Another popular children’s book comes to life on The Playhouse stage this June as part of Geelong Performing Arts Centre’s Love Central Geelong Family Magic Program.
Josephine Wants to Dance is a brand new Australian musical from Monkey Baa Theatre Company, based on the hugely popular picture book by Jackie French and Bruce Whatley.
Josephine is a kangaroo – who loves to dance. Her little brother, Joey, tells her that kangaroos don't dance, they hop – but Josephine continues to point her toes and leap through the air.
When a ballet troupe comes to the sleepy town of Shaggy Gully, Josephine learns that there is another way to dance – ballet. As the ballet company prepares to perform, Josephine sneaks into town to peer through the window as the dancers rehearse, watching for hours and hours as they perfect their routine. Then Josephine goes home and practices all night, all alone, until she knows the dance by heart. She desperately wants to dance like the ballerinas in pink tutus and silk ballet shoes.
On the day of the first performance the ballet company is in trouble: the prima ballerina has twisted her ankle and the understudy has a splinter in her toe! Who could dance the lead role? Who else could leap that high? Josephine's talents are called upon to help save the day. Can she do it, and more importantly, does it matter that she's a kangaroo?
From the award-winning team behind Pete The Sheep - comes another hilarious tale of a bush animal you'll never forget. Josephine Wants to Dance is a delightfully funny tale that looks at the importance of believing in yourself and realising your dreams. It’s perfect for children aged 4-9 and their families.
There will be two performances in the Drama Theatre, at 12 and 2.30pm on Saturday 16th June, followed by free craft activities in the foyer. Tickets are $22 each or $20 for groups of four or more. Book at gpac.org.au or phone Box Office on 5225 1200.
"Monkey Baa isn't just about putting good books on stage. They show kids how ideas and characters can be translated from one artform to another. They take them on an adventure of the mind and spirit” - Jackie French