Theatre For Schools 2019

About NORPA’s Theatre For Schools program

Do you remember the first time you experienced the magic of a live theatre show? Ask any playwright, actor or theatre maker and it’s often their early exposure to the theatre that had a profound effect on them.

Each year NORPA puts together an exciting program of shows that inspire, educate and engage with young people of all ages. We connect with pre-schools, primary, high schools and home-schoolers across the region.

We offer student group prices (teachers complimentary), provide teacher resources specific to each show, and organise additional activities such as workshops, opportunities to meet the cast and educational visits to NORPA.

For more information please contact our Education Coordinator or our Box Office.

Secondary


Dreamland

A NORPA production
Performance dates and times, TBC

Dreamland is a dreamscape of life in regional Australia. A newbie wanting to hire the hall interrupts the ubiquitous late night committee meeting. A crash course in local history involves a number of axes and an unexpected lesson in the virtues of partner dancing!

Transporting us through different waves of settlement, from the Big Scrub, to hippies and tree-changers, Dreamland explores how communities adapt to change and renew themselves.

Dreamland is for all of us who have come here to invent a new life; it’s a celebration of place, told through song, dance and humour.


Much Ado About Nothing

Wednesday 25 September, Time TBC

Claudio and Hero are deeply in love. Beatrice and Benedick would rather swap sassy insults than sweet nothings — their banter betraying their love and loathing of each other.

However Claudio is quickly seduced by envy and this idyllic world threatens to come tumbling down as he humiliates Hero. Beatrice and Benedick must join forces to defend true love — even if they can’t recognise it in themselves.

Much Ado About Nothing is one of Shakespeare’s contemporary comedies where romance is thwarted by dastardly plots, misinformation, false accusations, broken promises, and bumbling cops. Or is it?

Secondary


Serenades for Strings

ACO Collective
Friday 25 October, Time TBC

The ACO is renowned for embracing celebrated classics alongside new commissions and Serenades for Strings is no exception.

A romantic program of the finest classical music from Beethoven to Mendelssohn mixed with an exciting new Australian work; composer Paul Stanhope’s Dancing on Clouds from the Hush 18 Collective Wisdom album.

Helena Rathbone, Principal Violin and founding Director of ACO Collective, celebrates her 25th year with the ACO and leads a magical night that will take you from Edward Elgar’s tranquil Serenade for Strings to Beethoven’s delightful and optimistic Romance for violin and orchestra.

Primary


Roald Dahl’s The Twits

Tuesday 20 August and Wednesday 21 August, 11am

Mr and Mrs Twit, the most horrible people ever to live on the stage of the earth! How unpleasant is Mr Twit, a hairy-faced, grubby and messy old man! How mean-spirited Mrs Twit, whose once pretty face, now ugly and reflecting her consumption of nasty thoughts!

Being the delightful humans they are, Mr and Mrs Twit spend their days playing dirty tricks on each other. Mrs Twit puts worms in Mr Twit spaghetti – yuck! Mr Twit convinces Mrs Twit has the dreaded shrinks – how mean! Insults are flying left, right and centre and a tag game of revenge and out-trickery is never- ending.

Meanwhile, Muggle-Wump, a poor little monkey is held captive by Mr Twit. Obsessed with putting on The Great Upside-Down Monkey Circus, Mr Twit relentlessly trains Muggle-Wump to perform death defying stunts, punishing the monkey as he sees fit. Poor little Muggle-Wump.

But! Fate changes for Muggle-Wump with the arrival of Roly-Poly, a glorious bird full of grace and pomposity. Together a plot is devised to secure Muggle-Wump’s freedom and punish The Twits forever.

Join us for the world premiere season of this new adaption of The Twits, it is Roald Dahl in his purest form — unsentimental, grotesque and a lot of fun!

This comedy of rebellion and justice is a super high energy combination of storytelling, puppetry and physical theatre.