CBCA Picture Book adaptation for Book Week & Literacy Week

book-adaption

Available term 3

About the show:

Each year, in celebration of Book Week and Literacy Week, we adapt one of the books shortlisted for the Childrens Book Council of Australia’s Picture Book of The Year Award.

We create a 40 minute musical production including original songs and puppetry.

This year’s chosen book is Gary by Leila RudgeGary by Leila Rudge

Gary is a book about a pigeon unable to fly but dreams of exploring the world – until the day he falls into an adventure of his very own.

This little pigeon will encourage students to look beyond limitations and embrace their differences.

 

Key Learning Areas: Literacy, Drama, Dance, Music, SOSE

Suitable for: Prep to Grade 6

 

Pricing:

$8.80 (exc. GST) per student.

Please note there is a minimum of $880 (exc. GST) for up to 100 students

 

Our previous adaptations:

2016 - Mr Huff
by Anna Walker

2016 Mr Huff by Anna Walker

"Wonderful that children are exposed to such relevant mental health issues through quality drama."
St Columba Anglican School, Port Macquarie, NSW

"Excellent opportunities for all children to participate."
"Age appropriate to help embed learning how to manage emotions."
St Stephen's College, Upper Coomera, QLD

"I have one particular student who often experiences 'the huffs'. You made his day. ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT!!"
Gayndah State School, QLD

"Absolutely fabulous!! Thank you. Super message - great lesson in life."
St Oliver Plunkett School, Cannon Hill, QLD

"It truly was the best shortlisted book performance I have ever seen."
Iona Public School, Woodville, NSW

"The interpretation of the book was fantastic and presented at a level that engaged all students, Prep to Grade 6."
Lightning Reef Primary School, VIC
2015 - The Stone Lion
by Margaret Wild and Ritva Voutila

2015 The Stone Lion by Margaret Wild and Ritva Voutila

“Great children's show” - The Clothesline

“Delightful” - The Advertiser

“a perfect theatrical experience” - Play & Go

“Fits of laughter...Entertaining...Engaging” - Weekend Notes

“Brilliant performance. Great props Elizabeth. One of the best performances / props we’ve seen.”
Moama Anglican Grammar, Moama NSW

“Students engaged with the different characters and took away with them a powerful message.”
Caulfield Primary School, Caulfield South, VIC
2014 - The Windy Farm
by Doug MacLeod and Craig Smith

2014 The Windy Farm by Doug MacLeod and Craig Smith

"As we live in a remote community this, for most of our children, is their first experience of live theatre. A most delightful experience"
St Joseph's School, Rosebery, TAS

"Fantastic show, great involvement of the students and catered to the full breadth of students from Playgroup to Grade 6. I felt inspired to get the kids making puppets back at school."
Pyalong Neighbourhood House, VIC

"The performance was excellent! A very topical theme. Children liked it. Liked the theme of resilience and we can overcome any problems with Grandpa saying "Never Mind". Enjoyed the renewable energy theme and the explanation via diagram and song about power, coal, C02!! Top work!!"
Sacred Heart Primary School Coolah, NSW
2013 - Herman and Rosie
by Gus Gordon

2013 Herman and Rosie by Gus Gordon

"Absolutely wonderful - love everything about this show. Inspirational. Great work!"
Highfields PS, Lindfield NSW

"A great performance! Loved the combination of puppets, singing, dancing and acting. Very entertaining and engaging. The students from Primary School all took something away. All the little nuances in Herman and Rosie were explored. One student asked a question about the sets and it was fabulous seeing how lots of the props and sets were made."
Caroline Chisholm College, Chisholm ACT
2012 - No Bears
by Meg McKinlay

2012 No Bears by Meg McKinlay

"My preschool class sang the monster chant 'oogie boogie....(however the rest goes)' for the ENTIRE day!! they loved it... The unbridled joy on the faces of the children was worth every cent we paid. It was a lovely interpretation of the book (in fact it made me rethink my opinion of the book) and the kids could not have been more engaged."
Harrison School, Harrison, ACT

"So impressed by the whole performance. Loved the way that it was also designed to inspire the students and teachers to use books in other ways. [The students] couldn't stop talking about it afterwards and loved all the funny bits."
St Columba Anglican School, Port Macquarie, NSW
2011 - Two Peas in a Pod
by Chris McKimmie

2011 Two Peas in a Pod by Chris McKimmie

“Excellent in every respect. Nothing to improve on. Girls rapt! Good way to handle separation. Theme well developed."
Queenwood Junior School Medway Library, Mosman, NSW

“All the staff commented that they wanted to re-read it and find all the things they hadn’t noticed and only discovered through your performance. It is a great way for the kids (and teachers!) to learn how to delve into a story and discover the writers intentions and at the same time have fun.”
Pleasant Street P.S., Ballarat, VIC
2010 - Schumann the Shoeman
by John Danalis

2010 Schumann the Shoeman by John Danalis

"Very entertaining, suitable for Prep to Year 7. True to the written story, very enjoyable, great props."
Kersbrook Primary School, Kersbrook, SA

“The themes of Schumann the Shoeman are quite complex. The finale, with the celebration of Schumann's life, and the songs about following your dreams and being unique, really helped explain them at a child level."
East Maitland Public School, East Maitland, NSW
2009 - Nobody Owns the Moon
by Tohby Riddle

2009 Nobody Owns the Moon by Tohby Riddle

“Fantastic, Fantastic, Fantastic. It was so good to see the students, some for the first time, experience live theatre.” Lightning Ridge School, NSW

“We thought the deep message of the book was a bit beyond the understanding of our kinders when we read it to them. However the play helped convey things more obviously. It was great to see the kids get into reading with a book coming alive.”
Duffy Primary School, ACT

“It's wonderful! Funny, moving and really entertaining. I so appreciate how you "get" my books and pick up on details others might miss. Congratulations to you and your actors. I thought the actors were really good - funny and lively and kid-friendly - and I was impressed with your various solutions for staging: loved the dancing bear, the lights, the dress-circle seating for Humphrey and Clive during the 'play', and the factory scene. I also appreciated that you picked up on things like the Latin phrase and Walt Whitman's poetry - nice touches... Cheers, Tohby.”
Tohby Riddle, Author & illustrator of "Nobody Owns the Moon"
2008 - The Night Garden
by Elise Hurst

2008 The Night Garden by Elise Hurst

"It's definitely going to stay with the children as an inspiration to them of what creativity and fun can be had through books."
St Joseph's School, Benalla, VIC

“10/10 Congrats! An excellent production."
Donvale Primary School, VIC
2007 - Water Witcher
by Jan Ormerod

2007 Water Witcher by Jan Ormerod

“This show was just fantastic! A very worthwhile and educational event.”
Frankston Library, VIC

"Great way to bring the book alive. A lesson in history, literacy and drama. So practical... Discussion afterwards was valuable – just planned my literacy and art lesson for Wednesday... Fantastic show – very educational and enjoyable.”
Glen Katherine Primary School, Eltham, VIC
2006 - Irving The Magician
by Tohby Riddle

2006 Irving The Magician by Tohby Riddle

"Absolutely sensational!!"
Dromana Primary School, VIC

"Fabulous, really inspired the children to act using books and things in the environment... a top production."
Maranatha Christian College, VIC

"You've done it again! I really enjoyed it - so did my wife, who watched it with me. The script, the songs and the performances were good and funny. And I liked the way you handled the ideas in the book - keeping a nice balance between lively, witty entertainment and sometimes more reflective narrative and meanings in the book. It must have been a challenge, but I think you nailed it and I thought the result was a rich piece of children's theatre. I also appreciated your presentation of the ideas underpinning the book at the end of the show. Very clear and insightful. It was an education for me too. You're doing a great job - I hope it's all going well for you... Best wishes, Tohby Riddle."
Tohby Riddle - Author & Illustrator "Irving the Magician"
2005 - At The Beach - Postcards From Crabby Spit
by Roland Harvey

2005 At The Beach - Postcards From Crabby Spit by Roland Harvey

"We raced to the library to get the book straight after the show - the children "argue" over whose turn it is to look at it!! Children enjoyed writing about a shared experience... I thought it was a very novel and enjoyable way of introducing a storybook to the children. They all enjoyed it immensely and wrote at length about it when we returned to school.”
St Peter Apostle School, Hoppers Crossing, VIC

"More than just an excellent show of entertainment. The discussion of the book and themes gave teachers and children an extended appreciation of the book."
Watsonia Heights PS, VIC
2004 Milli, Jack & the Dancing Cat
by Stephen Michael King

2004 Milli, Jack & the Dancing Cat by Stephen Michael King

“Great choice of book to dramatise. It was excellent… Had an important message… The message of ‘You Can Do It!’ was also clear.”
The Peninsula School, VIC

“Thanks for an enjoyable and worthwhile learning experience.”
St Jude PS, Scoresby, VIC

"Best part is that the students have extra enthusiasm to borrow from the library."
Glenroy Specialist School, VIC
2003 Bear & Chook
by Lisa Shanahan

2003 Bear & Chook by Lisa Shanahan

"It was fantastic... Very entertaining... Kept children interested and involved... Question time at the end was valuable and informative."
Watsonia Heights PS, VIC

"Great performance once again. Singing was exceptionally good this year. Props were cleverly done... Engaged the children so well. It was great to see them laughing spontaneously... Thanks for an excellent show."
Maranatha Christian College, VIC

"I love seeing children improvise play and this was a great model for this."
Hughesdale PS, VIC
2002 Horrible Harriet
by Leigh Hobbs

2002 Horrible Harriet by Leigh Hobbs

"Meaningful story that gave good examples of how children can react when being bullied so that they are not a victim."
Warranwood PS, VIC

"Absolutely Fantastic!! Your performance was not only thoroughly educational - in that children were exposed to the reasons underlying bullying behaviour and how to respond to bullies - but also extremely entertaining from start to finish."
Maranatha School - Doveton Campus, VIC
2001 The Singing Hat
by Tohby Riddle

2001 The Singing Hat by Tohby Riddle

"It was a thrill to see the book come to life like this. I appreciated your clever and thoughtful interpretation (funny but meaningful) of the story. All the best, Tohby"
Tohby Riddle - Author of 'The Singing Hat'

"Yours was the most talked about show of the programme. Everybody commented on it on their way out about how good it was."
Children's Book Council Of Australia - 2001 Victorian Launch of Book Week