Children and Family

JACK AND THE BEANSTALK

Director and Producer, Bonnie Lythgoe today announced that her sixth Australian panto JACK AND THE BEANSTALK  a ‘GIANT’ 3D family panto musical spectacular will star PETER ROWSTHORN, JIMMY REES and LUKE JOSLIN. 

JACK AND THE BEANSTALK will feature a fantastic 3D sequence, that will transport audience members deep into the Giant’s castle and will play at the majestic State Theatre, Sydney from Friday 12 to Sunday 21 July 2019. 

Announcing this fabulous cast Bonnie Lythgoe said “I am thrilled to have such a legend as Peter Rowsthorn in this year’s Panto and so happy that the hilarious Jimmy Rees is coming back and delighted to welcome the amazingly talented Luke Joslin who will play “Flesh Creep” the Giant’s evil Henchman.

Comic and TV sensation, PETER ROWSTHORN best known as long- suffering husband Brett Craig on “Kath & Kim” is delighted to be joining Bonnie in her next panto and will take on the role of ‘King Crumble’.  Currently appearing on Dancing with The StarsJIMMY REES aka Jimmy Giggle from the hit ABC Kids’ show, Giggle and Hoot, is returning for his third Bonnie Lythgoe production and will play ‘Silly Billy’.  Also joining the cast is musical and theatre performer/director LUKE JOSLIN (who is currently causing hysterics in Peter Pan Goes Wrong).

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A GHOST IN MY SUITCASE – SPIRITS SOAR IN THIS DELIGHTFUL SHOW

A GHOST IN MY SUITCASE Photo credit: Prudence Upton

A GHOST IN MY SUITCASE is soul food for the spirit … whatever age you find yourself to be. From the opening projection of a red koi and with a whoosh and a tinkle of bells, audiences are captivated by this splendid production.  The story begins, the worldbuilding begins and the watchers, whether they have read the book or no, are transported to a place of enlightenment, joy and self-knowledge.

Celeste has lost her loved mother and is bringing the ashes back to China for ritual scattering.  For the first time she will meet her maternal grandmother, Por Por who is feisty and powerful.  This little woman is a ghost hunter, a skill often passed down in the female line and Celeste will need to confront her own doubting demons before she can see clearly enough to know if she is possessed of the art too. Por Por also has a ward living with her, a serious and defensive Ting Ting who is not keen to share Por Por’s precious mentoring time. Continue reading A GHOST IN MY SUITCASE – SPIRITS SOAR IN THIS DELIGHTFUL SHOW

THE TOYBOX. A CLASSICAL MUSIC CHRISTMAS FAMILY TREAT

Here is a Christmas event for young and old – a remake of Claude Debussy’s children’s ballet La Boîte à joujoux, (The Toybox), composed in 1913 but not performed until 1919, after his death.

Using Debussy’s own short precis, and his many stage directions and emotive tags, we recreate a semblance of the original story, complete with all the original illustrations by André Hellé.

They dance, they play. They are naughty and nice.
They fight a battle, but still they live happily ever after in the toybox.

Debussy started orchestrating the piano score, but didn’t get far. Thoroughbass therefore takes the liberty of forming its own children-sized orchestra, consisting of harpsichord, piano, violin, viola da gamba, triangles, whistles, drums, stamps and claps.  Narrated by Inara Molinari with Diana Weston, Shaun Ng, Tara Hashambuoy, and Steve Machamer forming the ‘Orchestre Thoroughbass’.

This is a show suitable for the 5 – 85 age group! Take your children or grandchildren for a Christmas treat.

Thoroughbass presents THE TOYBOX [Facebook Event]  Sunday December 16 @ 11am at Mosman Art Gallery 1 Art Gallery Way, Mosman.

NIGHT OWLS KIDS’ FILM FESTIVAL. FREE MOVIES IN DARLING QUARTER

Photography © Tim da-Rin

For 17 fun-filled nights of outdoor cinematic fun this January, Night Owls Kids’ Film Festival is a Sydney summer annual family-friendly event screening a bumper program of free box office hits.

Since 2012, Night Owls has offered free films on Darling Quarter’s Village Green for adults and children alike.   Each night from 6pm there’ll be live entertainment, followed at 6:30pm by local and international short films curated in collaboration with Little Big Shots, Australia’s major children’s short film festival.  Night Owls also has the summer blockbusters for the grown-ups. Continue reading NIGHT OWLS KIDS’ FILM FESTIVAL. FREE MOVIES IN DARLING QUARTER

THE GRUFFALO’S CHILD: MAGICAL MUSICAL COMING TO THE JOAN

The Gruffalo said that no Gruffalo should 
Ever set foot in the deep dark wood…

If you loved The Gruffalo, don’t miss the sequel, which returns to the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre following previous sellout Australian tours! Join the GRUFFALO’S CHILD on her adventurous mission in this magical musical adaptation of the much-loved picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, published by Macmillan Children’s Books.                        Continue reading THE GRUFFALO’S CHILD: MAGICAL MUSICAL COMING TO THE JOAN

POTTED POTTER AT THE SEYMOUR CENTRE

Grab your wand and Wizarding robes, Accio your ticket and Apparate to the Seymour Centre for the return season of the wonderful POTTED POTTER . It has been touring internationally to enormous acclaim since 2005 .

Described as ‘The Unauthorised Harry Potter Experience’, it is a charming, witty and affectionate parody, enchanting fun, condensing all seven books in the enormously popular series by JK Rowling into 70 minutes, and includes snippets of dance, special effects , humour , audience participation ( and Quidditch! ) to create a hugely delightful experience for both witches wizards and Muggles . Continue reading POTTED POTTER AT THE SEYMOUR CENTRE

URZA & THE SONG IN THE DARK: BEWILDERING BEAUTY, YOUNG OR OLD

Production Images: Robert Catto

URZA AND THE SONG IN THE DARK is exactly what I always expect from Matriark Theatre – Artfully analogue, handmade, bespoke excellence in design and execution.   It’s a wonderful production which is bursting with humanist joy, the visualization of the invisible and the evocation of sung landscapes of soul.  Designed for children, this detailed yet easily portable production, engages young and old with puppetry, shadow work and original music combined a story of myth,  meaning and much mirth.

The spirit of the hill, the song spirit, is broken and the stones of its shadows are all that is left.    The humans mine and crush the stones for their power to light the town, with no thought to their real meaning or purpose.  Urza is one of the best miners at Tickett’s factory and she has ambitions to be ‘Chief Digger’ until her world is shaken and she finds herself led by a spirit boy who has chosen her for an earth shattering task. She is lost in an underground place that is very, very mysterious,   Urza crawl and fly as she experiences many adventures on her way to loving the earth and all the song stones that make it special. Continue reading URZA & THE SONG IN THE DARK: BEWILDERING BEAUTY, YOUNG OR OLD

‘THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR’ IS CHOMPING ITS WAY TO THE SEYMOUR CENTRE

One of the most-famous and loved children’s books of all time will come to life on stage in THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR SHOW at the Seymour Centre from 13th to 14th October.

Eric Carle’s beloved The Very Hungry Caterpillar has delighted young readers all over the world, selling more than 43 million copies and being translated into over 40 languages, since it was first published in 1969.

Returning to Sydney following a successful 22-city national tour, this spectacular and colourful production takes audiences on a journey through a pop-up-like version of four of Carle’s stories – The Very Hungry Caterpillar, The Artist Who Painted a Blue HorseMister Seahorse and The Very Lonely Fireflybrought to life with a menagerie of 75 loveable puppets.

A delight for those just discovering Carle’s stories and for the generations who grew up with his iconic books, this enchanting Australian-made show will excite, educate and entertain the whole family.  

THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR SHOW  will play at the Seymour Centre  for a limited season, 10am, 12pm and 3pm on Saturday 13th October; 10am and 12pm on Sunday 14th October.

ST IVES MEDIEVAL FAIRE: WE HAVE GIVE-AWAYS TO THIS INTERACTIVE LIVING HISTORY

Travel back through time at the fifth annual St Ives Medieval Faire this September, as Sydney’s St Ives Showground is hay-strewn and hand-forged into a fully immersive, accurate recreation of daily life in Medieval Europe.

 This September, the King calls on all loyal subjects to embark on an unforgettable adventure to Sydney’s northern lands, where, amongst thick forests, lies a most captivating world of grand tournaments, brave knights, fearsome Vikings and lavish food: the St Ives Medieval Faire. Attracting over 20,000 people from across Australia annually, this two-day celebration of medieval history at St Ives Showground is the nation’s premier medieval history event, held in high regard amongst medieval re-enactors for its historical authenticity.

 

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A GIVEAWAY FAMILY PASS TO THE TREEHOUSE – WHAT FUN!

Featured image: Samuel Welsh and Teale Howie in The 78-Storey Treehouse Photo Heidrun Lohr

The newest, biggest, brightest story in Andy Griffiths’ bestselling series is back!  THE 78-STOREY TREEHOUSE  will be at the Seymour Centre in August.

Andy and Terry’s treehouse just keeps on growing. With yet another 13 levels, it’s now got a Scribbletorium, a high-security potato chip storage facility (guarded by one very angry duck!) and even an open-air movie theatre.

Speaking of movies, in this adaption Andy and Terry are going to be famous! The legendary Mr Big Shot has arrived to make a Hollywood blockbuster. But when his first step is to fire Andy and replace him with a monkey – well, a gibbon named Mel Gibbon – the battle is on. Will the Treehouse Blockbuster ever get made? Who will win the battle of Andy and Terry? And why are those mysterious spy cows turning up everywhere?

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You Beauty! – State Theatre Panto ‘Sleeping Beauty’ a Roaring Success

Oh to be a kid again! And to be a kid nowadays! There was no such thing as the annual winter holiday pantomime when I was at school. I remember watching my mum and dad get all dressed up to go to the theatre, leaving us at home with a babysitter and a video tape.  It seemed like such a fantastic, sophisticated world that I would never know of. I dreamed of The Opera House, The Capitol, The State, without really having any idea what went on inside those hallowed walls. Now, due to the success of Cinderella, Snow White, Aladdin, and Peter Pan & Tinkerbell, it has become a winter school holiday tradition for parents to take their young children along to the State Theatre for a live show designed specifically for them.

English born Bonnie Lythgoe is the beaming creator of this whole idea. After decades of involvement in the performing arts as a dancer and choreographer for film and TV, Lythgoe turned her hand to the production and direction of fairy tale adventure pantomimes several years ago. She has enlisted the talent of some big name stars from the world of “serious” theatre (meaning for adults) and has almost formed a new genre of live show, one that, like some of the great Disney Pixar films of the last decade, manages to cross the age barrier and reach both the parent and the child. Sleeping Beauty, A Knight Avenger’s Tale is pitched to ages three to 103. Continue reading You Beauty! – State Theatre Panto ‘Sleeping Beauty’ a Roaring Success