Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Disney On Ice presents Magical Ice Festival - Review

I was given tickets to check out this show by the great people at Cavanagh PR. All opinions are my own.




Last week I borrowed a child (and her mother, and another of my friends) and we headed to Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne to see Disney On Ice presents Magical Ice Festival! We had a great time!




Before the show we were lucky enough to be invited into the VIP room. There was colouring in, and balloons and face painting.
















Despite what you may think, face painting is NOT just for the kids!








We got to meet MICKEY MOUSE!






 
After gathering our supplies of fairy floss, it was time to head into the arena. The ice stage was set!




We sat back and relaxed and let the world of Disney entertain us. After a strange start where they did some Vogue-ing under the sea, we saw the story of The Little Mermaid. After that was Tangled, complete with Maximus the Horse! (How someone skates as the back end of a horse is beyond me)








After a short interval it was a Tale As Old As Time, Beauty And The Beast! The attention to detail was wonderful, with props being slid onto the ice and also popping down from the scaffold above. The lighting was also great and really helped to set the scene.

The finale was, of course, Frozen! The audience was mainly kids, and even though you could tell when they realised what the other stories were, when they realised it was time for Frozen, they almost raised the roof! Seriously, they were SO excited. Especially the girl behind me who had spend the first three quarters of the show loudly asking 'Where's Elsa?'

I took only one picture of the Frozen sequence, it's the one above and I took it mainly because there are BEES! (Look closely, you'll see them, I promise!) The rest of this bit had all the best bits from the movie, snow, ice, Sven, Olaf. The way they did the part where Anna gets frozen and re-warmed was really clever. There was even more spectacular lighting and pyrotechnics too.

The bad news is that Disney On Ice presents Magical Ice Festival has already melted down the stage and left Melbourne, but the great news is that they are going to be freezing things up at Newcastle and Sydney next! Go with your kids, go with your grandparents, just GO!


Tickets are available here. What are you waiting for?

*Newcastle Entertainment Centre 8 – 10 July (Fri - Sun)

* Sydney- Allphones Arena 13 – 17 July (Wed - Sun)

*denotes school holidays

Tickets from $34.50*

*When tickets are purchased with cash at the box office. Ticket price includes GST & Booking/Inside Fee. Additional Transaction & Credit Card Fees may apply. Additional discounts apply on select performances.



For more information and to view a clip from the show visit www.DisneyOnIce.com.au


Friday, June 24, 2016

You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown - Review

I was given tickets to check out this show by the lovely people at Cavanagh PR. All opinions are my own.

I gathered a few of my favourite people and we headed to the Alex Theatre in St Kilda to see You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown on Wednesday.

The verdict? We loved it!

Seriously, what a fun show! Slick choreography, a beautiful set and clever costumes made for a top night out.

I had never seen it before, and aside from knowing it was based on the Peanuts comic strip I had no idea what to expect. What we got was a great show full of energy, catchy songs and wonderful performers. I think my favourite song was Suppertime, but I also really loved 'My Blanket and Me'. My only criticism is that there was no live band in the theatre, although the cast had spot on timing to the backing tracks.

There's no real storyline, but it whizzes along at such a pace that it seems that it doesn't need one. Lots of adorable little scenes. The set is very clever too, basic, but with a Schulz signature! Stairs up the back that convert into things like pianos. Two screens with loads of different pull down curtains to make school buses and music rooms. There was wonderful choreography that made use of the whole stage, and the cast popped in and out from different spots when you least expected it. And the costuming? It was awesome! They made it look like they were WEARING cartoon outfits!




Charlie Brown was played by Cameron MacDonald, Lucy by Courtney Glass, Schroeder was Joshua Robson, Linus portrayed by Adam Porter, Charlie's sister Sally was played by Sarah Morrison. It was Luigi Lucente who stole the show though, he played Snoopy.



I saw the show with a contingent of adults, but there were lots of kids there and they all seemed to love it as much as we did! Given that tickets start from just $25, I reckon you would be mad not to grab your Linus blanket and take your family these school holidays!


You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown is playing at the Alex Theatre in St Kilda (it's right across the road from the tram/light rail that comes from the city, so it's super easy to get to) until July 2nd. (There's heaps of matinees!) Tickets are available from Ticketek.




Monday, June 13, 2016

Giveaway! Menopause The Musical - Women On Fire!

Menopause The Musical - Women On Fire is coming to Melbourne and we have two tickets to give away to one lucky reader! Read on to find out how.






It's playing at the Athenaeum Theatre. Collins Street Melbourne from Wednesday 13th July. You can get tickets from Ticketek.


The absolute smash hit Menopause The Musical is back with all new choreography and starring  ‘leggy’ superstar Jackie Love along with the return of Caroline Gillmer (Underbelly), Donna Lee (Beauty & the Beast) and Lena Cruz (Priscilla The Musical).  Renowned Director & Choreographer Tony Bartuccio gives a fresh and contemporary edge to the worldwide smash celebrating women and the change!


The original Menopause The Musical debuted in Melbourne in 2005 for a six week season which was extended to six months.  The show then went on to tour other capital cities for five years and was seen by 980,000 theatre goers across the country.  Worldwide, it has been seen by 11 million people since it first opened in Florida, USA, in 2001.

Menopause The Musical follows the story of four women who meet at a lingerie sale and discover they have plenty in common, including memory loss, night sweats, hot flushes, too much sex, not enough sex and much more!





If you loved the original, or even if you didn't see it last time, I think you're gonna love Menopause the Musical - Women On Fire. Tickets are available from Ticketek and start from just $41 (plus fees)

We have a double pass valued at $82 to give away and it's pretty easy for you to try and win it.
2. Fill out the form below with your details (So I can contact you if you win. No spam, I promise)
3. Write a poem about menopause in about 25 words. You'll get bonus points if it's a haiku.




If the form won't load, which some people have told me happens in some browsers, just click here and it should work. Let me know if you're still having problems!)

The answer that amuses our judge the most will win.
Competition is open until Sunday 19th June at 8pm. The winner will be notified shortly after that.
Good luck!





Menopause the Musical  - Women on Fire in MELBOURNE 2016

VENUE:           Athenaeum Theatre

Dates               From Wednesday 13 July

Tickets            www.ticketek.com.au or Box office: 9650 1500         


Saturday, June 4, 2016

Giveaway! You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown - The Musical

You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown is a Broadway musical and it's coming to Melbourne this month, just in time for the school holidays!

Read on to find out how you can try and win tickets for your family to see it...


You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown was nominated for four Tony Awards in 1999, and it won two! It's a fun, fresh approach to an age old story about a Boy and his Beagle.



They've put together a pretty great cast for this. I've seen lots of these people in other things and Luigi in particular is amazing! Alongside Charlie Brown (Cameron MacDonald - Currently Georgy Girl) and Snoopy (Luigi Lucente - Rocky Horror Show, Jersey Boys) on stage are their pals Lucy (Courtney Glass-  Jekyll and Hyde) Schroeder (Joshua Robson - Les Miserables); Linus (Adam Porter - Scooby Doo Live and Yo Gabba Gabba) and Charlie’s sister, Sally (Sarah Morrison -recently seen as the lead in Ladies in Black at MTC)

It's showing at one of Melbourne's newest theatre for musicals, the Alex Theatre in St Kilda. I saw a show there last year and it's a lovely, intimate little theatre, I'm looking forward to seeing this show!  

And you can see it too! It's showing from June 21 until July 2nd which means it's on during the school holidays. Lots of the show times are during the day, so pack up your kids and head to St Kilda and make a day of it. May I suggest some fairy floss at Luna Park afterwards? It is just down the road from the theatre.

Tickets start from just $25 and are available from Ticketek

But... I have a family pass (FOUR tickets, valued at $120) to give away to one lucky Chickens and Bees reader!

All you need to do is:

1. Make sure you're 'liking' Chickens and Bees on Facebook.

2. Fill out the form below with your details (So I can contact you if you win. No spam, I promise)

3. In the form, tell me in about 25 words which member of the Peanuts gang is your favourite and why.

(If the form won't load, which some people have told me happens in some browsers, just click here and it should work. Let me know if you're still having problems!)

The answer that amuses or confuses our judge the most will win.

Competition is open until Sunday 12th June at 8pm. The winner will be notified shortly after that.

Good luck!









You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown - The Musical

Dates: June 21 to July 2, 2016

Venue: Alex Theatre, Theatre 1
           135 Fitzroy St, St Kilda. Phone: 03 8534 9300

Tickets: www.ticketek.com.au or phone 132 849.

Price: Tickets: from $25
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