One of the world’s best-loved musicals, “THE SOUND OF MUSIC” is now showing at the MasterCard Theatres, Marina Bay Sands to a star-studded affair, with tickets to the critically acclaimed show being the hottest in town. Due to popular demand, the season has also been extended and will run until 3 December 2017.
This highly-acclaimed production comes from the home of West End musical theatre – the famous London Palladium – where the lavish and dazzling show celebrated a record-breaking 954 performances and was seen by over two million people. In Singapore, the show played to almost 70,000 people during its five-week season in July/August 2014.
THE SOUND OF MUSIC tells the uplifting true story of Maria, the fun-loving governess who changes the lives of the widowed Captain von Trapp and his seven children by re-introducing them to music, culminating in the family’s escape across the Austrian mountains as tensions rise prior to the outbreak of World War II.
With its unforgettable score, THE SOUND OF MUSIC touches the hearts of all ages and contains some of the most memorable songs ever performed on the musical theatre stage including My Favourite Things, Do-Re-Mi, Climb Ev’ry Mountain, Edelweiss, The Lonely Goatherd, Sixteen Going on Seventeen, and of course the glorious title song The Sound of Music.
Additionally, eighteen of Singapore’s most able young actors and actresses will play the coveted roles of six of the seven von Trapp children, with three children chosen to alternate each character. The children come from all corners of Singapore and will perform in rotation throughout the season as the small and cute Gretl, the brothers Friedrich and Kurt, as well as their sisters Marta, Brigitta, and Louisa.
THE SOUND OF MUSIC’S original score is a result of the genius output of composer Richard Rodgers collaborating with the lyricist and librettist Oscar Hammerstein. The original 1959 Broadway production of THE SOUND OF MUSIC won five Tony Awards, including Best Musical, and was Rogers and Hammerstein’s biggest success. The 1965 movie starring Julie Andrews as Maria won five Oscars, including Best Picture, and remains one of the most popular movies of all time.
Our Take On THE SOUND OF MUSIC
The SOUND OF MUSIC is truly a classic and although it was our first time watching the SOUND OF MUSIC musical, we enjoyed the splendid performance so much that we could not stop humming to the songs. In fact, watching the musical reminded us of the awesome time we had in Europe and we wouldn’t mind watching the Sound of Music a second time.
If you are keen to know the real story of the Von Trapp Family after watching the Sound of Music musical, you can check it out here. If you’re travelling to the United States and you have been inspired by the Sound of Music musical, you can visit the Trapp Family Lodge owned by the Von Trapp Family.
I’m not sure if anyone has heard or is familiar with the West Side Story musical but when I first heard about it; I was pretty much clueless and have I not done some reading up before the musical, I probably would not have appreciated it.
Described as ‘The No.1 Greatest Musical of all Time’ by The Times, UK; West Side Story is inspired by William Shakespeare’s tumultuous love story (Romeo and Juliet), and set amidst the vicious rivalry of teenage gangs in 1950s New York.
The musical explores the rivalry between the Jets and the Sharks, two teenage street gangs of different ethnic backgrounds. The members of the Sharks, from Puerto Rico, are taunted by the Jets, a white gang. The young protagonist, Tony, a former member of the Jets and best friend of the gang’s leader, Riff, falls in love with Maria, the sister of Bernardo, the leader of the Sharks.
A boy. A girl. Two rival gangs. One fatal love affair.
The dark theme, sophisticated music, extended dance scenes, and its focus on social problems changed the face of American musical theatre forever when it burst onto the Broadway stage in 1957.
To better appreciate West Side Story, I highly recommend that you do some prior reading so that you have some context about the musical; otherwise, you might pull a “sian” face like the many new “influencers” I saw during the intermission.
Personally, I enjoyed the performance very much and having travelled to both North and South America; I really like the authentic setting of the musical.
The West Side Story musical is now showing at the Grand Theatre, MasterCard Theatres at Marina Bay Sands till 30 September 2017.
Ticket prices start from SGD$55 and if you’re a student or NSF, you can get a ticket for just SGD$35 nett!
As a kid, I have always been a fan of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, a children’s novel written by L. Frank Baum and I was really intrigued when I stumbled upon Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, the alternative novel by Gregory Maguire which is also set in the Land of Oz.
Having read both novels, it was a pity that I didn’t have the chance to watch WICKED The Musical when they came to Singapore 5 years ago as I was serving my National Service. Fast forward to today, I am really glad that WICKED is back and the award-winning Broadway and West End Musical will be coming to perform live in Singapore at the Marina Bay Sands from 29 September 2016 to 16 October 2016.
Will there any difference between this coming stage show and the last one that was here 5 years ago?
Yes, there will be and I found out about it when I had a one-to-one interview with Elphaba, the green-skinned witch (played by Jacqueline Hughes).
Me: What Inspired You To Take On The Role of Elphaba?
Jacqueline Hughes: Elphaba is hopeful and she’s a dreamer and she’s young and she’s got all these hopes and dreams; which I suppose is quite like myself, you know we are all dreamers; and essentially being Pisces; it’s sort of like my traits. But she’s misunderstood by everyone because of her green skin. She’s fiery, she’s feisty, she’s powerful, and she’s an incredible character to play and she’s also incredibly complex; which is why I love playing the part so much because there’s so many layers to it.
Me: Would You Think That It Is Extremely Hard For You To Get Into The Character As Opposed To You Being Yourself?
Jacqueline Hughes: You almost bring a part of yourself to the character and it has definitely helped me to portray the role. I’m originally from Scotland so I have a bit of fire in my blood and the determination like how Elphaba does. She’s incredibly tough and she’s thick-skinned; she has to be, and I really admire her for that.
Me: Is There Anything That You Hate About This Character At All?
Jacqueline Hughes: No, I just love playing the character. She has such an incredible journey from being a young hopeful university student to being this powerful woman who’s constantly faced with battles and she tries to overcome them and do good. She never wants to do wrong, she always want to do right but unfortunately, the propaganda around her has made her wicked; so by the end of the show with “No Good Deed”, which is actually my favourite song to perform; she said she’s had enough and she said ok, this is it, you want me to be wicked then so be it, I’m going to be wicked.
Me: Do You See Any Challenges Taking On This Role?
Jacqueline Hughes: Oh yeah. Lots of challenges. The role itself is so demanding; vocally, physically and mentally. I really have to look after myself. I need to make sure that I get enough sleep, enough rest, lots of water, and lots of vocal maintenance just to make sure that I can portray this role at every show. It is highly demanding but it is also rewarding as well; it’s sort of a love hate relationship.
Me: What’s Your Perfect Sunday Afternoon Like?
Jacqueline Hughes: My perfect Sunday afternoon is to be at home with my husband. We live out in the country so we take our jog, lots of walks. A walk in the park with my husband and my dog, sitting in the park, having a lovely Sunday lunch.
Me: What is one thing that fans of the WICKED can look forward to in this coming show? Is there something that will catch them by surprise?
Jacqueline Hughes: Yeah, firstly, it is an entirely British cast and we have never been to this part of the world before. There’s 72 of us that are bringing the show over. Fortunately, we have the American creative team to come and work with us and they have actually added some magical bits to freshen up the show. There’s more magic and more flying, and lots more to catch the audiences’ eyes.
Me: What is one fact about WICKED that fans may not probably know about?
Jacqueline Hughes: The Wicked Witch is not named in the original L. Frank Baum novel. Gregory Maguire invented the name for her using Baum’s initial; L.F.B. (Elphaba), that’s where the name Elphaba comes from.
Having concluded the interview with Jacqueline Hughes; I am definitely excited about watching WICKED The Musical and I really can’t wait to watch their coming performance here in Singapore.
Presented by Nick Grace Management, Lunchbox Theatrical Group, Sliding Doors Entertainment and BASE Entertainment Asia; Jacqueline and I caught the Blue Man Group at the Marina Bay Sands Mastercard Theatres 3 days ago and it was such a splendid performance that there was never a dull moment from start till end and we totally enjoyed ourselves that delightful evening.
Honestly, it’s been a long while since we last attended a performance like this and we really like how the Blue Man Group captivated the audiences with their humorous and interactive antics. While most of the musical entertainment were mainly instrumental rock with no vocals, it got us rocking and swaying with the crowds anyway.
In case you’re wondering; Blue Man Group is comedy, theatre, rock concert and dance party all rolled into one and for the first time in Singapore, this global phenomenon will blow audiences away with their high energy show. Now approaching their 25th year of creativity, this artistic group has been a smash hit off Broadway and on the Las Vegas Strip and cannot wait to redefine entertainment in Singapore.
We must also say, the backstage crew were certainly well coordinated and the lighting effects were out of the ordinary. There were a lot of 3D digital effects application and they were certainly very mesmerising.
So what can you expect out of the Blue Man Group?
Blue Man Group creates experiences that defy categorisation, taking the audience on a journey that is funny, intelligent and visually stunning, culminating in the trademark Blue Man Group finale in a blissful party atmosphere. Blue Man Group is accompanied by a live band whose tribal rhythms help drive the show to its unforgettable climax.
Having captivated 35 million people worldwide across 15 countries, don’t miss this opportunity to catch the Blue Man Group because it will definitely be the treat of a lifetime!
Reconnect with your inner child, re-experience mischievousness and sheer joy, and see what fun three guys can have with 30 litres of paint and 55 mashed-up bananas in the space of an hour and a half!
If you’re a Standard Chartered MasterCard® card holder, you can enjoy a booking fee waiver on full price or MasterCard pre-sale tickets. To enjoy the booking fee waiver, select the Standard Chartered MasterCard® ticket type only available via Marina Bay Sands Ticketing Website.
Some Additional Information
Event Date Tue, 29 Mar – Sat, 23 Apr 2016 Tue – Fri: 8pm Sat (2 & 9 Apr): 2pm & 8pm Sat (16 & 23 Apr): 2pm, 5pm & 8pm Sun: 1pm & 6.30pm Sun (17 Apr): 1pm Sun (24 Apr): 1pm, 4pm & 7pm
Venue Sands Theatre, MasterCard Theatres at Marina Bay Sands
Ticket Pricing (Excludes Booking Fee) VIP Reserve : S$155 A Reserve : S$135 B Reserve : S$120 C Reserve : S$90
Australia’s most successful theatrical export, Dein Perry’s TAP DOGS, is now showing at the MasterCard Theatres at Marina Bay Sands and they will be performing for a strictly limited season from 27 May 2014 to 1 June 2014 for eight performances only!
The global dance sensation has performed in over 330 cities across six continents and has been seen by over 12 million people. Dein Perry’s TAP DOGS continues to take the world by storm and now it’s Singapore’s turn to experience the award-winning show that has been described as “the hottest show on legs” by the London Time Out.
The winner of more than 11 international awards including an Olivier Award [UK], an Obie Award [New York], and a Pegasus Award [Spoleto Festival in Italy], Dein Perry’s TAP DOGS is an 80-minute show that combines the strength and power of workers with the precision and talent of tap dancing.
The show features high-energy dance numbers, theatrical performances, and live music performed by the cast and musicians, who bring an imaginary steel works to life in a fast-paced, unstoppable spectacular.
Whether they are in water, upside-down, or jumping through scaffolding, Dein Perry’s TAP DOGS have been performing to the beat of their own drum since their world premiere at the Sydney Theatre Festival in January 1995. Success quickly followed with seasons in London, New York, Tokyo, Paris, Berlin, and many other cities. A worldwide television audience of over 3.4 billion saw 1,000 Tap Dogs performing in the Opening Ceremony of the 2000 Sydney Olympics.
Created by Oliver Award-winning choreographer Dein Perry, Dein Perry’s TAP DOGS is directed and designed by the late Nigel Triffitt, one of Australia’s leading theatrical visionaries, with music by Andrew Wilkie, lighting by Gavin Norris, and sound design by Andy Jackson.
Our Personal Review Of TAP DOGS
TAP DOGS is extremely entertaining and definitely worth watching. Word-less, super-slick, and set on a construction site in the steelwork’s town of Newcastle, just north of Sydney; Dein Perry’s TAP DOGS is the perfect show for the whole family with an awe-inspiring mix of dance, music and performance in a full-scale stage show production.
The 80-minutes show is performed without an intermission and it is highly energetic and positively electrifying. Be sure to catch TAP DOGS and book your tickets early as they will only perform for 8 performances till 1 June 2014.
TICKETING AND SHOW INFORMATION
From 27 May 2014 to 1 June 2014
Tuesday to Friday- 7:30pm
Sat – 2pm & 7.30pm
Sun – 1pm & 5pm
Ticket prices start from $65 * Excludes the booking fee of SGD$3 per ticket
The new multi-million dollar musical GREASE will blaze into Singapore this coming April from London’s West End after a sensational sell-out tour in Australia and it will open at the MasterCard® Theatres at Marina Bay Sands on 25 April 2014.
This rocking musical production is packed with explosive energy and it will feature a spectacular international cast, super-slick dance moves, dazzling costumes, and all those unforgettable songs from the hit movie, including Summer Nights, Sandy, Hopelessly Devoted To You, You’re The One That I Want, Greased Lightnin’ and Grease Is The Word.
Let’s go back in time and revisit some of these really unforgettable songs from the hit movie!
You’re The One That I Want
We’re pretty certain that after listening to all those hits, you’re probably all greased up and ready to have a rocking good time!
Do you know?
The first London production of GREASE opened 6 months later after the show’s Broadway premiere in 1972 and the stage production was then followed by the 1978 hit movie starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John, which went on to become the highest grossing movie-musical of all time. GREASE has since triumphed across the globe, with its irresistible mix of adolescent angst, vibrant physicality and 1950s pop culture.
Written by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey, GREASE is possibly the only hit Broadway musical ever composed entirely on guitar. The productions name comes from the term greasers, a 1950s United States working-class youth subculture. GREASE takes place in and around fictitious Rydell High, and follows ten working-class teenagers in 1959 as they experience the intricacies of love, friendship and rebellion. The story revolves around the relationship between “bad boy” Danny Zuko, who believes he is the coolest of cool and Sandy, the “girl next door”.
So dust off your leather jacket, pull on your bobby-socks, and take a trip to a simpler time as the MasterCard® Theatre is turned into Rydell High School! It will be a stage show that is truly not only ELECTRIFYING but MEMORABLE as well!
As a matter of fact, it will be a very good treat for all your older folks as they rekindle the old days!
From 25 April 2014
Tuesday to Friday 8pm; Saturday 2pm & 8pm; and Sunday 1pm & 5.30pm
MASTERCARD THEATRE, MARINA BAY SANDS
From $60* onwards
*Excludes the booking fee of SGD$3 per ticket
If you haven’t caught Starlight Express at the Marina Bay Sands MasterCard Theatre, don’t miss this chance because the last run for it is on 24 November 2013 [Sunday]!
One of the best-loved, longest-running, and most unique musicals in theatrical history, Starlight Express has delighted audiences from its sell-out tour around the UK.
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s rock ‘n’ roller-skates sensation is one of his most successful musicals. Light years ahead of the rest, Starlight Express is a futuristic tale about love, rivalry, and hope in the face of adversity. The show delivers two hours of speed, energy, 3 dimensional spectacle, daredevil stunts and turbo-charged excitement.
Originally conceived as a cartoon story for his own children, Lloyd Webber’s masterpiece tells the story of a child’s dream, in which toy trains come to life and compete to become the fastest engine in the world, while also competing for the affections of the glamorous coaches with whom they must ‘team-up’ with.
With the entire cast of 28 on roller skates, Starlight Express will amaze audiences with its speed and skill, showcasing extraordinary roller-choreography from the renowned West End choreographer Arlene Phillips. The story hurtles along against a backdrop of high-tech staging, 3 dimensional projection, special effects and a pulsating score. The soundtrack by high-voltage team of Lloyd Webber/David Yazbek draws inspiration from numerous music styles, from rhythm and blues, rock ‘n’ roll, jazz, rap, country and western, and contemporary pop acts.
The challenge of designing and creating costumes that resemble different types of trains, while providing full movement and a degree of protection for the actor, resulted in ground-breaking designs. The show’s dazzling costumes and sets, by the legendary West End designer John Napier, have won numerous awards.
The original West End production of Starlight Express electrified the theatre world in 1984, running for almost 18 years. Since then, there have been a further seven major productions, including Broadway, USA/Canada Tour, Las Vegas, Japan, Australia/Japan Tour, Mexico and Germany, where the show is still running after 25 years. So far more than 25 million people worldwide have enjoyed a thrilling ride aboard Starlight Express.
Don’t miss this opportunity to catch this ground-breaking show that burst onto the theatre scene in the 80s! Not only is the show unique, being performed entirely on roller skates, but the story is a powerful lesson about the triumph of the human spirit. It’s truly an ultimate feel-good show!
The shows for tomorrow and the day after will be held at 2pm and 7:30pm and tickets prices are from $65 onwards [excluding the booking fee of SGD$3 per ticket].
[POST PERFORMANCE UPDATE AS OF 11 SEPTEMBER 2013]:
Having caught the full performance of Barbie™ LIVE! yesterday, we have to absolutely say that it was a splendid performance that was put up by the performers and the entire session was really engaging. We are pretty sure many of the little ones whom were present had a blast and adults alike were very impressed with the wholesome storyline! Even as we are typing this blog entry, we just can’t stop humming to the uplifting songs that were sung during Barbie™ LIVE! With only 4 more days to go, don’t miss out on this rare opportunity to bring your little ones to catch Barbie™ LIVE! because it will definitely be a delightful treat for them!
We’re pretty sure everyone knows who Barbie is and for those of you born in the 1980s, you probably would have heard of the Barbie Girl song by Aqua. Now, if you’re a fan of Barbie, we have some exciting news for you and that is, Barbie will be coming to Singapore LIVE from 10 September 2013 to 14 September 2013 at the MasterCard Theatres at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore.
[Image Courtesy of EMS Entertainment / Mattel, Inc.]
As an entertainment powerhouse, the Barbie® brand has been bringing fans of all ages engaging content for decades and now, Barbie will bring fans a new opportunity to sing and dance with the introduction of an all-new musical, Barbie™ LIVE!
Barbie™ LIVE! is an engaging musical featuring contemporary music with empowering lyrics, energetic choreography and a modern storyline that will appeal to fans of all ages. With a talented cast of 19 singers and dancers, dazzling costumes, spectacular lighting and set designs, and popular songs, Barbie™ LIVE! will deliver fans a one-of-a-kind show experience featuring the world’s favourite doll, Barbie!
[Image Courtesy of EMS Entertainment / Mattel, Inc.]
Set on a Hollywood sound stage, the show follows Barbie and her best friend / co-star Teresa on the set of their new movie. When Teresa starts to doubt herself and her theatrical abilities, Barbie leverage lessons from her past taught in her popular DVD’s – Swan Lake, Princess and the Popstar, and Mariposa & Fairy Princess to teach Teresa [and the audience] to be confident, to believe in themselves, and to embrace the power of friendship.
[Image Courtesy of EMS Entertainment / Mattel, Inc.]
Barbie™ LIVE! also features popular songs from the animated Mattel hit movies, as well as new music from distinguished producer, Robbie Roth. Join Barbie™, Ken™ and their friends as they ‘get their sparkle on’ in this dance-inspired musical that is sure to engage fans of all ages within two hours of delightful entertainment.
The musical will premiere its worldwide tour here in Singapore and then travel throughout Asia, Australia, Europe and the United States. Tickets are now on sale and don’t miss the world premiere of Barbie LIVE! because they will only be here for a week! Personally, we have never been a fan of Barbie but trust us, when we caught a sneak preview of the musical during the media call event, we were very enthused by the contemporary songs and energetic dance that we started tapping and grooving along during the performance. Barbie LIVE! will truly be a treat for all your little ones whom are fans of Barbie!
[Video Courtesy of EMS Entertainment / Mattel, Inc.]
Tickets are priced from SGD$35 and if you purchase the VIP tickets that are priced at SGD$125, you will have an exclusive photo opportunity with the cast from Barbie LIVE! What’s more, if you are a SAFRA Member, you can enjoy 10% off ticket prices, subjected to terms and conditions.
Alternatively, you can also book your tickets through the phone at +65 6688 8826 or in person at the Marina Bay Sands Box Offices that are located at the Museum, Theatres, SkyPark, Retail Mall and the lobbies of Hotel Tower 1 and 3.
For VIP, Hotel and Dining Packages, do visit www.showbizasia.com. Corporate and Group Bookings are also available via Showbiz. All you have to do is email Showbiz at firstname.lastname@example.org or give them a call at 6688 1029.
In case you’re wondering, The Phantom of the Opera is a musical that tells a heart-wrenching story of the mysterious, hideously disfigured Phantom who lives beneath the Paris Opera House, and his obsession with the young singer Christine. Disguised as the ‘Angel of Music’ he devotes himself to creating a new opera star, and winning her love from his rival, Raoul, while exercising a reign of terror over the Opera House.
The theatre was packed with people even before the performance commence.
The really beautiful and stunning stage decoration.
The team from The Phantom of the Opera has performed in Singapore at the Kallang Theatre in 1995 and at the Esplanade Theatre in 2007. This year, The Phantom of the Opera will be showing at the Marina Bay Sands, Mastercard Theatre and they will performing here in Singapore till 25 August 2013!
Now, if you haven’t watch The Phantom of the Opera before, you absolutely have to catch it! Even as we’re typing this blog post, recalling our experience certainly gives us the goosebumps because it was our first time watching The Phantom of the Opera and it has left quite a lasting impression on us. In fact, we felt our emotions running high when we were in the theatre watching the splendid performance.
A photo with the suave Anthony Downing whom acted as Raoul in The Phantom of the Opera.
With 130 cast, crew and orchestra members, jaw-dropping scenery, breathtaking special effects, and more than 230 stunning costumes, The Phantom of the Opera contains some of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s most famous and stirring music.
Music of the Night is our all-time favourite music in The Phantom of the Opera.
To be honest, The Phantom of the Opera is a show that you must catch at least once in your lifetime. As for us, we will definitely be catching it the next time it returns to Singapore or if we’re travelling overseas to London/New York.
The Phantom of the Opera is the world’s most successful and popular musical, and the longest-running show on Broadway. It celebrated its 27th anniversary on the West End stage last year, and continues to play to full houses nightly in London, New York and around the world. The Phantom of the Opera has been seen by over 130 million people worldwide, has been performed in more than 27 countries, has won over 50 major theatre awards, and has grossed more than US$5.6 billion.
The Phantom of the Opera is truly God’s gift to musical theatre.
Don’t miss this rare chance to catch such an awesome production right here in Singapore because nobody knows when The Phantom of the Opera would return to haunt Singapore again. So hurry along and book your tickets fast because it will definitely be a sell-out event!
Here are some details that you might like to take note of.
It was my first time to the ArtScience Museum at the Marina Bay Sands and I am really thankful for the wonderful opportunity to be there to view the two current exhibitions that are on display, The Art of the Brick and Mummy: Secrets of the Tomb.
The Art of the Brick was on display since 17 November 2012 and from what I heard, the exhibition was supposed to wrap up last month but it has been extended till 26 May 2013 due to popular demand.
The Art of the Brick is deemed as CNN’s 12 ‘Must-see Exhibitions’ and it showcases 52 large-scale LEGO sculptures by New York-based artist, Nathan Sawaya.
When I was there, I must admit that the works by Nathan Sawaya were really thought-provoking and reading the short description that accompanied each of Nathan’s work really challenged my thinking.
In this piece entitled ‘Swimmer’, Nathan used 10,980 LEGO bricks and took 15 days to create it in 2009. As you can see from the picture, the piece can only be seen above the surface and Nathan challenges viewers’ imagination to fill in the rest of the sculpture below the surface.
Inspired by the changes that takes place on his journeys, Nathan created this piece entitled ‘Yellow’ in 2006 and it is probably one of his best known piece. Nathan used 11,014 LEGO bricks to create this piece.
Nathan made use of 3,720 recycled LEGO bricks to create this piece entitled ‘Peaces’ in 2010. The description that accompanied this sculpture says, “What does it take to create Peaces? It takes many pieces. And all the colours in the world working together”.
I particularly like this piece entitled ‘Mask’ which was created in 2007 using 18,509 LEGO bricks. The description that accompanied this sculpture says, “Masks are used by just about every culture on the planet. They keep things hidden and show only the face we want others to see. I build Mask as a reflection of revealing our true selves. So often we put on a different face and then can no longer identify our own self. Mask identifies the facade we hide behind”.
There is this other piece entitled ‘Grasp’ that I also like. It was created in 2007 using 17,356 LEGO bricks and the description that accompanied this sculpture says, “No matter where your heart wants to lead you, there will be hands that try to hold you back. Life’s challenge is to find the strength to break free. I created this sculpture in response to so many people telling me ‘No’ in my life. I wanted to break free of those people”.
The highlight of the exhibition would probably be this piece entitled ‘Dinosaur Skeleton’ which was created in 2007 using 80,020 LEGO bricks. The description that accompanied this sculpture says, “This is one of the largest sculptures I have ever made. It took an entire summer to build and nearly drove me crazy trying to make it work. After seeing so many kids flock to my first solo exhibition, I wanted to give back something and create a sculpture that children would enjoy. What could be better than a dinosaur?”
After looking at all the pieces that were on display, I was truly inspired by Nathan Sawaya because his works are not only thought-provoking but it really sends a strong message that transcends our core inner being. What is shown in this blog entry is just a few of the many wonderful pieces that were on display at The Art of the Brick and really, you should check it out if you haven’t because it will only be here in Singapore till 26 May 2013.
The Mummy: Secrets of the Tomb is the latest exhibition at the ArtScience Musuem and it will be here till 4 November 2013.
At the exhibition, the secrets of the mysterious Egyptian burial practices and mummification process will be revealed in technologically-advanced detail and it pairs mummies and artifacts culled from the extensive and famed Egyptian collection of the British Museum with an innovative 3D film experience that captures the “virtual unwrapping” of the Egyptian mummy.
As I wasn’t allowed to take any photographs when I was there, I have obtained permission from a fellow writer, superadrianme.com,to use the pictures that he took when he attended the media showcase.
There’s a host of engaging and hands-on opportunities that are available to visitors of all ages and this includes an interactive Embalming Workshop that will shed light on the various steps and rituals that comprised the embalming, mummification, and cartonnage procedures of the time.
Visitors will also be able to take part in a specially-designed exhibition quest through age-appropriate activity bags containing a host of engaging activities and tools that are directly related to the artifacts on display. Among these are jigsaw puzzles, creative games, and magnifying glasses to help young Egyptologists complete various challenges.
With the use of the most advanced and cutting-edge scanning technology, details about Nesperennub’s life and death and images of him with regards to how he looked like 3,000 years ago were retrieved without opening the coffin or disturbing Nesperennub’s wrappings .
Mummy: Secrets of the Tomb will showcase more than 100 stunning artifacts and six mummies in total.
Among the other mummies on display in the exhibition is the mummy of Tjayasetimu, a singer in the temple of Amun, whom died when she was still a child, around 800 BC. Her carefully embalmed body has been enclosed in a cartonnage case representing her with the golden face of a divine being, and with her hands, feet and arms partly freed from the traditional mummy wrappings.
Unfortunately, I don’t have photos of the mummy of Tjayasetimu.
For me personally, I had an enriching time at Mummy: Secrets of the Tomb and to be able to see for myself all the Egyptian mummies and artifacts that has a history dating back to more than 3000 years ago is truly an experience that is really amazing. This is perhaps one of the rarest opportunity that I have to get a slice of Egyptian history without having to travel all the way to Egypt.
My Thought After Visiting the ArtScience Musuem:
Honestly, I really enjoyed both the exhibitions and it was truly an enriching time for me. As a matter of fact, I would highly recommend you to purchase tickets for both the exhibitions because not only is it cheaper, it provides the greatest value as well. With that being said, the prices for the souvenirs were exorbitant and as much as I wanted to buy some souvenirs for keepsake, I decided that it was not worth the money. Nevertheless, do go catch these two exhibitions because they are truly awesome.
Guided tours are conducted in English and Mandarin on Saturdays and Sundays. Each guided tour takes up to 20 people and is on a first come first served basis. Stickers will be given out 5 minutes before the tour time.
The Art of the Brick
Exhibition entrance at the Upper Galleries (Level 3)
Additional sessions: 1 & 24 May, 2pm
Mummy: Secrets of the Tomb
Mummy: Secrets of the Tomb Galleries (Level B2) It is recommended that visitors view the 3D film before joining the tour.
Additional sessions: 1 & 24 May, 4pm
Saturdays, 3pm & 6pm
Sundays, 3pm & 6pm
Additional sessions: 24 May, 3pm & 6pm
How to Get to the ArtScience Museum at the Marina Bay Sands:
You can get there via the following modes of transportation: MRT, Bus, Taxi and Car. The nearest MRT Station would be Bayfront Station [Circle Line] and the buses which stop at Bayfront Avenue are 97, 97E, 133, 133M, 502, 518, and 106.
If you’re travelling by car, the nearest car park is the North Car Park at Marina Bay Sands and the parking rates are $6 for the 1st hour and $1 for the next subsequent 30 minutes, up to a maximum charge of $26 from 7am to 7pm.
If you are planning to drive there, I strongly suggest that you park your car at Gardens By The Bay and then take a 15-20 minutes walk over to the ArtScience Museum at the Marina Bay Sands. The parking rates for Gardens By The Bay is $0.025 per minute for the first 5 hours and $0.05 per minute thereafter from 5am to 6pm. This is way cheaper than parking your car at Marina Bay Sands.