CDP Theatre Producers, Room On The Broom

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The international smash hit returns!


CDP presents Tall Stories' production of

ROOM ON THE BROOM

adapted from the award winning picture book by Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler, published by Macmillan Children's books.


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How the cat purred and how the witch grinned,
As they sat on their broomstick and flew through the wind…

The witch and her cat are flying happily on their broomstick – until a stormy wind blows away the witch's hat, bow and wand.

A helpful dog, bird and frog find the witch's lost things, and they all hop on the broom for a ride. But this broomstick's not meant for five and – CRACK – the broom snaps in two!

When a hungry dragon appears, who will save the poor witch? And will there ever be room on the broom for everyone?

Following sell-out seasons across Australia, the team behind The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo's Child return with songs, laughs and scary fun for children aged 3 and up - and their grown-ups...


Duration: 55 mins, no interval
Recommended for children aged 3+ and their adults.

CAST

Stephen Anderson

STEPHEN ANDERSON - Dog / Frog

Stephen Anderson graduated from the National Institute of Dramatic Art in 2006. His recent theatre credits include Mr. Salt in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Gordon Frost Organisation) and Father Alex in the new Australian production of Mamma Mia! (LWAA). He was very proud to be an original cast member of the Australian and New Zealand production of Matilda the Musical (RSC/LWAA).

His previous theatre credits include: Falsettos (Darlinghurst Theatre Company); Man of La Mancha (Squabbalogic); The Light in the Piazza (NIDA); A Year with Frog and Toad (Ensemble Theatre); The Venetian Twins, Little Shop of Horrors (New Theatre); DNA (The Old Fitz); Tim Winton's The Bugalugs Bum Thief (Monkey Baa Theatre Company); Berlin (The Street Theatre) and Dead Man Walking (Alexander Productions).

Stephen has worked extensively with Tall Stories and CDP Theatre Producers, including previous touring productions of The Gruffalo, The Gruffalo's Child and Room on the Broom. Stephen wrote and directed My Vagabond Boat (Adelaide Cabaret Festival) and Don't Hate Us Because We're Good (Melbourne Fringe Festival). In 2014, he was nominated for a Sydney Theatre Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Musical for his role in Falsettos.



Nat Jobe

NAT JOBE -  Bird / Dragon

Nat's career in the arts started at a young age, when he used to force his family to buy tickets to the puppet shows he'd put on in his living room. Needless to say, it was the beginning of great things. He went on to study at WAAPA (BA Music Theatre) and NIDA (Singer, Dancer, Actor).

Since graduating Nat has had an extensive career in theatre. Most recently, Nat was seen playing the role of Donkey in Dreamworks' Shrek The Musical (GFO). Prior to this, Nat appeared in Disney's Aladdin where he understudied and performed the roles of Jafar and The Sultan, Disney's The Lion King, understudying and performing the role of Banzai, West Side Story (The Production Company) in the role of Pepe, You're A Good Man Charlie Brown (Hayes Theatre Company) as Schroeder, Into The Woods (Bloom Creative Productions) as The Baker, Summer Rain (New Theatre) as Clarrie Nugent, Crazy For You (The Production Company), The King & I (The Production Company), Me and My Girl (Neglected Musicals), Pirates of Penzance (Opera Australia), Nil By Sea (Peter Fray Productions), Thai-riffic (The Theatre Division) and Irene (Peach Productions) where he shared the stage with Hollywood legend, the late Debbie Reynolds.

Nat is also extremely passionate about children's theatre and instilling a love for the arts in young people. He played the title roles in Horrible Harriet (CDP), The Gruffalo (CDP/Tall Stories) and Pete The Sheep (Monkey Baa Theatre Company). He also toured in the roles of Dog and Frog in Room on the Broom (CDP/Tall Stories) and performed the one-man children's show Nursery Rhyme Land at the Sydney Opera House (CDP). Nat has also recorded, filmed and toured with iconic children's entertainers, The Wiggles, as the hilarious character, John The Cook.

In 2013, Nat was offered the role of a lifetime as father to his beautiful daughter, Taj.



Chandel Rose

CHANDEL ROSE - Cat

After completing her training at the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) in 2009, Chandel performed in the Australian premiere production of The Gruffalo's Child (CDP Theatre Producers, Tall Stories) based on the award winning children's book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, where she played the title role.

She then went on to perform the role of 'Mouse' in the prequel production of The Gruffalo (CDP Theatre Producers, Tall Stories). Working once again with the wonderful CDP Theatre Producers and Tall Stories, she will be performing in the upcoming tour of Room on the Broom in 2021.

Most recently, she performed the role of 'Vanessa' in the east coast premiere of 'FLOOD' by Chris Isaacs and guest starred in the hit YouTube web-series Toby or not to be. Whilst at NIDA, she performed in Songs for a New World and Lots in Space (directed by Peter King), and prior to this performed the role of 'Rumpleteaser' in Opera Hunter's production of CATS.



Melissa Russo

MELISSA RUSSO - Witch

Melissa's performing career started at the ripe old age of three! A 2016 WAAPA Music Theatre graduate, Melissa played the lead in many student productions.

Career highlights: QPAC's Fiddler on the Roof with Topol, and the feature film, In Her Skin, aged fourteen. Melissa has just finished a sell-out season of The Producers at Brisbane's Powerhouse Theatre. Last year she delighted CDP audiences playing Mouse/The Narrator in their production of The Gruffalo's Child.

In 2019 she was seen in the world premiere production of the hugely successful Australian musical Fangirls at Belvoir in Sydney. She has toured the world for Norwegian Cruise Lines with roles in Priscilla Queen of the Desert and Burn the Floor. Melissa appeared in Super Duper! for Echelon Productions, and in 2018 she was part of the SSO's production of Funny Girl: The Musical in Concert staged at the Sydney Opera House. Melissa also featured in the Ben Elton film Three Summers.




CREATIVES

Original Director: Olivia Jacobs
Creative Producer: Toby Mitchell
Tall Stories Associate Director Australia/NZ: Sam Conway
CDP Associate Director Australia/NZ: Liesel Badorrek
Designer: Morgan Large
Lighting Designer: James Whiteside
Puppets: Yvonne Stone
Music and Lyrics: Jon Fiber, Andy Shaw and Robin Price
Music Production: Jon Fiber and Andy Shaw for Shock Productions


CREW

Company Stage Manager Perth: Anna Dymitr-Hawkes
Company Stage Manager Brisbane: Sharna Galvin
Assistant Stage Manager: Michaela Clifton

REVIEWS

Australia


"Room on the Broom will delight children…
and adults should have fun taking them."

The Age


"Charming, quality theatre... 4 stars"

The Sunday Telegraph


"Kids three to eight...delighted by the show"

The Sunday Telegraph


"This lively, accomplished Australian production…makes the most of its multi-skilled cast… cleverly done… a rollicking ride."

Sydney Morning Herald


"My four year old… [is] keen to see Room on the Broom again… surely the best measure of success for any play."

Sydney Morning Herald


"The children were enthralled… truly wonderful"

Whats On 4 Kids



International

"The audience is...entranced"

The Independent


"A truly theatrical feast that leaves both adults
and children fully entertained. Five stars"

The List


"Winning performances, jaunty songs and some delightful puppetry…
Undeniably charming. Four stars"

Time Out


"55 minutes of high-energy treat"

Sunday Times


"I want to see it again. Now please, mummy"

Sunday Times reviewer's child

ACCESS


We believe in making our shows accessible for children with additional sensory and learning needs.

A visual story is available for Room on the Broom to help you prepare for your visit to the theatre.


Visual DOWNLOAD VISUAL STORY


Accessible performances may be available at some venues. Please check with your local venue for details.

For additional online resources to extend the theatre experience, visit CDP Digital.

Teachers and registered homeschoolers can also access education activities and resources at CDP Education.

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BOOK TICKETS



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2020/21 AUSTRALIAN TOUR DATES




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Melbourne

NEW DATES: 28 - 30 December
(Previously 19 – 21 August)
Athenaeum Theatre
Bookings: www.ticketek.com.au







PAST PERFORMANCES


NSW

Sydney

18 - 20 January 2021
Seymour Centre

Chatswood

14 - 17 January 2021
The Concourse


ACT

Canberra

1 - 3 October 2020
Canberra Theatre Centre


SA

Adelaide

19 - 23 December 2020
Adelaide Festival Centre


QLD

Brisbane

24 - 28 April
QUT Gardens Theatre


WA

Perth

7 - 11 April 2021
State Theatre Centre of WA




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