ANGELINA BALLERINA THE MOUSICAL
In an all-singing, all-dancing musical theatre show, children’s book and television favourite Angelina Ballerina will perform live in a brand new ‘Mousical’ at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre from 8 to 12 January 2014.
With three more weeks of school holidays, I bet you’re looking for something else for the kids to do! You know my first choice is ALWAYS live theatre, which we balance very well I think, with swimming, running, building sandcastles, climbing trees, cooking, baking, crafting, colouring mandalas, painting, gardening, talking with the chooks, de-cluttering, cleaning, dancing, singing and reading. Phew! I know! Sometimes we even see something new at the cinema. We LOVED Frozen, despite its slow start! Have you seen it yet? What did you think? You see, we don’t do real TV – we haven’t watched commercial television for three years – so we’re really good at finding things to do at home, but if there’s a live theatre option we opt for it first!
Sometimes I wonder whether or not Poppy is too old now for “children’s holiday theatre”, you know, for example ANGELINA BALLERINA THE MOUSICAL. This is what I figure. She loves shows. She loves seeing a live performance, she loves the whole experience of going to the theatre, and she loves discussing the show afterwards. Also, important to note, this particular production draws on a clever reference to Dancing With the Stars, which Poppy (and certainly the children who watch commercial television on a regular basis) are familiar with. Sadly, without normal TV we don’t keep up with the real thing, despite our mate, Dan MacPherson hosting it! But when we worked with White House Celebrations to present Dancing With The Local Stars at The Events Centre, Caloundra, in 2011 for Hear and Say, Poppy was right there with us, at rehearsals and at the final fundraising gala event sound check, along with Todd McKenney and our local identities. There will be plenty of much younger children at QPAC tomorrow but I know Poppy will LOVE Angelina Ballerina The Mousical!
Angelina Ballerina The Mousical transports audiences to Chipping Cheddar, as Angelina and friends discover that Camembert Academy has won the opportunity to appear in their favourite television program ‘Dancing With Mice!’. It feels like a dream come true – but when the girls and boys have very different ideas for the show and just can’t seem to agree on anything, it’s up to Angelina as Dance Captain to ensure that the show goes ahead.
The national tour and Australian premiere of Angelina Ballerina The Mousical is based on award-winning children’s book series by author Katharine Holabird and illustrator Helen Craig. Angelina Ballerina was first launched in 1983 and has since garnered huge international acclaim, with over 20 books published and an animated television series broadcast in Australia, UK and US amongst other countries.
This brand new stage show is written and directed by Miranda Larson, with music by Barrie Bignold, choreography by Matthew Cole and set and costume designs by Isla Shaw.
The Mousical is produced by Nick Brooke Ltd (The Gruffalo, The Tiger Who Came To Tea) and BOS Productions Ltd (The Railway Children, An Inspector Calls). Director Miranda Larson has written for both theatre and television with TV credits including Thomas the Tank Engine and theatre credits for scripts and lyrics including Bob The Builder Live and Little Princess Live on Stage. Composer Barrie Bignold has been a conductor and musical director of various West End shows including Some Like It Hot and Little Shop of Horrors and has written for children’s television shows including The Tweenies and Sooty. Choreographer Matthew Cole has worked on various productions including BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing and Qdos Entertainment pantomime Aladdin.