Children and Family Theatre, Film and Events

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

HAMLET- PRINCE OF SKIDMARK: WAAAY TOO MUCH FUN FOR KIDS

Production photography: Prudence Upton

Winter chastened, me thinks perhaps to see a show.
Paper unfurled.  Ahha. STC’s my way to go.
The canon perhaps is my classic desire
An offering to stoke the deadening fire.
The very thing I chance to spy?
A Hamlet. Now that will make one’s spirits fly. Continue reading HAMLET- PRINCE OF SKIDMARK: WAAAY TOO MUCH FUN FOR KIDS

EXHIBITION: 21 YEARS OF EXCELLENCE IN CHILDREN’S THEATREMAKING

To celebrate 21 years of creating, presenting and touring exceptional theatre for young audiences, Monkey Baa‘s theatre foyer walls have been transformed into an exhibition detailing a fraction of the vast array of work Monkey Baa has conducted all around the world since its inception. Continue reading EXHIBITION: 21 YEARS OF EXCELLENCE IN CHILDREN’S THEATREMAKING

THE NINETIES ARE BACK AND WE HAVE A FAMILY PASS GIVEAWAY

POPSTARS, THE 90’s MUSICAL features a talented cast of 13-15yr old performers. This family friendly production celebrates the 90’s with hit songs from Britney Spears, N’sync and more!

POPSTARS​ is an original Australian musical celebrating your favourite hits from the 90’s.  Packed with pop smash hits from the hyper-coloured 90’s including Spice Girls, Backstreet Boys,
Britney Spears and many more. Featuring a cast of talented young performers aged 13 – 18, its boyband vs girlband in this hilarious musical, presented by Next Move and the Musical Makers
Club. Continue reading THE NINETIES ARE BACK AND WE HAVE A FAMILY PASS GIVEAWAY

JOSEPHINE WANTS TO DANCE – JOYOUS FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT

This image: Rebecca Hetherington                                                                                                                    Featured image: Hayden Rodgers, Chloe Dallimore, Amanda Laing, Rebecca Hetherington Photos by Heidrun Lohr

Monkey Baa Theatre Company was established in 1997 by its Creative Directors, Eva Di Cesare, Sandra Eldridge and Tim McGarry.  Their first tour was an adaptation of Tim Winton’s ‘The Bugalugs Bum Thief’.  In 2017, at the Sydney Theatre Awards, they won a Special Award for 20 years of Outstanding Achievement.

Now the resident company at Darling Harbour’s  ‘Lendlease Darling Quarter Theatre’, their latest production, JOSEPHINE WANTS TO DANCE, has opened for a school holiday season, to be followed by a six month national tour. Continue reading JOSEPHINE WANTS TO DANCE – JOYOUS FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT

THE LITTLE MERMAID: COLOURFUL FISHY FANTASY FOR ALL AGES

Production images: Grant Leslie

Don’t miss the opportunity to join this magical trip under sea with Birdie Productions THE LITTLE MERMAID.  This is a truly delightful and colourful fantasy which all ages will love from the start to its ‘happily ever after’ finish. The musical is based on the animated 1989 Disney film and the classic story of the same name by Hans Christian Andersen and is the story of a beautiful mermaid who dreams of the world above the sea and gives up her most precious gift to find love.

With music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Glenn Slater and book by Doug Wright, this production will enchant all who come with its irresistible songs, exciting, lively choreography and colourful animation. Continue reading THE LITTLE MERMAID: COLOURFUL FISHY FANTASY FOR ALL AGES

CARDISTRY BOYS: YOUNG MASTERS OF MAGIC

The Cardistry Boys: Lucas Itrawan and Ash Hodgkinson

THE CARDISTRY BOYS , Lucas Itrawan and Ash Hodgkinson,  are just 16-years-old but have already taken their cheeky, mind-blowing magic all over Australia… and overseas!

The Cardistry boys blend irreverent teenage humour with eye-popping magic: card tricks, illusions, Rubik’s Cube and more. Continue reading CARDISTRY BOYS: YOUNG MASTERS OF MAGIC

YOU’LL NEVER GUESS WHERE I HID THE CHEESE

You’ll Never Guess Where I Hid The Cheese is 1 hour of fun, comedy bananas where kids get to rule. It’s Freddy Mercury with a cheesehead, extravagantly mimed escapes and lots of cheesy portmanteaus (“it’s a travescheese!”). Part sketch, part improv, part audience participation, part sound effect wonderland. It’s a show inspired by cheese and a treat for kidults too.

Bobbi & Wanda are superheroes, and they’re here to defeat the evil Mr. Cheesehead. But first they're going to have a snack. And maybe a nap.

Will Bobbi and Wanda be able to stop Mr. Cheesehead? (Um. Maybe. Probably not.)

Suitable for ages 5-12 years old, Choo Choo Troupe‘s [Facebook] You’ll Never Guess Where I Hid The Cheese  will play the Factory,  Marrickville as part of the Sydney Comedy Festival on Saturday 28th Apr 2018 – 12:30 pm.

LAST WEEKS TO EXPERIENCE FUTURE PARK AT THE POWERHOUSE

This image:Light Ball Orchestra
Featured image: Hopscotch for Geniuses
Photography: Marinco Kojdanovski
It is the last weeks to see teamLab’s FUTURE PARK Sydney’s most popular exhibition for families, with over 100,000 visitors to date.  Featuring eight interactive light installations never seen in Australia, FUTURE PARK is the latest exhibition by Japanese art collective teamLab and exclusively at the Powerhouse Museum.

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‘Billionaire Boy’: David Walliams’s Kids Book Live on Stage

BILLIONAIRE BOY, a play by Maryam Master based on David Walliams’ best selling novel comes to life onstage!  And it’s touring somewhere near you from CDP Kids [Facebook]

David Walliams’ best selling novel comes to life on stage for 6–12 year olds — and their adults! Don’t miss this original Australian adaptation as the team behind Mr Stink and The 13–, 26–, 52– and 78–Storey Treehouses live on stage return with songs, laughs and yes, that cat sick and sweet potato mash from the canteen…

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