Josephine Wants to Dance

Based on the book by Jackie French and Bruce Whatley

Venue 114
Fri 31 August 2018

Time: 10.30am and 12.30pm
Tickets: Single ticket $20 / Group of 4 minimum 2 kids $70 / Under 2 on the knee for free / *School group prices available - please contact Box Office 5413 1400
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A story about dreams, believing in yourself ... and a dancing kangaroo. 
From the award-winning team behind Pete The Sheep, The Peasant Prince and Diary of a Wombat, comes another hilarious tale of a bush animal you'll never forget. 
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 spun, she swirled and pirouetted dreams… and at the end she always curtsied. She desperately wanted to dance like the ballerinas in pink tutus and silk ballet shoes! 
On the day of the first performance the ballet company was in trouble: the prima ballerina twisted her ankle and the understudy had 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? 
A delightfully funny tale that looks at the importance of believing in yourself and realising your dreams. 
Adapted by - Eva Di Cesare, Sandra Eldridge and Tim McGarry 
Director - Jonathan Biggins 
Composer - Philip Scott 
Choreographer - Tim Harbour (courtesy of the Australian Ballet) 
Designer - James Browne 
Lighting designer - Emma Lockhart-Wilson 
"Monkey Baa writers Eva Di Cesare, Sandie Eldridge and Tim McGarry are dab hands at adapting books for young audiences" Deborah Jones, The Australian
“Monkey Baa Theatre Company has made its reputation with delightful stage adaptations of well-known children’s books...” Jo Litson, Scene and Heard 
"Monkey Baa isn't just about putting good books on stage. They show kids how ideas and characters can be translated from one art form to another. They take them on an adventure of the mind and spirit". Jackie French 
Genre: Theatre for young people
Duration: 45 minutes no interval
Recommended for school and family audiences aged 4+
*School workshops may be available - please contact Box Office 5413 1400
*Please note this is a flat floored venue 
Venue 114
Friday 31 August
10.30am and 12.30pm
Tickets: Single ticket $20 / Group of 4 minimum 2 kids $70 / Under 2 on the knee for free / *School group prices available - please contact Box Office 5413 1400

As part of the First 5 Forever program run by Sunshine Coast Libraries, a gift bag including a copy of the book will be given to all ticket buyers. The First 5 Forever Program is supported by the Queensland State Library and Queensland Government. 

This touring project is supported by the NSW Government through Create NSW and by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.

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