Families can look forward to fun outdoor performances of Peter Pan in Neverland and HONK! Jr when they light up the stage of the Fairfield Amphitheatre, 19 – 23 January 2021.
“We are so excited to be presenting some of the first live theatrical productions for families following the challenges we all faced in 2020” said Director Robert Coates. “It’s going to be such a delight for audiences, and our talented young cast members alike, to come together in person again and share the magic of theatre. Both of these shows are a perfect fit for the amazing ambience of the Fairfield Amphitheatre, we can’t wait to welcome audiences there in the open air this January.”
Presented by the Young Australian Broadway Chorus (YABC), HONK! Jr is a heart-warming celebration of being different, with music by George Stiles and the book and lyrics by Anthony Drewe (Mary Poppins). Based on the story The Ugly Duckling by Hans Christian Andersen, the full musical HONK! won the Olivier Award for Best Musical in 2000. Audiences of all ages will delight in this musical full of sparkling wit, unique charm and laughter, which has been adapted for 60 young performers.
Directed by Robert Coates and choreographed by Jacqui Green, both credited with Cats, Wicked and Wizard of Oz to name a few, HONK! Jr is set to be a magnificent musical to enjoy outdoors with the family, across ten performances to choose from.
Also coming to the Fairfield Amphitheatre is Peter Pan in Neverland. Presented by the Victorian Youth Theatre (VYT) and adapted by Robert Coates, follow the journey of Wendy and Michael as they land in the fantastical world of Neverland. Along with fairy friend Tinkerbell and Peter’s merry band of Lost Boys, the trio embarks on adventures to outsmart the evil Captain Hook. An enchanting tale of never letting go of the wonderment of childhood. Suitable for ages 4+, Peter Pan in Neverland is directed by actor, playwright and producer Roby Favretto. Choose from eight magical performances to revel in.
The YABC has recently presented sell-out seasons of Broadway hits CATS (2020), Les Misérables (2019), Wicked (2018), as well as many previous productions. VYT has presented the successful Melbourne and regional tour of Alice In Wonderland.
Photo credit: HONK! Jr, James Gillot