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Monday, 4 March 2013

Harrogate Theatre hatches an Easter egg-stravaganza of entertainment

The team at Harrogate Theatre reckons it's lined up a cracking Easter programme to keep youngsters entertained.

Michaela Strachan’s Really Wild Adventures comes to the theatre on Wednesday 3 April and is inspired by her encounters with the animal kingdom. This journey through an alphabet jungle of animal rhymes will appeal to those aged three to eight.

Based on the book written by Anna Kemp and illustrated by Sara Ogilvie, Dogs Don’t Do Ballet from Little Angel Theatre follows Biff, a mutt who likes moonlight and music and thinks he’s a ballerina. Blending puppetry, well-loved ballet music and comedy, it's aimed at two to six year olds and is performed in the Studio Theatre from Wednesday 3 to Saturday 6 April.

Hans Christian Andersen’s tale of personal transformation is given a balletic twist in Northern Ballet Theatre’s first production for children, Ugly Duckling. The show runs for 45 minutes and is suitable even for cygnets-in-arms and is performed on Saturday 6 April).

Compagnie Animotion mixes mime, movement and sign language in inventive shows and brings two of its creations to the theatre. Thursday 11 and Friday 12 April see the interactive show Portmanteau, set in a 1950s touring cinema. When the projector breaks down just as the film is about to start, a way of recreating the film has to be found. The War Of The Buttons on Saturday 13 April sees a petty squabble snowball into the war of the buttons between George, who grows grapes, and Bessie, who grows cabbages. In this magical world of clowning, movement and sign language, a button can be a kiss, a present or a trophy from the battleground.

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