The Billy Goats Gruff Review : A Rock 'n' Troll Musical for kids

The Three Billy Goats Gruff - Credits
It's an open secret that we are avid fan of SRT - The Little Company (TLC). They are hard to resist especially with their slick child friendly productions. Thus when the invitation arrived for a review of TLC The Billy Goats Gruff, we had to butt in quick and accept it.

Sure enough, it was another hour of engaging and entertaining hour spend at DBS Arts Center. The tap dancing trio of Billy Goats , the sweet Little Bo Frilly and the menacing Troll are a well polished ensemble to an afternoon of rock and rap. The standout performance for us will definitely be the Troll (Benjamin Chow) with his raspy voice and lip smacking antics whenever he croons about goats stew and kambing soup. For fans of The Little Company, you would probably recognise the Troll and Bo Frilly as Santa and Penguin in Junior Claus.

The storyline is simple enough.

The Three Billy Goats Gruff( Baby, Middle and Big) are facing a drought. As their side of the ground turns into a dreadful shade of brown, they look to the green grass at the other side of the valley and decided to travel their with their caretaker, Little Bo- Filly. But first they would need to cross the dreaded bridge. The goat feasting Troll lives under the bridge and demands a toll of a goat as payment. Will the gang make it through alive? 

We think it is best that you see the show to find out!
Watch out for the Throll - Credits
Why we like The Little Company production
  • Story with a learning theme for the young
Kids love it !
The Little company produces quality plays with takeaway lessons for children in 2 age groups (under 5 and 6 to 12 years old) . After every play, we can always share a life lesson with the boys. The Billy Goats Guff  taught us that Life is not always greener on the other side. Being entertain and learning a valuable lesson in return is always a positive trade off in our books.
  • Talented pool of actors and actresses
Wonderful cast - Credits
The actors and actresses in The Little Company production are multi-talented. They can sing, they can act, they can dance. Their engaging performances ensured that kids are glued to the stage during the whole show!

Some of the actors and actresses had appeared in other productions. At times they may even take on multiple roles within the play itself. Take Benjamin Chow for example, we had seen him as the Troll, Mr Bo , Dasher the Reindeer and Santa Claus. Given the diversity of the roles, it is impressive to see one actor immersing himself in each one of them.
  • Colourful costumes
Another standout from The Little Company productions are the sazzy and colourful costumes. The costumes are mostly original and fit the shows to a tee.

  • Crowd engagment
From the productions we had watched , we noticed the crew always got the audience involved during the show. This interactive segment is the perfect way to involve the little ones to the show.
  • Amazing Props
Wonderful props
The stage props are one of the better ones we had seen. From flying sleigh to moveable cranes, the props by The Little Company literally brings the stage to life. For a small stage, the use of clever props make it feel much bigger than it seems.
  • Complimentary Programmes
We love the complimentary programmes that are provided for every plays. The details on the performers and the show make an excellent souvenir.
  • Not too Long , Not too Short
Each production last about 1 hour to 1.5 hours. Given the little ones limited attention span, this timing is perfect to capture the child's full attention span.
  • New twist to familiar tales
Last but not least, we like how familiar tales are given new twists in TLC productions. This brings a fresh, modern and localised feel to the play (kambing soup anyone?)

As they say seeing is believing,  so catch the Three Billy Goats Gruff from 2 Apr to 10 May at DBS Arts Centre - Home of SRT. Tickets are available here.

The Wacky Duo were invited to The Three Billy Goats Gruff for a review. No Goats were harmed during the review.

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