This is an enchanting, all singing and dancing, interactive operetta (diminutive of opera) of the well-known children's story TheOwl and the Pussycat. It is on at the Cremorne Theatre from the 26th to the 29th of September and is part of the Brisbane Festival but also a lovely program for all of you out there with children on holiday.
The set is a delightful, yes, you guessed it, pea green colour, and the changing skies go along with the mood of the story very well. The Owl and the Pussycat, who are of course so different, are wondering how they can fit in - they both sport lovely baggy trousers; Owl has a cape of lookalike feathers and the Pussycat has a bushy tail. They seek advice from Papa but it is not very hopeful. He doesn't think there is a future in their relationship as they are too different, but our two little animal heroes have a different idea and to the music of their little puffin orchestra which accompanies the songs they set off on their adventure to BoomTree bay and they seek the participation of their young audience in equipping themselves with all they need for their voyage. They acquire their pea green boat and set off. It's not all plain sailing and they struggle with fishing and knowing how to sail - but again, the audience is called in happily to help, with squeals of delight and considerable laughter.
They float away on their pea green boat under the light of the moon - so the story goes and the owl comforts the pussycat, who is a little nervous, "not to be afraid as the stars in the sky will guide us". They survive a thunderstorm and eventually land in their bay where they meet a Piggy with a sizeable nose ring, who is persuaded to part with it. The two then head off to find the flamboyantly clad Turkey, who agrees to marry them.
The performance is a lovely introduction to opera in its simplest form for young audiences. The children were enraptured by the antics of their two animals and participated happily in all they were asked to do. The set is eye-catching and the whole story moves along, part story-telling, part song. It is just the right length to keep the children's attention for about 45 minutes and the lyrics are sufficiently clear for the children to be able to follow for the most part. If you have young children and are wondering how to amuse them, this is a lovely performance to enjoy with them.