Play School coming to Lismore for performance at Workers'
ONCE upon a time, in a land not far away, adults get a magic chance to revisit their childhood.
That magical time is called 'parenthood'.
Despite the sleepless nights, the tantrums and the unfair social pressure to become the perfect parent, there is a glimpse of joy: You get to watch children's shows again.
But children's movies and TV shows are not what they used to be, one safe exception: Play School.
Jemima, Humpty, Little Ted and the rest of the toys took some leave from ABC TV to put a play together and tour it around regional NSW this month.
>> Playschool's Prince of Bears show will be performed at the Lismore Workers' Club on Wednesday, October 22, at 12.30pm. An earlier 10.30am show is sold out. Ticket prices start from $17.60. Click here to book.
They invited along presenters Alex Papps and Michelle Lim Davidson.
"Prince of Bears is a story about Prince Big Ted. He needs to find a castle to live in," said actress Michelle Lim Davidson.
"He meets lots of friends on the way and they all help him to find a castle.
"We've got all the regulars with us.
"Everyone's favourite toys are here like Humpty Dumpty, Big Ted, Little Ted, Jemima and a whole bunch of the other toys as well," she said.
The Play School live shows are designed to delight pre-schoolers and parents alike.
The concert features songs, games and stories, presented by two Play School presenters, along with the real stars of the show: the toys.
"It's a good family show. Any kids from six and under really enjoy it, but on weekends we get older siblings with the young ones coming along and they enjoy it as much.
"I think sometimes the parents and the grandparents are secretly as excited as the kids," the presenter said.
Michelle Lim Davidson has been part of the Play School crew for the last two years.
She was surprised how vigorous the gig was.
"It's very physical, with lots of movement and singing.
"It's surprisingly technical. If we are drawing a picture, we are doing it upside down and back to front, or right to left, for the cameras.
"All those tiny little things that you'd never think of, you need to master for this job.
"At all times we need to look down at the camera and imagine we are talking to the kids in their lounge room, watching the television. We need to imagine we are there with them," she added.
You need to lose all your self- self-consciousness or it will not come across as genuine and fun.
Ms Davidson has become a household name regularly taking Bid Ted in adventures at the zoo.
"When we are filming we have the crew and the zookeepers in the enclosure looking after the animals.
"The meerkats got really comfortable with us being there. They were all over Big Ted, tried to take him away and kept sitting on his head."