Apr 112021
 

They say good things are worth waiting for and the extra long wait is finally over! Now that COVID is ‘under control’ the red velvet curtains of Silvers Circus can reopen at last to reveal a fabulous circus treat that is sure to capture the hearts of young and old:

Showtime Attractions and Silvers Circus have joined forces to bring to Australia an exciting show filled with entertainment for the whole family, meet Sesame Street Circus Spectacular! Get ready to see Elmo, Cookie Monster, Abby Cadabby, Big Bird and all your favourite Sesame Street characters like you have never seen them before.

Together with a range of talented circus performers from around the world they will treat the audience to a unique, authentic Sesame Street experience in a heartwarming 90-minute big top spectacular. Little fans will love watching their Sesame Street heroes, recognising their voices and seeing their personalities shine through in the different elements of this brilliant production.

To start the school holidays in style we took our tribe of kids to see the Sesame Street Circus Spectacular last night and it was a huge hit with the whole family! The little ones absolutely loved seeing Elmo and Abby Cadabby while the Wonder Dogs were a big favourite with all. The cheeky puppy who didn’t follow the rules had everyone giggling and when I asked the kids afterwards they said he was the star of the show.

The older kids were super impressed by Gypsy’s Hula Hoops (Did you know she can hula hoop with 80 hoops at once?) and sat on the edge of their seat watching the Globe Riders roar around the The Globe of Death on their motorbikes. One of our girls was so worried about their safety she burst out in tears, she was very relieved to see them drive away in one piece at the end of this heart-racing performance.

From the moment you arrive at the circus location you are truly stepping into the colourful world of Sesame Street. Before you even enter the big top you’ll spot Sesame Street themed cars and food vans, kids can enjoy a jump on a Sesame Street bouncy castle and you can even pose for a photo with hungry Cookie Monster or loveable Big Bird before/after the show!

The combination of Sesame Street’s friendly and familiar characters and Silvers’ talented performers is a winning mix, resulting in an engaging family experience that is inviting, interactive and captivating for everyone. From our cheeky 3-year old to our cool 12-year tweens, they all had a fantastic evening out. To treasure this great memory we brought home the Souvenir Programme and I know they can’t wait to take it to school and tell their class mates all about it.

As this amazing production travels around Australia the Sesame Street Circus Spectacular has put up its stripey tent in Adelaide’s Bonython Park until May 2, 2021 after which they will continue down south to Noarlunga. Perfect timing for the school holidays if you ask me! If you want to be guaranteed a slice of the Sesame Street fun be quick and secure your favourite seats through Ticketmaster, tickets for other locations will be added as they become available.

To find out more about Sesame Street Circus Spectacular, to take a closer look at the tour schedule and to book your tickets online visit www.sesamestreetcircus.com.au.

Thanks to our generous friends at Sesame Street Circus Spectacular one lucky family will win 4 Sesame Street Circus Spectacular tickets to enjoy the show at Bonython Park, Adelaide on Friday April 16, 2021 at 6.30pm. For your chance to win hop on over to the Hip Little One Facebook page, good luck!

Adelaide Fringe 2020 ‘Hotel Paradiso’ giveaway

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Feb 142020
 

I know it is hard to believe but in the almost fourteen years I have lived in South Australia, Australia’s Festival State, I have not once made it to the Adelaide Fringe. Things are about to change as we’re planning to celebrate Sybil’s birthday in style this weekend with a visit to a Fringe performance full of giggles, gasps and good old-fashioned family fun:

This year Lost in Translation, one of the UK’s leading contemporary circuses, is making its Adelaide Fringe debut combining theatre, comedy and music in one amazing show that is guaranteed to please the crowds. Hotel Paradiso is a winning mix of thrillingly spectacular and daring circus skills including incredible acrobatics, clowning and juggling, theatrical storytelling, slapstick and physical comedy, it certainly ticks all our boxes! They even use a person as a skipping rope, this has to be seen to be believed…

Come along to meet Madame and the charming staff of the quirkily ineffective Hotel Paradiso. Gathered from countries around the globe the Lost in Translation cast of six highly skilled acrobats, clowns and jugglers will tell the story of how the tenants battle to save their home and livelihood from ‘the Banker’. With thrills, gasps, laughs and drama there’s plenty for both adults and children to enjoy and the glowing reviews are coming in thick and fast: “Easily the best family show at the Fringe!”

Hotel Paradiso at Gluttony is suitable for ages 5 and up and it’s on every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, so check your calendar and lock in those seats.

To find out more about the Adelaide Fringe, to take a closer look at Hotel Paradiso and to order your tickets online visit www.adelaidefringe.com.au.

For your chance to win 1 of 2 Hotel Paradiso family passes (RRP $85, each pass admits 2 adults and 2 children OR 1 adult and 3 children) for the Sunday February 16 (2.50pm) performance hop on over to the Hip Little One Facebook page. Good luck!

Cirque du Soleil ‘Kurios: Cabinet of Curiosities’

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Sep 042019
 

A few years ago I was offered the incredible opportunity to see Cirque du Soleil perform in Antwerp, Belgium, however with no babysitter available I sadly had to pass last minute and it still makes me sad thinking about it. I have always wanted to experience Cirque du Soleil and I have been patiently waiting for another chance… with Adelaide on the tour list for 2020 I am secretly hoping it will be my year!

Written and directed by Michel Laprise, Kurios: Cabinet of Curiosities is a tale in which time comes to a complete stop, transporting the audience inside a fantasy world where everything is possible. In this realm set in the latter half of the nineteenth century, reality is quite relative indeed as our perception of it is utterly transformed.

In an alternate yet familiar past, in a place where wonders abound for those who trust their imagination, a scientist (the Seeker) is convinced that there exists a hidden world – a place where the craziest ideas and the grandest dreams await. Out of his curio cabinet steps an international cast of 47 artists from 17 countries, a collection of otherworldly characters made up of world-class gymnasts, acrobats, contortionists, hand-puppeteers, yo-yo wizards, clowns, actors and musicians. Together they turn the Seeker’s steampunk world upside-down as they are guided by an energetic gypsy jazz, electro swing soundtrack.

Cirque du Soleil’s ‘Kurios: Cabinet of Curiosities’ will be opening its doors to the public in the following locations across Australia (with Melbourne now being treated to additional performances, how lucky!):

Sydney – October 2 to November 24, 2019
Brisbane – January 10 to February 23, 2020
Melbourne – March 12 to April 26, 2020
Adelaide – May 29 to June 7, 2020
Perth – July 15 to August 2

To find out more about Circque du Soleil, to see the ‘Kurios: Cabinet of Curiosities’ tour schedule and to book your tickets online visit www.cirquedusoleil.com.

Disney On Ice celebrates Mickey and Friends

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Mar 202019
 


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The days are starting to get shorter and the nights are getting longer, the temperature is slowly dropping and leaves are starting to fall, big Disney fans will know that this can only mean one thing: Winter is on its way and so is Disney On Ice!

This year Disney On Ice is travelling the country with a chillingly (excuse the pun) magical show that is sure to give you goosebumps, and not just because of the cold. Disney On Ice celebrates Mickey and Friends presented by Feld Entertainment brings all your favourite Disney characters to life during a jam-packed show that will capture the hearts of young and old.

What can I say except “You’re welcome’ to join the adventure with Moana and Maui, discover true love with Anna and Elsa, jump in the toy box with Woody and his pals, experience the mystery of Fantasia, buckle up for an emotional roller coaster with Inside Out, travel the ocean with Dory and of course admire the dazzling outfits of all your beautiful Disney princesses Cinderella, Snow White, Jasmine, Rapunzel, Ariel and much much more.

Each year Disney On Ice entertains guests of all ages with a brand new and very spectacular performance and those who attend leave with precious memories to last a lifetime (be warned as Disney On Ice is quite addictive, once you have seen the show in all its glory you want to go back year after year!). Because the performers continuously move around on the ice all spectators get to share in the excitement no matter where they are seated, to determine your perfect spot you can view the venue map when booking your tickets online.

Your favourite Disney stars will put on their ice skates and slide onto the rink in Perth on May 31, 2019, and whirl their way past Adelaide, Wollongong, Canberra, Brisbane, Melbourne and Newcastle to make their final bow in Sydney on July 21, 2019. If you want to treat the kids to an amazing experience and be part of the Disney magic this year book your tickets now to avoid disappointment, seats are limited and shows sell out fast so be quick!

To find out more about Disney On Ice celebrates Mickey and Friends, to check out the tour schedule and to book your tickets online via Ticketek visit www.DisneyOnIce.com.au.

Perth – May 31 – June 3
Adelaide – June 7 – June 10
Wollongong – June 14 – June 16
Canberra – June 20 – June 23
Brisbane – June 28 – July 1
Melbourne – July 4 – July 8
Newcastle – July 12 – July 14
Sydney – July 17 – July 21

‘The Greatest Magic Show’ giveaway

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Mar 162019
 

Now that the scorching Summer weather is behind us (well, it is supposed to be!) Australians nation-wide are heading outdoors to enjoy the many festivals, events, celebrations and fairs that bring our communities together. As always there are some big favourites that will have fans lining up and Melbourne is in for a absolute treat with a visit from The Showmen, comic magicians Justin Williams and Sam Hume:

Their award-winning show The Greatest Magic Show has been delighting people all around the country with performances selling out rapidly time after time. As part of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival the show is back in full glory featuring incredible illusions, escaping from 200m of Glad Wrap before being covered in a bucket of slime, incredible circus artistry and invisibly shooting a very special guest out of a cannon across the stage; these are just some of the things that make this family-friendly magic show, the GREATEST!

As proud winner of the ‘Best Children’s Show’ award The Greatest Magic Show is gearing up to once again wow the audience with energetic, unforgettable, jaw-dropping feats that have delighted revellers all over Australia, with a few new, added twists to keep you on the edge of your seat. The high-octane spectacle is filled with breathtaking illusions and loads of audience participation. If you take your family to see one show this season, this the one you can’t afford to miss.

The Greatest Magic Show will be performing at The Melba Spiegel Tent in Collingwood, Melbourne from April 13 until April 20, 2019. With only seven exclusive shows lined up bookings are absolutely essential, so grab your seats while you can. Family tickets are available. Sweet treat: Every single child attending The Greatest Magic Show will receive a free magic wand upon arrival, so the magic can continue long after the show has ended.

To find out more about ‘The Greatest Magic Show’, to check out the tour schedule and to book your tickets online visit www.melbaspiegeltent.com.au.

For your chance to win a The Greatest Magic Show family pass (RRP $80, admits 4) for the Saturday 13th April (2pm) performance at The Melba Spiegeltent, hop on over to the Hip Little One Facebook page. Good luck!

‘Whitney Houston: The Greatest Love of All’ giveaway

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Jan 282019
 

A few weeks ago I asked you which legendary artist you would love to see live on stage. You listed a long list of great performers and amazing talents, but Whitney Houston was definitely a big favourite among Hip Little One readers and I too feel a little sad I never had the chance to see her perform in all her glory. Did you know Whitney would have been 55 if she was still with us today?

This year Aussie fans are offered a fantastic opportunity to celebrate Whitney Houston with a spectacular tribute show honouring the talent, music and memory of this unforgettable singer. Come and (re)discover Whitney’s most memorable hits in Showtime Australia’s The Greatest Love of All.

After conducting almost 15,000 auditions across 12 different countries Showtime Australia has selected accomplished South African vocalist Belinda Davids to honour Whitney Houston on stage. Belinda has always been a huge fan of Whitney and for many years has been wow-ing audiences all over the world with her delivery of Whitney’s songs. To finally pay the ultimate tribute and represent her idol on stage is a dream come true and the reviews are nothing but glowing.

Accompanied by a fabulous 6-piece live band and team of dancers Belinda skilfully captures the voice, charm, nuances and even the gestures of Houston. Critics believe this is ‘as close as a singer can get to replicating Whitney Houston’s voice’ as the audience will find itself transported back in time to Whitney’s best years. Close your eyes and remember the raw emotion of I Will Always Love You, swing along to I Wanna Dance With Somebody, feel the power of Run to You, shed a tear for Didn’t We Almost Have It All and so many other beautiful hits during this amazing 2-hour tribute show.

Starting on April 3, 2019, Belinda Davids will bring the magic of Whitney Houston to Adelaide, Perth, Melbourne, Sydney, the Gold Coast and Brisbane. Tickets are limited so don’t miss your chance to be part of this heartwarming tribute!

To find out more about The Greatest Love of All, to take a look at the tour schedule and to book tickets online via Ticketmaster visit www.thegreatestloveofallshow.com.

For your chance to win a double pass (RRP $159.80) to see The Greatest Love of All on April 3, 2019 (8pm) at Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide hop on over to the Hip Little One Facebook page. Good luck!

The Illusionists giveaway

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Jan 012019
 

As we turn the calendar over to 2019 many of us are making resolutions for the year ahead. Maybe you want to find a new job, get fit and healthy or explore a faraway destination, or maybe you just want to put more time aside for yourself (or you and your partner) to relax and enjoy an evening out from time to time. If the latter is on your list I might be able to help you out, with an out-of-this-world experience up for grabs for one lucky Hip Little One reader:

Direct from the Broadway stage and sold-out theatres around the globe comes a production that has to be seen to believed. Seven of the world’s most talented magicians and artists have teamed up to capture the audience with an incredible array of amazing stunts, levitation, mind-reading, disappearance and daredevilry, meet The Illusionists: Live From Broadway.

No matter how young or old you are, The Illusionists are ready to dazzle you like never before: Let The Trickster (Paul Dabek) blow you away with his box of tricks, be captivated by The Alchemist (Leonardo Bruno), experience the magic of The Showman (Mark Kalin), sit on the edge of your seat watching The Conjuress (Jinger Leigh), drop your jaw in awe of The Warrior (Robyn Sharpe), get ready to question yourself with The Manipulator (Florian Sainvet) and have your mind blown by The Mentalist (Chris Cox).

After travelling 400 cities around the globe The Illusionists touches down in Melbourne from January 22-January 27, 2019 for 11 powerful shows, so don’t miss out on your opportunity to escape from the rat-race for a few hours and become part of something magical.

To find out more about The Illusionists, to check out the tour schedule and to book your tickets online via Ticketmaster visit www.theillusionistslive.com.

For your chance to win a The Illusionists double pass (RRP $178) for Tuesday 22nd January, 7pm at Regent Theatre, Melbourne hop on over to the Hip Little One Facebook page to enter. Good luck!