It only takes a hungry wolf, a duck wearing flippers and a cat with glasses to hold a room of toddlers transfixed.
Peter and the Wolf opened to oohs and ahhs at the Val Deakin Dance Theatre yesterday.
The half-hour show was like a children's storybook come to life and if the reactions from the little ones in the audience were anything to go by it was a hit.
The versatile Jane Roseman played a wicked hungry wolf, ready to gobble-up any small animals in sight. The wolf eventually came to a sticky end, but not before Peter and his friends hatched a plan to save the day.
Three-year-old Sarah Bell was sitting on dad Andrew's knee and watched in glee as Laura Sommerville, playing a bird, glided across the stage.
However, little Sarah was not so pleased after Inge Vink, playing a duck, disappeared from the stage and a lone yellow feather floated out of the wolf's mouth.
"Daddy, what happened to the ducky?" she asked.
While Sarah's dad wasn't brave enough to answer her question, a small boy's voice bellowed out above the dance music. "The wolf ate the duck all up," he told Sarah.
The Manu Crescent Kindergarten children enjoyed their morning at the theatre and after the show Sarah was looking forward to her next ballet lesson.
"I like dancing," she said.
Peter and the Wolf, choreographed by Val Deakin, also starred Shelley Prestney, Mervyn Chivers, Davinia Moffat, Ashley King, and Finn and Kate Booker.
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