Roola Boola

On the school holidays my brother and I went to Roola Boola’s Hip Hop workshop. My Brother really, really enjoyed it. At home his favorite move is the pancake, which he loves to show every one.  We learnt other moves such as the snake, stomp body roll, wave  roller skating and some others. The age group was 4-10 years old but I think was more for a younger age group 3-7.

Roola Boola festival had other great activities during the school holidays. The Curious Game, Kapow, The Buzznicks as well as dance, circus, arts and craft workshops.

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Annie – Musical

I love the movie Annie and the musical Annie was as good. Annie was held in the beautiful old Regent Theatre. It has mural paintings on the roof and lovely decor. When you enter the theatre the usher gave children a cushion. I had no trouble seeing the stage with the help of the cushion.

They changed the musical a bit but it was still like the original movie. There was lots of energetic singing and dancing. My favorite song and dance is  It’s a Hard Knock Life that the orphans and Annie sung. My favourite orphan was Molly she played her role exceptionally well.  The stage sets were great. The orphanage looked real and  Mr Warbucks house was beautifully decorated.

I made a poem about Annie.

Annie was good

Annie was fine

Annie has freckles,

That look divine

See the show

Then go dine

Before the show mum and I had a crepe. We found this old newspaper stand in Swanston St that was selling crepes. It was just like the street stalls that sell crepes in Paris. They had French music playing and the people working there were also French. The crepes were delicious! I had salted caramel. There were many different types of crepes to choose from. YUM.

I went to the evening show and it wasn’t hard to stay awake. The play went for 2 1/2 hours with an interval. Click here for performance information about Annie. I recommend it for 5+

CIRCUS OZ THE GROUND AND UP

Another amazing  performance by Circus Oz. Full of juggling, comedy, aerobics, magic and circus tricks. It was an awesome show. The topic this year is The Ground and Up, inspired by the construction of the new Circus Oz home in Collingwood and building culture form the ground up. Circus Oz is entertaining and funny but still delivers a message though the theme of fruit salad. You might be a strawberry and I might be an apple and together we belong in the same bowl, Australia.

Flip

I was really happy to have the opportunity to interview  Flip from Circus Oz, one of my favourite performers. In Circus Oz Flip plays the part of Fantaysia Fitness. Fantaysia Fitness is funny and fit but doesn’t like being told what to do. Flip’s work on the straps is amazing!

Flip – Fantaysia Fitness

Here Is The Interview I Did With Flip:

  • How long has Circus Oz been going for?   Circus Oz was established in 1978
  • How do you decide what happens in the show?   We have some directors that give us a topic and then we work from there.
  • How long did it take to make this show?   It took us 2 months to make this performance.
  • How long do you train for each day?   We train for 8 hours every day.
  • Who designs the costumes?   Laurel Frank
  • How long does it take to prepare for a performance?    It takes us 2 hours beforehand.
  • Why did you decide to be a performer?   I got the thrown in to it. (Flip has been training for circuses since she was 8 years old).
  • How do you feel on stage?   I feel happy and exited, I just enjoy it.

Thankyou Flip for your time

I  recommend it for 5+. I thought the performance was terrific and if you see it I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

The Circus Oz tent is located at Birrarung Marr from June 20 to July 15. Click here for national tour dates.

Still Awake Still!

I went to the play Still Awake Still! at the Arts Centre. The play is based on the story book I’m still awake, still! by Elizabeth Honey and Sue Johnson.  Watch out if you are in the audience as Miss Ivory Tinklefinger will try to put you to sleep. Miss  Twinklefinger sings lullabies and it seemed like anything could come out of the piano. I won’t tell you what happens you will have to go and see it.

I enjoyed the show but my younger brother loved it. I recommend this for ages 2-6.

Miss Twinklefinger and her crazy piano

Miss Ivory Twinklefinger and her Crazy Piano

Rupert’s Race for Rhythm

Rupert’s Race for Rhythm  was our middle primary musical production. The play was scripted by Chris Barrett along with ideas from grade 3 and 4 students. Chris also did the staging and choreography. Our musical director was Deborah Tait.

The play was about a boy called Rupert who had decided he wanted to be a dancer. Rupert was not coordinated and didn’t think he had rhythm. He travelled the world in search of rhythm. He travelled to Japan and saw Taiko Drumming, South Korea and watched a Fan Dance, in Russia he saw Cossack Dancing, he heard the Sao Roma song in Romania, in Austria he saw the Shuhplatter Dance, in Italy he saw the Tarantella dance, in England he saw the Maypole Dance, in Jamaica he heard Shake the Papaya song, in the USA he saw a Hoe Down and in Africa he saw the Rhythm Dance. Rupert learnt a lot from each of the communities he visited.

During his travels he wrote home to his family telling him about what he had seen, heard and tasted. So do you think he found his rhythm? Did he become a dancer? Well not on the dance floor… .Rupert became a world famous chef for his international cuisine restaurant.

I participated in the Fan Dance which is a traditional folk dance from South Korea. We decorated our fans and practiced weekly. I enjoyed being in this play.

It was a big event for middle primary. We did 2 performances for family and friends. One in the afternoon and one at night.

Circus Fun

I went along to Artplay to learn circus tricks. I thought it was great fun. I learn’t many things like juggling, diablo, clowning around, spinning plates and some circus games.

Here is a little tip on how to learn to juggle. Use facewashers when learning because they fall slower than balls, giving you more time to catch them.

I had great fun at this workshop.

Light Fantastic

Can you draw with light? YES, I learned how to do it at a workshop called Light Fantastic at Artplay. Haley Rivers taught us the history of Light Graffiti and how easy it is to create. You need light and a photographer.

Haley & me

Juggle Light

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We explored how to create different patterns with light. The types on light we used were from juggle balls, hula hoops, glow sticks and torches.

We made an animation of a city which I hope to be able to put up on my blog soon. I enjoyed making this animation. All of the animations from Light Fantastic workshops will be exhibited in November.

I liked Light Fantastic. I recommend this to anyone exploring different types of arts.

 

Here are a few pictures I made at home.

Shooting Star

Love Heart

Perfume Bottle

Music Note