With the world premiere of a unique and exciting collaboration and the return of one of their most requested shows to date, Capital E National Theatre for Children proudly announces its 2013 programme of work for young audiences.


The company will join with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra to transform myth into a legendary performance in a new collaborative work created specifically for young people. Sky Dancer will premiere at the Capital E National Arts Festival in Wellington Town Hall in March before touring to Hamilton, Auckland and Christchurch. Taking inspiration from celebrated author Witi Ihimaera’s novel of the same name, world renowned composer Gareth Farr has created a magnificent symphonic work for young ears. Accompanied by large-scale projections, stunning puppetry and unassuming heroine Skylark, acclaimed conductor Grant Cooper will wield the baton and control the magic for this unrepeatable introduction to classical music.

image003-1The theatres most frequently requested work for 2 – 7 year olds, Seasons, will return to the stage in the April holidays before touring nationally until November. This highly energetic, captivating show will transport children through song, dance and puppetry into the heart of our ever-changing seasonal calendar. The audience will journey into nature’s world of living creatures, colours and sounds. Through this charming theatrical encounter children discover why we have seasons and what’s so special about each one. From icy lands where the earth is sleeping to lively days where the birds are courting and caterpillars are transforming, this is theatre at its magical best.

Ivy - Saviour of the Dinosaur!The company will then present a return season of the 2012 hit IVY by Jennifer Martin in the July holidays and at regional festivals nationally throughout the year. From a clash with Cleopatra to schmoozing with Shakespeare, and even a detour to the moon – this quirky queen of clean lets nothing distract her from her mission to save the dinosaurs from certain extinction. With a cinematic score from Gareth Farr, IVY will warm the hearts and spark the imaginations of children of all ages.

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Lucy Bryant, Capital E Publicist