Holiday Fare

School holidays are fast approaching, but our members are prepared. Their genius for inspiring children is not confined by the classroom — they have conjured up some sparkling programs to refresh, inspire and energise students during their winter break.

Holiday Fare




Regional Tour Community Ballet Classes

Cairns and Townsville, and Masterclass led by Company Dancers in Cairns

Queensland Ballet’s EdSquad will be on the road across regional Queensland from May to July. Young dancers aged 2 – 18 years, from across the state are invited to join them for a range of workshops. These classes are about having fun, making friends and exploring the world of ballet.

Sunshine Coast Dance Camp

Lake Kawana Community Centre: 2–5 July 2018

5–17 year olds enrolled in a Queensland Ballet four-day Dance Camp will perfect their technique and practise their pirouettes under the careful guidance of Queensland Ballet’s EdSquad.




Vacation Care WorkshOpera

Tuesday 10 July, Wednesday 11 July; Tuesday 17 July, Wednesday 18 July
10am and 1pm

Waiting list positions are available.

This July school holidays State Opera of South Australia will give children a chance to go behind the curtain to experience this multifaceted and glamorous art form, complete with dress-ups, the making of a show from scratch, and a final performance. What an opera-tunity!

Contact Youth and Education Coordinator Libby Parker to book or call 08 8226 4790



Westfield Tiny Dancers Workshops, Brisbane

Westfield Carindale: 9-13 July 2018

Queensland Ballet’s Tiny Dancer program stimulates the imagination, musicality and natural movement in each child. The classes also improve coordination, strength, listening, language and vocabulary.


Star Wars: A New Hope In Concert with Queensland Symphony Orchestra

Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre: Saturday 7 July 2018, 2 pm and 7.30 pm

Queensland Symphony Orchestra will perform the iconic score to Star Wars: A New Hope while the original film plays in high-definition on a 12-metre screen. With music by composer John Williams, this is a not-to-be-missed experience.



ACO Academy

Melbourne Recital Centre: 8–13 July 2018

Free public concert

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ACO Academy is an essential experience for any talented young musician who wants to be challenged and inspired in a professional learning environment. Top level secondary students who play violin, viola, cello or double bass are invited to spend an inspiring week rehearsing and performing with ACO mentors.



Melbourne: Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria: 29 June – 15 July 2018


Circus Oz tumbles into Melbourne in their 40th year, with a brand new showPrecarious. This year the Circus Oz Big Top will be nestled within the trees beside the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, presenting a 70-minute non-stop spectacle of acrobatic mayhem for audiences of all ages.


Jams for Juniors

Melbourne, Iwaki Auditorium, ABC Southbank Centre: 14 July

Workshops: 10 am, 11 am, 12 noon and 1 pm

Make music to pirouette to.

Get rowdy! Children aged 0–5 years, and their carers, love to explore and play with MSO in these musical workshops with presenter Karen Kyriakou.


Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition

Melbourne: 1 – 8 July

Melbourne Recital Centre and the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM)


Sixteen brilliant young ensembles from around the world arrive to compete for more than $150,000 in cash and prizes and the chance to launch their international career. Melbourne Recital Centre and the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) play host for a week of your favourite repertoire, and the world premieres of two specially commissioned works by Australian composersHolly Harrison andPaul Stanhope.


MTC Education is running two programs. (Neither is a performance, nor is either open for enrolments.)

Betty Amsden Youth Scholarship Course

Monday 2 – Friday 6 July, Southbank Theatre – The Lawler

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Melbourne theatre-makers Tania Cañas and Azja Kulpińska will direct 25 young people, aged 14 – 16 years, in a week-long intensive drama workshop, using Forum Theatre practice. Teachers nominate students who have limited access to the arts in their school and community to participate in the week.

Indigenous Scholarship Program

Monday 9 – Friday 13 July, MTC HQ

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Theatre artist Lenka Vanderboom will direct nine First Nations young people in the first of three week-long intensive workshops, exploring all aspects of theatre storytelling and production. In December, the participants produce a short performance at Southbank Theatre, The Lawler.


By the Light of the Moon

Melbourne Recital Centre: 2 July 2018, 11.30 am

Recommended for children aged 5–12 years

Children are introduced to the magic of opera through Opera Australia’s delightful production ofBy the Light of the Moon, which explores the untold tales of Edward Lear’sThe Owl and the Pussycat. This travelling opera comes complete with beautiful costumes and engaging scenery with professional opera singers performing the famous arias in English. Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre and Opera Australia


Rossini’s William Tell

Palais Theatre, St Kilda: 14,17 and 19 July 2018

The legendary tale of the sharp-shooting hero on a quest for freedom makes for grand opera: a struggle for liberty from oppression and the courage that victory demands.



Black Swan Teaching Artist Workshops for Educators

Perth: 30 June – 15 July

At your school or the State Theatre Centre of WA

These intensive and entry level workshops offer a unique supporting role to generalist and learning area-specific educators. These workshops in performance, production, design and management link to the practical and written exam components of the ATAR exams and can be tailored to suit a cohort. Also available — workshops for school Professional Learning days for staff to refresh existing skills and present new ideas to incorporate into teaching and learning.

The Events

Perth, Studio Underground: 21 June – 8 July 2018

Suitable for ages 16+ — adult themes and strong language

The Events stars Catherine McClements (Water Rats,Rush) and is directed by Clare Watson.

David Greig (Midsummer: A Play with Songs) has written a beautiful story of hope and healing.The Eventswill be performed with a different Perth community choir at each performance. It is an extraordinary blend of theatre and music.



Dark Emu

Sydney Opera House, 14 June – 14 July

Inspired by Bruce Pascoe’s award-winning book of the same name,Dark Emu explores the vital life force of flora and fauna in four interconnected dance stories. Combining 65,000 years of culture with contemporary dance, soul-stirring soundscapes and exquisite design, this is Australian storytelling at its best.


The Wonderful World of Will

Rafferty’s Theatre, Riverside Theatres, Parramatta

Thursday 12 July 2018 at 10:30am and 1pm

Bell Shakespeare’s relaxed and inclusive show for children and families follows a fun, fictional story about William Shakespeare, Queen Elizabeth I and a modern-day young person who winds up in Elizabethan England in 1599. It features some of Shakespeare’s most memorable characters and plays.



Belvoir St Theatre: 9 June – 15 July

Suitable for upper high school students as the production contains strong adult themes, sexual and drug references and coarse language.

Bliss is a stage adaptation of Peter Carey’s classic Australian novel. Popular Harry Joy has been blessed with a childhood of mystical innocence and a home stuffed with love. Then, he dies, and is revived after a few minutes. But the world he wakes to is changed; he hasn’t survived his heart attack at all. He is in Hell.


July Holiday Workshops:

Monday 9 July – Friday 20 July

Various locations: Sydney Dance Company Wharf Studios, Studio 404 in Parramatta, Bondi Pavilion

Sydney Dance Company’s creative and challenging school holiday workshops are a great opportunity for budding young dancers to learn routines and improve their dance technique from the best teachers and choreographers in the industry. These popular workshops cover Contemporary, Hip-Hop, Theatre Jazz, Lyrical and JFH.


Hamlet: Prince of Skidmark

Seymour Centre: 7–22 July 2018

The Listies are back with a blast of Shakespeare for kids. Plus zombies! This very cheeky, very clever riff on Hamlet hits the Seymour Centre stage these school holidays.

Coming up after the holidays..


Jasper Jones

Playhouse, QPAC: 28 July-18 August

Although the season doesn’t run throughout school holidays, the best-selling coming-of-age novelJasper Jones by Craig Silvey is on the school syllabus nationally, and Queensland Theatre will stage the Melbourne Theatre Company production ofJasper Jonesfrom 28 July.



Vic, Qld and NT regions: 18 July – 24 August

The Australian Ballet 2018 Regional Tour will take Coppélia to rarely visited cities such as Bundaberg, Alice Springs, Darwin and Cairns. The Australian Ballet will also be ‘deep-diving’ into the local communities through activities for children, schools and community groups beyond the stage.