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Ice Age Live
Kids’ film favourite Ice Age will be brought to life at
Perth Arena in April, with a mix of music, dance, circus
tricks, and ice-skating. Character designer Michael
Curry shares his excitement about the transformation
from screen to stage.
How did the Ice Age Live show come about?
Our composers, Martin and Ella, fell in love with
the movie and its characters. They are such musical
people that they immediately saw it in musical terms.
This quickly turned into them writing a unique story.
We all share much history with Cirque du Soleil, and
we became excited about how much this Ice Age
saga belonged on stage.
The characters are so loved by families and
kids. Was it difficult or easy to turn those movie
characters into live characters?
When characters are loved and so well known by the
audience it becomes easier to create a connection
because the audience fills in all the blanks. My goal
is to expand on the unique characteristics of each
character and deliver the essentials.
Apart from the characters we know about from the
films, what new characters are in the show?
We wanted to create a slightly different kind of
journey for our theatrical audience. We needed
some bad guys for our story so we created these
bird thugs. They are a threat to the Ice Age family,
and they also are the springboard for some cool fight
scenes that are something not found in the movie.
What about the skaters and perfor mers – what do
they contribute to the show?
They are the heart and energy. We were excited
to combine high-level ice-skating with circus and
dance – a first. Casting these amazing performers is
a challenge because some of them have to be experts
in skating, dancing, puppetry and technical circus.
What do you like the most in the show?
I like the variety. The amount of techniques we blend
together is unprecedented. We were very careful to
find a variety of elements that were absolutely meant
to belong together.
Perth Arena, Apr 22-24.
They’re not called ‘fun parks’ for nothing.
Here are some of Perth’s faves, for little
kids and big kids alike.
1. ADVENTURE WORLD
An oldie but a goodie, Perth’s premier amusement
park has more than 30 thrill rides, including waterslides,
the Freefall, scary rollercoaster Abyss, and the classic
Bounty’s Revenge. Pint-sized visitors can enjoy their
own special rides, or splash around in the huge Lagoon.
Paddle boating is a low-intensity option for the whole
family, or perhaps visit cuddly native animals at the Aussie
Wildlife Experience. Bibra Lake.
Jump around! Perth’s newest trampoline park has
more than 300 interconnecting trampolines, so
you can attempt to fight gravity by bouncing and
somersaulting through a space bigger than an Olympic
swimming pool. Kids under six have their own section
away from the flailing limbs of their bigger mates.
Jumpabout offers cardio-fit classes, group building,
dodgeball, and various other cool programs for even
bigger kids. Rivervale.
3. XSCAPE AT THE CITY
Are you brave enough to take on the tallest inflatable
water slide in the world? Xscape at the City is Perth’s
first pop-up waterpark, featuring The Drop, a 23m-high
waterslide. Work up to the challenge by trying The Waterfall
or The Cliff first. Little ones can ‘roar’ their way through
The Dinosaur Pool, and slide down six smaller waterslides.
Race your mates through The Obstacle Course, bounce
around the Jump n’ Tramps, or take a breather in The
Chillout Zone. Just 4km from the city, there’s no need to
drive far for a fun day out. Victoria Park.
The first Sunday of every
month is dedicated to kids’
fun at Northbridge Piazza.
There’ll be craft workshops,
climbing walls, and film
screenings. Live stage shows
will inspire participatory
dancing and sing-alongs. The
events will be themed, and
dressing up is encouraged.
Get the kids into the city,
grab a beanbag, eat a picnic,
and enjoy the summer air.
Northbridge Piazza, first
Sunday of every month.
Xscape at the City.
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