Saturday, January 7, 2012

Day 7. January 7. Brisbane Arts Theatre

Follow the trail of bread crumbs to today's performance of Hansel and Gretel at Brisbane Arts Theatre. The journey to today's photo began in mid 2001 at the Esk Races. My son was then aged three and was to spend the day with Grandma and Grandpa while we took a bus ride with friends to enjoy the annual picnic day in the Brisbane Valley. We had to leave early and it was going to be a very long day so to break it up bought tickets to take the young man to see Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves at Brisbane Arts Theatre. He loved it but over the coming days the number of thieves varied from four to about 400. I don't think it was ever 40. More than 10 years later his love of Brisbane Arts Theatre shows no sign of diminishing and he has seen every children's show at the theatre since. For the most part I have gone along too but in early 2008 he went with a school friend and his family and came home and announced he had signed up for an audition. In May that year he took to the stage as a baby sheep in Charlotte's Web. Future performances at Brisbane Arts Theatre have followed, including a thief in Ali Baba. Today it was opening day of Hansel and Gretel and the role was Vigo, a boy who gets turned into a gingerbread man by the wicked witch. The Sydney cousins were in the audience so Mr O got to sign their autograph sheets.

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