A razzle dazzle of a show that is impossible not to love
I didn't know what to expect, heading to Rye's foreshore last summer, to see Humanimals in a makeshift cabaret theatre. World class choreographer Jason Coleman, of So You Think You Can Dance judge fame, put together the Mornington Peninsula production, which takes place in a custom built, 240 seat, 3 story urban portable theatre, made out of repurposed shipping containers.
As the show progressed, my family and I were taken on an adventure to meet mother nature's finest critters, bought to life on stage with clever dance choreography, elaborate costumes, acrobatic stunts, colourific extras and a witty, ongoing play-on-words.
Which critter wins the prize for the most important animal in the world? Will it be George the singing chameleon? Charlotte the acrobatic spider, sparkling her way through the web? Two happy footed tap dancing penguins, the hip-hop-potamus or the rapping rhinoceros? Who will the perfect Jennifer HAWKins pick as her flock favourite?
Then there's the polar bear busting out some Elvis moves, whilst his backing dancers show us how to groove to Beyoncé's Single Ladies.
Highlights would have to be the three wise meditative monkeys, who are most certainly 'zen', an appearance by a cross-dressing Oprah, interviewing a gazelle and zebra, and the gorgeously enchanting fluorescent creatures of the deep.
Honestly, I've not laughed at show geared up for primary school kids for a very, very long time. Humanimals is a razzle dazzle of a performance that is impossible not to love. Well done Mr Coleman!
I'd recommend buying tickets to see Humanimals, which opens again for the Summer 2017 season on 29 December 2016 and runs through until Sunday 29 January 2017.
This Summer, Humanimals will perform at Jason Coleman's Cabaret Cathedral in Rosebud
Tickets start from $25.00 plus booking fees. Book your tickets online via Stickytickets.