Holiday fun takes the stage
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