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A mother. A daughter. 3 possible dads. And a trip down the aisle you’ll never forget!
MAMMA MIA!, the highly-anticipated musical inspired by the classic songs of ABBA, has been showing in Singapore since 13 November 2014 and they will be here till 14 December 2014! The show was last performed in Singapore in 2004 and following its huge success, MAMMA MIA! makes a welcome return after a decade.

MAMMA MIA! is Judy Craymer’s ingenious vision of staging the story-telling magic of ABBA’s timeless songs with an enchanting tale of family and friendship unfolding on a Greek island paradise. On the eve of her wedding, a daughter’s quest to discover the identity of her father, brings three men from her mother’s past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago.

The narrative power of ABBA’s greatest hits including ‘Dancing Queen’, ‘Take A Chance On Me,’ and ‘The Winner Takes It All’ propels this charming story of love, laughter and friendship and 2014 marks the 40th Anniversary of ABBA’s Eurovision Song Contest win.

With music & lyrics by Benny Andersson & Björn Ulvaeus, MAMMA MIA! is written by Catherine Johnson, directed by Phyllida Lloyd, and choreographed by Anthony Van Laast. The production is designed by Mark Thompson, with lighting design by Howard Harrison, sound design by Andrew Bruce & Bobby Aitken and musical supervision, additional material & arrangements by Martin Koch.

The International Tour is produced by Judy Craymer, Richard East, and Björn Ulvaeus for Littlestar in association with Universal, Stage Entertainment, and NGM. It is presented in Singapore by BASE Entertainment Asia, Lunchbox Theatrical Productions, and David Atkins Enterprises.

Our Personal Review/Opinion of MAMMA MIA!

MAMMA MIA! is definitely a musical that you must not miss! Throughout the entire musical, we were so absorbed that we just forgot about everything else and allowed ourselves to be enchanted by the story-telling magic of ABBA’s timeless songs.

We were also very privileged to have been given the opportunity for a backstage tour and we had an insightful time learning how the whole musical is put together every single show.

The Media also had an opportunity to learn some dance moves for the finale act from Jamie Wilkin, [Assistant Choreographer and Dance Captain for the MAMMA MIA! International Tour] during the backstage tour.

The props used in the musical are meticulously designed and bringing them to Singapore is a massive logistical task!

Not many people know that the audio and songs in the show are mixed live and there is a live band that plays the music.

From the backstage tour, we learnt that MAMMA MIA! is a musical that requires a lot of teamwork, coordination, and preparation by both the casts and crew members! Although the ticket prices may seem exorbitant, don’t be put off by it because MAMMA MIA! is definitely worth it! For the massive shipping of props, sweat, tears, energy and effort to put together this wonderful production, watching MAMMA MIA! should be in your bucket list of things-to-do in your lifetime!

We highly recommend you to catch MAMMA MIA! before the tickets run out and in our opinion, you should bring your parents or grandparents along too!

For more information about the show, do visit the Official MAMMA MIA! Website!

In Summary

WHO
The International Tour features a cast from the UK

WHAT
MAMMA MIA! International Tour

WHEN
From now till 14 December 2014 |Tuesdays – Fridays 8:00pm, Saturday 2pm and 8pm, and Sunday 1pm and 6.00pm

WHERE
MasterCard Theatres, Marina Bay Sands

HOW
Booking Through Internet:
www.BASEentertainmentasia.com, www.MarinaBaySands.com/Ticketing OR www.sistic.com.sg

Booking By Phone:
+65 6688 8826

Purchase Tickets In Person At:
Marina Bay Sands Box Offices
[Museum, Theatres, SkyPark, Retail Mall and Hotel Tower 1 Lobby]

-Ticket Price Starts From SGD$95 Onwards-

We attended the photography seminar by National Geographic Photojournalist, Joe Riis, and it was truly an inspiring session that we had with him.

From Photography Seminar with Joe Riis 2013

We didn’t expected to be given free goodie-bags but Canon was really generous and the goodie-bags contained two photography magazines, a National Geographic pouch, and some other cool stuffs like a Camera Strap!

From Photography Seminar with Joe Riis 2013

And there was a long line of people just queuing up to register themselves for the photography seminar with Joe Riis.

From Photography Seminar with Joe Riis 2013

Some of the seminar participants checking out Joe Riis‘ photography works.

From Photography Seminar with Joe Riis 2013

Before the seminar started, those in the theatre were so enthusiastic about the subject of photography that they started flipping through the photography magazines and were so engrossed in reading it.

From Photography Seminar with Joe Riis 2013
From Photography Seminar with Joe Riis 2013

During the photography seminar, Joe Riis shared his personal experiences of photographing the wildlife for National Geographic and he showed us the tons of brilliant photos that he took. By the way, Joe Riis is currently the youngest National Geographic Photographer onboard.

From Photography Seminar with Joe Riis 2013

Joe Riis showed us a picture that he took when he was working on a project pertaining to the Gobi Bears. Apparently, these are what the Gobi Bears eat.

From Photography Seminar with Joe Riis 2013

This was one of the photos that Joe Riis took when he conducted a photography workshop at the Singapore Zoo.

From Photography Seminar with Joe Riis 2013

Joe Riis‘ passion to share his knowledge about the wildlife is clearly evident in the photos that he shot. This particular photo took him nearly two years to take.

From Photography Seminar with Joe Riis 2013

To be honest, we were so awestruck by Joe Riis‘ passion for the wildlife [he’s a trained biologist and a core conservationist by the way] and he personally believes that photographs can give wild animals and places a voice in our culture. In fact, Joe shared about his project on the Pronghorn Migration and how as a result of his initiative, helped save the lives of the Pronghorn.

From Photography Seminar with Joe Riis 2013

Guess what, after the photography seminar, 6 really lucky participants walked home with an autographed photo board of Joe Riis‘ works! Although we weren’t so lucky, we had the awesome opportunity to get up-close and personal with Joe Riis for 15 minutes!

From Photography Seminar with Joe Riis 2013

Now, we have one really exciting piece of news for all you readers and we’re not sure if you know this but the National Geographic Channel and Canon have partnered to launch the EOS Young Photographer Awards.

From Photography Seminar with Joe Riis 2013

The heart of this inaugural region-wide EOS Young Photographer Awards initiative between Canon and the National Geographic Channel is to inspire youths across Asia to take an active interest in the creative arts and also to know more about the science of photography.

The contest is open to all aspiring young shutterbugs between the ages of 13 and 25 in Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand and Indonesia, and all aspiring young shutterbugs are to submit their best photographs under the theme of “A Celebration of Colour.” The winner of the top three prizes will be determined by a panel of experts from both Canon and the National Geographic Channel.

In addition to the main contest, there will also be an award based on peer-judging and here’s how it goes.

From 9 April 2013 to 3 June 2013, there will be a special colour theme posted on www.celebrationofcolour.com every two weeks and contestants whom submit a creative photograph based on that colour will be eligible to win a prize which will be determined by the number of ‘likes’ garnered. At the close of the contest, the entry with the most ‘likes’ overall, regardless of colour, will win the Voter’s Choice Award.

In case you are wondering what the prizes are, they are as follows:

Grand Winner [Young Photographer’s Award]:
An all-expenses paid National Geographic Photography Workshop for one in the US, plus a Canon EOS 60D with EF-S18-55mm f3.5-5.6 IS II Lens

1st Runner Up [Young Photographer’s Award]:
Canon EOS 650D DSLR camera with an 18-55mm IS II lens

2nd Runner Up [Young Photographer’s Award]:
Canon EOS 1100D DSLR camera with an 18-55mm IS II lens

Voters’ Choice Award:
Canon EOS camera bag and a National Geographic Channel photo book

4X Bi-weekly Voters’ Choice Award (Colour Theme):
Canon EOS Thumb drive and a National Geographic backpack

We hope that through this Blog Post, you would come to know about this EOS Young Photographer Awards and submit your creative entries! The EOS Young Photographer Awards is open from 28 March to 3 June 2013 and you can upload your entries to www.celebrationofcolour.com

Now, if you are really interested in participating in the EOS Young Photographer Awards and you’re wondering how you can shoot an award-winning photograph, read on to find out more about the tip that we got from Joe Riis himself! In fact, from the interview with Joe Riis, we also found out that he is going to be one of the experts that would be on the judging panel for the EOS Young Photographer Awards.

Some general tips from Joe Riis about how you can shoot better photographs.

From Photography Seminar with Joe Riis 2013

As mentioned, I was able to get up-close and personal with Joe Riis for a short casual chat with other Bloggers and here’s some additional tips for you if you’re planning to join the EOS Young Photographer Awards.

From Photography Seminar with Joe Riis 2013

Here’s a photo of me asking Joe Riis a question

From Photography Seminar with Joe Riis 2013

Me: If you are the judge for the EOS Young Photographer Awards, how would you decide if a photograph deserves a chance to win?

Joe Riis‘ answer to my question.

Another Blogger also asked Joe why he was so passionate about his work and check out Joe’s reply in the following video.

There you go! It was truly an insightful session that we had with Joe Riis and we certainly look forward to see the winning entries for the EOS Young Photographer Awards!

My greatest gift for the day; a photo with Joe Riis.

From Photography Seminar with Joe Riis 2013

Happy Clicking Shutterbugs and Good Luck! 🙂