Canterbury Children’s Theatre presents Once Upon A Happy Ending

Written & directed by Nickie Wellbourn

5 — 20 July 2014

Weekends 11am & 1pm

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Please note: This show will now be held at The Malthouse, 71 Colombo St, not at West Spreydon School (as advertised in the Kidsfest brochure).

Canterbury Children’s Theatre

Home of quality live theatre for over 60 years.

Our shows

Canterbury Children’s Theatre have presented smaller-scale ‘cushion’ productions since 1989, with up to three cushion shows a year. It was the dream of Life Member Peggy Grant, and has been a place for many young actors, stage crew and directors to try their hand.

Cushion shows are less than an hour long, and are presented in an intimate environment where the audience are inches away from the action. They are especially aimed at younger children, but audiences of all ages will find the shows entertaining and delightful.

Our most recent cushion shows have all been written specifically for our stage by local playwrights and members of the Society, ensuring that both new stories and time-honoured favourites are presented in a way that is fresh and relevant.

2014

  • Space Mouse/Underwater Mouse

2013

  • Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland
  • The Emperor’s New Clothes
  • Slow Runnings: A Tortoise And Hare Story

2012

  • Tim the Greedy Tui
  • Billy Goats Gruff

2011

  • Cinderella

2009

  • The Comedy Of Whiskers
  • Little Red Riding Hood

2008

  • Shoemaker & the Elves

2007

  • Thumbelina
  • Three Bears - The True Story

2006

  • Seussical
  • Puss in Boots

2005

  • Where Are All the Superheroes?
  • Fairytale Magic - The Enchanted Unicorn

2004

  • The Tales of Peter Rabbit
  • Nursery Toys 2 - Out of the Toybox
  • Fairytale Magic - A Princess Story

2003

  • The Amazing Race
  • Jack & the Beanstalk
  • Fairytale Magic - the Beginning

2002

  • Summer Daze
  • Sleeping Beauty

2001

  • Postman Pat's Happy Days
  • Little Red Riding Hood
  • Hercules the Panto

2000

  • Tim the Greedy Tui

2000

  • The Pied Piper

1999

  • Daisy and the Dinosaur

1998

  • The Tales of Peter Rabbit
  • Scrambled Eggs for Easter

1998

  • Paddington Bear

1997

  • Winnie the Pooh
  • Kings and Things at Christmas
  • Cinderella

1996

  • Postman Pat
  • Badjelly the Witch
  • A Tribute to Dr Seuss

1995

  • The Moa's Egg
  • Sleeping Beauty
  • Noddy Goes to Toyland
  • Christmas Crackers

1994

  • Tasha's Gift
  • Noddy Goes to Toyland
  • Gruzzlefummit
  • The Big Friendly Giant

1993

  • Snoopy
  • Meg & mog Show

1992

  • Winnie the Pooh
  • Mary Poppins
  • Kumara on Toast
  • A Tribute to dr Seuss

1991

  • Spinning a Yarn
  • Postman Pat's Happy Days
  • Kings & Things at Christmas
  • Bogies and Beasties
  • Beauty and the Beast

1990

  • Tales With a Twist & Naughty Bits
  • Postman Pat
  • Pinocchio
  • Canterbury Christmases
  • Bears on Parade

1989

  • The Adventures of a Bear Called Paddington
  • Mid-Winter Magic
  • Hansel and Gretel
  • Gertrude Mcfuzz and Other Tall Tales
  • Christmas Capers

1988

  • The Gingerbread Man
  • Scatterbrained Scarecrow of Oz

1987

  • The Wyvern and the Unicorn
  • Puff the Magic Dragon

1986

  • Winnie the Pooh
  • Badjelly the Witch

1985

  • Redheads Rascals and a Robot
  • Cinderella

1984

  • Treasure Island
  • Asterix and the Great Divide

1983

  • The Wonderful World of mr Men
  • Nut Cracker Sweet

1982

  • Puff the Magic Dragon
  • Hans Christian Andersen

1981

  • The Revenge of Badsky
  • The Gingerbread Man

1980

  • The Incredible Vanishing
  • Listen to the Wind
  • Badjelly the Witch

1979

  • Daniel Boone
  • Badjelly the Witch

1978

  • Mary Poppins
  • Heidi

1977

  • The Hare and the Tortoise
  • Adventures of a Bear Called Paddington

1976

  • Owl & the Pussycat Went to See
  • Old King Cole
  • Adventures of a Bear Called Paddington

1975

  • Treasure Island
  • The Royal Astrologers
  • Jack and the Beanstalk

1974

  • Puss in Boots
  • Hunters and the Henwife

1973

  • Tomtom and the Happy Army
  • Tiki & Things That go Bump
  • Listen to the Wind

1972

  • Tinder Box
  • The Snow Queen

1971

  • Pinocchio
  • Alice in Wonderland

1970

  • The Silver Curlew
  • The Land of Green Ginger

1969

  • Robin Hood
  • Puss in Boots

1968

  • Toad of Toad Hall
  • Beauty & the Beast

1967

  • The Dancing Shoes
  • Marco Polo

1966

  • Wizard of Oz
  • Half way to the Moon

1965

  • Pinocchio
  • Alice in Wonderland

1964

  • Robin Hood
  • Abousir & Aboukir

1963

  • New Clothes for the Emperor
  • Listen to the Wind

1962

  • Toad of Toad Hall
  • Imperial Nightingale

1961

  • Pinocchio

1960

  • Treasure Island
  • Pinocchio

1959

  • Tinderbox

1958

  • Listen to the Wind

1957

  • Puss in Boots

1956

  • Silver Curlew

1955

  • Beauty & the Beast

1954

  • Toad of Toad Hall

1953

  • Princess and the Swineherd

1952

  • The Tinder Box

Our history

Canterbury Children’s Theatre (CCT) has a proud 60-year history of producing quality theatre for the children of Canterbury and is indeed the first company of its kind in New Zealand.

Following the ideals of our founder, Neta Neale OBE, we have consistently entertained and enchanted generations of Cantabrians. Live theatre offers a unique opportunity for children of all ages to be involved in an exciting and imaginative experience. This can be the start of a life long appreciation of the arts.

All shows are performed by adult volunteers who give their time and effort freely. CCT is in the unique position of utilising the wonderful historic Malthouse building by the Heathcote river on Colombo St. Step inside the doors and enter our world of make believe. It is here that we stage our very popular Cushion Theatre productions.

Our people

Founder
Neta Neale OBE
Patron
Elric Hooper MBE
President
Suzanne Rivers
Vice President
Scott Campbell
Secretary
Jacqueline Wills
Treasurer
Gail Deavoll
Committee
Carol Carr
Hazel Neave
Raoul Neave
Matt Powell
Victoria Powell
Sara Wilson

Get in touch

Canterbury Children’s Theatre
The Malthouse
71 Colombo Street, Beckenham
Christchurch 8024
New Zealand
Enquiries: 03 332 3271
Bookings: 0800 BOOKINGS
PO Box 30028, Barrington

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