Review: Spooky Seas 2017 @ RWS’ S.E.A. Aquarium
Besides Halloween Horror Nights happening next door at Universal Studios, did you know that this October, even the S.E.A. Aquarium is joining in on the festive Halloween fun? Spooky Seas takes place over the entire month of October at the S.E.A. Aquarium, and since it takes place during the day, is a perfect opportunity for parents to take your kids to the aquarium and let them revel in the Halloween fun as well!
As always, the aquarium’s activities will centre around the theme of environmental conservation and education on marine life. However, since it’s Halloween, they’re giving it a fun, entertaining twist, as the seas will part and give way to the rise of…The Sea Witch!!!
But make no mistake, the Sea Witch hasn’t awakened to wreak havoc and frighten visitors; she’s come to reveal something much more terrifying – that the ocean is at risk with the huge amount of annual pollution that goes into it. Joining her in her quest for justice and communicating the facts behind the untruths that’ve been going around is fellow environmentalist Captain Spooks, and you too can help them out as an Underwater Ocean Protector as you unravel these aquatic mysteries and learn new stories as you listen to them share spooky tales and dispel myths about sea creatures, such as the realities behind shark behaviour (they’re not actually out to kill humans!).
Played by recent LaSalle graduate Tia Andrea Guttensohn (who’ll be involved in The Second Breakfast Company’s upcoming theatre production in November), at one point, she even interacts with some of the S.E.A. divers in an interactive dive presentation, as the divers plunge into the aquarium and hold up helpful signs that the Sea Witch interprets, as part of the show, explaining how the Underwater Protectors all around the world help save the ocean, adding a fascinating, actual aquatic element to the entire performance.
The costume the Sea Witch donned was particularly interesting, consisting of scrap material left over from previous RWS costumes, yet fashioned into an eye-catching green-blue outfit, with leggings that seemed to sprout seaweed, a set of shimmering, translucent gossamer sleeves, a horned headdress and even long golden claws on her fingernails to complete the supernatural look.
Even as adults, we personally found Tia’s performance as the Sea Witch’s unequivocally enchanting, as she cackled and cast spells over the audience, who were left completely enthralled as they watched this shimmering, out of this world character tell her tales. It was a joy to watch the kids in the audience pipe up and chime in when she told them to, handling them and hyping their enthusiasm with aplomb. Undoubtedly, when the kids finally get home, they would be pestering their own parents to use less plastic and raring to join the aquarium’s own child-friendly conservation group in the near future.
The performance isn’t the only thing happening at the aquarium this October. Fans can even meet and greet both the Sea Witch and Captain Spooks after the show, getting their parents to snap a fun selfie with them for memory’s sake, and who knows, they might even get to meet some of the aquarium’s newest fishy mascots as well! Kids will also be given a fun activity pack when they first enter the aquarium, tasking them with a quest to go around and visit three game stations to learn more about the ocean and even collect treats at the end of the activities. Finally, for just $5, you can purchase a tote bag and head to the Ocean Gallery to use the fabric markers and stencils provided to customise and decorate as you please.
This Halloween, even the fish are getting freaky as the Sea Witch awakens to walk the earth. Definitely come down to RWS’ S.E.A. Aquarium for the usual dose of mysterious jellyfish, fearsome sharks and other quirky creatures, alongside a fantastic, all-new edutainment show, with the S.E.A. Aquarium’s 2017 edition of Spooky Seas, fun for the whole family.
Spooky Seas takes place at Resort Worlds Sentosa’s S.E.A. Aquarium till 29th October.Kids also get to enjoy 50% admission to the aquarium for the whole month of October! For more information and full performance schedule, check out the website here