Pinocchio – Malthouse Theatre

I was lucky enough to go to the opening night of Pinocchio at the Malthouse. It was different because it was a modern day Pinocchio adapted from the original story with groovy music. I was pleasantly surprised as I thought it might be targeted to a younger audience. So do not be put off by thinking Pinocchio is for young children. This musical most definitely has a wide appeal. Click here to see a Pinocchio trailer.

I had many favourite parts of the play. I was impressed with the way Pinocchio was built and the way his nose grew. I also really liked the cricket. He was a puppet and the puppeteer had a great sense of humour. He also entertained us at interval. The set was awesome. I also loved how there was only one set used differently. It showed that you don’t need lots of different sets to tell a story, you just need imagination.

The playwright Julianne O’Brien, wrote the play bringing the story up to date. This combined with the music by Jethro Woodward and the direction of Rosemary Myers made for a very entertaining play.  I thoroughly enjoyed the production. The play was true to the storyline and the music added an extra element.

My brother attended as well. He is only 5 and loved it too. Therefore I would say this is definitly a play for all the family. I highly recommend this for ages 5+. Pinocchio is showing from 6-28 September, time for me to go again! Great activity for the school holidays, book now. There will be a Crafternoon at the Malthouse with craft activities, puppetry and music on the 22 Sept.

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Man Covets Bird

I went to Man Covets Bird play at the Arts Centre. On entering the theatre we were asked to look into a box and the man told us we were going to go on a very fast train ride. I didn’t know much about the play before hand except that it was a boys journey growing up.

The beginning of the play was very fast paced. The play started with the birth of the boy and his life was fast and then it got slower. He found a bird that became his best friend. One morning he woke up and no one recognised him (because he was no longer a boy but a man) so he went far away with his bird. He moved to a big town and got a job in factory. At the factory no one spoke. On the train to and from work no one spoke.

It was during this part that the play started to get a little boring. But it wasn’t until after the play that I realised that perhaps some parts of life might be boring.  In the beginning the man was a lone but he had his bird. The bird did a lot for the man and made him happy. In the play no one talked on the train to and from work then the one day the man decided to share  his  bird with every one and they started to talk to one another and it bought them happiness. People around you can effect how you feel.

I liked the projections on the walls and the background music. There were 4 people in the show but only 1 actor the other 3 sung and played instruments.

It was good but perhaps a little boring in the middle which made the play feel a little too long. It did make me think about life and how people around you can affect how you feel. So I would say the play was thought provoking. I recommend Man Covets Bird for 10 +.

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+

The Winter Kids Festival at the Substation

Kids Winter Festival

The Winter Kids Festival had lots of entertaining things on. It was awesome I went 3 days in a row. I saw some great shows The Curious Game, The Magical Circus and The Listies (you can read my reviews below). There were readings at the bookshop, drawing competition and loads more things happening. I also enjoyed Mitchell’s magic tricks before the shows started. It was well organised and the Substation was a cool location for the festival. I hope there is a Spring Kids Festival for the next school holidays.

Thanks Mitchell for your magic tricks

RANDOM MUSCIAL

Random Musical was 5 performers that improvised with random words from the audience. The silly story was totally spontaneous. They made up the title of the play from the random words. The title of our play was The Plane in the Zombie Galaxy. There was also a man on the piano playing spontaneous music. They used props on stage to turn into characters. Audience participation was required, singing, making sounds and movements.

The location of Random Musical was amazing, held in the Speigeltent as part of the Comedy Festival. The layout of the tent makes it easy for everyone to see and become more involved with the actors.

I thought everyone involved was really talented.  Random Musical shows are always different and depend on the random words from the audience! I could go and see it again and again! I recommend this silly bit of fun for all ages.

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.