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Great kids show with music, storytelling and curiosity
Take your child on a magical adventure with Curious Jac. Curious Jac is a little girl who has lots of questions about the world - who, what, when, how, why? This show is all about story telling, being curious, music and imagination. It is a lovely, simple show that is worth checking out if you get the opportunity.
We were lucky enough to attend this event on Friday 2 October 2015 as part of Riverside Parramatta's school holiday Spot On Festival. We attended a 'Relaxed Performance' which means that during the show lights were kept on and kids and parents were welcome to come and go as they pleased.
So, without ruining the story line too much, the show follows Curious Jac on her adventure of 'Why?' One day Curious Jac climbs a tree and lands on The Time Bird, who takes her on a wonderful journey. Visit Ecuador to find out 'Why humans can't fly?' Then head off with Jac to India to find out 'Why do turtles have cracks on their shells?' And lastly spend some time in Ghana to find out 'Why a spider has a squished waist?'
Jac and the kids then create their own question and impromptu story to answer it!
Kids are invited to be a part of the show with Curious Jac, aka Lilli Rodrigues-Pang who is both the Writer and Producer, sensitively getting them involved. There is no pressure for kids to get up but once the kids started being involved they had a great time.
I really loved that the stage and setting were simple - there weren't many props and barely a fancy light to be seen. The story line was easy for kids to follow, my nearly four year old was perfectly still for the whole show and with a little bit of nudging even got up and joined in when the kids were invited to.
Curious Jac and some Friendly Props / credit:riversideparramatta.com.au
Lilli is bilingual and introduced hints of other languages with Spanish, Hindi and Twi throughout the show.
Lilli is supported by a quartet (Ann Lehmann-Kuit, Alison Garvie, Jiah Pang and Nicola Pang) which includes her daughter and son which I think is pretty special. At the end of the show the kids (and grown-ups) were invited to come down onto the stage and meet Lilli and the musicians. The kids enjoyed looking at the instruments and talking with Lilli. My daughter was particularly impressed that Jac's wings were actually made of ties. Looks like Dad may now have to offload some old ones!
I think that what Lilli is doing with her theatre is great - a world where kids can reconnect with storytelling and make believe, A world where kids are encouraged to think outside the box and enter a world of fantasy and curiosity.
Check out Lilli Pang's website for future event details.