TasWater and the dancing kangaroo

BOWEN Road Primary School is among 15 Tasmanian primary schools to receive a taste of the theatre experience thanks to a partnership between TasWater and the Theatre Royal.

TasWater general manager corporate and community relations Juliet Mercer said this year the company had sponsored the children’s production “Josephine Wants to Dance” – a story about dreams, believing in yourself and a dancing kangaroo.

The play is based on the children’s books by Jacquie French and Bruce Whatley and is just right for audiences from four to nine years of age.

“By sponsoring the production, we hope to provide a theatre experience to students who may not otherwise have the opportunity to enjoy a live production like this,” Ms Mercer said.

In addition to this performance, Josephine Wants to Dance was also taken to the classroom with Sydney theatre company ‘Monkey Baa’, which visited schools with a storytelling and workshop program.

A teaching artist visited Bowen Road, Rokeby and Austins Ferry Primary schools, with TasWater assisting more than 80 students take part in practical workshops based around the production of Josephine and her love of dance.

The students then attended the Theatre Royal performance, with the schools-based workshop giving them a greater sense of involvement.

Theatre Royal marketing and business development manager Maria Pate said she was delighted to have had the support of TasWater over many years.

“This partnership has provided an invaluable experience to more than 3000 primary school students to come to the Theatre Royal and enjoy a wonderful cultural experience,” she said.

TasWater has a long-standing relationship with the Theatre Royal as part of their work in building stronger Tasmanian communities.

Caption: Monkey Baa’s creative director Sandra Eldridge with children from Bowen Road Primary School in Moonah.