Underbelly Circus Hub
The classic tales of Beatrix Potter’s Peter Rabbit and Jemima Puddle-Duck are narrated and sung by the award winning soprano and actress Michelle Todd and the Children’s Classic Concerts Festival Ensemble. Music by Stephen McNeff, adapted by Adrian Mitchell and MC Jimmy Jewell.
The children are encouraged to sit close to the action in a story-telling fashion and each child is given an activity crossword sheet to complete with the chance of winning prizes in a draw. Michelle Todd, dressed in Peter Rabbit/Beatrix Potter Victorian style costume and the six musicians deliver a warm and enchanting performance with catchy repeating rhymes. Todd’s solo performance of all the characters was well delivered through various accents, you will love the Scottish Mr MacGregor!
The introduction of each instrument to the audience is a real treat for the children, they hear the violin, clarinet, guitar, flute, cello and percussion. Children are invited to give their best duck impressions halfway through which helps to keep them engaged.
My mini reviewers said : “I liked this show because it wasn’t scary, I was worried about Mr Tod being too scary. Normally you don’t have live music so this was really interesting.” ”I really liked the waddling and blackberry songs the best.”