Christmas cheer and mirth streak across the stage this December as theatre companies in Singapore step up to the task of making this year’s holiday season fun, festive, and unforgettable. And this year will see you breaking down the fourth wall in style with a family-friendly theatrical extravaganza at the Esplanade Theatre—the hilarious production of Crazy Christmas: A groundNUTCRACKER from Dream Academy.
Tickets in hand, you arrive in the lobby of the magnificent Esplanade Theatre, Singapore’s world-class auditorium with spectacular glass and metal designs and near-perfect acoustics. You pre-order some champagne or seasonal hot chocolate at the bar for the interval and snap a quick family selfie, before nipping to your seats. You’re right in front of the splendid red curtain, and the lights are going down. The show is about to begin.
The Esplanade sits like two giant upended spiky durians on Marina Bay at the mouth of the Singapore River and is by far the grandest performance space in the city. Performances here are a real treat, and this year’s Crazy Christmas is the perfect way to get all the family together with fun and laughter to celebrate the end of the year.
Dream Academy has put together a roaring and outrageous family production suitable, as “The Christmas Song” goes, for kids “from one to 92.” Dream Academy is a major player in the local arts and theatre scene and over the years has brought a variety of hilarious spectacles to the stage that we’ve all come to know and love. They’re the people behind the Dim Sum Dollies, Broadway Beng, Kumar, and Dr TCM TCM Judee Tan. The genius of the Singapore theatre scene lies in their uncanny ability to borrow from convention and adapt it, with hilarious results, to local tastes, humour, and habits.
This evening’s line-up is a fantastic sampling of the very best of Dream Academy’s artistic archive of theatre sensations. The Dim Sum Dollies will be showcasing their Aloha Christmas Island Madness, Sebastian Tan is a red-cloaked vision of a Santa Claus who spews forth in Hokkien, along with a host of other stars. You’ll especially enjoy a very cheeky ballet sequence, and you won’t want to miss the one and only Kumar.
Both the oldest and youngest members of your family will find themselves charmed by the angelic voices of kids from Nanyang Primary School and seniors from the Henderson Senior Activity Centre. After all, what would Christmas be without a choir?