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2011 Event Media Release - Kids at the House 2011

ISSUED Wednesday 17 November, 2010

Sydney Opera House launches 2011 KIDS AT THE HOUSE Program

Sydney Opera House invites young hearts and minds on a wild ride in the Kids at the House 2011 Program.

Throughout the year, little adventurers will splash with mermaids, swirl with flamenco dancers and sing with a chamber choir. With over 17 productions, this diverse program caters for 2 year-olds to teens, offering international and Australian story-telling from fairytales, the Dreamtime and Shakespeare through to contemporary animated favourites.

Chief Executive Richard Evans said, “Sydney Opera House believes young people need access to the creative arts as much as they need access to recreational play.

I’m sure all parents will find experiences that will spark their children’s imagination in the 2011 program.  They may even find that the program takes their own imagination in unexpected and exciting directions,” he said.

Head of Education and Performances for Young People, Bridgette Van Leuven says, “In 2011, Kids at the House offers an exciting and dynamic program of the world’s leading artists who present inspiring and challenging works for young people, their families and carers”.  

In 2011, Sydney Opera House celebrates the 30th year of the popular Babies Proms series. Taking place in the intimate setting of the stunning Utzon Room and the acoustically dynamic Studio venues, Babies Proms allows children to get up close and interact with performers in a relaxed and friendly environment.  For the first time ever, two special Family Proms productions have been created to showcase the Concert Hall; one featuring music by Nick Jnr’s Lah-Lahand their big live band, and the second featuring the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.

As well as nurturing the imagination, Sydney Opera House is also looking after young tummies. During school holiday periods in 2011, a dedicated Kids’ Café on the Western Boardwalk will offer healthy and hearty food and drinks, along with stunning harbour views for the whole family.

Kids at the House 2011 Program

Charlie and Lola’s Best Bestest Play (From 17 December)
Watch everyone’s favourite brother and sister (as seen on ABC television) be brought to life by a magical mix of puppets, live action and music with Britain’s Polka Dot Theatre.

Babies Proms 1: I Wanna Be a Mermaid (26 February – 13 March)
Be inspired to dance and sing under the sea with the rhythms and humour of vocal and percussion ensemble Coco’s Lunch.

Nearly Lear (9 April)
In a one-woman tour de force, actress and acclaimed clown Susanna Hamnett (Canada) braves the darkest storm in English literature to transform Shakespeare’s King Lear from the sunny and sensitive perspective of the Fool.

Me and My Shadow (9 – 17 April)
Fantastical imagery, physical theatre, an original score and innovative lighting combine in this tale about a young girl and her shadow from Adelaide’s Patch Theatre Company.

Babies Prom 2: I See (Ngarrany Nhama Dätiwuy Ngath I Man) (5 – 15 May)

Through song and dance, the Ancestor Spirits share the Dreamings. These stories, handed down through generations, serve to introduce little ones to Indigenous nations around Australia.

Songs from Above (9 – 16 June)
In this gentle experience for the very young, children and families huddle together under stars in a purpose-built tent for a sensory journey through what it means to be little in a remarkable world.

Family Proms: Lah Lah’s Big Live Band (25 & 26 June)

Under the grand sails of Sydney Opera House Concert Hall, children and families help Lah-Lah and Buzz the Band Leader create the biggest and grooviest big band in town.

Circus Incognitus (12 – 24 July)

Circus legend Jamie Adkins finds weird and wonderfully acrobatic ways to overcome his fear of public speaking.

Wolf (30 July)

Some stories are told to scare us, some are told to make us brave. This original physical theatre piece leaps off from Little Red Riding Hood to explore the role of fear in our lives.

Family Proms: Sydney Symphony’s Family Classics (6 August)
Spark some young interest in live orchestral music as the Sydney Symphony and Sydney Sinfonia rip through some child-friendly Mozart, Beethoven and Tchaikovsky.

Babies Proms: Music Book (9 – 19 August)

Favourite stories burst into life on screen with music by the Babies Proms Orchestra.

Little Big Shots (6 – 7 August)
Australia’s only major film festival for children returns, featuring new Australian and international shorts, animations and documentaries.

The Forest (3 – 4 September)
In this interactive piece of contemporary dance theatre, light and sound transform the space so that kids can observe nature and experience the seasons.

Babies Proms 4: Flamenco Fiesta (9 – 21 September)
Palmas (hand-clapping) and percussion will have everyone on their feet in this swirling gypsy story from the south of Spain.

The Gruffalo (24 September – 8 October)
A mouse took a stroll through a deep, dark wood...and stumbled across this magical musical adaptation of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s award-winning picture book.

The Ballad of Pondlife McGurk (26 November)
Scotland’s award-winning Catherine Wheels Theatre Company delivers a touching coming-of-age tale of friendship, bullying and betrayal.

Babies Proms 5: Christmas Bells (29 November – 11 December)
Kick off the fun and festivities by singing along with a special Christmas chamber choir.

MEDIA CONTACT: Helene Fox, Publicist, Sydney Opera House
02 9250 7805 / 0412 085 032 /     

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