Hol­i­day fun takes the stage

Central Leader - - School Holiday Activities -

Pop­u­lar New Zealand chil­dren’s au­thor Mar­garet Mahy’s mag­i­cal tale about a fam­ily and their very un­usual pet comes to life on stage in Septem­ber.

Tim Bray Pro­duc­tions presents The Dragon of an Or­di­nary Fam­ily at The Pump­House from Septem­ber 29 to Oc­to­ber 11, with a spe­cial sea­son for schools and preschools run­ning un­til Septem­ber 26.

The two-week sea­son for schools and preschools of­fers greatly re­duced ticket prices and free tick­ets for teach­ers - one per 20 chil­dren, and a free teach­ers’ re­source guide packed with class­room ideas to do be­fore and af­ter the show.

The Dragon of an Or­di­nary Fam­ily is a mag­i­cal show, with heaps of fun and lots of au­di­ence in­ter­ac­tion and will ap­peal to a wide age range of boys and girls aged three to 10.

It fol­lows the mag­i­cal ad­ven­tures of a fam­ily with a very un­usual pet. As the lit­tle dragon grows big­ger, it be­comes clear that dragons should not be kept as pets!

Be­cause the dragon grows and grows, the pro­duc­tion uses four dif­fer­ent types of pup­petry and cos­tum­ing.

It stars Ju­lian Wil­son as the Dragon and other char­ac­ters, Todd Emer­son as Or­lando Bel­saki, Paul Glover as Mr Bel­saki, El­iz­a­beth Tier­ney as Mrs Bel­saki and Aruna Po-Ching as var­i­ous char­ac­ters.

The set and lighting de­sign is by Sean Coyle, and the cos­tumes are de­signed by Chantelle Ger­rared, both of whom de­signed Tim Bray Pro­duc­tions’ last two shows at the Pump­House, The Owl & the Pussy-Cat and The Twits.

The Dragon of an Or­di­nary Fam­ily is the fourth in a se­ries of pro­fes­sional chil­dren’s the­atre pro­duc­tions pre­sented by Tim Bray Pro­duc­tions in 2008.

De­cem­ber will fea­ture the re­turn of the ever-pop­u­lar The Santa Claus Show.

“This is our fourth pro­duc­tion this year and we are thrilled to see au­di­ence at­ten­dance grow­ing at great rate. In 2007 our au­di­ence grew by a stag­ger­ing 108 per­cent on 2006 and this year has seen us al­ready draw the same at­ten­dance as last year’s with two shows still to go,” says Tim Bray.

The Dragon of an Or­di­nary Fam­ily plays at The Pump­House, Taka­puna, from Septem­ber 29 to Oc­to­ber 11 at 10.30am and 1pm with a gala open­ing on Satur­day, Septem­ber 27, at 7pm. There are no shows on Sun­days and chil- dren are en­cour­aged to dress up as dragons or other un­usual pets.

Mara­gret Mahy will at­tend the gala open­ing on Septem­ber 27 at The Pump­House, and also the free low decile school show on Fri­day, Septem­ber 26, which has been funded by the David and Genevieve Be­croft Foun­da­tion.

To book for The Dragon of an Or­di­nary Fam­ily, phone (09) 489-8360 or on­line at www.pump­house.co.nz. Book­ings for the schools sea­son, run­ning un­til Septem­ber 26 can be made by phon­ing (09) 360-2265 or email­ing info@tim­braypro­duc­tions. co.nz.

Dur­ing the school hol­i­days, Tim Bray Pro­duc­tions is also pre­sent­ing re­turn sea­sons of the very pop­u­lar Pippi Long­stock­ing at How­ick Lit­tle The­atre from Septem­ber 29 to Oc­to­ber 4 and at Hawkins The­atre, Pa­pakura, from Oc­to­ber 7-11.

Pippi Long­stock­ing is at How­ick Lit­tle The­atre from Septem­ber 29 to Oc­to­ber 4 with per­for­mances at 10.30am and 1pm daily ex­cept on Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 3, which has a 1pm per­for­mance only; and at the Hawkins The­atre, Pa­pakura from Oc­to­ber 7-11 with per­for­mances at 10.30am and 1pm daily. Book at iticket on (09) 361-1000 or on­line at www.iticket.co.nz.

Tal­ented cast: El­iz­a­beth Tier­ney, Paul Glover, Ju­lian Wil­son, Dragon, Todd Emer­son, Aruna Po-Ching. Photo: NICK CLARKE PHOTOGRAPHY LTD

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