Sydney Opera House
Wednesday 17 November, 2010
Opera House launches 2011 KIDS AT THE HOUSE Program
Opera House invites young hearts and minds on a wild
ride in the Kids at the House 2011 Program.
the year, little adventurers will splash with mermaids,
swirl with flamenco dancers and sing with a chamber
choir. With over 17 productions, this diverse program
caters for 2 year-olds to teens, offering international
and Australian story-telling from fairytales, the
Dreamtime and Shakespeare through to contemporary
Executive Richard Evans said, Sydney Opera House
believes young people need access to the creative
arts as much as they need access to recreational play.
sure all parents will find experiences that will spark
their childrens imagination in the 2011 program.
They may even find that the program takes their own
imagination in unexpected and exciting directions,
of Education and Performances for Young People, Bridgette
Van Leuven says, In 2011, Kids at the House
offers an exciting and dynamic program of the worlds
leading artists who present inspiring and challenging
works for young people, their families and carers.
2011, Sydney Opera House celebrates the 30th year
of the popular Babies Proms series. Taking place in
the intimate setting of the stunning Utzon Room and
the acoustically dynamic Studio venues, Babies Proms
allows children to get up close and interact with
performers in a relaxed and friendly environment.
For the first time ever, two special Family Proms
productions have been created to showcase the Concert
Hall; one featuring music by Nick Jnrs Lah-Lahand
their big live band, and the second featuring the
Sydney Symphony Orchestra.
well as nurturing the imagination, Sydney Opera House
is also looking after young tummies. During school
holiday periods in 2011, a dedicated Kids Café
on the Western Boardwalk will offer healthy and hearty
food and drinks, along with stunning harbour views
for the whole family.
Kids at the House 2011 Program
and Lolas Best Bestest Play (From 17 December)
Watch everyones favourite brother and sister
(as seen on ABC television) be brought to life by
a magical mix of puppets, live action and music with
Britains Polka Dot Theatre.
Proms 1: I Wanna Be a Mermaid (26 February
Be inspired to dance and sing under the sea with the
rhythms and humour of vocal and percussion ensemble
Lear (9 April)
In a one-woman tour de force, actress and acclaimed
clown Susanna Hamnett (Canada) braves the darkest
storm in English literature to transform Shakespeares
King Lear from the sunny and sensitive perspective
of the Fool.
and My Shadow (9 17 April)
Fantastical imagery, physical theatre, an original
score and innovative lighting combine in this tale
about a young girl and her shadow from Adelaides
Patch Theatre Company.
Prom 2: I See (Ngarrany Nhama Dätiwuy Ngath I
Man) (5 15 May)
Through song and dance, the Ancestor Spirits share
the Dreamings. These stories, handed down through
generations, serve to introduce little ones to Indigenous
nations around Australia.
from Above (9 16 June)
In this gentle experience for the very young, children
and families huddle together under stars in a purpose-built
tent for a sensory journey through what it means to
be little in a remarkable world.
Proms: Lah Lahs Big Live Band (25 & 26 June)
Under the grand sails of Sydney Opera House Concert
Hall, children and families help Lah-Lah and Buzz
the Band Leader create the biggest and grooviest big
band in town.
Incognitus (12 24 July)
Circus legend Jamie Adkins finds weird and wonderfully
acrobatic ways to overcome his fear of public speaking.
Some stories are told to scare us, some are told to
make us brave. This original physical theatre piece
leaps off from Little Red Riding Hood to explore the
role of fear in our lives.
Proms: Sydney Symphonys Family Classics (6 August)
Spark some young interest in live orchestral music
as the Sydney Symphony and Sydney Sinfonia rip through
some child-friendly Mozart, Beethoven and Tchaikovsky.
Proms: Music Book (9 19 August)
Favourite stories burst into life on screen with music
by the Babies Proms Orchestra.
Big Shots (6 7 August)
Australias only major film festival for children
returns, featuring new Australian and international
shorts, animations and documentaries.
Forest (3 4 September)
In this interactive piece of contemporary dance theatre,
light and sound transform the space so that kids can
observe nature and experience the seasons.
Proms 4: Flamenco Fiesta (9 21 September)
Palmas (hand-clapping) and percussion will have everyone
on their feet in this swirling gypsy story from the
south of Spain.
Gruffalo (24 September 8 October)
A mouse took a stroll through a deep, dark wood...and
stumbled across this magical musical adaptation of
Julia Donaldson and Axel Schefflers award-winning
Ballad of Pondlife McGurk (26 November)
Scotlands award-winning Catherine Wheels Theatre
Company delivers a touching coming-of-age tale of
friendship, bullying and betrayal.
Proms 5: Christmas Bells (29 November 11 December)
Kick off the fun and festivities by singing along
with a special Christmas chamber choir.
CONTACT: Helene Fox, Publicist, Sydney Opera House
02 9250 7805 / 0412 085 032 / firstname.lastname@example.org
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Oprah Winfrey Show - important information
note that only ticket holders for the tapings of The
Oprah Winfrey Show can access the Sydney Opera House
site on Tuesday 14 December.
will be no public access to the site for non-ticket
holders. This includes access via both Circular Quay
and the Botanic Gardens. It will not be possible to
see or access The Oprah Winfrey Show taping from the
Royal Botanic Gardens.
you do not have a ticket to the tapings please avoid
coming to Sydney Opera House as there will be large
crowds in this area. Your co-operation is greatly
holders are encouraged to use public transport. For
information on public transport visit 131500.com.au
or call 13150.
you must travel by car please allow extra time for
your journey and be aware that Wilsons Sydney
Opera House car park may be busier than usual. For
information on clearways and road access visit http://www.rta.nsw.gov.au/newsevents.
note that tours of Sydney Opera House will not operate
on Tuesday 14 December. The main box office will also
be closed for general ticket sales but patrons attending
The Nutcracker on 14 December can collect pre-purchased
tickets from the main box office from 5pm onwards.
Tickets for all other performances can be purchased
by calling +61 2 9250 7777 or via our website.
14 September 2010
FIRST: SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE TO HOST THE OPRAH WINFREY
during her daily talk show broadcast from Chicago,
Oprah Winfrey let her worldwide fan base know that
her show is coming to the Sydney Opera House.
14 December, Oprah Winfrey, who Forbes calls the worlds
most powerful entertainer, will tape her show from
the Sydney Opera House Forecourt. This will be the
first time The Oprah Winfrey Show including
the entire audience, has travelled outside of North
Opera House CEO, Richard Evans, today said, I
am thrilled Ms Winfrey has chosen the symbol of our
nation as the backdrop to this unique broadcast. Ever
since Paul Robeson stood on the steps and sang to
construction workers in 1960, Bennelong Point has
played host to many of the worlds greatest performers
Opera House is a place of imagination and transformation
this December we transform from Opera to Oprah House.
Richard Evans went on to say, I must congratulate
our staff, Tourism Australia, Qantas, Tourism New
South Wales, Tourism Queensland, Tourism Victoria,
and Network 10 that have brought this unique event
Winfrey will be travelling with her loyal audience,
all of whom will participate in a variety of unique
Australian experiences. The House is one of the busiest
performing arts centres in the world, with more than
2,600 performance and events annually and an estimated
7.4 million people visiting the precinct each year.
Currently over 320,000 people each year take a guided
tour of the Houses seven venues and its restaurants,
bars and retail outlets on Bennelong Point.
information about ticketing for the Sydney Oprah
House event is available at ten.com.au/oprah
note: Sydney Opera House is not managing the ticket
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