Children and Family Theatre, Film and Events

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

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