The magic of Mozart meets the thrill of Jumanji in this enchanting musical adventure

In a creaky attic, four friends discover an ancient book: an opera score. From its dusty pages, music pours out as if by magic. What other mysteries hide within its pages? The friends are drawn into playing out the story they find inside: a tale of lost princes and adventurous princesses, sun gods and queens of the night, friendly bird watchers and enchanted instruments. After searching the attic for the costumes and props to enact the story, Felix, Thomas, Juliet and Sarah begin an exciting musical journey. Along the way, they call on the “birds of the forest” – the audience – for help, and discover the joy of music, friendship and imagination.

This re-imagining is an innovative combination of newly-composed music and Mozart’s original exquisite score. Directed by Heather Fairbairn, the three singers and pianist engage the audience in participatory, accessible and kinesthetic means.

It is a delightful 50-minute acoustic musical production for children aged 3- 8 years, offering a high-quality and intimate theatrical experience for young audiences. Following European success, Little Match is proud to bring this work to Queensland and help tune in little ears to quality music.

Adapted by: Ana Seara, Heather Fairbairn and Sophie van der Stegen

Venue Format
Theatre, Hall, Black Box Venue
Technical Rating
D, The production can be modified to suit most venues
Touring Party

Pre-show mask making audience engagement in foyer - 30 min. The mask made by the children is used during the performance so all children need to attend this first.

Audience capacity: 1 person per 1 square meter, Maximum 150 people at any one time, Audience sit anywhere except on the carpets and podium.

Venue/Space - This flexible work requires a covered (indoor or outdoor) performance space. Proscenium arches, studio theatres, galleries, foyers, rooms, and halls. Requires 10m x 10m clear space with no chairs or architectural features within the 10m x 10m area; 4 m minimum ceiling height.

Any room is possible: concert hall, stage, large rehearsal room, gym hall. Minimum 10m x 10m, or equivalent. Minimum ceiling height 4m. If the venue is a proscenium arch stage: the performance occurs on stage with curtains closed, blocking off the auditorium. No audience can sit in the auditorium seats.

Maximum 2 shows a day.

At Little Match Productions, we are passionate about exploring our collective humanity via its most primal and intrinsically expressive media - the voice. Our works traverse comedy-cabaret, opera, classical music and children’s productions, delivering high quality entertainment enjoyed by audiences on many levels.

We are a collective of like-minded female arts professionals. Founded by Alicia Cush and joined by Penny Challen (Co-Artistic Directors) and Performer/Producer Bethan Ellsmore, we engage a variety of artists in rigorous collaboration for each project. Over the past six years, Little Match Productions has developed a reputation for its unique ability to present classical repertoire and vocal techniques in creative contemporary contexts.

Based in Brisbane, our primary focus is creating new, entertaining works for people across ALL of Queensland. We believe in making high quality work that is easily accessible to audiences. For our children’s shows, we pride ourselves on our hidden-vegetable art making skills that ensure ethical stories, told through excellent music, are wrapped up in joy and laughter.

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Unique Selling Point

  • It’s intimate - The performance mode is immersive, acoustic and undeniably engaging for young audiences
  • It’s experiential, participatory and kinesthetic
  • It’s opera made accessible - The script and score are of the highest integrity and quality
  • It’s based on a well-known title and opera
  • It’s tried and tested already with European audiences to great acclaim
  • It champions use of everyday objects for play and imagination
  • It appeals to adults and children alike
  • It's based on cross-generational art
  • It’s not your typical adaptation of a well-known work

Marketing Materials

Little Match Productions will provide a complete marketing pack including: -Print templates -Graphic design assets -A range promotional images -Marketing copy -Short videos for social media campaigns -Digital colouring-in sheets (this can also be used in local print media or at libraries / cafes for advertising) -Foyer activation materials for advertising (sent 3 months before our arrival) are available to purchase at an additional cost -Education materials for schools use -We can also provide assistance with additional marketing materials. Please contact us if you have any specific needs.

Community Engagement

Pre and post-show foyer activation - Mask-making activity with “Birds of the Forest” soundscape -Engages audience in foyer activities before Doors open, enriching the audience experience and acclimatises all with the venue. -Creates an asset to use for audience enrolment Children’s activities for advance publication in local newspapers - Colour-in illustration and kid’s crossword -Great free engagement with local press -Drives ticket sales and builds audiences Pre-event email with instructions for creating bird masks -Enriches the audience experience and builds deeper connections with show and venue Post-event meet-and-greet/Q&A -Allows for face-to-face connection between performer and audience -Breaks down the barriers of the ‘4th wall’ and the accessibility of Theatre School education pack - currently in development Optional pre-show Opera Tots (Ages 0-5 years) session