JieJie A would be there, and that we would have lunch together after that. He loves playing with JieJie A, so I think that helped.
When we got to Raffles Hotel, Noah started getting nervous again, and kept asking us where the wolf was. Thankfully, I managed to distract him with the programme booklet, and he forgot about the wolf for a while. I liked that the programme booklet included the story of The Boy Who Cried Wolf, as I was able to read it to Noah again, while waiting for the show to begin. He also tried some of the puzzles included, but they were probably more suitable for slightly older children, who can read independently.
The Boy Who Cried Wolf
Busy checking out the programme booklet
The show began with Boy’s four sheep, each with their own quirks and personality traits, who only behaved like sheep whenever humans other than Boy were around. They liked teasing Boy, and I think the audience also enjoyed watching Boy being tricked by the four sheep. Boy endeared himself to the young ones in the audience when he asked them to help him stay awake/wake up, because counting sheep always made him sleepy. The children were all very enthusiastic about shouting, “WAKE UP!” each time Boy dozed off, and even Noah, who kept asking me, “Where’s the Wolf?” throughout the show, grinned excitedly each time he saw Boy about to fall asleep, and shouted loudly with all the other kids. I think that was the main highlight of the show for the children!
If you’re familiar with the story of The Boy Who Cried Wolf, you’ll know that the Boy gets into trouble with the villagers for pretending that there’s a wolf attacking his sheep. In I Theatre’s version, Boy’s sheep get upset with him as well, and come up with an idea to teach him a lesson. (It’s two lessons, actually, but I don’t want to spoil the surprise for you, so I won’t be talking about the second idea!) Noah was intrigued by the puppet theatre that the sheep put up, and chuckled each time Chicken Licken got smacked by the fallen acorn. (Don’t ask me why, but he really finds slapstick comedy hilarious. Maybe it’s a boy thing?)
Halfway through the sheep’s performance, C whispered to me, “Why is there a chicken in this story?” Hahaha. I guess he needs to attend more children’s theatre programmes, to learn that one doesn’t need to follow a set script all the time! Whatever works to get the message across to the kids, right?
For those of you who might have scaredy-cat kids like Noah be wondering if the Wolf does indeed make an appearance, yes, it does, at the end of the show. The small cut-out version of the wolf isn’t scary at all, but Noah freaked out when the huge, life-sized one appeared. The Boy finally learns his lesson after the appearance of the Wolf, and I hope Noah learnt something from the production as well. If anything, he has gotten pretty good at yelling, “WAKE UP!” when I send him to wake C up. Haha.
The Boy Who Cried Wolf is on now, and ends on 19 March, so there’s still time to catch the production if you haven’t already gotten your tickets! Happy watching!
The Boy Who Cried Wolf Mon, 15 Feb – Sat, 19 Mar 2016 Mon – Fri: 10am Sat: 10.30am & 2.30pm Jubilee Hall, Raffles Hotel Ticket Pricing: S$32 (excludes booking fee) Duration: 55 minutes including Meet-and-Greet Suitable for children aged 3 and above Buy tickets online HERE For more information, visit the I Theatre’s website HERE