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Wed, 8 June 2016

Lemony Puppet Theatre Picasso and His Dog

Filed under: children's entertainment — site admin @ 4:34 pm

Darebin Arts Loud Mouth and Lemony S Puppet Theatre
present Picasso and His Dog
FRI 8 & SAT 9 JULY - 11AM & 2PM, SUN 10 JULY - 11AM
Free post-show puppetry making workshop will run for
30 minutes after each performance

Also playing Hothouse Theatre, Albury 29 June – 2 July
The Melbourne premiere of Picasso and His Dog, by award-winning independent company Lemony S Puppet Theatre, will warm the hearts of children and their families these winter school holidays, with a gorgeous mix of live art-making, puppetry and magic realism.

Picasso and His Dog is inspired by the remarkable true story of the great 20th Century artist Pablo Picasso and his artistic muse Lump. One fine spring morning in 1957, Lump the sausage dog arrived at Picasso’s villa, looked into the deep, brown eyes of the artist and decided he was home.

Telling the story of a man and his dog, their deep love and the art their friendship inspired, Picasso and His Dog is a visually stunning and deeply moving celebration of what it is to create and to be creative as well as the extraordinary bond between dogs and their humans.

Produced for children 4+ and their families, Picasso and His Dog introduces Lump, an elongated sausage dog to the Darebin Arts & Entertainment Centre stage from 8 – 10 July. Budding puppeteers can enjoy a free participatory puppetry making activity in the foyer after each performance.

Picasso and His Dog is presented by Darebin Arts Loud Mouth - a City of Darebin Arts program that presents a year round program for children and families of exciting, innovative and participatory theatre from around Australia.

Lemony S Puppet Theatre is the coming together of two widely respected and highly skilled puppet theatre makers, Sarah Kriegler and Jacob Williams. With over 20 years’ theatre experience between them, the collaboration has seen the small company garner a big reputation with their works which have been seen throughout Australia and across the world.

Most recently, the Company received rave reviews and a Green Room nomination for their acclaimed work Apples and Ladders, which toured nationally and internationally.

“…intelligent, moving and beautifully crafted – a credit to the talents of its creators” Apples and Ladders, The Age.
Creative Team
Writer/Director – Sarah Kriegler
Designer – Jonathon Oxlade
Design Assistant – Yvette Turnball
Performers – Ben Grant, Tamara Rewse, Jacob Williams
Sound Designer – Jethro Woodward
Lighting Designer – Rachel Burke
Dramaturg – Margaret Cameron
‘Lump’ Puppet Builders – Annie Forbes & Tim Denton (About Face Productions)
Puppet Builder – Jacob Williams
Production/tour management – Rainbow Sweeny
Producer – Simon Bedford

Hothouse Theatre, Albury - Wed 29 June – Sat 2 July

Shake The Tree

Filed under: children's entertainment, contemporary music, Gigs, General — site admin @ 4:25 pm

Shake The Tree: with The Breadmakers, The Pink Tiles and The Mexican Music Man
Sunday 3rd July,
2-­ 5pm,
Fitzroy Bowls Club, 578 Brunswick St, North Fitzroy
Kids Entertainment. Face Painting. Cake Stall. Meat Tray Raffle. Barrel Boy. Snag Sizzle. $10 adults. kids free

Thu, 27 August 2015

Melbourne Rocks 180

Melbourne rocks 180
New! Melbourne Our Town will be performed for the first time at the Melbourne Day Concert by Soli Tesema
Big stars announced for our free Docklands family concert
•Aboriginal didgeridoo performances
•Special Sunday Market
•MC Dr Sally Cockburn (”Dr Feelgood”)
•GOLD104.3 FM live broadcast
•Melbourne Regatta
•Open Door Singers / Docklands Community Choir, with Musical Director Shaun Islip
•Free ferry trips
•And more!

Daryl Braithwaite, Pierce Brothers, Russell Morris and Soli Tesema performing at the Melbourne Day Concert on 30 August
Music legends Daryl Braithwaite and Russell Morris headline our FREE Melbourne Day Concert on Sunday August 30 in the Docklands — proudly sponsored by GOLD 104.3 with Brig and Lehmo.

The concert also features the Pierce Brothers, Jack and Pat, who return home for their first appearance after a world tour.
And Soli Tesema will perform Halo, her signature cover of Beyonce’s pop ballard that wowed the judges on The Voice Australia.

When: Noon to 5pm. (Pierce Brothers on stage at 1pm; Soli Tesema, 1.25pm; Russell Morris, 1.45pm; Daryl Braithwaite, 2.30pm)
Where: Water Plaza on Victoria Harbour Promenade, Docklands (Merchant St, near the Library at the Dock).

Hey kids! Learn about your city through the eyes of Gilbert, Melbourne’s first cat — the Tassie tabby who arrived on the Enterprize with the first settlers.

Thu, 2 July 2015

Boats by Polyglot Theatre @ Fed Sq

Filed under: children's entertainment, Workshops, Theatre, General — site admin @ 9:55 am

Ahoy, an adventure on the high seas awaits these school holidays!
Boats by Polyglot Theatre
Fed Square | 7 – 12 July | Free
Commissioned by Fed Square, Boats explores the ideas of migration and adventure in the last week of the July school holiday with activations taking place twice a day at 10am and 2pm.
Polyglot Theatre launch their brand new work, Boats a playful and interactive activity that encourages children to ’sail’ the cobbled seas of Fed Square.
Large and colourful vessels sit idle at a central mooring place within The Square until children brimming with imagination and energy board and set off on an adventure across urban seascapes.
Once aboard, the lightweight boats are propelled by a flurry of feet, with children taking charge, working as a crew to find their own path and voyage across the ‘high seas’.

As they make their journey, Polyglot artists float as castaways ready to be rescued or as mysterious elements of the deep blue sea. Together they guide the boats to safe harbour, ready for new crew and the next adventure! On another adventure, Polyglot captain the boat as children embark and disembark from jutting steps, tree islands and marine deckchairs.

The fleet consists of three, 4 metre long vessels made from light materials with a striking body constructed from painted and decorated canvas inspired by Javanese boats. It also includes 13 smaller 1.5 metre long boats that have been inspired by children’s illustrations.

Whilst sailing activity is aplenty in The Square, inside The Atrium people of all ages can make paper boats and add them to the growing flotilla. The boats in the flotilla can either be taken home by their creators, or tied up at the islands in the atrium as a growing installation. Commissioned by Fed Square, Boats explores the ideas of migration and adventure in the last week of the July school holiday with activations taking place twice a day at 10am and 2pm.

Sun, 21 September 2014

Disney Live! presents Three Classic Fairy Tales

Filed under: children's entertainment — site admin @ 8:38 am

Disney Live! presents Three Classic Fairy Tales
Brisbane three shows only - January 17, 2015
CAIRNS three shows only - January 21
Townsville five shows only - January 24 + 25, 2015
The world’s most famous Princesses and Princes are headed for QUEENSLAND!
The magical, timeless fairy-tale adventures of Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs are set to be performed live on stage when Disney Live! presents Three Classic Fairy Tales opens in Brisbane on January 17, then Cairns and Townsville during the Summer 2015 holidays.

It is only the second time Disney Live! has visited northern Queensland as part of a national tour. This spectacular live show stars the most famous Princesses of all time in Cinderella, Snow White and Belle, along with their handsome Princes and an all-star cast including Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy. Audiences will be enchanted as some of their favourite Disney characters come to life in this heartwarming and magical show full of spellbinding stories. The dynamic storytelling, award winning music, stunning costumes and glittering special effects captivates from beginning to end. Children can dream with the princesses, cheer for the heroes, and marvel as these classic tales are brought to life in a theatrical experience that’s pure magic and sure to get them up on your feet singing, dancing and clapping along!
Brisbane - Disney Live! presents Three Classic Fairy Tales
January 17 at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre
Ticketek on 132 849 www.ticketek.com.au/disneylive

Cairns - Disney Live! presents Three Classic Fairy Tales
January 21 at the Cairns Convention Centre
TicketLink on 1300 855 835 http://www.ticketlink.com.au

Townsville - Disney Live! presents Three Classic Fairy Tales
January 24 and 25 at the Townsville Entertainment & Convention Centre
TECC on (07) 4771 4000 http://www.tecc.net.au

Ticket Prices:
Front row - $55.50
A Reserve - $42.50 | Family Ticket - $155
B Reserve - $29.50 | Family Ticket - $112
*Family Ticket = Admits any configuration of four people
Children under 12 months free entry
For more information visit www.disneylive.com.au

Tue, 3 June 2014


Filed under: children's entertainment, performance art, opera, classical music, General — site admin @ 5:40 pm

Directed by Douglas Lawrence presents

MELBOURNE - Sun 8 June, 3pm Our Lady of Mount Carmel, 218 Richardson St Middle Park

San Marco, with its golden domes, dominates the profile of the ancient island city of Venice. Out of this majestic edifice has come some of the most beautiful and awe inspiring choral music ever written. The Australian Chamber Choir (ACC) will recreate some of the magic of San Marco, performing works by Monteverdi, Schütz, Willaert, Lotti and Gabrieli in their second concert of 2014, Music from the Basilica of San Marco Venice.

Adding to the aural magic, the 18-member Choir will be accompanied by an array of early instruments including cornetto, rackett, curtals, sackbuts, baroque violin and chamber organ.


Sun, 6 April 2014

Pony Dining

Filed under: children's entertainment, General — site admin @ 2:50 pm

Gather the herd for family Sundaes…
Hey kids - make your own Sundae on Sundays at Pony Dining!
Saddle up! It’s finally time to reclaim family time on Sundays with Pony Dining’s new Family Sundays. And desserts have never been sweeter as kids are invited by Chef to make their very own Sundae on a Sunday as part of the family-oriented dining experience.


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