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Sunday March 27, 2011

Wendy Preston

Don't miss this massive mix of entertainment from puppetry to dance and comedy, writes Wendy Preston. Magic will be woven in theatres across Sydney these school holidays as kids and families are transported to far away lands, revisit classic tales, go back in time - even as far as the Dreaming - and have their funny bones tickled.The Gruffalo's Child goes on her first solo adventure in the deep, dark wood searching for the Big Bad Mouse in this the musical sequel to The Gruffalo. It suits ages four and up and plays at the Seymour Centre in Chippendale at 10am and noon on Friday 8 and Saturday 9, Tuesday 12 to Saturday 16 and Monday 18 to Thursday 21. Afternoon performances are at 3pm on Saturday 9, 16 and Wednesday 20 and at 6pm on Wednesday 13. All tickets cost $25, groups of six or more $21 each (02) 9351 7940.Me and My Shadow from Patch Theatre Company uses shadow puppetry, physical performances and an original score to tell of a young girl who becomes friends with her shadow. It suits ages four and up. There is also a Creative Play Area with free fun and educational activities before and after the show. It plays at the Sydney Opera House from Saturday 9 to Sunday 17 (not Monday 11) at 10am and 12.30pm. Tickets cost $27 (02) 9250 7777.Nearly Lear is the retelling of Shakespeare's tragedy through the eyes of Lear's devoted clown, Norris. It is a one-woman show by Susanna Hamnett, who uses storytelling, music, song and film to introduce young audiences to Shakespeare while remaining true to the spirit and language of the play. It suits ages 12 and up and plays at the Sydney Opera House on Saturday 9 at 12.30pm and 5pm. Tickets cost $27 (02) 9250 7777.The Art Gallery of NSW (02) 9225 1744, has free performances exploring art on weekdays. At 11.30am in the first week, Bronwyn Vaughan presents a theatrical storytelling journey, Aditi and Her Rickshaw. In the second week (not Friday), children's illustrator David Legge presents People and Portraits.At 1.30pm in both weeks, there are Chinese cultural performances. The weekly free Sunday performances at 2.30pm continue in the school holidays and there are art workshops for kids aged three to 13.Z for Giraffe is based on the true story of a little giraffe brought to Paris by river, sea and land as a gift for the King of France in 1826. This production, presented by Sydney Puppet Theatre, suits ages four and up and includes different styles of puppetry. It plays at Marian Street Theatre in Killara from Monday 11 to Saturday 16 at 11am and 12.30pm. Tickets cost $15 or $12.50 each for groups of four or more (1300 306 776).The Sydney Comedy Festival presents two shows for kids and families at Parade Studio, NIDA, at Kensington. The Gigalees Crazy Circus Show includes vaudeville and physical comedy for kids under 12. It plays from Monday 11 to Saturday 16 at 10.30am. Tickets cost $17 or $60 for a family of four (02) 9020 6966. The Kids Comedy Showcase has stand-up comedians presenting family-friendly humour. See this at noon on Monday 11 to Saturday 16 and Monday 18 to Thursday 21. Tickets cost adult $17, concession $13 and a group of six or more $13 each (02) 9550 3666.The Puppeteria Theatres in Randwick and Castle Cove present the Jeral Puppets in three holiday shows. The Owl and the Pussycat Went to Sea and Little Red Riding Hood suit ages two to five and feature nursery stories and songs. The puppet double feature for ages three to nine is Jack & the Beanstalk and Aladdin's Lamp. These play at alternating theatres from Monday 11 to Thursday 21 (not Saturday 16) at 10.30am and 1.30pm. Tickets cost adult $13 and child $10 (02) 9371 7328.Actor on a Box: The Dreaming from STC Ed is created and directed by Leah Purcell. Performer Angeline Penrith shares Purcell's stories of her past and those passed on to her through storytelling, music and movement. This production suits ages three and up and plays at the Sydney Theatre from Tuesday 12 to Saturday 23 (not Sunday 17) at 10am and 12.30pm. Tickets cost $12 (02) 9250 1777.The Magical Adventures of Jonathan Dolittle is an interactive show in the British panto style with magic, puppets and comedy (ages three to 10). It plays at the Zenith Theatre in Chatswood from Tuesday 12 to Thursday 14 at 10am and 2pm. Tickets cost adult $16.50, child $11 and a family $44 (02) 9777 7555.The Sound of Music, presented by the Chatswood Musical Society, has your favourite songs and characters from the classic musical film. It plays at Pymble Ladies' College from Wednesday 13 to Saturday 16 at 7.30pm with a 2pm matinee on the Saturday. Tickets cost adult $32, concession $27, children $20 (1300 662 212).The Night Zoo is about seven-year-old Jamie who dreams of making friends with animals. When she discovers the Night Zoo, her dream comes true. It suits ages three to nine and plays at the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre in Penrith on Friday 15 and Saturday 16 at 10am and noon. Tickets $15 or $48 for group of four (02) 4723 7600.

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