A giant scale puppet show for tamariki aged 5-10 with magical glow-in-the-dark characters from Māori myth and legend. This innovative, cutting edge new concept features glow-in-the-dark puppets under ultraviolet light in a black box theatre environment...
The show tells a delightful story of the Matariki stars as they prepare for Te Tau Hou (the Māori New Year) and the adventures of the smallest star, Waipuna-ā-Rangi. Rich in Te Reo Māori, it’s an upbeat show full of catchy music and dancing that has the audience buzzing.
The production was created by, Sarah Burren in collaboration with composer/musical director, Midge Perez. They have an impressive history of having worked on twenty children’s shows together. Sarah has been involved in the concept, design and production of over a hundred stage events both in New Zealand and internationally.
Recognising the significance of Matariki to many New Zealanders, they sought the guidance and approval of kaumatua Dr Haare Williams (amorangi in arts, culture and education) to create an authentic Matariki story that would ignite the spirit and pride of our tamariki.
The combined storytelling, voice, instrumental, dance and puppetry skills of choreographer and performers from cultural and ancestral backgrounds that span Ngāti Awa, Tūhoe, Ngā Puhi, Tainui, and Maniapoto iwi and the islands of Samoa bring this Matariki story to life and make it soar. They are graduate students and tutors from South Auckland’s MIT, and Otara Music Arts Centre.
In 2018, 12,000+ children saw the show on tour and loved it. There’s even a patai (Q&A session) afterwards for our tamariki. This year we’re coming to TAPAC! We look forward to seeing you and sharing our Matariki story with you.