School holidays are well on its way and that means it is time for some family fun. Don’t have any plans? Do not fret, Ticketmaster family friendly events are in abundance this time of year with shows such as Annie playing at the Civic till the 2nd of July and The Wiggles live in concert on the 5th of July. All our family friendly shows appeal to both adults and children making it a great excuse for a family outing. What better way to escape the cold winter nights!
We have an impressive line up of shows heading to our shores; we decided to list our top 5 picks.
June 24- July 2, Civic Theatre Auckland
For those unfamiliar to the store-line, Annie is a young girl living in a miserable orphanage run by a tyrannical Miss Hannigan. Her seemingly hopeless situation changes when she finds herself in the lap of luxury with the wealthy Oliver Warbucks. Annie, a girl with fiery character and determination believes her parents are still alive and will one day return to claim her. So, when Mr. Warbucks adopts her she asks the most powerful man in America to help find her real parents and he agrees. But soon the story takes a sinister turn when a kidnap plot is cooked up putting Annie in great danger. One question lingers, will Annie remain under the care of Oliver Warbucks? Find her real parents? Or go back into the arms of Miss Hannigan?
2) The Wiggles – Apples and Bananas Tour
July 5, ASB Theatre Auckland
July 7, Civic Theatre Rotorua
July 9, TSB Showplace, New Plymouth
The Apples and Bananas tour features songs from their new Apples and Bananas CD and DVD from “This Old Man,” to “The Wheels on the Bus,’ all with The Wiggles unique musical touch. Wiggles songs play a prominent part in many young-lings lives, and with their most recent CD and DVD hit number one on the I-tunes chart show (for Hot Potatoes, The Best of The Wiggles), the latest Wiggles hits such as “Do the Propeller” and “Simon Says” are just as popular as anything over their vast 23 year history. The Apples and Bananas tour will feature new hits as well as Wiggle classics such as “Hot Potato” and “Rock a Bye Your Bear”. The Fab Four of fun will be joined by our favourite; Dorothy the Dinosaur, Captain Feathersword, Wags the Dog and Henry the Octopus!
3) Margaret Mahy’s The Man Whose Mother was a Pirate
July 4-8, Bruce Mason Centre Takapuna
Coming to life with a colorful stage adaptation of The Man Whose Mother was a Pirate follows Sam who is an ordinary person who wears an ordinary suit and ordinary shoes. He works in an ordinary, neat office writing down figures all day and underlines them. But Sam’s mother is definitely not an ordinary woman, Sam’s mother is a pirate and she wants to sweep him away to sea! What will Sam do? You will just have to watch the show to find out!
4) Goldilocks and the Three Bears
July 14-19, Bruce Mason Centre Takapuna
This classic tale needs no introduction or explanation, many of us grew up with Goldilocks and her three bears; a bowl of porridge and a broken chair. One thing is for certain, we could never get sick of reading or watching Goldilocks and the Three Bears; bringing adults nostalgia and the younger generations and look into a classic story. While the bears have taken on quite a transformation over the years; from big and grizzly to cute and cuddly, the stage adaptation stays true to the story-line, delighting adults and children alike with its colorful imagery and great story telling prowess.
5) Disney On Ice: Treasure Trove
August 8- 10, Vector Arena Auckland
Come along on a journey to discover endless treasures with Disney On Ice presents Treasure Trove! This much anticipated event will play host to classic favourites such as Buzz Lightyear, Woody and Jessie. Set sail with Peter Pan, the always sassy Tinker Bell, and the cantankerous Captain Hook and his pirate pals as they head on an adventure beyond Never Land! Trek the wilds of Africa with your favourites from ‘The Lion King’ as they discover the true meaning of the ‘Circle of Life.’ Join in the party with Alice and the Mad Hatter as they march with the Queen of Hearts’ Army Of Cards. Get ‘Tangled’ with Rapunzel and Flynn and enter the worlds of your other favourite Disney princesses – Snow White, Jasmine and our personal favourite Mulan! Be sure to see this show full of memories guaranteed to last a lifetime. A gem for every generation!
That concludes our list – five great shows among many to keep audiences of all ages entertained during the school holidays. Be in quick to get your tickets!