Concerto for Harmony and Presto
Commissioned by Queensland Performing Arts Centre, Out of the Box.
Combining music, physical comedy, clowning, and puppetry Concerto for Harmony and Presto is a theatrical, enchanting, and fun show for children 3+ and their families.
“It’s just really, really charming and the audience just loved it … It’s a beautiful, charming, a bit silly, and delightful production.” – Susan Heatherington ABC Radio.
Harmony likes to have everything just so. One day her ordered existence is disturbed: Presto arrives with his cart bursting with a wild array of bric-a-brac. Harmony sees a cart full of junk. Presto sees infinite possibilities – precious objects that when put together just the right way create extraordinary music!
Despite their differences Harmony and Presto must find a way to share their space and play together, resulting in an extraordinary musical extravaganza.
“… every object is a noise-making instrument … the kids love it!” – XS Entertainment
“Directors, Michael Futcher (and Helen Howard), expertly manipulate the artists’ playful exploration and their heartfelt communication to transform a simple story into a sophisticated musical extravaganza, which genuinely engages and delights all ages.” – XS Entertainment
The premier of Concerto for Harmony and Presto was supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.
Writer/performer: Liz Skitch
Performer: Anna Yen
Sound design: Don Voyage and Ian O’Brien
Directors: Michael Futcher and Helen Howard
Designer: Josh McIntosh
Lighting designer: Jason Glenwright
Puppetry director: Helen Stephens
Dramaturge: Robert Kronk
Concerto for Harmony and Presto, written by Liz Skitch.
Devised with Donald Stewart, Michael Futcher, Robert Kronk, and Bridget Boyle.
Commissioned by Queensland Performing Arts Centre, Out of the Box. Premier season March – April 2016, Cremorne Theatre, Queensland Performing Arts Centre.
2019, Shanghai International Arts Festival, China.
2016, Artsworx Theatre (Toowoomba).
Concerto for Harmony and Presto travelled to Shanghai in 2019 and was presented to over 2,000 young people and their families at the Shanghai International Arts Festival. Liz Skitch led the adaptation of the work for a non-English speaking audience.
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