How does the interactive virtual incursion work?
The live production is cleverly adapted to make it work more effectively for a professionally filmed & edited performance that students can stream & interact with:
or even individually by students at home if they are away sick that day.
"Loved the live-action engaging and interactive nature of the show. It actually felt like we were at a live theatre show even though it was virtual!"
St. Augustine’s PS, Frankston South, VIC for 2020's 'Hello Lighthouse' VIRTUAL.
"All positive feedback from staff and students. The humour was particularly well-received, the fact you performed to the camera was engaging and the range of camera angles, props and effects were terrific. We are definitely wanting to book next year please"
St Anthony's PS, Alphington, VIC for 2020's 'Hello Lighthouse' VIRTUAL.
Everything from the live show & much more is captured with:
multiple top-end 5K cameras;
plus several additional visual technical elements & green screen technology integrated to enhance the live production.
"Thank you so so so much for all your valuable resources and an amazing brilliant 'virtual show'. Our students were engaged throughout the performance and thoroughly enjoyed watching it, from our Prep students right up to our Year 6 students. The teachers enjoyed it too and gave it a thumbs up. Thanks also for the FAQ video which we will be coming back to. Everything worked well and was seamless which was fantastic. The quality was spot on - so clear that it made you feel that you were actually in the room... I will certainly be recommending you to my other teacher-librarian colleagues as a 'must have' performance for their schools."
St Leonard's PS, Glen Waverley, VIC for 2020's 'Hello Lighthouse' VIRTUAL.
"After having you perform at our school in previous years, we knew the show would be good, but with having to perform a virtual show, we could never have imagined it would be incredible. Your show exceeded all of our expectations and both staff and students absolutely loved it... Even through a screen, you have the ability to engage, entertain and inspire our students... a truly amazing show - a highlight of our Book Week."
Caulfield Grammar, Malvern, VIC for 2020's 'Hello Lighthouse' VIRTUAL.
Filmed on the stage with multiple camera angles & sparkling 4K clarity give every student the very best seat in the house & make them a part of bringing books to life.
"The staff and students loved the show. The foundation students and their teacher were extremely impressed with how you made the illustrations come to life and were able to put yourself into the illustrations. Everyone from Foundation to year 6 thoroughly enjoyed the presentation and were extremely impressed by how life-like everything was. Staff commented on how engaged the children were and all the children I spoke to told me they loved that there were a lot of different elements to the performance that really made it come alive. Staff were also very appreciative of the huge amount of resources and ideas you shared with us. As the person who organised this event, I was very grateful to the support you gave... We're still not sure how you managed to bring the performance and the book to life as well as you did. Congratulations on a fantastic performance. I hope to book the performance again next year."
St Fidelis' Catholic PS, Coburg, VIC for 2020's 'Hello Lighthouse' VIRTUAL.
The pre-recorded performance is professionally edited to add in a host of special digital effects to make full use of the green screen technology & create opportunities that the live show just can't offer.
"Grades enjoyed (the show), teachers enjoyed your jokes! Looking forward to seeing you again... Even though it was on the tv it was great that you found ways to interact with the kids... The green screen effects were great... The show was great, loved that even though it was virtual, it was still interactive"
Morang South PS, VIC for 2020's 'Hello Lighthouse' VIRTUAL.
Multiple interactive activities are included in the filmed performance for students to participate in from the hall, classroom or at home. These are designed to get the students up & moving to be part of the action, making the audience feel as if they are actually in & around the characters in the show. For Littlelight, the students get to:
Stick up grey A4 paper bricks as they enter the room to create the 4 grey walls of Littlelight;
Shout out to the mayor where the brick thief is hiding;
Chant out the mayor's instructions as the mob;
Have 2 students shining coloured "Littlelights" (torches with coloured cellophane) across the audience as each of the 4 coloured scenes progress;
Have 7 students up to pick "fruit" (tennis balls or ballpit balls) from a tree (muffin tray) that they throw into baskets (buckets) in the southern scene where the people "eat unusual food";
Choose 6 helpers to act out 3 scenes where they get to say lines in another strange language that we translate on screen in the northern scene where people "speak strange words";
All get up & dance, learning a bunch of new dance steps with the people from the east who "dance to offbeat music";
All get up to play a game of heads & tails, answering true-false questions about the CBCA short listed & notable listed books with the people of the west who "read unfamiliar books"
After each of the 4 different coloured wall scenes, several students get to peel some bricks off each wall to create windows & doors. Other students stick up some coloured bricks, while others get to bounce a bird balloon in that colour to the front & float a coloured bird drawn onto a ballpit ball to the front, balanced on a cardboard tube, like a mini-relay that will run after each of the 4 wall scenes so that coloured birds "fly" around Littlelight;
All get up to march as the mob to find the brick thief with the mayor;
All stand up to learn a range of clapping rhythms at the end of the show in the finale;
Finish with either a game of throwing the different coloured ballpit balls into the muffin tray from the 4 walls of Littlelight, balloon volleyball or both!!
"I received a lot of great feedback on your show this year. Although they love having you in person and the wonderful theatre vibe that brings, this year's virtual incursion had so many pluses! It was great being able to have 3 shows in our Hall... It meant there was a lot more room to move about when you had the interactive parts. These were really enjoyable and the students commented they wanted more! They particularly liked the signal flags and by you pointing out into the audience, the students organised who came out the front without any direction/instruction from the teachers whatsoever!... Thanks again for the great show you put on this year."
Gilles Street PS, Adelaide, SA for 2020's 'Hello Lighthouse' VIRTUAL.
"The virtual performance was a wonderful experience and it certainly reflected your existing creativity and increasing versatility! The Year 6 students thoroughly enjoyed supporting the performance and the audiences for both performances were extremely engaged. Comments from teachers were very positive, with the general consensus being of greatly impressed and that if these virtual performances are to be the new norm, then we are happy to embrace these opportunities... we would like to rebook for the virtual tour if it can be incorporated for the 2021 Book Week."
St Patrick's Catholic School, Latrobe, TAS for 2020's 'Hello Lighthouse' VIRTUAL.
We also provide a list of optional props to be collected that can then be used by students within the show in their own classroom to enhance the interactive virtual experience. We also provide a digital pack where schools can print out bricks to stick up on the walls of Littlelight. Many schools get their Year 6 students to be in charge of running these props in the shows as a fun leadership activity for them to share with their schoolmates.
"Our students were so highly engaged for the whole show, and erupted into applause at the end!! It was, as always, a very cleverly structured show with student needs in mind and appealed to absolutely everyone. We appreciated being able to pause it a couple of times when needed. And the props were a wonderful way to create interaction. I prepped our year 6/7 class on the day before to be prop managers. They sat down the sides and supported and encouraged all the other students while each having a job such as choosing a student and coaching them to do the Northern Lights or spraying water everywhere! It was a fantastic way to fully engage those older children and have them being responsible and generous. Thank you so very much and congratulations on your successful adventure into virtual incursions!”
Newbery Park PS, SA for 2020's 'Hello Lighthouse' VIRTUAL.
"The students thoroughly enjoyed the performance, particularly the jokes and singing. The suggested props made it very entertaining too... it was engaging as well as clever how the book was linked to the drama/singing."
St Peters Lutheran College, Springfield Central, QLD for 2020's 'Hello Lighthouse' VIRTUAL.
Teachers have the ability to pause the show during these activities to organise students in the room to participate safely & join in the fun.
"Students of all year levels enjoyed the performance... the ability to stop the performance to explain aspects to the students and to organise the students for interacting with the performance was a bonus... the students just loved the way the use of props helped them to interact with the performance. The props really made the whole experience something the students will remember and talk about"
Otways MARC, VIC for 2020's 'Hello Lighthouse' VIRTUAL.
A filmed in-depth student FAQ session is included where “Tony Bones” takes the students through the creation of the show, the content & messages in the book, plus where he provides answers to common questions. Check out the 2020 version of this here. Teachers then have the ability to email through their students’ additional questions which Tony will reply to via video clips that can be played back to the students within 24 hours. If scheduling allows these extra questions can even be done as a live video call with your school group via Zoom, Webex, Google Meet or Skype at no extra cost. Also included are easy to follow teacher notes & guided discussions for teachers to run before & after the virtual performance to give the students a greater understanding of the content & a more meaningful interaction with the show. This is in addition to the extensive teacher resources & lesson plans already available for the live performance.
"Wonderful entertainment for my class... Students were excited to participate in the actions and sat and watched your portrayal intently. I also provided as many of the props as possible which added to the student's experience. They particularly liked it when they were splashed with water during the turbulent water/sea scene!... We watched the Q and A later that afternoon. I wasn't sure whether my class would be able to sit through this due to their age and concentration span? Surprisingly they were most interested. We watched this for about half an hour and will come back to watch this further in the coming week. This deepened the student's experience of the production. A plethora of further resources was very much appreciated for further and future learning. Overall, the portrayal was magnificent... We all enjoyed this sooooo much!"
S.S. Peter & Paul's PS, East Doncaster, VIC for 2020's 'Hello Lighthouse' VIRTUAL
Schools will be provided with a hyperlink & a unique password to unlock the virtual performance on the specific day of their booking. They can then share that link with all teachers at their school who have a class booked for the performance.
"It was so well done... The link worked perfectly and there were no issues regarding set-up… I could tell the kids really enjoyed it… as did (the other Year 6 teacher) and I! The students were really engaged throughout"
Chatham PS, Surrey Hills, VIC for 2020's 'Hello Lighthouse' VIRTUAL.
The price for the interactive virtual performance is a huge 30% off the live show price +GST.
Within "Book Week" itself just $5.25+GST/student;
or any other week just $4.55+GST/student.
Simply indicate in your enquiry as to whether you'd like the live show or the virtual incursion option.
"They loved it. Really engaging and well put together show. Loved the jokes, songs and animations... The kids were full of laughter while watching the show and loved the props, animation and audience interaction as well."
Kingswood PS, Dingley Village, VIC for 2020's 'Hello Lighthouse' VIRTUAL.
For 2021 Book Week
Touring Term 3, 2021 to Term 2 2022
2021 CBCA Notable List
"Picture Book of the Year"
LIVE stage show
or VIRTUAL show at 30% off!
The 2021 Western Australian Young Readers’ Book Award Shortlisted Picture Book.