Shows & Workshops

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Commedia Viva | Il Frutto Magico | Capitano Spacca Zucchini | The 4 kens
Musica! Musica! |Pinocchio | Black Nonnas | Roving Characters | Workshops


PINOCCHIO

*all ages
Come on a journey with masked characters Arlecchino and Pulcinella as they lead the audience into the world of Carlo Collodi’s classic tale of “Pinocchio” -the mischievous wooden puppet who wanted to be a real boy.

Masks, Puppets, Music and Audience participation are just some of the treats in this dynamic performance.

cost $7:00 per student
Minimum show fee $875 (125 students or less)

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IL FRUTTO MAGICO!

Audience participation to the max!
Using masks, folk music, puppets, and outrageous props. Two crazy storytellers present this hilarious retelling of a medieval fable of a spoilt, smelly prince (cursed by the Fairy Witch Fata Morgana) and his quest to find the magical fruit. Along the way he learns to enjoy his new found passion for dancing and enjoying his life. Using lots of audience participation and repetitive use of Italian vocabulary, the performance builds to a grand finale with everyone clapping and dancing the Tarantella.
“Never have I seen so many children dying to be involved and showing so much dramatic talent!" – Geoff Havel, yr 5, Kinross Primary School
(Suitable Pre- primary To High School - Duration 55 minutes)
(Request extended time to include question and answer session.)

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Technical requirements:
30 Minutes bump in / bump out
Stage area 4m x 5m
5 chairs
1 small table
Change area – i.e. Store room or similar (not toilets)
Cost: $7.00 per student, minimum show fee $875.00 (125 students or less)
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COMMEDIA VIVA!

See the characters interact
Meet the characters of the Commedia dell’Arte; agile Arlecchino, lazy Pulcinella, blustering Capitano, miserly Pantalone, pompous Dottore, the swooning Sweethearts, and others. Learn historical background and social context of early theatre as you laugh, watch skits, followed by question and answer session, time permitting.
(Suitable Upper primary To High School - Duration 55 minutes)
“Students and teachers were in pain from laughing so hard!!” – Ms Lucia Panaro, LOTE teacher, Gosnells Primary School
“Exactly what the students needed to see. It has inspired their performance work” – N.Diggins, Drama, Mt Lawley High School

Technical requirements:
30 Minutes bump in / bump out
Stage area 4m x 5m
1 chair
1 small table
Change area – i.e. Store room or similar (not toilets)
Cost: $7.00 per student, minimum show fee $875.00 (125 students or less)
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MUSICA! MUSICA!

Be entertained as you learn, join in some songs + movements
Take your class on an entertaining musical tour of Italy, as two Italian village street singers play a variety of traditional instruments. Explore the sounds and strange stories of Italian folk music, from the passionate rhythms of the Tarantella to the haunting harmonies of the mountain songs of the north-festive carnival songs from the village piazza of the last century!

“Excellent tie in with language and curriculum. Fantastico!” – M Dannock, LOTE, South Coogee Primary School.
(Suitable Pre -primary To High School - Duration 55 minutes)
Technical requirements:
30 Minutes bump in / bump out
Stage area 4m x 5m
Whiteboard and marker
1x Microphone + stand
Change area – i.e. Store room or similar (not toilets)

cost $7:00 per student
Minimum show fee $875 (125 students or less)

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CAPITANO SPACCA-ZUCCHINI

A classic Commedia Dell’Arte scenario
Capitano Spacca Zucchini is based on traditional Commedia Dell’Arte shows, using all the main characters of commedia in a plot that is part soap opera, part comedy and totally off the wall.
Follows the story of the two lovers Isabella and Flavio, about to marry and live “happily ever after”, until the unfortunate arrival of Capitano Spacca Zucchini! Meet the agile Arlecchino, Pulcinella the starving servant, Pantalone the greedy treasurer, bumbling Dottore, wise maid Colombina. Includes music, song, Italian vocabulary, question and answer.
(Suitable Upper primary To High School - Duration 55 minutes)
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The 4 Kens

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Council workers carrying out ridiculous tasks and have the occasional “Smoko “(designated workers health break), they can sing, drink tea and wear a lot of zinc!

“We are the 4 kens
We are councilmen
and we wear really bright orange clothes
we have lots of fun
working out in the sun
with a blob of zinc cream on our nose”

Armed with their fluoro vests, danger tape and musical instruments, they are guaranteed to be a traffic stopper at your event!
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Roving Characters

Capture the mystery and romance of the Venetian carnival, our masked characters will add a uniquely theatrical element to your event.
Characters interact with the audiences or parade through the space while playing music. See Gallery for more roving characters. Also includes the Black Nonnas.

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Workshops & Professional Development

There are several options for workshops, depending on your requirements (1,2 hours, all day, all semester etc.).

We have a wide range of experience and techniques to offer including; 
  • Commedia Dell'Arte
  • Archetypes & Characters
  • Clowning
  • How to use the mask
  • Improvisation
  • Lazzi & Carnovacci
  • Medieval Jester
  • Neutral Mask
  • Old People, Lovers, Zanni, Capitano
  • Puppetry
  • Slapstick Comedy
  • The function of the characters
  • Theatre Games

For a Commedia Dell'Arte workshop we typically cover:
  • Social context of Commedia Dell'Arte
  • Basic moves and voices of the main stock characters - Status and interactions.
  • Scenario preparation in groups by students, -Viewing  with interjections by tutor/s.

The cost is $160 for a one hour workshop and then $100 per hour after that.

Please call us to discuss your needs and we will give you a quote.
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