Schools 2024 Program
Children of all ages can experience quality live theatre as part of RPAC’s performance program.
If you would like to bring a school, Outside School Hours Care (OSHC) or daycare group to any productions please complete the booking form for the production, or contact the RPAC 3829 8131 or email RPACBoxOffice@redland.qld.gov.au
For some productions it is possible to arrange a Q&A session after the performance or a back stage tour. RPAC staff are also available on request to visit local schools to discuss our upcoming events and opportunities that may be of interest to students and staff. If you would like to discuss these opportunities, please contact the RPAC Box Office via RPACBoxOffice@redland.qld.gov.au or call (07) 3829 8131.
PRIMARY SCHOOL PROGRAMS
The following productions are relevant to primary school aged children and high school students studying children's theatre.
The Smeds & The Smoos - EXCURSION (School Term)
Mon 18 March 2024 - 10am & 12noon
Venue: RPAC Concert Hall
Duration: 55 mins, no interval
Year level: Pre-prep & above (ages 3+)
Curriculum areas: English, The Arts, Mathematics, Health and Physical Education, Design and Technology, Science, Humanities and Social Sciences ,Personal and Social Capability
Cost: $20 per student, one teacher FREE for every 10 students
RPAC presents CDP with Tall Stories’ production of
THE SMEDS AND THE SMOOS
Adapted from the picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler
Soar into space with this exciting adaptation of the award-winning book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler (also seen in the TV animation on ABC Kids).
On a far-off planet, Smeds and Smoos can’t be friends. So when a young Smed and Smoo fall in love and zoom off into space together, how will their families get them back?
Fans of The Gruffalo and Room on the Broom live on stage will delight in this latest show from CDP and Tall Stories, brought to life with music, laughs, puppetry, interplanetary adventures, and a diverse new cast of Australian performers.
Pat Malone's Magic Garden - EXCURSION (School Holiday Fun!)
Fri 28 June, 10am & 12noon
Venue: RPAC Auditorium
Duration: 45 mins, no interval
Year level: Suitable for all ages
Cost: $19 per student, one teacher/educator FREE for every 10 students
Do you believe in the power of IMAGINATION?
Pat Malone's Magic Garden is a fun-filled interactive journey of exploration and creativity for families.
Blending physical theatre, circus and dance with a good old fashioned 'Aussie yarn', this iconic piece has been adored by children and adults alike.
Join Pat Malone, a bush adventurer and Mythical Creature Researcher as he embarks on specialized research into Autonomous Imaginary Species, or A.I.S.
These are creatures that begin in the imagination and then become real, physical creatures that have a life all of their own! This might sound crazy and how it’s even possible… but you have to believe!
Along the way, you will meet mythical Australian creatures, observe them in their habitat, be mesmerised by their surprising behaviors, and share the laughs as each has a physical encounter with Pat.
So don't miss this show, which is guaranteed to entertain, delight and move young audiences, as they uncover a world full of hidden magic.
Whalebone By Jens Altheimer - EXCURSION (School Term)
Wed 4 Sep, 10am & 1pm
Venue: RPAC Auditorium
Duration: 55 mins, no interval
Year level: Grade 1 - 6 (ages 6-12 years)
Curriculum areas: Design & Technology, Science, Digital Technology, Media, Visual Arts and General Capabilities.
Cost: $15 per student, one teacher FREE for every 10 students
Can we save our stories when the robots arrive?
Nominated for the Green Room Awards, Best Set and Costume Design.
Welcome to the ‘Depository’, a mysterious bureau that’s seen better days. The last, rather whimsical worker continues with a wondrous task. With the help of some odd and amazing machinery, he extracts the stories that live in old, discarded objects and safeguards these memories in the magical ‘mother of stories’, the place where all stories are kept. This strange and vulnerable world starts to fall apart when the place is under attack by a rogue A.I. who tries to install malware…. and only two unlikely buddies can save the ‘Depository’ and its stories.
Storytelling versus data-management, human versus machine: a gripping and humorous clash between the analog and the digital, told through dazzling video and computer animations, quirky contraptions, robotics, clunky inventions and flying objects. Physical reality turns virtual and back in this family show about what makes us human, the stories we tell, and the artificial intelligence knocking at our doors.
Performed by the imaginative clown, tinkerer, inventor and comedian Jens Altheimer, winner of the Adelaide Fringe Award for Best Production for Children with Squaring the Wheel and nominated for the same award with Loose Ends.
There will be plenty of audience participation, plus a Q & A after the show with the opportunity to check out all the contraptions!
HIGH SCHOOL PROGRAMS
School group bookings are available for the following performances, with one teacher/educator FREE for every 10 students booked.
To book a school group for any of these performances, please contact the RPAC Box Office via RPACBoxOffice@redland.qld.gov.au or call (07) 3829 8131.
The following evening and weekend performances may be of interest to high school aged music students.
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OTHER SHOWS AND EVENTS OF INTEREST TO SCHOOL STUDENTS
In addition to the productions above, there are a number of other performances and events that may be of interest to your students.
Step 1: Booking Form
Complete online or download the booking form for the show you are interested in and email your completed form to RPACBoxOffice@redland.qld.gov.au
Booking forms will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis.
Step 2: Deposit
You’ll receive a deposit invoice to confirm your booking. Your deposit secures your booking.
Step 3: Final invoice
After you confirm your student numbers, we’ll send out the final invoice
Step 4: Tickets
Your tickets will be available at the Box Office one hour prior to the performance and will highlight which rows and seats your school has been allocated.
If you have any questions, email us at RPACBoxOffice@redland.qld.gov.au or call 3829 8164.
A bus drop-off point is located adjacent to the Centre, accessible from Middle Street. Due to the large number of buses using this area, it is designated for drop-offs only. Buses can park on the grassed areas behind RPAC (weather permitting), or return to the drop-off area at an agreed collection time.
Parking is available in front of the Concert Hall and in the patrons' car park at the rear. Please note: on-street parking at the front of the Concert Hall is reverse (angle rear in) only.
Additional public car parks are available between Doig and Waterloo Streets, around 100 metres easy walk from RPAC.
RPAC is about a 200-metre walk from Cleveland Railway Station. For the safety of all students and visitors, please use the pedestrian crossing on Shore Street West, in front of the train station, and also on Waterloo Street.
Food and drink
Students are encouraged to enjoy a snack or lunch before or after a performance. The RPAC Piazza and a large grassed area near the Events Hall are available for use.
Water is allowed in the Concert Hall and Auditorium during performances, but no other food or beverages are permitted inside.
Designated areas for school bags will be advised. Bags are not permitted inside the Concert Hall and Auditorium. The Concert Hall can get quite cool, so we recommend students take a jumper/jacket into the theatre.