From December to the end of January, parents are invited to make a day out of a trip to the city or gardens, and let their kids be swept away by three exciting productions.
Tinkerbell and the Dream Fairies at the Athenaeum Theatre Melbourne, an action-packed performance with flips, turns and tumbles a-plenty in Bubble Land
This Summer school holidays, the adventurous Tinkerbell will fly into Melbourne’s Athenaeum Theatre and meet up with the fairies from A Midsummer Night’s Dream to create an enchanting world of song and dance.
The cheeky Mustardseed, fluttery Moth, daring Cobweb and sweet Peaseblossom will join Tinkerbell on a magical quest to find her lost wings from 24 December 2022 to 28 January 2023.
The audience is encouraged to join in the fun and attend the show in their favourite fancy dress. Come as a fairy, an elf, a Jedi, a pirate or even your favourite superhero. All are welcome!
“We love seeing the little ones get dressed up and involved in the fun that is interactive theatre,” said Australian Shakespeare Company founder and Artistic Director, Glenn Elston OAM. “Children are the most engaged and enthusiastic audience you can find, so it’s a pleasure to be able to bring Tinkerbell to the stage, and a smile to their faces this summer.”
“With a twist on the Shakespearean classic A Midsummer Night’s Dream, it’s not just about the children! These mischievous fairies deliver some hilarious chuckles for the adults as well as some fabulously catchy pop songs you won’t mind hearing on repeat in the car. Audiences young and old will each take something unique from the show, and parents can enjoy an air conditioned day out with the kids entertained – for a few hours at least!” Elston commented.
Direct from sell-out seasons in Sydney, Adelaide and London, this show is bound to dazzle and should not be missed.
The Wind in the Willows (now in it’s 37th year!) at the Royal Botanic Gardens Vic, full of interactive fun, song and dance
The must-do summer tradition for families – The Australian Shakespeare Company’s The Wind in the Willows – is returning to the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, Melbourne Gardens to enchant and entertain audiences of every age.
From 17 December 2022, families are invited to join Ratty, Mole, Badger, Otter, Portly and Mr Toad as they bring Kenneth Grahame’s immortal story of life on the riverbank to the outdoor stage.
The critically acclaimed production now in its 37th year has become a tradition for generations of Victorians, delivering music, songs, and plenty of laughs against the picturesque backdrop of the Royal Botanic Gardens.
The Australian Shakespeare Company founder and Artistic Director, Glenn Elston, says, “Bringing The Wind in the Willows back to the Gardens and seeing the joy and delight across our audiences’ faces never gets old for us. It truly is the perfect day out. Pack a picnic, pack the kids, friends and family and be immersed in the antics of Ratty, Badger, Mole, Toad and their friends.”
The Wind in the Willows is affordable, interactive theatre at its best, with laughs and surprises a-plenty. Head Chief Rabbit transforms the audience into rabbits with a waggle of the ears and a wiggle of the nose, and encourages everyone to sing along and join in the promenade adventure.
Children will laugh and howl at the characters’ mad antics, go on an adventure with Head Chief Rabbit, Ratty and Mole, then join an important mission with the Rat Pack and Badger Battalion to rescue the little Otter Portly, lost in the Wild Wood.
Alice in Wonderland falling down the rabbit hole at Rippon Lea Estate!
This summer, tumble down the rabbit hole and join Alice on her adventure through Wonderland at the picturesque Rippon Lea Estate in Elsternwick, Melbourne.
Lewis Carroll’s classic story is cleverly lifted from the page and beautifully brought to life in Glenn Elston’s highly acclaimed production of Alice in Wonderland.
From 20 December 2022 to 28 January 2023, life will be turned upside down for Alice when she tumbles down the rabbit hole and lands in the magical world of “Wonderland”. It’s a roller-coaster of a story as she bravely bounces from one unexpected and amazing situation to the next.
“We love seeing the reactions on the faces of the little ones as they meet the wildly curious assortment of characters in the play,” commented Elston. “They can sing along with the Dodo, meet the pepper-obsessed Duchess and her crazy cook, and laugh along with the Cheshire Cat, White Rabbit, Humpty Dumpty, Tweedledee and Tweedledum!”
This interactive production is fun for the whole family, presented in a bright performance style, with colourful costumes and catchy songs. In this production of “Alice in Wonderland,” everyone has the opportunity to join in and be a part of the fun.
“Alice in Wonderland is the perfect day out for parents and kids alike. Pack a picnic, pack the kids and their friends or family and find your spot on the grass in the stunning grounds of Rippon Lea Estate to be entertained by this classic tale that evokes nostalgia no matter how old you are or how many times you’ve seen it!” said Elston.
“The show is a must-do for parents looking to share an experience with their children that will entertain the whole family these summer school holidays,” he concluded.
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