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Prudential Children First! Singapore International Festival for Children

ACT 3 International will burst onto the children’s arts scene once again with yet another thrilling and mind-blowing adventure, its 6th Prudential Children First! Singapore International Festival for Children.

From 3 to 20 March 2005, Singapore’s annual homegrown arts festival that is dedicated to high quality children’s theatre will feature an international and eclectic mix of dramatic classics and unconventional, stunning performances.
There will be 58 performances by 7 professional productions from South Africa, Canada, Peru, Italy and Argentina for children between three and 12 years old.
About 20,000 audiences are expected at the Festival, spanning over 18 days and offering various arts forms from mime, dance, puppetry, visual theatre, music, physical theatre, storytelling to comedy - you will be struck by them all.
Every show is a must-go to see to believe what the imagination can sow and reap! Short Stories, Tomas Kubinek, Squawk, plus Four Men, Four Mics, No Instruments bring live children’s theatre to a level never before reached on our shores with amazing novelty and freshness.
Even time-honoured and well-known favourites such as Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe, The Nightingale by Hans Christian Andersen and The Happy Prince by Oscar Wilde will break down walls to spellbind the young as well as the old with their original, surprising treatment.
Ruby Lim-Yang, Artistic Director of the company, and a relentless advocate of highly inventive work, says, “ Personally, I seek to present Children’s Theatre that is clever and imaginative; not necessarily with props and fancy costumes. There is nothing for our children to figure out if everything is there for them.”
“Very good work made with sensitivity and care for young audiences tap into their natural desire to learn. It paves the way for children to understand the world they live in, and to have a sense of how they feel about things, issues and situations. Good theatre suggests and offers. It neither prescribes nor concludes. Unlike adults, children are open, receptive and have the ability to stay non-judgemental. They know how to connect and reflect.”
Mrs Lim-Yang encourages, “Think of the arts festival as an adventure for the entire family, to enjoy a fantastic range of genres, to enter the realm of the extraordinary, to discover and rediscover the beauty of the imagination, to be engaged in the most creative and curious moments and to be part of the action, interaction and connection.”
Buy a festival bear
This year’s Festival will also mark ACT 3 International’s first fund-raiser with Prudential Assurance Singapore and McDonald’s Restaurants for The Ronald McDonald Children’s Charity.
The Ronald McDonald Children's Charity (RMCC) in Singapore is a charity partnership with the KK Women's and Children's Hospital (KKH). Since October 1989, RMCC has helped more than 300 sick children from financially distressed families with over S$2 million in grants for medical, rehabilitative and surgical treatments.
Bring home Droopy, the Festival Bear, who longs for a cuddle and a home. Who can resist its charm and vulnerability? For just $49, the contribution and support will go a long way in helping sick children from financially distressed families in Singapore.
Tickets at $20/- for child or adult including $1/- SISTIC Fee (SISTIC handling fees apply).
Family Packages • $10 off every 4 tickets to any one show. • $18 off every 6 tickets to three different shows.
To purchase tickets, call SISTIC at (65) 6348 5555 or visit

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