31 October, 2021 Michael McCallum

Sydney Opera House: Bring the family together this summer

Sydney – Tuesday 26 October, 2021.

The Sydney Opera House today revealed a summer holiday line-up of treasured Australian classics: Alison Lester’s Magic Beach and Ted Prior’s beloved Grug; the world premiere of feisty feline fantasia Scaredy Cat; and the return of onsite tours for children and their families.

Families can make this summer count with Magic Beach (4 – 21 January), produced by kids theatre experts CDP (The Gruffalo and Treehouse series). Offering a quintessential Aussie summer experience for kids aged 3+, this wholesome adaptation by multi-award winning playwrigh

t Finegan Kruckemeyer is a feel-good celebration of the power of the imagination, bringing the book to life with text, song, light, shadow and movement.

Kids aged 5+ will love Scaredy Cat (6 – 22 January), a lionhearted tale about being brave together. Celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, the Helpmann Award-winning Terrapin Puppet Theatre’s latest offering follows a courageous little cat facing big responsibilities, tasked with hunting down three cunning rodents and doing her family proud – all while terrified of mice.

Kicking off the holiday season in December is Grug (8 – 21 December), a stunningly crafted production based on the much-loved book character. This internationally-acclaimed Australian stage adaptation by Windmill Theatre Company (Bluey’s Big Play) sees the loveable Grug creatively solving everyday problems, demonstrating the benefits of sharing and environmental care.


Sydney Opera House Head of Children, Families and Creative Learning, Tamara Harrison says: “After an immense lockdown, we can’t wait to welcome families back and fill the foyers again with the familiar cheers of children. From the enduring imaginative charm of Magic Beach, to Scaredy Cat learning to solve things her own way, to the beautifully simple lessons of Grug, let’s enjoy these heartwarming shows from Australia’s leading storytellers together again this summer.”

Budding thespians and curious adventure-seekers will be able to enjoy a sneak peek of what happens behind the scenes on the Junior Adventure Tour (4 – 30 January), with interactive games and dress-ups. For a full day out, the Junior Day Pack bundles the tour with a discounted ticket to Magic Beach or Scaredy Cat, followed by lunch at Opera Kitchen. The option to take meal planning out of the equation is also available when pre-ordering a Kid’s Lunch Pack with ticket purchase, which comes with a specially-themed cupcake. Families can also redeem their Creative Kids voucher on the Junior Day Pack.

The health, safety and wellbeing of everyone at the Opera House is our top priority. In line with the NSW Public Health Order, a number of COVID safe measures are in place for the safety and wellbeing of everyone on site. Opera House ticketholders are encouraged to check the plan your visit page prior to their performance for the most up-to-date information in place at the time of their attendance.
Source: Sydney Opera House Media Web Page