A play by Finegan Kruckemeyer
Based on the book by Alison Lester AM
Come on an adventure to Magic Beach these Easter School Holidays as Alison Lester’s classic book comes to life on stage in a wonderful world of text, song, light, puppetry, shadow and movement.
Every year, an everyday family go on a beach holiday. This isn’t just any beach – it’s Magic Beach, where everything you can imagine becomes real. But this year is different. As the eldest child begins to grow up, does she have to leave the magic behind?
From the team behind The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo’s Child, this new Australian adaptation by multi award-winning playwright Finegan Kruckemeyer is a celebration of the power of the imagination and the differences that make every child special.
General Public: Suitable for ages 3 – 12 and their families
Groups: Suitable for Vacation Care, Preschool/Early Learning Centres, Playgroup, Daycare and Home School Groups, aged 3 – 8 and their supervisors
We strongly recommend all staff and visitors (12 years and older) wear masks inside The Joan.
Cast & Creatives
Alison Lester / Book Author and Adaptation Consultant
Finegan Kruckemeyer / Playwright and Adaptor
Liesel Badorrek / Director
Isla Shaw / Set, Costume and Puppet Designer
Gail Priest / Composer and Sound Designer
Nicholas Higgins / Lighting Designer
Kate Betcher / Sally
Jade Fuda / Lucy
Alex Packard / Danny
Sharna Galvin / Company Stage Manager
Adrienne Patterson / Assistant Stage Manager
James D Morgan / Production Stills
12 Apr 2021 12:00 pm
12 Apr 2021 6:00 pm
13 Apr 2021 10:00 am
13 Apr 2021 12:00 pm
13 Apr 2021 2:00 pm
HOME SCHOOL GROUPS
(1 free supervisor per 10 children)
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Vacation Care and Childcare Centre Bookings and Resources
Vacation Care, Childcare Centre and Home School Group Performances
Magic Beach is recommended for Vacation Care, Preschool/Early Learning Centres, Playgroup, Daycare and Home School Groups, aged 3 – 12 and their supervisors. The performances include:
Monday 12 April at 12pm and 6pm
Tuesday 13 April at 10am, 12pm and 2pm
55 minutes (No interval plus 15 minute Q&A following the performance on Monday 12 April at 12pm)
To book this production for your Vacation Care, Preschool/Early Learning Centres, Playgroup, Daycare or Home School Group, please click here and complete our School Holidays Booking Form.
To discuss your groups booking further, please contact Box Office on (02) 4723 7600 or email@example.com
Click here to download the Magic Beach NSW Curriculum Links
Teachers Resource Kit
Click here to download the Magic Beach Teachers Resource Kit
For additional resources including online media resources, please visit CDP’s Education Website here. It is free for all registered teachers and home school teachers to sign up and access the materials!
Alison Lester – Book Author and Adaptation Consultant
Alison Lester AM is a bestselling Australian author and illustrator who has published over 25 children’s picture books (including Imagine and Noni the Pony) and two young adult novels.
In 2018, Alison was the first children’s author to win the Melbourne Prize for Literature. In 2005, Lester won the Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Picture Book of the Year for her children’s book, Are We There Yet?: A Journey Around Australia. Alison was Australia’s Inaugural Children’s Laureate from 2011 to 2013. Alison’s books have been published worldwide and are beloved by generations of children.
Since its first publication in 1990, Magic Beach has sold over 400,000 copies and continues to sell strongly with 75,000 copies sold in the last 2 years. A true Australian classic, Magic Beach mixes imaginary worlds with everyday life, encouraging children to believe in themselves and celebrate the differences that make them special.
Alison lives on a farm in the Victorian countryside, and she tours extensively to schools across regional Australia to help students and teachers develop their own stories.
Finegan Kruckemeyer – Playwright and Adaptor
Adelaide-based Finegan Kruckemeyer is one of Australia’s most critically acclaimed playwrights. His 92 commissioned plays have been performed on five continents and translated into eight languages. He has received 35 awards (at least one each year since 2002) including the 2017 Mickey Miners Lifetime Achievement Award (for services to international theatre for young audiences), the 2015 David Williamson Award for Excellence in Australian Playwrighting, and an inaugural Sidney Myer Creative Fellowship.
To date, Finegan’s plays have had seasons in: 200 international festivals; all Australian states/territories; eight US national tours; five UK national tours; and at the Sydney Opera House (six works), Scotland’s Imaginate Festival (four works), New York’s Lincoln Center for the Arts (three works), DC’s Kennedy Center for the Arts (three works), Ireland’s Abbey Theatre (two works) and Shanghai’s Malan Flower Theatre (two works).
Kate Betcher – Sally
Born and raised in suburban Sydney, Kate was drawn to the performing arts from a young age. She first studied dance for many years, before switching her focus to singing and acting. After finishing high school, Kate was accepted into WAAPA (Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts) to study a Bachelor of Arts in Acting.
After graduating from WAAPA and returning to Sydney, Kate has found herself on Australian screens and stages, appearing in iconic soap Home and Away and films directed by some of Australia’s most renowned directors, Russell Mulcahy and Bruce Beresford. She also debuted the new Australian play Thai-Riffic! with The Theatre Division and starred as May in Patina Productions’ Fool for Love to excellent reviews.
Kate has always loved improvisation and was lucky enough to participate in a Groundlings workshop, run by co-founder Phyllis Katz in 2018, and since then Kate has studied and begun performing stand-up comedy.
Some of Kate’s screen credits include The Other Guy (Stan), Ladies In Black (dir. Bruce Beresford), In Like Flynn (dir. Russell Mulcahy) and theatre credits Les Misérables (Packemin Productions), Coriolanus (dir. Michael Jennings) and A Tale of Two Cities (WAAPA). After a worldwide break from live performances, Kate is thrilled to be able to tour with Magic Beach to share her love of theatre with Australian audiences once again.
Jade Fuda – Lucy
Jade is a Sydney based actor and director with a Bachelor of Performance from the Australian Academy of Dramatic Art. Jade has spent many years performing in Theatre In Education work including The Wollemi Warrior Adventure with Entertainment Blue Mountains and A Bright Light In The Darkness with Blue Whale Theatre, which she toured all over Australia and New Zealand.
In 2018 Jade was accepted into the Stella Adler Art of Acting studio where she completed the Acting for Film and TV intensive. Upon her return, Jade continued her directing studies in NIDA’s ‘Directing Actors for the Stage’ course.
Jade had the privilege of directing AKIO! a new Australian Children’s play at Hayes Theatre Co in 2015, and later remounted it for an adult audience for Bondi Feast in 2019 with Bare With Me Theatre Co.
Some of Jades acting credits include: Just Short Break on a Hafgufa (Fingerless Theatre), A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Tempest (Fingerless Theatre), PLAYLIST (Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, Siren Theatre Co.), Breaking Bread (Weatherboard Theatre Inc.), Romeo and Juliet (Bard on the Beach), Rhinoceros (Jetpack Theatre Co.) and The Seagull (Hurruh Hurrah/The Hot BLOODed Theatre Co.).
Alex Packard – Danny
Alex is an actor originally from Canberra. He is a 2013 graduate of Charles Sturt University’s Bachelor of Arts (Acting for Screen and Stage), and has studied under a number of acting and performance teachers in Sydney where he now lives.
Having toured nationally a number of times, Alex is very excited to get back on the road, this time with Magic Beach. Other tours include: Possum Magic (Monkey Baa), Alice In Wonderland (Sydney Festival and Michael Sieders Presents) and a theatre in education tour with Brainstorm Productions.
Other theatre credits include: Lulu: A Modern Sex Tragedy (NIDA), The Van De Maar Papers (An Assorted Few), Blackrock (Seymour Centre and White Box), All Good Things (ATYP), Drift (ATYP and Two Peas), The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged (Bindle Brothers).
Alex played the lead role in Metroscreen and Azure Productions’ award-winning short film Oasis, airing on ABC, and is featured in the SBS short film Cherry Season. Alex co- produced The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged with Bindle Brothers and worked as production assistant for The Nether (Catnip Productions).
Click here to download three Magic Beach colouring-in activity sheets. Print it out and get creative with pencils, crayons and textas.
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