FOR the past five years, Christmas for Ms Rosario Nilo has been a relatively quiet affair.
The Manila-born 39-year-old works in Singapore as a domestic helper, working for the family of a lawyer and an engineer and their two children aged 20 and 17.
Christmas Day here usually means a day of church, spending some time with other foreign domestic workers and sending some money back home to her husband and four children, aged 10 to 15.
This year, however, she is looking forward to a bit of a treat. Along with a group of her friends, she has purchased a special $2 ticket for A Crazy Christmas, a Yuletide performance of music and comedy organised by Dim Sum Dolly Selena Tan.
The tickets for performances this Sunday and next Sunday night are being sold at $2 to foreign workers in Singapore. These can be purchased by those who show their work permit passes from tomorrow onwards at the Drama Centre foyer from 6.30 to 9.30pm.
'My employer told me about the special tickets,' says Ms Nilo. 'I'm really looking forward to the show, I hope they sing some of my favourite Christmas songs like Silent Night.'
The concert, which plays from tomorrow to Dec 9 at the Drama Centre Theatre, features performances from Tan and 10 other theatre veterans like Hossan Leong and Lim Kay Siu.
'We wanted to offer these tickets to foreign workers because they are away from home and may be homesick,' says Tan, 35. 'Since they cannot spend time with their own families, we wanted to include them in our celebrations.'
Audiences can expect a performance that includes items like 'using Broadway showtunes to tell the story of Christmas', she says, as well as a Hokkien version of Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer, courtesy of stand-up comedian and actor Sebastian Tan.
Filipino actor and singer Michael de Mesa has also been invited to perform for the Dec 9 show.
'We're all having a great time preparing for the concert,' Selena Tan adds. 'It's going to be like a big party.'
A Crazy Christmas plays at the Drama Centre Theatre from tomorrow to Dec 9 at 8pm. Tickets for the shows on Dec 2 and 9 are available at $2 for foreign workers who show their work permits. These are on sale from tomorrow at the Drama Centre foyer, from 6.30 to 9.30pm. For more details, call the Dream Academy hotline on 8251-1696.
Tickets for the other nights, which range from $15 to $60, are available from Sistic (http://www.sistic.com.sg/, tel: 6348-5555).