(2017) WHAT'S ON - Theatre for kids - SYDNEY (+ Kids' Drama classes Sydney)

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NOTE : This chronologically-listed page will list theatre shows suitable for young people and in many cases an age-group the show is most suited for will be listed in brackets after the title of the show.  To verify accuracy of information shown here, please refer to actual venue website for the most up-to-date and accurate information  (especially as some of the opening and closing dates, & other details may change over time, ie. from the time they were first listed here).

Puppeteria Theatres, for age groups 2-5yrs and 3-9yrs
Shows are performed every week at Randwick and Castle Cove venues, and shows change every month.
For more detailed info see http://puppeteria.com/
WHAT'S ON FOR KIDS AT THE SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE, 2017 - check out what's happening for kids at the Sydney Opera House in 2017
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Taking a family weekend road-trip sometime soon? See what theatre on across New South Wales & ACT.
Visit here: https://sites.google.com/site/theatreinsydney/what-s-on---at-a-glance---nsw-beyond-sydney

TAKING STEPS by Alan Ayckbourn (rec. ages 12+) directed by Mark Kilmurry, presented by Ensemble Theatre Co.
Nov 23, 2017 - Jan 13, 2018 at Ensemble Theatre, 78 McDougall St, Kirribilli NSW ($??)
'Taking Steps' takes place on one chaotic night in three rooms of a creaky Victorian mansion, ripe for re-development. Elizabeth wants to leave Rowland; Rowland wants to buy the house for Elizabeth; Leslie wants to sell the house to Rowland; Kitty wants to leave Mark and Mark wants to keep Kitty. Tristram, meanwhile, is extremely worried about seeing a ghost… The British comic master Alan Ayckbourn shakes up a delicious cocktail of mismatched lovers, dirty dancing, bad hair and real estate, in an ingenious play that entertains on so many levels.

ALICE'S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND - presented by The Australian Ballet
Dec 5-22 at Capitol Theatre, Haymarket, Sydney NSW ()
This wildly imaginative production will transport you to a world of pure wonder.  Lewis Carroll’s Wonderland is brought to life on stage with magnificent puppetry, illusions and playful costumes. Experience the surreal magic of this ballet with your friends and family.
Tickets: https://australianballet.com.au/the-ballets/alices-adventures-in-wonderland

Dec 8-30 at Bella Vista Farm Park, Baulkham Hills, NSW ()
Tickets: https://events.ticketbooth.com.au/events/23843
MEASURE FOR MEASURE By William Shakespeare, directed By Lizzie Schebesta
What rules your life? The law? Your conscience? Your instinct? Faith? Should we be ruled by justice or mercy? Should a government legislate your sex life, your morality? How do you responsibly answer the prompts of your deepest, darkest impulses and remain an upstanding moral  citizen? Shakespeare may as well have written this play yesterday - an Elizabethan Orange Is The New Black meets A Handmaid's Tale - Measure For Measure pushes the genre of comedy to it's darkest and most biting limits. A murky and morally ambiguous exploration of desire and power that will shock audiences with it's contemporary voice, will make you laugh and make you think twice.
A SERVANT OF TWO MASTERS by Carlo Goldoni, Adapted and Directed by Francesca Savige and George Banders
Adapted from Carlo Goldoni’s mid 18 th Century Italian comedy, The Servant of Two Masters is a
delicious feast of fun, following the story of an enterprising and perpetually hungry servant who
endeavours to work for two masters in order to earn twice the meals!

THE WIZARD OF OZ (starring Anthony Warlow)
Dec 30 - Feb 2 at Capitol Theatre, Haymarket, Sydney NSW ()
Click your heels together as the world's favourite musical returns to Australia! The London Palladium production of The Wizard of Oz is an enchanting revision of the all-time classic. Developed from the ever- popular MGM screenplay, it contains the beloved songs from the Oscar®-winning movie score, all the favourite characters and iconic moments, plus a few surprises along the way, including new songs by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber. Leading the cast as The Wizard and Professor Marvel will be Australia’s leading star of musical theatre, Anthony Warlow. Don’t miss your chance to rediscover the real story of Oz in this fantastic musical treat.


ALICE IN WONDERLAND - an adaptation by Mary Anne Butler - presented by the Sydney Festival and Riverside Theatres
Jan 5-27 at Riverside Theatres, Parramatta NSW ()
Feb 22-24 at Riverside Theatres, Parramatta NSW ()
Lewis Carroll’s whirling, fantastical masterpiece is faithfully and beautifully recreated as a nonstop, madcap theatrical adventure for the whole family. See the classic kids’ tale in an all-new Australian adaptation by multi award-winning playwright Mary Anne Butler, starring Dubs Yunupingu as Alice – the first time the role has been played by an Indigenous woman

ONCE UPON A TIME... (A SNOW WHITE PANTOMIME) presented by Picton Theatre Group
Jan 13,20,27 at a venue in Picton NSW ()
More info: http://www.pictontheatre.org.au/latest.php

Jan 13-14 + Jan 20-21 at Bella Vista Farm, Norwest Blvd & Elizabeth MacArthur Drive, Bella Vista, Sydney Australia ()
We're back! And with more bawdy sauce than you can poke a sheep at. Be welcomed as guests of Governor Bourke himself and be entertained by a troupe of convict players as they tell the incredible story of Elizabeth MacArthur and the MacArthur Farm. Awarded a National Trust Heritage event award in 2016. 'The Farm' is rowdy, rollicking journey through the history of the farm which will leave you touched, entertained and educated.
Tickets: https://events.ticketbooth.com.au/events/16597/tag/web

Jan 14-28 at Everglades Garden, Leura (Blue Mountains) NSW ()
Tickets: https://events.ticketbooth.com.au/events/23843
MEASURE FOR MEASURE By William Shakespeare, directed By Lizzie Schebesta
What rules your life? The law? Your conscience? Your instinct? Faith? Should we be ruled by justice or mercy? Should a government legislate your sex life, your morality? How do you responsibly answer the prompts of your deepest, darkest impulses and remain an upstanding moral  citizen? Shakespeare may as well have written this play yesterday - an Elizabethan Orange Is The New Black meets A Handmaid's Tale - Measure For Measure pushes the genre of comedy to it's darkest and most biting limits. A murky and morally ambiguous exploration of desire and power that will shock audiences with it's contemporary voice, will make you laugh and make you think twice.
A SERVANT OF TWO MASTERS by Carlo Goldoni, Adapted and Directed by Francesca Savige and George Banders
Adapted from Carlo Goldoni’s mid 18 th Century Italian comedy, The Servant of Two Masters is a delicious feast of fun, following the story of an enterprising and perpetually hungry servant who endeavours to work for two masters in order to earn twice the meals!

11am Tuesday January 23 at The Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre, Penrith NSW ()
A Summer Holiday Festival of Music and Film - Just for Kids (and their adults)!

INTERSECTION 2018: CHRYSALIS (ages 15+) via 2017 ATYP National Studio Writers, presented by ATYP
Jan 31 - Feb 17 at SBW Stables Theatre, 10 Nimrod St, Kings Cross NSW ()
A collection of short plays written by the most exciting young playwrights in the country. Nothing beats a place that’s ours. Nothing can. Intersection is the meeting point for a collection of short plays written by the most exciting young playwrights in the country. A mad road map of young lives travelling very different routes, the production offers a unique snapshot of modern Australia. Critically acclaimed in its first incarnation, we return again to explore the excitement, terror, banality and electricity of being 17.


SHREK THE MUSICAL - presented by Packemin Theatre Co.
Feb 2-17 at Riverside Theatres, Parramatta NSW ()
Everyone’s favorite ogre is back in the hilarious stage spectacle based on the Oscar-winning, smash hit film. Based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation film, Shrek The Musical is a Tony Award-winning fairy tale adventure, featuring all new songs from Jeanine Tesori (Thoroughly Modern Millie; Caroline, or Change) and a sidesplitting book by David Lindsay-Abaire. Shrek brings all the beloved characters you know from the film to life on stage and proves there’s more to the story than meets the ears.

ONSTAGE - presented by NSW Education Standards Authority & NSW Department of Education
Feb 3-9 at Seymour Centre, Chippendale NSW ()
OnSTAGE 2018 comprising two programs of outstanding Drama performances from the 2017 Higher School Certificate. Exemplary individual projects by HSC Drama students will be on exhibition in the upstairs foyer of the Seymour Centre

HSC WRITERS OnSTAGE OnSCREEN  - - presented by NSW Education Standards Authority & NSW Department of Education
Feb 7-9 at Seymour Centre, Chippendale NSW ()
WRITERS OnSTAGE OnSCREEN features rehearsed readings by professional actors and directors of two scripts from Individual Projects of the HSC Drama examination plus the screening of three exemplary videos.


CAMP ROCK: THE MUSICAL - presented by Shire Music Theatre
March 2018 at a venue in Sutherland NSW ()

THE SHIFTING HEART (ages 12+) by Richard Beynon, directed by Kim Hardwick, presented by White Box Theatre & Seymour Centre
March 8-24 at Seymour Centre, cnr City Rd & Cleveland St, Chippendale NSW ()
Set during Christmas in Melbourne in the 1950s, the story follows Italian immigrants, the Bianchis, as they attempt to create a new life in Collingwood, Australia. Tragedy strikes when Gino returns to the family home bloodied and battered. The Shifting Heart is a story of friendship, marriage, trust, honesty and family but also offers an insight to the psychology of racism and its victims. This is a wonderful drama representing the migrant experience from Australia’s recent past. Described as “exciting, funny and intensely moving”, The Shifting Heart asks us to reflect on the tragedy the Bianchis experience, it’s relevance to the stories of contemporary immigrants and our responsibility in those stories.

BE MORE CHILL - based on the novel by Ned Vizzini (Director: Sam Ducker / Musical Director: Melody Beck / Associate Musical Director: James McAtamney) presented by Manly Musical Society
March 14-18 at Manly Black Box Theatre, 138 Abbott Rd, North Curl Curl, NSW ()
Jeremy Heere is just an average teenager. That is, until he finds out about “The Squip” – a tiny supercomputer that promises to bring him everything he desires most: a date with Christine, an invite to the raddest party of the year and a chance to survive life in his suburban New Jersey high school. But is being the most popular guy in school worth the risk? BE MORE CHILL is based on the novel by Ned Vizzini. This Production will be the Australian Premiere of Be More Chill!

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST - presented by Miranda Musical Society
March 21-25 at Sutherland Entertainment Centre, Sutherland NSW ()


ANNIE - presented by Holroyd Musical & Dramatic Society
April 2018 at a venue to be confirmed
Tickets: https://www.trybooking.com/326592

ROALD DAHL'S GEORGE'S MARVELLOUS MEDICINE (Adapted for the stage by shake & stir theatre co) directed by Ross Balbuziente
April 6-7 at Parramatta Riverside Theatres, Parramatta NSW ()
What starts as just another boring day for George quickly turns into a marvellous experiment of epic proportions! Cleverly adapted from the much-loved book by Roald Dahl, George’s Marvellous Medicine bounds off the page in a spectacular live show for the whole family. Direct from a sold-out season at the Sydney Opera House, George’s Marvellous Medicine is packed to the rafters with mischief, music, magic and giant laughs. Just remember - do not try this at home!

PATRICE BALBINA'S CHANCE ENCOUNTER WITH THE END OF THE WORLD directed by Fraser Corfield, an international collaborative work presented by Australian Theatre For Young People
April 11-13 at Riverside Theatres, Corner Church and Markert Streets, Parramatta NSW ()
Something unsettling has crept into the neighbourhood. It’s a feeling, a suspicion that disappears when you look at it directly. Patrice Balbina has noticed that small things are starting to disappear. The butcher has lost his laugh, the man with the pigeon is losing his patience, and dad says the government has lost its mind. But you wouldn’t expect the end of the world. Then he rang the doorbell. This multi-lingual show for older children and their families has charmed audiences worldwide and is set to do it again in 2018. Funny, surprising and deeply moving, Patrice Balbina’s Chance Encounter with the End of the World takes you on an extraordinary journey, seen through the eyes of a ten year old girl.

SEUSSICAL - presented by Penrith Musical Comedy Company
April 13-21 at The Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre, Penrith NSW ()

SONGS FROM STAGE & SCREEN (Ages 12+) Written & Directed by Tarita Botsman / Music Direction by Glenn Amer / Choreographed by Joseph Simons, Produced by Cre8ion
April 18-20 at The Concourse, 409 Victoria Ave, Chatswood NSW (From $73.15 to $78.25)
Synopsis: It is 1956. Radio broadcasters predict that television will be the death of radio.  The 7 Sopranos must transform themselves from Australia’s favourite radio singers to TV stars. Will they succeed? Brace yourselves for a night of unforgettable singing all in a flurry of nylons, killer heels and eye-poppin’ lipstick! Suitability: 12+
Ticketing Link: http://premier.ticketek.com.au/shows/show.aspx?sh=SONGSFRO18
Web link: http://theconcourse.com.au/songs-stage-screen-featuring-7-sopranos/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/the7sopranos/
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/the7sopranos

JOSEPHINE WANTS TO DANCE (ages 4yrs+) - Based on the book by Jackie French and Bruce Whatley, directed by Jonathan Biggins, presented by Monkey Baa Thetre Co.
April 27 at The Joan Sutherland Perforiming Arts Centre, 597 High St, Penrith NSW ()
May 2-5 at Glen St Theatre, Belrose NSW ($22)
A story about dreams, believing in yourself... and a dancing kangaroo. Josephine Wants to Dance is a brand new Australian musical based on the hugely popular picture book by Jackie French and Bruce Whatley. Perfect for young audiences from 4 to 9 years and their families, and bought to you by the team that created the award-winning Pete the Sheep, this hilarious new work by Monkey Baa brings to life a tale about a bush kangaroo you’ll never forget!


DISNEY'S ALADDIN JR - presented by The Regals Musical Society
May 2018 at a venue in Rockdale NSW, TBA ()

ROBIN HOOD AND THE BABES IN THE WOOD - presented by Dural Musical Society
May 2018 at Soldiers Memorial Hall, Dural NSW ()
Robin Hood and his band of Merry Men and Women are called to protect not only Maid Marion from the fate of having to marry the evil sheriff, but also Tommy and Tilly, the Sheriff of Nottingham’s nephew and niece.  Will Robin win the day with the assistance of the local school teacher Winnie Widebottom and his faithful band of robbers who “steal from the rich to give to the poor”?

13: THE MUSICAL - presented by Hills Musical Theatre Company
May/June 2018 at Baulkham Hills NSW ()

CREATURE: AN ADAPTATION OF DOT AND THE KANGAROO - adapted by John Romeril. A Stalker Theatre and Out of the Box Production
May 15-16 at Parramatta Riverside Theatres, Parramatta NSW (From $20-$31)
The classic Australian story Dot and the Kangaroo jumps into the digital age with this stunning new stage adaptation. Featuring breathtaking aerial acrobatics, live music and spectacular 3D projections, you will discover the Australian landscape as you’ve never seen it before. See native flora and fauna, meet creatures in their natural habitat and explore their quirky characteristics amidst the beauty and fragility of the Australian bush. A must-see magical and immersive theatrical experience that explores how our actions affect the wildlife.

THE TEMPEST by William Shakespeare, presented by Sport For Jove Theatre Co
May 16-19 at Parramatta Riverside Theatres, Parramatta NSW ()
One of Shakespeare’s greatest plays, The Tempest is a symphonic vision of forgiveness, discovery and self-discovery. Famous for its language, context, enchanting characters and breathtaking theatricality it is a reflection of the world’s most famous playwright at the height of his powers and at the end of his remarkable career. On a distant island a man waits. Robbed of his position, power and wealth, his enemies have left him in isolation. But this is no ordinary man and no ordinary island. Prospero is a magician, able to control the very elements and bend nature to his will. When a sail appears on the horizon, he reaches out across the ocean to the ship that carries the men who wronged him. Creating a vast magical storm, he wrecks the ship and washes his enemies up on the shore. When they wake they find themselves lost on a fantastical island where nothing is as it seems.

May 21-24 at Riverside Theatres, Parramatta NSW ()
Sharp Short Theatre is a chance for young writers, directors and performers to showcase their stories on Riverside’s stage. This competition of courage and passion offers students the rare experience of working in a professional theatre. Now in its fourth year of providing an opportunity for budding writers, directors and performers to exercise their creative muscles and learn from industry mentors, Sharp Short Theatre has fast become one of the highlights of the Riverside year. All entries perform in a heat and then the best pieces are invited to perform in the final, where students can be awarded prizes in categories including best script, best direction, best performance and best overall production. Plays come from all theatrical genres including comedy, documentary, suspense, period, drama and fantasy, giving your students a chance to play to their interests and let their imaginations run wild!

RUBY'S WISH (By Holly Austin, Adriano Cappelletta and Jo Turner. Concept by Holly Austin) presented by MAKEbeLIVE Productions and Cubby House Co.
May 24-26 at Parramatta Riverside Theatres, Parramatta NSW (From $24-$31)
The beguiling story of Ruby, a little girl who may not believe in fairy tales but who certainly believes in wishes. Confined to a hospital bed for much of her childhood, little Ruby has had to grow up far too fast, and confront too much. But when she is visited by Dot, a tongue-tied clown doctor, she finds a way to use her greatest asset: her imagination. A visual spectacular, Ruby’s Wish combines puppetry, comedy, animation, beatbox and clowning. This magical story transcends generations and proves there is no harm in believing.


TREE OF LIFE 2018 - presented by Treehouse Theatre
10am & 12.30pm Friday June 8 at The Concourse, Chatswood NSW (From $18-$30)
In Tree of Life, young refugees who have experienced the horror of war, trauma and persecution, perform their own true stories in a symphony of spoken word, music and movement. Young refugees from Iraq and Syria now attending Miller High School and Intensive English Centre, will charm and inspire with their humour, honesty and innocence as they perform pivotal moments from their lives. It’s the magic of authentic voices, calling us to share their stories of horror and joy, of laughter and pain, of wonder and resilience. The performance consists of some 25 vignettes which will leave audiences not only laughing and smiling but with a greater understanding of the refugee journey and the amazing contribution these young people are already making to the Australian community. Come, and enjoy a life-changing 90 minutes.

PERSONAL - presented by Jodee Mundy Collaborations
June 8-9 at Parramatta Riverside Theatres, Parramatta NSW (From $24-$37)
“It was only when Jodee was five years old and lost at Kmart that she realised her whole family were Deaf.” - Part performance, part multimedia and live art, Jodee Mundy’s ground-breaking solo performance explores her personal experience as the only hearing person in a Deaf family. Portrayed through the eyes of a child, Jodee does not see any ‘disability’; only the love and protection of her family. Despite this, she often witnessed a bittersweet ignorance from many towards her family. Innovatively presented in the form of two languages, Jodee simultaneously translates herself using English and Auslan through the use of a virtual interpreter and captioning. A deeply touching story, Personal explores dis/ability and how we perceive one another. It ultimately breaks down barriers and creates a greater understanding of signed and spoken language by highlighting how humans can communicate in multiple ways. Please note: This production is accessible to Deaf and hearing impaired, as well as hearing audiences. It contains some adult themes and strong language.

A TOWN NAMED WAR BOY by Ross Mueller (ages 14+) presented by Australian Theatre For Young People
June 12-14 at Lennox Theatre, Parramatta Riverside Theatres, Parramatta NSW ()
Based on the State Library of NSW’s jaw-dropping collection of First World War diaries, photographs and letters, A Town Named War Boy brings to life the gripping personal accounts of four young men who set sail for the far side of the world. Some of these diaries and letters are finished, others just stop. When you read them you meet the person, see the changes in their handwriting, feel the indentation of the pen, the smudges of changed thoughts. Our young past is captured, alive and preserved. Interweaving stories of mateship and scenes of war this profound and gripping production provides insight into the experiences of Australian soldiers. Award-winning playwright Ross Mueller shows his extraordinary talent in this funny and moving play that sold-out in its premiere Sydney season

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM by William Shakespeare, presented by Sport For Jove Theatre Co.
June 14-16 at Parramatta Riverside Theatres, Parramatta NSW (From $-$)
Sport For Jove’s Artistic Director, Damien Ryan brings the full force of his acclaimed theatricality and invention to a brand new vision of Shakespeare’s astonishing classic. In the heat of the shortest night of the year, young lovers and work-a-day dreamers plunge into a world between sleep and waking, where “everything seems double”. A powerful vision of growing up live on stage, this production is a perfect introduction to theatre for young people and those who love Shakespeare. Please note: This production contains haze and loud noises.

MACBETH by William Shakespeare, presented by Sport For Jove Theatre Co.
June 20-23 at Parramatta Riverside Theatres, Parramatta NSW (From $-$)
Sport for Jove’s critically acclaimed, thrilling production of Macbeth returns after sell-out seasons in 2015 and 2016. On a barren heath, three sisters tell the great and bloodied Macbeth that he is fated to be King of Scotland. So begins a terrifying series of events that lead to the murder of Kings, friends, mothers and their children. Macbeth and his Lady fall prey to a soul-corroding guilt as they desperately try and cling to the defiled crown. This haunting production is an atmospheric, faithful and exciting introduction to Shakespeare’s play for young audiences. Please note: This production contains haze and loud noises.

IMPENDING EVERYONE (ages 14+) by Michael Andrew Collins, presented by ATYP
June 20 - July 7 at SBW Stables Theatre, 10 Nimrod St, Kings Cross NSW ()
What happens when we have to own up to things we have said—when our anonymity is stripped away? Someone at Elia’s high school has gotten access to all the students’ browser histories. They plan to release them. What do they want? Nothing more than everybody at school finding out who they, and everyone around them, really are. Elia and her friends can’t let this happen; they have secrets that can’t come out, and only one day to stop it. Set at a NSW high school, Impending Everyone explores what happens when we have to own up to things we have said—when anonymity is stripped away and our desires are laid bare.

RAINBOW VOMIT (ages 6+) Created by Amber Haines and Kyle Page, presented by Dancenorth
June 26-27 at Parramatta Riverside Theatres, Parramatta NSW (From $20-$31)
Wearing your very own pair of kaleidoscopic fireworks glasses we invite you to enter a space of tangled imagination, where light and sound collide in an ever-changing landscape of bewilderment and wonder in Dancenorth’s magical production Rainbow Vomit. This interactive, eye-popping dance show will delight audiences. Designed especially for young people, Rainbow Vomit is a place where anything is possible, everything can happen, and much more than colour erupts from the darkness. Suitable for: Ages 6+ and their families


HAMLET: PRINCE OF SKIDMARK (ages 5+) by The Listies, directed by Declan Greene, presented by Sydney Theatre Company
July 4-22 at Everest Theatre, Seymour Centre, cnr City Rd & Cleveland St, Chippendale NSW ()
July 25-27 at Parramatta Riverside Theatres, Parramatta NSW (From $-$)
A blast of Shakespeare for kids. Plus zombies! After winning over everyone who came to see it in 2016, this very cheeky, very clever, utterly irreverent riff on Hamlet – made especially for children – is back for a return season at the Seymour Centre. The Listies, maestros of children’s entertainment, have pulled apart Shakespeare’s classic and glued it back together with hilarious costumes, loads of silliness and plenty of interactivity.

PEARLIE IN THE PARK (ages 3-9) by Wendy Harmer, directed by Margie McCrae, presented by Marian Street Theatre For Young People
July 7-21 at Knox Cultural Centre, between Borambil Street and Woodville Avenue, Wahroonga NSW ()
Everyone has heard of the fairies who live at the bottom of the garden. But did you know that fairies also live in the big city? Of course they do! Pearlie looks after Jubilee Park and it keeps her very busy. Every day she makes the slippery dip slippery, opens all the flowers, polishes the dragonflies' wings, and looks after all the animals who live in the park. But one day she wakes up to find everything topsy-turvy. Hurly-burly! What can have gone wrong? It's up to Pearlie to find out . . . A delightfully funny urban fairy-tale, ‘Pearlie in the Park’ is brought to life by the talented young performers of Marian Street Theatre for Young People and directed by Artistic Director of MSTYP Margie McCrae.
Tickets: https://www.outix.co/tickets/event/pearlie-in-the-park

THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR SHOW (ages 1-7) presented by JWR Productions Australia & Michael Sieders Presents
July 13-14 at The Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre, Penrith NSW ()
4 Classic Stories 75 Magical Puppets. One of the most-read and famous children’s books of all time, The Very Hungry Caterpillar emerges off the page in a masterful theatrical experience for the whole family. Journey through Eric Carle’s incredible stories as they come to life on stage in this enchanting show when it returns to Penrith by popular demand.

THE 78-STOREY TREEHOUSE (ages 6-12) a play by Richard Tulloch, adapted from the book by Andy Griffiths & Terry Denton
July 17-18 at The Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre, Penrith NSW ()
The team behind The 13-, 26- and 52-Storey Treehouses Live on Stage return with the newest, biggest, brightest blockbuster in the series. Andy and Terry’s treehouse just keeps on growing. With yet another 13 levels, it’s now got a Scribbletorium, a high-security potato chip storage facility (guarded by one very angry duck!) and even an open-air movie theatre....

WILDE CREATURES (ages 5+) based on the fairy tales of Oscar Wilde, presented by Tall Stories and Nica Burns Productions
July 19-21 at Parramatta Riverside Theatres, Parramatta NSW (From $24-$31)
Direct from London. Tall Stories (Olivier-nominated producers of The Gruffalo) and Nica Burns take you on a fantastical journey through palaces, forests and beyond in this sparkling new musical adventure. Featuring original live music, imaginative storytelling and a generous dash of comedy your whole family will love seeing the characters from classics like The Happy Prince, The Nightingale and the Rose and The Birthday of the Infanta come to life on stage.

WHICH WAY HOME (ages 14+) by Katie Beckett, directed by Rachael Maza, presented by Ilbijerri Theatre Co and Seymour Centre
July 24 - August 4 at Seymour Centre, cnr City Rd & Cleveland St, Chippendale NSW (Adult $42 / Conc $36 / School bookings $25*)
A road trip comedy 80,000 years in the making. Tash and her Dad are going on a road trip. Home to country, where the sky is higher and the world goes on forever. It’s a long way from the wide streets and big old houses of Tash’s childhood. Two Black faces in a very white suburb. Dad still thinks he’s the king of cool, but he’s an old fella now. It’s time for Tash to take him home. ILBIJERRI is one of Australia’s leading theatre companies creating innovative works by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists telling stories about what it means to be Indigenous in Australia today. Infused with humour and heart Which Way Home draws on writer Katie Beckett’s own memories of growing up with her single Aboriginal father.


MOBY DICK by Orson Welles, Adapted from Herman Melville’s novel, Directed by Adam Cook, presented by Sport For Jove Theatre Co & Seymour Centre
August 9-25 at Seymour Centre, cnr City Rd & Cleveland St, Chippendale NSW (Adult $45 / Concession $36 / School Bookings $26)
Aboard the hauntingly atmospheric ship, the Pequod, an extraordinary adventure unfolds as the single-minded Captain Ahab pursues his revenge. This great American classic is a hymn to the sea and it’s most powerful creature, to whaling lore and legend. This is a work of overwhelming imagination about the great struggle to defeat the nothingness – the whiteness –  the encroaching terror of why we are alive, what is our faith worth, how do we perceive the world? For those who have not read Moby Dick in years or have never wet their feet, it is an example of the very greatest poetry ever put to paper – exquisitely playful, funny, barbaric, soul-shunting and desperate. To see it on stage is a miracle of theatricality, the power of the spoken word, and the skill of the actor. This is an epic story where poetry is the captain of the ocean and of us all.




BIG BAD WOLF (ages 5-10) a Windmill Theatre co-production presented by Riverside Theatres
Oct 9-10 at Parramatta Riverside Theatres, Parramatta NSW (From $-$)
He’s the most misunderstood character in fairy tale history. Put simply he has no friends. But then he does have incredibly sharp teeth, yellow eyes and his own ideas about personal hygiene, and he is the infamous Big Bad Wolf after all. No one likes him. Luckily one girl is brave enough to double check this wolf’s bad press and an unlikely friendship is born. With plenty of audience interaction, this hilarious, table-turning production from acclaimed Australian children’s theatre company Windmill Theatre Co (Grug and the Rainbow, Rumpelstiltskin) will reintroduce the Big Bad Wolf as a vegetarian, poetry-writing, people person and have you wondering why you were so scared in the first place. Playing at Riverside as part of the Spot On Children’s Festival hang out before and after the show in our Courtyard and enjoy our free activities!

EAR TO THE EDGE OF TIME by Alana Valentine, directed by Nadia Tass, presented by Sport For Jove Theatre Co & Seymour Centre
October 11-27 at Seymour Centre, cnr City Rd & Cleveland St, Chippendale NSW (Adult $45 / Concession $36 / School Bookings $26)
A World Premiere, Ear to the Edge of Time is the product of an extraordinary odyssey of discovery and exploration for one of Australia’s greatest contemporary playwrights, Alana Valentine. When a poet writes a contentious verse about the work of a contemporary radio astronomer, he sends her into a life-changing crisis about the role of team work in 21st Century science. The central action of the play is the discovery of a unique double pulsar system, but the drama is about a deeply reluctant gender activist, the culture of contemporary science and the nature of collaborative discovery. Ear to the Edge of Time is the result of extended conversations, interviews and observations of radio astronomers working specifically in the field of neutron star physics both in Australia and Internationally. Suitable for school years 9-12
More detail https://www.seymourcentre.com/events/event/ear-to-the-edge-of-time/

11am Fri Oct 12 at The Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre, Penrith NSW ()
Come and party with stars of ABC KIDS Lah-Lah’s Big Live Band as they celebrate their 10th birthday at The Joan in October 2018. Lah-Lah and the band will be touring their 10th Birthday Party ‘best of’ album through SONY Music, following their 2017 ARIA nominated release Having Fun. It’s an hour of singing and dancing fun, full of Lah-Lah hits and laughs. And don’t forget everyone gets to meet the band, and the instruments, after the show.

SHREK THE MUSICAL - presented by Willoughby Theatre Co
Oct 13-28 at The Concourse, Chatswood NSW (From $49-$61)
Everyone’s favourite ogre is coming to the Concourse stage in the hilarious stage spectacle based on the Oscar-winning, smash hit film.

THE MAGIC PUDDING (ages 3+) by Norman Lindsay, adapted by Vanessa Bates
Oct 23-27 at Parramatta Riverside Theatres, Parramatta NSW (From $-$)
Nov 3 at The Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre, Penrith NSW ()
Celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Norman Lindsay’s classic Australian book The Magic Pudding with this all new and exclusive production from the producers of The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show. Featuring a colourful and lively all puppet cast, you will be mesmerised as the iconic Australian characters Bunyip Bluegum, Bill Barnacle, Sam Sawnoff, and of course their amazing, everlasting and very cantankerous Puddin’ spring to life on stage. Cooked to perfection, this colourful and lively production will leave you hungry for a second helping!


CHARLIE PILGRIM (ages 8+) by Sam O'Sullivan, presented by ATYP
Nov 21 - Dec 1 at SBW Stables Theatre, 10 Nimrod St, Kings Cross NSW ()
Ever wanted to change the past? Charlie Pilgrim does, and she’s about to get her chance to do just that. Have you ever wanted to change the past? Charlie Pilgrim does. And with the prototype of her time machine—The Mobius—ready for a test run, she’s hoping to get her chance. Unfortunately, starting up the machine accidentally creates a closed time loop that adds a new Charlie to the world every 24 hours. With the population rising and group dynamics coming into play, things go from Interstellar to Lord of the Flies pretty fast. To save her soul and prevent the universe from collapsing under the weight of a mounting series of mind-bending paradoxes, Charlie is forced to do battle… with herself.

THE CLIMBING TREE by Rachael Coopes (ages 14+) presented by Riverside Theatres and Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre in association with Australian Theatre for Young People
Nov 22-24 at Parramatta Riverside Theatres, Parramatta NSW (From $20-$34)
It’s Rayleen’s birthday, but she’s not getting excited. She and three other teenagers are caught in an interrogation room. Their lives overlap but their challenges are very different. In this town, the past is with you everywhere you go, looking over your shoulder, whispering songs of survival. It’s hard to live for the moment when you can’t see a future. Particularly when the past keeps closing doors.... Developed over three years as a partnership between Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre and Australian Theatre for Young People, with extensive community consultation, this powerful new play looks at the experiences of generations of teenagers in Bathurst. Part drama, part music, part ghost story, it’s a personal tale that reflects experiences shared in towns across Australia. Rachael Coopes and Guy Webster, part of the creative force behind the multi-award winning Sugarland, bring to life another particularly Australian story.



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Drama classes for young people in Sydney

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http://www.bellshakespeare.com.au/learning/intro Bell Shakespeare 2014 Learning Program
http://www.sydneytheatre.com.au Sydney Theatre Company 2014 Education Program
http://belvoir.com.au/education/ Belvoir St Theatre Education Program
http://www.seymourcentre.com/education/ Seymour Centre Education Program
http://riversideparramatta.com.au/category/education/ Parramatta Riverside Theatres Education program

http://www.activeliteperformers.com.au/ ActIV Elite Performers / Ramsgate
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Acting-Communication-Academy/132632990084027?sk=timeline Acting & Communication Academy / Strathfield NSW
http://www.kaytelewis.com/the-studio/ Acting & Communication Academy / (formerly known as The Studio @MLC ) Strathfield NSW
http://www.actionacting.com.au/ Action Acting / Rozelle
http://theactorshub.wordpress.com/ The Actors Hub Acting School / Northern Beaches, Sydney & Central Coast
http://theactorslounge.com.au/ The Actors Lounge / Rozelle
http://www.agentm.com.au/?page_id=40 Agent M Drama Studio / Freshwater
http://www.open.aftrs.edu.au/schoolholidays AFTRS - Open - Australian Film Television & Radio School / school holiday courses - nr Macquarie Uni 
http://www.allstarz.com.au/ All Starz Performing Arts Studio / Peakhurst
http://www.theartumbrella.com.au/ The Art Umbrella School Of Performing Arts / Caringbah
http://ashfieldyouththeatre.com/ Ashfield Youth Theatre, Ashfield NSW
http://www.atticstudio.com/ Joan Hempel's Attic Studio / Glebe
http://www.aipa.com.au/ Australian Institute of Performing Arts / Naremburn 
http://apac.net.au/about-apac/ Australian Performing Arts College / Castle Hill
http://www.atyp.com.au/workshops Australian Theatre for Young People / Walsh Bay, The Rocks
http://www.blossommanagement.com.au/index.php/drama-school Blossom Drama School / Harbord & Brookvale
http://www.bondiacting.com.au/about-us-2 Bondi Acting / Acting classes for kids, teens & adults / Bondi Junction, Sydney
http://www.brentstreet.com.au/ Brent Street / Entertainment Quarter, Moore Park
http://www.brightsparksco.com/ Brightsparks Co. Performing Arts School / various Sydney locations
http://www.budandblossom.com.au/ Bud And Blossom Creative Theatre For Children / Mosman
http://www.cameraygal.com Cameraygal School of Performing Arts / Lane Cove
http://www.catchingdreamstheatreco.com/about Catching Dreams Theatre Company / Sydney
http://www.eisteddfodparramatta.org.au/home.htm City Of Parramatta City Eisteddford Inc. (Speech  & Drama)  Performances March-June 2014
http://www.dramascene.com.au/ Drama Scene / (includes a Drama Group for children with disabilities) / various Sydney locations
https://www.facebook.com/drawbridgedrama Drawbridge Entertainment / Normanhurst, Galston, Gordon , Thornleigh
http://www.eastsidestudios.com.au/ Eastside Studios / Cronulla
http://www.focusdramaschool.com.au/ Focus Drama School / Sutherland
http://www.furstclassproductions.com.au/drama_classes.html Furst Class Productions / Croydon and Paddington, Sydney
http://greenbugtheatre.com.au/ Green Bug Theatre / Coogee
http://thunderbolttheatre.com Greg Bepper's Thunderbolt Theatre & Film Productions
http://www.helenogrady.com.au/ Helen O'Grady Drama Academy - Sydney - various locations
http://www.hennessyspeechanddrama.com/ Hennessy Speech and Drama Studio / Homebush, Concord & Newington 
http://www.thehillsdramaschool.com.au/ The Hills Drama School / Beaumont Hills, Sydney
http://www.imaginationtheatre.com.au/ Imagination Theatre / School Holiday workshops at Canterbury South, Undercliffe, Tempe, Earlwood
http://www.kidscanact.com.au Kids Can Act Drama Studio - For Kids Of All Ages / Springwood, Blue Mountains NSW
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Kids-Can-Act/319544608218689 Kids Can Act Drama Studio (Facebook) / Springwood, Blue Mountains NSW
http://www.kidzinthebiz.com/ Kids In The Biz Performing Arts Studio / Castle Hill
http://www.kidsupfront.com.au/locations.htm Kids Up Front Drama Academy - numerous Sydney locations
http://www.kindidrama.com/ KindiDrama / Mosman, Sydney
http://www.leilahayesdramastudio.com/ Leila Hayes Drama Studio / Carlingford / Ph: (02) 9871 1482
http://www.mstyp.org.au/ Marian Street Theatre for Young People / Killara
http://www.mayaarts.com.au MAYA Youth Performing Arts / Sydney (not offering classes, but offers involvement in amateur theatre)
http://www.missfruitcake.com.au/workshops/ Miss Fruitcake Drama Workshops / Northern Beaches, Sydney
http://www.no1dramastudio.com.au/ No1 Drama Studio / Sans Souci 
http://www.northshoredrama.com.au/ North Shore Drama / Crows Nest
http://actorscreative.com/northshore-actors-studio-coming-soon North Shore Actors Studio (merging with Actors Creative in Dec 2013) / Belrose
http://www.nida.edu.au National Insitute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) / Kensington 
http://www.naturaltalentdrama.com Natural Talent Drama School / Pittwater Rd Narrabeen / Ph: 0414 269 162
http://www.theperformance.net/ The Performance.net / Forestville, Freshwater, Lane Cove and Mosman venues
http://www.playtimestudios.com.au/ Play Time Studios / Ryde
http://www.pgns.com.au/index.php?page=drama Plie Groove 'n' Shuffle School of Performing Arts / Cromer NSW
http://www.pointbreakdrama.com.au/ Point Break Drama Acting School / Dee Why, NSW
Priscilla Drama School / Pymble, Asquith and Epping locations / Ph: 0447 957 485
http://reactthespacestudio.wordpress.com/ React The Space Studio / Como, Sydney
S.T.A.D.S. Sarah's Theatre and Drama Skills / Picton / Ph: 0415 995 225
http://www.sceneandheard.com.au/ Scene and Heard Acting School / Lane Cove
http://shopfront.org.au/ Shopfront Arts / Carlton
http://www.stage2screen.info Stage 2 Screen / Richmond NSW (Phone: 0448483788) 
http://www.stageartz.com.au/2013WebsiteNew/ Stage Artz Theatre Co and Performing Arts School / Cromer NSW
Stage Door Drama / Avalon Beach / Ph:  (02) 9918 7647
http://www.story-house.com.au/ Story House / Paddington
http://sydneytalentco.com.au/classes.htm Sydney Talent Company / Baulkham Hills, Penrith, Pennant Hills
http://www.tshdrama.com/home.html TSH Drama Productions / Bondi Junction
http://www.wsada.com.au/ The Western Sydney Academy of Dramatic Arts / Parramatta
http://www.wordplaydrama.com.au/index.html Wordplay Drama College / Ryde
http://www.xtract.com.au/ XtrAct Drama Academy (Wyong Shire, Central Coast NSW)