Children’s Christmas story with a twist
IT’S the original Christmas story told with a twist, which members of the Macquarie Conservatorium Youth Music Theatre will take to the stage on Sunday and Monday, November 27 and 28 in a show to delight the whole family.
In the final stages of rehearsal at Macquarie Conservatorium the enthusiastic group of Dubbo children aged 7 to 12 years will perform “Straw and Order” described as a lawfully good Christmas musical for children.
“In this fun musical for kids and families, we have all the Christmas story characters and costumes – the three wise men, angels, shepherds, a donkey, “says director Camilla Ward.
“But the story takes the form of a “Law and Order” style investigation to find out what really happened in that stable so long ago.”
In a courtroom in Bethlehem, Judge Grump is far from happy with the complaining cows and a denying donkey. As Judge Grump encounters quarreling innkeepers, self-important wise men, cool shepherds, some dancing sheep and a spectacular angel choir, everything starts to become clear and the story of Christmas unfolds…...
Led by director Camilla Ward and musical director Raelene Burn, the young performers are part of a popular program at Macquarie Conservatorium introducing children to the skills and thrills of music theatre.
“Our Youth Music Theatre Program gives children the chance to develop their singing, acting and movement, through fun training activities, and by rehearsing and performing in their own shows,” say musical director Raelene Burn.
“It’s an enjoyable and creative activity for kids,” says director Camilla Ward.
“The students really enjoy expressing themselves and working together with other kids on a big project. We do two productions a year, telling stories through music and drama, using physical theatre, and simple costumes and props.”
Their entertaining Christmas musical this November has toe-tapping songs and plenty of comedy, and is ideal for kids of all ages and their families. As well as their Sunday afternoon show, two shows on Monday morning for school and pre-school groups have been scheduled, and one is already sold out.
“We do these shows in school time to reach more children and give them the opportunity to see their peers perform in live theatre,” says Macquarie Conservatorium Director, Vivienne Winther. Straw and Order Macquarie Conservatorium Sunday, November 27 at 4pm and Monday, November 28 at 10.00am (sold out) and 11.30am (Schools show).
Tickets are $5 each and can be purchased at the door. Visit www.macqcon.org.au for more information and bookings.
Cast members from the Macquarie Conservatoriums Youth Musical Theatre during a recent dress rehearsal.