Enjoyable exhibits for audiences of the long run – youngsters 

AS a part of an meant transfer away from subscription season to a membership-based mannequin, Canberra Theatre Centre has disbursed with its annual sit-down season launch in favour of staggered bulletins. 

First cab off the rank is a line-up of exhibits for audiences of the long run – youngsters. 

Newish head of programming Dan Clarke says his program seeks to astonish the younger with gravity-defying circus acts, puppetry, spectacle and music.

“Air Play”, coming in late February with sibling circus performers Seth Bloom and Christina Gelsone and kinetic sculptor Daniel Wurtzel, will characteristic umbrellas flying excessive, materials hovering over the viewers, balloons swallowing individuals and snow filling the stage – and a little bit of comedy. Billed as an “journey by a surreal land of air” for ages 5-105, the present focuses on actual individuals doing actual issues.

“The materials grow to be our aerialists, helium balloons grow to be juggling props, and the highly effective followers gracefully defeat the identical gravity circus performers work so onerous to beat,” the 2 performers say. 

The primary week of March sees the one-man “micro-epic” puppet present take the stage in “The Adventures of Alvin Sputnik: Deep Sea Explorer”, for ages 10+. Created by Tim Watts, the solo present employs a mix of puppetry, stay and recorded to inform a narrative about love, loss and heroism in a post-eco apocalyptic world. 

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“The scientists have tried every little thing… A final-ditch effort to save lots of the human race requires journeying down by the mysterious depths of the deep blue sea to discover a new place for us to stay,” Watts says of a journey he hopes might be “emotional, uplifting, touching and humorous”. 

The week following “Alvin Sputnik”, the identical firm brings “New Proprietor”, a brand new present involving puppetry, aimed toward ages 7+. Youngsters will love the truth that it’s advised by a canine’s eyes, as Bart, a boisterous pet within the animal shelter, is chosen by Mabel, a lonely widow, and a friendship ensues. 

Circus returns in early April as “360 Allstars” take the stage in a present for ages 7+. An city circus drawn from avenue tradition, it’s carried out by artists and athletes to a stay soundtrack of hits and is backed with spectacular video projections.

Alison Lester’s well-known image guide, “Are We There But?”, involves life in late July with a play of the identical identify for ages 3-10. As within the guide, 8-year-old Grace and her household head off on a hilarious expedition throughout the nation, visiting landmarks alongside the best way, such because the Nice Australian Bight, Uluru, Surfers Paradise and, after all, the Sydney Opera Home. The present is filled with songs, laughs and quokkas. 

Speaking of quokkas, the week after that would be the musical extravaganza “Hiccup!” appropriate for ages 4-8, by which a camper, a quokka and an emu with very unusual consuming habits awake to find {that a} koala has come down with a cussed case of the hiccups. They have to work collectively to discover a remedy earlier than the solar comes as much as cease the hiccups. 

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If you’re on an excellent factor, follow it, so audiences are certain to welcome again Monkey Baa Theatre Firm because it reprises the hit manufacturing “Possum Magic” to have a good time its fortieth birthday in mid-September. 

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Ian Meikle, editor