Media Release: Friday, November 27, 2009
Sydney Opera House launches 2010 Kids at the House program
Youth and family audiences up 23%
Sydney Opera House continues to expand its ongoing commitment to young audiences with the release of Kids at the House 2010.
Kids at the House is a unique performing arts program that has become an important staple in the young audiences’ cultural calendar, with ticket sales up 23% over the past three years. 49% of ticket buyers in 2009 were brand new customers to Sydney Opera House.
In 2010, Kids at the House will offer more performances and international productions to young audiences than ever before.
Sydney Opera House will stage 17 different productions, including eight international companies. The program celebrates the work of artists from Australia, Denmark, France, Italy, Japan, Korea, New Zealand and Scotland who all revel in the playground of theatre for young audiences.
Chief Executive Richard Evans said Sydney Opera House was dedicated to an ongoing dialogue with young audiences who are active consumers of the arts in their own right.
“This is reflected in all our programming choices. Kids at the House offers a year-long series of performances and creative experiences driven by what young people want, not by what we think they should have,” he said.
“As a father, I’m aware of the stimulating effect creativity and performance can have on a child. I’m sure every parent will find experiences that will excite their children’s imagination in the 2010 program, perhaps it might even take their own imagination in unexpected and exciting directions.”
The line-up also includes an expanded, fresh new season of the always popular Babies Proms featuring much-loved fairytales, tutus, classical favourites and festive fables which are sure to delight music fans of all ages.
KIDS AT THE HOUSE FACTS & FIGURES
• Total audience numbers: 2006 – 39,000; 2007 – 42,000; 2008 – 43,000 and 2009 – 48,000
• Of the 7500 individual ticket buyers in 2009, 49% were brand new patrons to Sydney Opera House compared to 52% of 6000 buyers in 2008
• Number of different shows: 2007 – 12; 2008 – 15; 2009 – 16; 2010 – 17
• Number of international productions: 2007 – 1; 2008 – 5; 2009 – 7; 2010 – 9
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Kids at the House 2010 Program
Babies Proms: Jack (6 – 14 March)
Sing and clap along with the Babies Proms orchestra as Jack gets into all sorts of trouble with a very big beanstalk.
Apollo 13: Mission Control (20 – 28 March)
Join mission control for this interactive space exploration from New Zealand which gives first-hand insight into a remarkable story of survival.
The Voyage (27 & 28 March)
This interactive mosaic of song and dance depicts the joyous life of the Okinawan people told through the region’s classical dance style and traditional Japanese music.
Cinderella (6 – 24 April)
Scotland’s fairy godmother of puppets Shona Reppe combines traditional and contemporary puppet styles with original music in a witty adaption of this age-old fairytale.
Olga Volt the Electric Fairy (13 – 17 April)
Shona Reppe once again delights young audiences and grown ups alike in this colourful magic family tale told in miniature.
Babies Proms: Lah-Lah’s Adventures (15 – 23 May)
Discover a world of rhythm and dance in a colourful, interactive musical performance where all the characters are instruments.
Babies Proms: The Four Seasons (13 – 18 June)
This rich musical experience featuring traditional songs and the brilliance of Vivaldi’s all-time favourite will leave audiences in awe of Mother Nature.
Helena and the Journey of the Hello (26 June)
Australia’s Terrapin Puppet Theatre combine puppetry, live music, song and an inventive use of mobile phones to portray a young girl navigating her way through difficult times.
Echoa (14 – 18 July)
Two dancers and two percussionists explore how music and choreography work together in this electrifying blend of movement and vivacious Latin beats.
Little Big Shots (7 & 8 August)
Australia’s only international film festival for children returns with a new selection of shorts, animations and documentaries, as well as films made by students themselves.
Hansel and Gretel (14 & 15 August)
Award-winning Danish theatre company Gruppe 38 turns this much-loved tale upside down without sparing the wicked old witch and the wondrous gingerbread house.
Babies Proms: Music Book (21 – 29 August)
Celebrate award-winning children’s books, storytelling and music with the return of this annual Babies Proms event.
When His Watch Stopped (28 August)
Using masked performance, visual art, mime and imagery, this powerful Korean production confronts the anxiety, fear and hopes of children affected by war.
Saltbush – Children’s Cheering Carpet (6 – 16 October)
Performed on a touch-sensitive carpet, this interactive journey through Aboriginal dance, music, song and stories, takes its visual clues from the paintings of artist Delwyn Mannix.
Babies Proms: Music for Tutus (27 October – 14 November)
Back by popular demand, grab your tutu and dance on down to the Utzon Room as a beautiful ballerina and her partner point and pirouette their way through some of Tchaikovsky’s well-loved ballets.
The Man Who Planted Trees (27 November – 5 December)
This captivating Scottish adaption of Jean Giono’s classic environmental fable combines comedy, puppetry and the sensory effects of wind, mist and smells to show how one man (and his dog) can make a difference.
Babies Proms: The Three Kings (11 – 19 December)
Join the orchestra to sing the best of the festive season carols and songs in a Christmas musical pageant that celebrates the beauty of caring and giving.