Hair Maclary and Friends is a delightful show!
Based on Lynley Dodd’s series of books, Hair Maclary and Friends stays true to the books and illustrations within them. I liked how the costumes reflected closely the characters in the story. Hairy Maclary with his furry body and stick thin legs, skinny Bitzer Malone with his ribs showing, and my favourite Muffin McLay truly messy all over like a bundle of hay. Muffin was so adorable. I just wanted to give him a big squeeze! As it turns out, Muffin McLay was also Ellery and Asher’s favourite character :)
They even managed to show Schnitzel von Krumm with a very low tum! I was wondering how they were going to achieve that. Turns out the person playing Schnitzel von Krumm had to walk in plank pose!
The stories followed the book, and were made even more engaging because each story was sung as a song. It worked especially well for the story ‘Hairy Maclary and Zachary Quack’. All the pittering and pattering, and skittering and scattering by Zachary Quack was transformed into a very catchy tune, bringing the words in the book alive. I also thought that it was clever how the bees that were mentioned in the first line of the story were brought into the action.
“It was drowsily warm with dozens of bees
Lazily buzzing through the flowers and trees.”
They helped to emphasize the “z” sounds in the rhymes, and contributed to the bustle of Hairy Maclary trying to run away from Zachary Quack.
Lots of other stories like ‘Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy’, ‘Schnitzel von Krumm’s Basketwork’, ‘Hairy Maclary’s Bone’, and ‘Hairy Maclary’s Hat Tricks’ were also dramatised. The boys really liked the story ‘Scarface Claw’, and found it hilarious that he was afraid of himself! It’s really quite amazing the number of books they managed to cover in one performance.
The cast delivered an energetic performance throughout, and got the kids involved by having them look for missing pictures and trying to scare Scarface Claw. These are classic crowd-pleasers and the kids were more than happy to participate.
After the show, I discovered that the boys had transformed themselves into doggies. I was supposed to call them by their doggie names – which worked for dinner since I told Ellery that dogs are omnivores, so he ate up his veg!
Overall it’s a really fun outing for the kids!
Hairy Maclary and Friends is on at the Drama Centre Theatre at the National Library until 12 Oct 2014. You can get your tickets through the SISTIC website or by calling the SISTIC hotline (63485555).