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The Players Theatre is one of Singapore’s leading Children’s Theatre Companies. We were established in July 2003 as a non-profit Children’s Theatre with the mission to ‘Touch Hearts and Build Lives’. Our major focus is outreach - to youth and family in the community - through the presentation of professional quality theatre productions and programmes. We have a special focus on the disadvantaged. We believe that the opportunity to experience the joy and wonder of good theatre is integral to every young life, and should be offered regardless of status or ability. As such, we open our shows, our doors and our hearts to these young individuals and their families/caregivers at no cost to them. In line with our objectives, Players Theatre is now a recognised charity number 1769.
2010 was another stellar year which saw us re-staging If You Give A Mouse A Cookie to sold-out houses. This re-staging launches our series of Mouse shows featuring Mouse’s adventures as he entertains and educates, laughs and learns life’s important lessons. Stay tuned for the next installment! If You Give A Mouse A Cookie was followed by our sold-out run of Charlotte's Web, the treasured tale of sacrifice, miracles and friendship which brought a smile to the face and tears to the eyes of many an audience member. Esplanade's Octoburst featured our original play XiGua: Watermelon Girl and the Legend of the Lion as the headlining production and had audience members on the edge of their seats during this Children's Day series.
What a busy year for us! Our staging of Roald Dahl's Fantastic Mr Fox rocked the house. This sold-out, hit show had audiences 'Digga-Digga-Digging" along and clamouring for more. OTHELLO, the inaugural show in our Players Premier Series, won audiences over and will be touring international festivals in 2010. Our original production, BOY, premiered as part of the Esplanade's FYI 2009 series. It's a beautiful story, with an amazing script, stunning set, brilliant performances and glowing reviews. Due to popular demand and audience request, we are considering re-staging it in 2010. Keep your eye out for it! And we capped the year off with our Halloween musical special The Meg and Mog Show. This saw audience members dressed in their spooky best and trick-or-treating in the theatre with characters from the show. An extra special treat, just for you, because we love you!
The award-winning, Flamenco flavoured musical Ferdinand The Bull opened our 2008 Season to rave reviews. It was so good that we're thinking of bringing it back! Look out for it. Something Else ended our year with warmth, love and laughter. A wonderful show about friendship and acceptance created by Tall Stories, the company that brought you 'The Gruffalo'.
Another fabulous year which ended with a bang, topping the milestones set in 2006! Our sell-out hit show "If you Give A Mouse A Cookie" was so hot that we staged an astounding 46 shows over a 2 week run to meet demand - that's close to 4 shows a day! Kids were squealing with laughter and adults chuckling heartily. Alice in Wonderland which started our 2007 Season brought in one of our largest audience ever, close to 7.500 students, kids, teachers and families had a Players Theatre experience.
2006 was a year filled with lots of exciting theatre for us. We started off with Roald Dahl's "The BFG" which had the close to 7,000 audience members who came to watch our show screaming with delight. This show marks our biggest attendance yet. Then we staged the Tony Award Nominated musical "A Year With Frog And Toad". Our talented and dedicated cast performed over 45 shows in our sell-out 2 week. This show marked a milestone for us - the most number of performances we had done in a single run to date.
Our season started off with the musical adaptation of Judith Viorst’s classic book, “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day”. The musical brought over 6,000 people to the theatre, countless new schools and introduced the children from AWWA to the theatre. “The Little Prince”, our Asian Children’s Festival 2005 offering based on the Antoine de Saint Exupery classic marked the first commercial event to be staged at the Singapore Indoor Stadium Blackbox and brought in more than 6,500 people including many new audiences and non-native english speakers.
We presented the Asian Premiere of ‘Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse’, an international success based on the award-winning same name book written by award-winning children’s author Kevin Henkes. The Players Theatre production played to sold out houses, bringing in over 3000 audience members from schools and the general public. Inline with our outreach aims, more than 500 children and families from over 7 Voluntary Welfare Organisations such as the Children’s Cancer Foundation, Beyond Social Services and the Singapore Children’s Society were beneficiaries of our open door policy. To wrap up the year, we staged Roald Dahl’s “The Twits” as part of the Asian Children’s Festival 2004. The show ended our season with a big bang and was the highlight of the year for many. We surpassed our objectives, reaching out to over 5800 children and families and adding the Assisi Home and Hospice as a beneficiary of our outreach arm. We played to students from 32 local and international primary schools and kindergartens.
In November 2003, we presented our debut production ‘The Noodle Doodle Box’ as part of the Asian Children’s Festival 2003, organised by the National Library Board. The show was a resounding success, receiving rave reviews from children, adults and educators alike. ‘The Noodle Doodle Box’, a show about friendship and acceptance, made us many friends and brought many a smile and laugh to the heart of each and every audience member. The excellent production values brought recognition from the National Arts Council and the Players Theatre was invited to be part of the Singapore Arts Festival 2004 Outreach Programme where we staged “Boy”, an original adaptation of Shel Silverstein’s classic, “The Giving Tree”. This community project was brought to the heartlands with the goal to create new audiences. Another success.
Besides main season programming and our involvement in Arts Festivals, the Players Theatre is also heavily involved in Arts Education and work with Government bodies and Community Development Councils for outreach purposes. We run Theatre-In-Education programmes for schools, ITE’s and the Health Promotion Board to name a few, dealing with issues that range from smoking, to childhood injury prevention, to safe sex. On the corporate level, we work with Bain & Co to bring theatre to the special children at MINDS and to the children at the Mt. Alvernia Cancer Ward.
Players Theatre is run by a group of dedicated, passionate professionals
with a wealth of experience under their belts. Helmed by Carina Hales, the
Artistic Director of the company, the Players Theatre’s reputation is
growing: one of Singapore’s leading Children’s Theatre Companies, known for
quality productions, inspiring programmes, good values and a heart in
These are some of the Voluntary Welfare Organisations that
have benefited from our open door policy:
Services To date: ¨
Over 150,000 children and
families have watched a Players Theatre production ¨
We have played to over 100
local and international Primary Schools and Kindergartens.
These are some of the Voluntary Welfare Organisations that have benefited from our open door policy:
¨ Over 150,000 children and families have watched a Players Theatre production
¨ We have played to over 100 local and international Primary Schools and Kindergartens.