Turning 15 with Comedy and Crazy Christmas Cheer Part 1
By Nina Syahira
November 13, 2015
CRAZY CHRISTMAS – A groundNUTCRACKER
‘Tis the season to be jolly – and CRAZY!
Celebrating their 15th birthday with the joy of Christmas, Dream Academy presents CRAZY CHRISTMAS – A groundNUTCRACKER! Expect loads of laughter and cheer – with your favourite characters like the Dim Sum Dollies celebrating Christmas with post-election fervour as Democratic Reformed Workers and the return of Pam Oei’s infamous Christmas wannabe Bat! Plus, there will be a special Dream Choir (made up of kids and seniors!) to sing Christmas songs.
So is Santa Claus going to be there? What is Dream Academy’s birthday wish? We caught up with Dream Academy founder Selena Tan to find out more about the awesome festive treat cum birthday bash!
Selena Tan, Pam Oei and Denise Tan as The Dim Sum Dollies
Happy 15th birthday, Dream Academy! How have the years treated Dream Academy till date? What’s the achievement you’re most proud of?
The years have been filled with joy, challenges, small victories, lots of laughter and love. The thing that we are the most proud of is surviving so long and being able to create great entertaining shows with amazing production values and keeping a loyal group of friends who are our audience. We are most proud of our audience! Thank you!
So now we’re looking forward to see CRAZY CHRISTMAS, with this year’s theme on The Nutcracker. We’re of course expecting a local twist on it, the Dream Academy way! To give us a little taste, can you give us one or two examples, like a character/segment?
Our Broadway Beng turn Santa Claus will be helming that segment so it’s gonna be in Hokkien and we’ve called it A groundNUTCRACKER! The rest of us will be in ballet tights so you will get a sense of dizzying heights of madness that will ensue! There will be lots of nuts cracked!
Speaking of which, Dream Academy never fails to deliver memorable comedic moments with a local flavour with each production. Does it get easier after 15 years? How do you make sure your audience can understand, especially when we’re a multicultural society?
Thank you. It never gets easier and it’s impossible to please everyone but we gotta keep trying. If you ask me if I’ll do it over again? Are you kidding? It’s what dreams are made of!
*All photos used, including overview, are credited to Dream Academy®.
Stay tuned for part 2 of our interview with Selena Tan next Wednesday, 18 Nov 2015 and stand a chance to win a pair of tickets to catch CRAZY CHRISTMAS – A groundNUTCRACKER live! We have 3 pairs of tickets to give away.
Meanwhile, you can also grab tickets to the show with our promo code to get 15% off!
Catch CRAZY CHRISTMAS – A groundNUTCRACKER on 10-19 December 2015 at the Esplanade!