The Kids in the Park program at Sydney Olympic Park continues to offer free children’s theatre to our patrons and this school holiday sees the return of our favourite company Circus Solarus with an exciting new production Clowning Around.
This year’s adventure Clowning Around allows kids to take part in a circus, get their faces painted, try on a costume, learn a basic circus skill and join in the circus parade, all in the company of the Ring Master, the Acrobat, the Clown and the Strong Man.
As the Public Event Manager at Sydney Olympic Park Authority, I meet with the principals of Circus Solarus, and discuss a theme for a show for the upcoming school holidays. This involves from looking at the actors’ requirements, and workshops to develop the show, props and costumes and musical and lighting effects.
At times, I also arrange for any large props to be built – a giant sandpit comes to mind for Dinosaur Dig – and arrange the tent to be built, the furniture to be delivered and the bookings and schedule of the show times.
Sydney Olympic Park Authority runs the Circus Solarus interactive shows for many reasons, as part of our strategy to engage the public at Sydney Olympic Park in cultural activities for one, but also to offer a free way to be involved in Kids in the Park activities.
By asking children to come on a journey of the imagination – that often involves making some craft and also running around to achieve a task or a quest, we hope to stimulate their creative play from within.
It is an invitation to get away from the TV or put down the computer and find some adventure in your own mind at Sydney Olympic Park!