Arts Centre Melbourne presents a CDP Kids Production THE 78-STOREY TREEHOUSE

Arts Centre Melbourne presents a CDP Kids Production THE 78-STOREY TREEHOUSE

The team behind The 13, 26 and 52-Storey Treehouse stage adaptations is back with the newest, biggest, brightest blockbuster in the series, The 78-Storey Treehouse, on stage at Arts Centre Melbourne from 4 - 22 April 2018. Andy and Terry's treehouse just keeps on growing. With yet another 13 levels, it's now got a Scribbletorium, a high-security potato chip storage facility (guarded by one very angry duck!) and even an open-air movie theatre.

The best-selling, award-winning series of books created by much-loved duo Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton has inspired children across Australia to let their imaginations run wild. The 78-Storey Treehouse has been short-listed for the Indie Book Awards 2017 and ABIA Book of the Year for Younger Children 2017. It won the KROC Awards Best Fiction for Older Readers 2017, KOALA Award Fiction for Older Readers 2017 and YABBA Awards 2017. The book sold more than 3000 copies on its first day of sale at Dymocks stores.

In this adaptation the legendary Mr Big Shot has arrived to make a Hollywood blockbuster! But when his first step is to fire Andy and replace him with a monkey - well, a gibbon named Mel Gibbon - the battle is on. Will the Treehouse Blockbuster ever get made? Who will win the battle of Andy and Terry and why are those mysterious spy cows turning up everywhere?

Griffiths said The 78-Storey Treehouse was "mad, rollicking, rambunctious idiotic fun.'

Andy Griffiths is one of Australia's most popular children's authors. From his bestselling, award-winning Treehouse series-now published in more than 30 countries-to the JUST! books (both illustrated by long-time friend and collaborator Terry Denton) and The Day My Bum Went Psycho, Griffith's books have captivated and kept Australian kids laughing for more than twenty years. His books have been New York Times bestsellers, adapted for stage and television and won more than 70 Australian children's choice awards. Griffiths, a passionate advocate for literacy, is an ambassador for The Indigenous Literacy Foundation and The Pyjama Foundation.

Terry Denton is one of Australia's most popular children's illustrators and authors. He teamed up with Andy Griffiths in 1997 to develop the JUST! series, then followed up with The Cat on the Mat is Flat and The Bad Books before the incredibly popular Treehouse series, 13, 26, 39, 52, 65, 78 and 91. He has won more than fifteen children's choice awards throughout Australia and at least another 40 more with Griffiths. Denton, also a fine artist, also worked for the Australian Children's Television Foundation on Lift-Off, acknowledged as one of the most innovative children's television shows produced in Australia, helping to devise the program and design the puppets.

CDP Theatre Producers' recent works for children and families include world-premiere adaptations of popular books The 13-Storey Treehouse, The 26-Storey Treehouse, The 52-Storey Treehouse, The 78-Storey Treehouse, The Incredible Book Eating Boy, Snugglepot and Cuddlepie, Mr Stink and Horrible Harriet, along with the Australian premieres of The Gruffalo, The Gruffalo's Child and Room on the Broom.

Cast

Tim Carroll, Teale Howie, Freya Pragt, and Samuel Welsh

Credits

Director: Liesel Badorrek
Artistic Director: Julian Louis
Assistant Director: Drew Livingston
Set and Costume Designer: Mark Thompson
Lighting Designer: Nicholas Higgins
Sound Designer: Ross Johnston
Set Construction: GMS Sets
Prop Manufacture: DecoWorks, Evie Meikle
Costume Realisation: Matthew Aberline

Arts Centre Melbourne presents a CDP Kids Production
The 78-Storey Treehouse
A play by Richard Tulloch, adapted from the book by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton
4 - 22 April 2018
Arts Centre Melbourne, Playhouse
Recommended for ages 6+
*Relaxed Performance - Friday 13 April, 11am
**Auslan Interpreted Performance - Saturday 14 April, 12pm
artscentremelbourne.com.au or 1300 182 183

*Relaxed Performances are for anyone who will benefit from a more 'relaxed environment', especially audience members with disability.
**AUSLAN Interpreted Performances are suitable for people who are deaf and communicate using Australian Sign Language (AUSLAN)

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