The Pumphouse Theatre, Takapuna, Auckland

07/12/2015 - 22/12/2015

Production Details

The Santa Claus Show: A Magical Christmas Story on Stage for the Festive Season  

A magical Christmas story for the whole family comes to life on stage in December in time for the festive season.

Auckland’s leading children’s theatre company, Tim Bray Productions, presents its annual festive show The Santa Claus Show ‘15 at the PumpHouse Theatre, Takapuna from 7-22 December.

In this charming story with music by Christine White, Santa helps reveal the pleasure of giving. Kelly and Alana are best friends and decide to write to Santa Claus. But Kelly sends the longest list of things that a child wants for Christmas that Santa has ever seen. Santa flies Kelly to the North Pole so she can learn for herself the true meaning of Christmas.

“I’d heard about Tim Bray’s magical Christmas show from friends who have made it part of their festive-season tradition and now, having seen it myself, I can see why…. Finally, it’s starting to feel a lot like Christmas.”  Joanna Page, Theatreview (2014)

The Santa Claus Show ‘15 will feature Tim Raby as Santa’s double – his eleventh year playing the role – while Georgina Silk plays Kelly and Hayley Dallimore plays Elfie.

The Santa Claus Show ‘15
PumpHouse Theatre, Takapuna, Auckland
Monday 7 December to Tuesday 22 December
Gala Opening Performance on Saturday 12 December at 5pm.
Performance times from 7 to 22 December are 10.30am and 1pm daily (no shows on Sundays) with a special audio-described performance for the visually-impaired on Friday 11 December at 12pm.

Children are encouraged to dress up as their favourite Christmas character and take part in the Costume Parade that takes place on stage before each theatre performance.

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Tradition with vitality

Review by Bronwyn Elsmore 13th Dec 2015

It’s a longish-standing tradition that I go out of my way to avoid all the commercial hype surrounding the silly season. I avoid malls and have been known to leave shops playing Jingle Bells over the speaker system. Not going as far as bah-humbug stuff – just not wanting to buy into it, in the strict sense of the verb. 

It’s a good thing, then, that the rest of the audience at the Pumphouse is clearly right in the mood for something titled The Santa Claus Show. I take note of the smiles, the laughter and high expectations among the seated patrons, and adjust my misgivings. Some of the smaller ones have come in festive dress – they’re rewarded with applause as they parade onstage before curtain-up, and take a bow. Their pride is obvious and infectious. 

The show begins with two girls, Kelly (Georgina Silk) and Alana (Holly Osborne), rehearsing Kelly’s version of a nativity play – notably short on the spirit of the season. A scene at a shopping mall introduces the ‘message’ of the show, which becomes clearer when the two write to Santa sending very different requests. Though the pair send traditional pen on paper letters, we learn later that others these days are more up-to-date, employing popular social media. 

After that the fun starts, with a flying bed and a trip to Santa Central at the North Pole, controlled by the irrepressible Elfie, played by Hayley Dallimore, whose exuberance brings so much vitality to the show. Santa (Himself, alias Tim Raby) is just as he should look, and we find he can sing too! Several of the cast play more than one part; Tim Raby also appears as Kelly’s Dad. That’s sort of appropriate when you think about it.

The antics at Santa Central are of the pantomime “Where-is-she?” – “Look-behind-you!” style. There are life-sized toys and an errant reindeer (Max Johnson, Holly Osborne, Jen Gregory-Lyon, Joey Addison), and two tiny elves who threaten to steal the show by their sheer joy at performing. Those of the audience under eight years old are fully involved, as their delighted shrieks prove. 

Most of the songs included are original to the production, with a few being more familiar. The invitation to the audience to join in singing Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer produces a surprisingly harmonious result – thanks largely to the keyboard skills of Andy Manning who also provides incidental music.

The scenery is simple, with the highlight being the scene where Santa’s sleigh is shown against the night sky. Let your imagination take over and the flight can seem quite realistic even though grounded. The technical skills of a good team of designers and crew ensures it all goes off without a hitch. 

The juniors who accompany me are older than the target audience. All the same, they respond to it positively, enjoying the interaction between stage and audience, and picking up on the message that went along with the fun. 

This show is becoming something of a tradition in its own right – this year it’s the 14th production. Long may it continue.


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