91-Storey Treehouse | Review
by Brooke Hendry
Children have been captivated by Andy and Terry and their fantastical, wild, wacky and ever-expanding Treehouse since the first book, The 13-Storey Treehouse, hit the shelves in 2011.
Over the years, their continued Treehouse stories have kept young imaginations immersed in Andy and Terry’s crazy world. Following their adventures full of the most fascinating characters and outlandish escapades. Not to mention, the Coles mini Treehouse books certainly added to the hype!
Now children (and their adults!) are in for a super special treat to experience the magic of the 91-Storey Treehouse…
And what a ride it is!
For one hour we were mesmerised watching the live performance of The 91-Storey Treehouse adaptation at the Adelaide Festival Theatre. This play has been brought to us by Richard Tulloch and produced by CDP Kids.
Entering the 91st storey of the Treehouse, we meet the brain-draining Madam Know-It-All (Samantha Young). This wicked fortune-teller’s goal is for people to ask her questions in order to drain every drop of knowledge from their brains, before she answers them with clever rhyming cryptic clues.
The brain-draining certainly doesn’t help poor Andy (Samuel Welsh) and Terry (Teale Howie) when they’re asked to babysit Mr. Big Nose’s grandchildren until lunchtime the following day.
We watched in awe as the pair prove they’re probably not the best babysitters for the job.
We laughed, shrieked and gasped as the play unfolded.
Who knew that you could combine memory loss and lost children in a Treehouse that’s now complete with (just to name a few) a man-eating shark tank, whirlpool, a 91 different flavours ice cream parlour, a maze of doom, a journey in a submarine sandwich, deserted island, magical Genie, a knowledge-sapping fortune teller, a giant spider, and a mysterious wardrobe that leads to the trippy upside down, inside out land of Barnarnia together – all in 1 hour!
Thankfully Andy and Terry have a little help along the way from their rational neighbour, Jill (Rebecca Rolle).
Oh, and of course – I forgot to mention the Big Red Button…that may or may not lead to complete destruction.
Well, these guys have managed to fit all of that in to create a highly entertaining family show, and they do it so well!
What we liked about the performance
During the stage show, there’s a great mix of dancing, singing and puppetry. The use of the set and props is incredible from this talented bunch of artists.
The length of this play is perfect for children (aimed for ages 6-12). Mine were kept enthralled by the zany story, and the energetic actors for the entire time.
It’s only here until Friday…
The 91-Storey Treehouse Live On Stage, is on daily at the Adelaide Festival Theatre until this Friday 2 October.
So, grab your tickets and get ready for an off-the-wall adventure that will keep your kids hooked until the end!
After the show, there’s a great selection of the Treehouse books for purchase at $15 each.
Dates & times:
- Monday 28 September 2020 | 1:00pm
- Tuesday 29 September 2020 | 10:30am & 1:00pm
- Wednesday 30 September 2020 | 10:30am & 1:00pm
- Thursday 1 October 2020 | 10:30am & 1:00pm
- Friday 2 October 2020 | 10:30am, 1:00pm & 6pm
Cost*: Adult $30.00 | Concession $25.00 | Family (2a+2c) $100.00
*A one-off service and handling fee of $8.95 applies per transaction; this is regardless of the number or value of items purchased.
Location: Adelaide Festival Centre
For more information and all enquiries please visit the Adelaide Festival Centre website and CDP Theatre website
What: The 91-Storey Treehouse – Live On Stage
When: Monday 28 September – Friday 2 October 2020
Where: Festival Theatre | King William St, Adelaide
Who: Ages 6 – 12
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Image Source: All photos sourced from The 91-Storey Treehouse -CDP Kids Productions
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