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2012 Event Media Release - Kids at the House


Tuesday, 6 December 2011



Sydney Opera House today announced the 2012 Kids at the House season, a year-long program of theatre, music, multi-media, dance and creative play for children aged 2 – 15 years.

There are 16 performances throughout the year including four Babies Proms shows for our youngest audiences aged 2 – 5.

Highlights include Angelina Ballerina performed by the Royal New Zealand Ballet and White, a production designed as an introduction to theatre for 2 – 4 year olds. Interactive theatre continues to grow in popularity and the 2012 season features an exciting choose your own adventure show called Escape from Peligro Island where the audience are given controllers to determine the path the show will take.

Sydney Symphony Family Classics returns for a second year with two special performances in the Concert Hall, designed to introduce children to their first full orchestra experience.

Also returning is Little Big Shots Film Festival for its seventh year, featuring brand new films, many of which are made for children by children.

During the school holidays, the hugely popular Creative Play Area returns in the Western Foyers each school holidays. Here children are encouraged to join in a range of fun and educational activities for free.

Sydney Opera House Head of Education and Young People, Bridgette Van Leuven said “2012 is indeed an adventurous and fun filled year for kids and their families at the House.  The free creative play program during each school holidays allows young people to explore their own creativity through inquiry based learning which makes for a deeper engagement and quality based experience when you visit Sydney Opera House.”

In 2012 Sydney Opera House will provide an access program, which includes a number of inclusive performances for young people and their families to experience the magic of live performance and Creative Play. There will be autism-friendly performances, pre-show sensory touch tours of the stage prior to a show for young people who are blind and vision-impaired and targeted performances for young people.


Angelina Ballerina’s Big Audition (20 – 24 December)
Angelina Ballerina, the little star with big dreams who is adored by children around the world, opens the season with Angelina Ballerina’s Big Audition in the Concert Hall.

White (22 – 26 February)
An original story for 2 – 4 year olds, this visually beautiful production is perfect first time theatre experience. White recently toured to the New Victory Theatre in New York and London’s Southbank Centre.

April School Holidays: Escape from Peligro Island (19 – 28 April)
This is ‘choose-your-own-adventure’ theatre, where the audience are given their very own handheld controller and a responsible for steering the narrative of the play – no two shows are the same.
Free Creative Play activities will be offered in the Western Foyer before and after each show.

Sydney Symphony Family Classics (13 May & 4 November)
1. POULENC Babar the Little Elephant / BRITTEN The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra
2. WAGNER The Flying Dutchman Overture / SAINT-SAENS Danse Macabre / BORODIN Polovtsian Dances

July School Holidays: More Fun Than A Wii (3 – 8 July)
A ridiculously cool show for cool kids by Australian theatre company, The List Operators. Nominated for Best Show in the 2010 Barry Awards at Melbourne International Comedy Festival, this show speaks to young people using the languages they understand.

Little Big Shots Film Festival (28 – 29 July)
A weekend of local and international children’s shorts, animations, documentaries and child-produced films, many of which have been produced by young people themselves.

Man Covets Bird (18 August)
From the award-winning theatre company, Slinsby comes a life-affirming show and coming of age journey about flying from nests, birdsong and the nature of man and wild things. Winner of the 2010 RUBY Award for Best New Work.

September School Holidays: The Gruffalo’s Child (24 September – 6 October)
The team behind the hugely popular stage version of The Gruffalo present this piece of physical theatre, music and puppetry, delivering songs, laughter and scary delight for children aged 4 and up.

October School Holidays: Boxy George (3 – 13 October)
An intimate puppetry experience designed by Danish theatre company, Teater Refleksion for 5 – 10 year old’s. Their previous production Songs From Above, sold out in the 2011 Kids at the House program.

Honey Spot (10 November)
One of Jack Davis’ most celebrated theatrical works, Honey Spot is a play about friendship and its power to bring world and cultures together. A striking original score performed live on cello and didgeridoo, this is an iconic piece of Indigenous theatre for adults and children alike.


1. The Four Seasons (15 – 25 March)
2. Music For Tutus (3 – 13 May)
3. Nursery Rhymes (13 – 23 September)
4. ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas (4 – 16 December)

Tickets on sale: Friday, 9 December 2011
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