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WHAT’S ON

Fairytale spectacular

Cinderella, SnowWhite and Belle from

Beauty and the Beast, will bring their princes

for a magical on-stage adventure in Disney Live!

Mickey, Minnie, Goofy and Donald will be there

too on 17 January, Brisbane Entertainment

Centre; 21 January, Cairns Convention Centre

and 24, 25 January, Townsville Entertainment

and Convention Centre. Tickets from $29.50.

See

www.disneylive.com.au

In search of Rapunzel

True love conquers all and handsome

prince Gunther will not rest until he rescues

his fair maiden Rapunzel in Brisbane Arts

Theatre’s production of the enchanting tale,

performed by some of the theatre’s brightest

young talent as part of its children’s theatre

program. Rapunzel is on until 21 December at

210 Petrie Terrace, city. Tickets $16. Call 3369

2344 or see

www.artstheatre.com.au

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FOR KIDS

‘Tis the season to

be jolly and there

are plenty of fun

things to do over

the holidays, from

pantomime and play

acting to favourite

fairytale adventures

and even workshops

to put you in the

spotlight too

More than 200

performers will

take part in the

Myer Christmas

Parade and

Pantomime in

Queen Street Mall

on 12 December

from 6.30pm

Playdate with dinosaurs

A

menagerie of insects, mammals and

dinosaurs take to the stage in Erth’s

Dinosaur Zoo, an interactive show that

brings to life prehistoric creatures that once

roamed the planet. With the help of life-size

creature puppets, Erth director Scott Wright

gives an engaging insight to the real-life science

of palaeontology in a fun way all ages can follow

– and up close if they want to.

The show is designed for the attention span

of young children and is less than an hour long.

There’s no one storyline but more a series of

short stories about each of the creatures and

children are encouraged to ask questions, call

out and participate.

“It’s basically a live animal presentation, in

much the same way you would expect to see at a

wildlife park or zoo. The only difference is that

we have dinosaurs,” says Scott Wright.

Wright admits his love of puppets began

when he was young and he even made his

own as a child but the idea for Erth’s Dinosaur

Zoo did not begin to incubate until he

joined forces with fellow artists Sharon Kerr

and Steve Horwath in their home town of

Ballarat, Victoria. A chance meeting with the

director of Melbourne Museum led to their

first commission for dinosaurs, and more soon

followed from museums around the world, but

it wasn’t until their dinosaurs were let loose on

the festival circuit that the idea for a show took

shape. Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo has since toured

the world several times and now has permanent

bases in the US and UK as well as Australia.

A hero of the show in Brisbane will be

Australovenator (

below

), based on skeleton

remains that were discovered near Winton only

eight years ago. Erth’s creature, based on the 98

million-year-old original, took five people three

months to build.

From 3-11 January 2015 at Concert Hall, QPAC.

Tickets $25 plus fees. See

www.qpac.com.au