PART 3: IT’S SHOWTIME
Pry your kids away from the TV screen and let them experience live entertainment. They’ll love it, especially if they can get up close and personal with their favourite characters. You might find yourself pleasantly entertained too. You can also enjoy the inner glow of knowing they’ve been culturally enriched. (or not in some of these examples).
I’ll start with the mother of all live shows –
- Disney on Ice – Allphones Arena, Homebush
Dates: 11 to 16 July
Cost: $28.50 to $69.50 pp
Join Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse as they celebrate a Very Merry Unbirthday Party with Alice and the Mad Hatter; Mardi Gras with Princess Tiana and Prince Naveen; a Royal Valentine’s Day Ball with the Disney Princesses; a Hawaiian luau with Lilo & Stitch; a winter wonderland with Woody, Jessie and Buzz Lightyear; a Halloween haunt with the Disney Villains and more in a magical medley of holidays, celebrations and festivals from around the globe.
It sounds truly spectacular. Unfortunately I am still suffering Post Traumatic Stress Disorder from the last Disney concert we attended. If you are brave enough to go make sure you pack your own snacks and whatever you do – DONT be tempted by the merchandizing.
- Emily Eyefinger – Lend Lease Darling Quarter Theatre
Dates: 3 to 15 July
Cost: $18 to $25 pp
Emily Eyefinger, based on the book by Duncan Ball, is straightforward children’s entertainment from Sydney’s Monkey Baa Theatre for Young People. Like their other kid-lit spin-offs (Pearlie in the Park and Milli, Jack and the Dancing Cat) it’s essentially a page-to-stage enterprise. But director John Saunders’s orchestration of panto-theatrics and the unflagging energy of his cast make for a diverting hour in the theatre for the five-to-10-year-olds. (From review in SMH 11/07/11).
Throw in a romp at the famous Darling Harbour Playground and a decadent hot chocolate at the Lindt Cafe and you’ve had yourselves an exhausting day out.
- Me and My Shadow – Seymour Centre, Chippendale
Dates: 6 to 12 July
Cost: $18 pp
A gentle story of the fanciful escapades of a girl who finds a way to be friends with her shadow. The show has been described as “a feast for the eyes that reaches straight, crystal clear to the hearts of all ages.” – David O’Brien (Db Review).
Taking in a play at the Seymour Centre is a great wet weather activity. If the meteorological gods are smiling you can combine the show with a visit to the revamped Victoria Park playground and a stroll down Glebe Point Road’s cafe strip.
- Dora The Explorer Live – Concourse Theatre, Chatswood & Theatre Royale CBD
4 July – Concourse,
6 & 7 July – Theatre Royale
Cost: $23 to $49 pp
Dora the Explorer has lost her teddy bear, and the search is on to retrieve him! With the help of the audience, Map, Backpack, Boots, Diego and their courageous friends, Dora uses her map-reading, counting, musical and language skills to successfully pass through the number pyramid and the mixed-up jungle to reach the City of Lost Toys. But watch out – you never know what that sneaky fox Swiper might be up to along the way! Dora the Explorer fans will delight in this two act, song and dance spectacular that invites them to think, sing and play along. (from Nick jr website)
- Young Talent Time Goes Live – Touring a number of venues around Australia
30 June – The Concourse, Chatswood
4 July – Penrith Panthers
5th July – Mounties, Mt Pritchard
6th July – Campbelltown RSL
8th July – Bankstown Sports Club
10th July – Castle Hill RSL
Cost: $50 pp
Hosted by Rob Mills and featuring the crew from the TV show. If you can sit through this you’re a better Mum than I am.
- Dr Seussical Jr :The Musical – Zenith Theatre, Chatswood
Dates: 6 to 14 July
Cost: Family pass – $70 ( 2 adults, 2 kids)
In this fantastical, magical, musical extravaganza, Tony winners Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty have lovingly brought to life all of our favorite Dr. Seuss characters, including Horton the Elephant, The Cat in the Hat, Gertrude McFuzz, lazy Mayzie and a little boy with a big imagination–Jojo. “”Oh, the Thinks You Can Think”” captures the show’s spirit of imagination, as the colorful characters transport us from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus to the invisible world of the Whos.
The Luck Child – Sydney Theatre, Walsh Bay
Dates: 6 to 15 July
Cost: $15 pp
The Luck Child is the story of the luckiest boy in the world, an evil king and a three-headed hound from hell … well, one head’s a cat but it’s angry. Based on an Old Russian folk tale, The Luck Child is full of adventure and laughter and perfect entertainment for the kids these July school holidays. Writer and Director Jonathan Biggins from Sydney’s annual laugh fest, The Wharf Revue, has teamed up with David Collins, one half of the Umbilical Brothers and a co-creator of The Upside Down Show to create this hilarious new take on this old folk tale.
Lah Lah’s Musical Wonderland – Recital Hall Angel Place, CBD
Date: 9 July
Cost: $21 pp
A wonderful 50 minute live performance featuring Lah-Lah, who loves to sing and dance, her best friend Buzz the Bandleader, and a band of four – Lola the dancing double bass, Squeezy Sneezy the allergic piano accordion, Mister Saxophone and Tom Tom the drums. Together they will take audiences on a unique interactive musical journey combining entertainment and education.
Finally for pre-schoolers there’s
- Play School Live Concert – Various Locations Around NSW
Dates: 27 June – 28 July
Prince Big Ted has a royal crown, he has a royal cloak but doesn’t have a royal castle. He sets off to find one, and is joined by his friends Humpty, Jemima, Little Ted and the Play School toys as he travels through a fun filled world of nursery rhymes, songs and stories. Get ready to sing, dance and jump for joy, with a live show that will delight and captivate all Play School fans.
- Dorothy The Dinosaur’s Beach Party – Various Locations Around NSW
Dates: 12 to 25 July
Cost: $20 pp
Dorothy the Dinosaur’s Beach Party is the stompy-wompy show full of super sandy songs that will fill your day with sunshine! Dorothy and her friends, Captain Feathersword, Wags the Dog, Fairy Clare and Henry the Octopus, are joined by sensational singers and dancers, Clare Dee and The Dance-A-Lots, in their dazzling beach party outfits!
Whilst that’s quite a comprehensive list, I’ve probably missed some fantastic stuff. If you know of any great shows worth catching over the school break, I would love to hear about it.
Over to you.