Invitation to Host Shadow Intepreted Shows in 2015!

In 2016, Deaf Children Australia will partner Opera Australia to tour the NSW Auslan schools production: Hansel & Gretel from 26 April – 3 May, 2016.

It’s an opportunity to introduce students to the magic of opera through Opera Australia’s delightful production of one of the best-loved Brothers Grimm tales, returning to NSW schools by popular demand. Students will be captivated by the story of two young people and the bewitching characters that they meet on their journey of hardship, forgiveness and self-discovery. Featuring professional singers, colourful costumes and an enchanting set, this fully staged version of Humperdinck’s opera has been devised especially for primary students, and is supported by curriculum-based Teachers Resource materials. Composed by Engelbert Humperdinck. Devised and Directed by Christine Anketell. Music and Libretto adapted by Tim Sexton and Ian Bone.

Similar to the 2015 Opera Australia schools production of Cinderella, Hansel & Gretel will be a shadow- interpreted Auslan performance with the Auslan interpreters being involved as performers on stage and in costume, rather than standing to the side of stage. This innovation offers the audience members, hearing, deaf and hard of hearing with a better performing arts experience. For a shadow interpreted show taster click onto and see Opera Australia’s Hansel & Gretel (2012).

Cinderella reviews for your consideration………..
Ø All students, both mainstream and the deaf and hearing impaired, thoroughly enjoyed the performance. It was entertaining and suited the age group that was viewing. It was funny and engaging. Fantastic! Nepean Creative and Performing Arts High School
Ø Our school had the pleasure of having Opera Australia visit, along with two Auslan interpreters, to perform ‘Cinderella’. We have several d/Deaf children in our school – including kindergarten students – who have never experienced a performance such as that – especially in Auslan. As a teacher’s aide, it was an absolute pleasure to watch the expressions on my students’ faces as they laughed along and copied the signs. They watched with such concentration, diverting their eyes to each character – drawing each other’s attention to particular things. They were abuzz with excitement afterwards. We can’t wait for Opera Australia to come to our school again next year! Tenambit Public School.

Would your school communities consider an Opera Australia visit in 2016 ?
Expressions of interest to host a Hansel & Gretel incursion and subsequent bookings for the 2016 Auslan schools tour only available through Pete Folan, Deaf Children Australia on 95395348 voice or

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