I loved reading fairy tales when I was a kid and now as a mum, I like reading them to my children. There is just something whimsical and enchanting about these stories and although I do not want my kids to think that there is no suffering in the world, I also like them to believe that happily ever afters do exist.
We have this book of fairy tales that we like to use quite often for bedtime stories and I guess it's not a surprise that my girls are in love with tales like Cinderella, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, and Hansel and Gretel.
There is also this fairy tale that Angel is fond of since she was a toddler and now that she knows how to read all the words, she likes to read it to the younger sister too. Can you guess what it is? Hint: Three goats and a troll.
Yes, it's The Three Billy Goats Gruff, which is a Norwegian fairy tale collected by Peter Christen Asbjørnsen and Jørgen Moe, first published between 1841 and 1844. The troll that it talks about is a supernatural being in Scandinavian folklore, often depicted as an ugly, slow-witted creature that dwells in isolated rocks, mountains or caves.
You probably know that we stayed in Scandinavia for a good four years so for Angel, she has come across trolls, fake ones of course, from when she was still a baby. That is perhaps the reason why she is more captivated than terrified of these creatures now that she is older.
So, when we were invited to watch The Three Billy Goats Gruff, which has been adapted into a musical for kids aged 2 to 6 years old, you bet we were thrilled to know that one of our favourite fairy tales was going to come alive on stage!
In the story, the Three Billy Goats Gruff (affectionately known as "Baby", "Middle" and "Big") graze happily together with their caretaker, Little Bo-Frilly. One day, it dawns on them that they are in the middle of a dreadful drought. To their dismay, slowly but surely, they are running out of food. Together, the gang makes the decision to cross a bridge to the other side of the valley, where lush green grass seemingly awaits. Unfortunately, below the bridge lives a frightening troll that loves to feast on..... goats! Can the goats outsmart the monstrous, greedy troll in this fight for survival?
So, what happens to the troll eventually? Do the goats find what they were looking for? And, is the grass always greener on the other side? I love that there is a moral to the story so I can take the chance to teach the kids a lesson on life. As for the ending, I'll leave that for you to find out.
The Three Billy Goats Gruff show details
Mon - Fri : 1pm, 1.30pm, 2pm, 10am
Sat & Sun: 11am, 2pm
- Standard: S$25, S$22
- Family Package of 4: S$85 for Cat 1 tickets
Weekends (Sat & Sun)
- Standard: S$35, S$32
- Family Package of 4: S$119 for Cat 1 tickets
This show is recommended for 2 years old and above. Infant in arms or children aged 2 years can enter provided they have tickets.
To book the tickets, go here or call the Sistic ticketing hotline at 6348 5555.
Good news! For those who wish to watch the show, I have a family package of 4 tickets to give away!
This giveaway is open to readers worldwide, as long as you can make it for the show! The winner will be able to select his/her preferred date and time (up to 10 May 2015) based on ticket availability. To participate, simply leave a comment in this blog post with your name, email address and tell me which is your favourite fairy tale! Indicate in the Rafflecopter widget that you have done so and to increase your chances of winning, you can choose to carry out the rest of the options. Good luck!
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Disclosure: We were invited to watch The Three Billy Goats Gruff for the purpose of writing this review. Production images are provided by SRT. All opinions are our own.