It’s early(ish) December, which means your brain is already gearing up for the holidays – Food! Alcohol! Netflix! – but your body is still having to drag itself up in the morning to go to work. Christmas carols are playing relentlessly in the supermarkets and there are decorations up in the malls, but it still doesn’t quite feel like the season is upon you yet.
Well, Dream Academy can fix that for you.
This year marks the production company’s 7th year of Crazy Christmas, its seasonal variety show. With a familiar and well-loved cast, Dream Academy brings the Christmas cheer with a sprinkling of Singlish and local jokes.
Crazy Christmas is easily accessible, fun, family-friendly fare that makes time zip by. The company celebrates its 7th anniversary with appearances by its favourite characters, such as Judee Tan’s Dr TCM TCM and Karen Tan’s hilariously pedantic senior civil servant, rewarding long-time followers of Dream Academy with references to previous editions of Crazy Christmas shows. Christmas carols and other colourful musical numbers by the cast and acapella group Vocaluptuous set the mood and got the audience clapping along.
This year, the show also featured performances by the Nanyang Primary School choir and singers from the Henderson Senior Activity Centre as part of their contributing to a week of giving. Along with the Emma Yong Fund – which provides support to theatre practitioners with critical illnesses, in memory of the late Dim Sum Dolly – the Dim Sum Dollies are supporting the Henderson Senior Activity Centre on Giving.sg.
The various segments of the show flowed smoothly from one to the other with no intermission, although one segment that referenced Star Wars felt a little too contrived to namecheck a much-awaited film. Kumar – the queen diva of Singapore comedy – was unfortunately underutilised, although his turns as a sharp-tongued Christmas elf were well-received every time he made an appearance. Sebastian Tan, the Broadway Beng, also proved very popular as the narrator of a Singaporean-tinged run through of the Tchaikovsky ballet The (ground)Nutcracker.
Go see this show if you want a light-hearted, fun show to get you in the holiday mood. The singing is only bad on purpose and the gags told with great commitment from the talented cast.
And if that doesn’t convince you, there’s always Pam Oei’s show-stealing rendition of Adele’s Hello in a Hong Kong accent.
Bet that got your attention. But you’ll just have to see it for yourself.
Crazy Christmas runs until the 19th of December. Tickets are available on Sistic. Due to popular demand, an additional matinee performance has been added on 19 December.