Children's Theatre

Original music by NICK CHOO

 Nick has been collaborating since 2003 with Dr Jenny de Reuck, Emerita Associate Professor and founder of the Children’s Theatre unit at Murdoch University in Western Australia. 


In addition to Zak Zebra’s African Safari, here are other productions for young people that feature Nick’s music. All shows written and directed by Jenny de Reuck, and presented by the Murdoch University Children's Theatre Performing Group.

See also: Nick@University

THE PHOENIX & THE FIGHTING PANDAS of YUNNAN PROVINCE

Nexus Theatre, Murdoch, Western Australia. 2018 production directed by Melissa Merchant. 2010 production directed by Jenny de Reuck.


There’s danger afoot on the island of Hainan in the South China Sea, and a crew of Australian animals are determined to protect the ancient Tribe of Sea Turtles. To defeat the dastardly Pie-Rats, they must summon the bravest force in China: the Fighting Pandas of Yunnan, whose martial arts skills are the stuff of legend!


This fun-filled show has a vibrant score by Nick Choo and was first staged at Nexus Theatre in May 2010, followed by a tour to Johor Bahru and Kuala Lumpur in collaboration with the Temple of Fine Arts (Malaysia).

THE SECRET OF THE SNOTTYGOBBLES

Nexus Theatre, Murdoch, Western Australia. Directed by Jenny de Reuck.


Strange things are happening in the forests around Perth. The banksia candles have dimmed and the Bush Fairies that light them are very worried. Could the mischievous Snottygobbles be behind it? Or is there an even darker force responsible for the changes in the forest? As the magic fades and the candles go out, the Bush Fairies and their friends, the Pixies and Insects, face the fact that they need to take action before it’s too late!


Nick's original music featured in the 2017 production of this show that was first performed at Nexus Theatre in 2006

LIT BY LIMELIGHT

Nexus Theatre, Murdoch, Western Australia. Directed by Jenny de Reuck.


Amelia has planned a wonderful performance for the toys in her dollhouse, but there’s something sinister outside in the Banksia garden. With the wicked Pie-Rats approaching, the toys need a hero to lead them - but the Tin Soldiers are on manoeuvres and only the youngest, the Little Tin Soldier, has been left behind. Who will save the day? 


First performed at Nexus Theatre in May 2009 and again in 2016.

THE RETURN OF THE SNOW QUEEN

Nexus Theatre, Murdoch, Western Australia. Directed by Jenny de Reuck.


This moral fable picks up the story where the Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale left off, bringing together the creatures of the Arctic and Antarctic in a quest that ranges across the globe. As the Snow Queen's icy grip extends north, south, east and west to Australia and beyond, it is up to Dingo and her friends to rally the creatures of the earth to prevent the Snow Queen from achieving her wicked goal. 


Nick's music featured in the 2015 production of this show that was first staged in 2007.


CAPT QUOKKA'S ADVENTURES on the HIGH SEAS

Nexus Theatre, Murdoch, Western Australia. Directed by Jenny de Reuck.

 

When the good ship Duyfken sinks to the bottom of the ocean with its horde of gold, the courageous Captain Quokka and his trusty sidekicks go on a mission to retrieve the sunken treasure and return it to its rightful owner. But hot on their tail is the dastardly Buccaneer Bluebeard and his nasty crew of Pie-Rats, who also want to get their hands on the gold.


Thus begins an intrepid adventure that brings the Good Creatures downs to the depth of the sea, where the short-tempered and ambiguously allied sea-witch Octavia lurks. Will the treasure be retrieved from Octavia's lair and returned to its rightful owner? Will Captain Quokka be tempted to return to the dark side? And will Bluebeard and his devilish crew succeed in pillaging and plundering their way to prosperity?


CAPT QUOKKA was first performed at Nexus Theatre in 2005 and again in June 2014, featuring Nick's vibrant musical score and songs.

THE GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH: A CIRCUS STORY

Matilda and her puppets are trying to save the animals in Papa Gorgonzola’s circus from their life of misery, in this tale that takes the audience on an adventure from Italy via Africa to Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia!


Presented in collaboration with the Temple of Fine Arts  in February 2011, The Greatest Show on Earth featured an original score by Nick Choo and was performed by the entourage from Perth in Johor Bahru and Kuala Lumpur. Directed by Jenny de Reuck.

THE CAPTIVE CAROUSEL

Nexus Theatre, Murdoch, Western Australia. Directed by Jenny de Reuck.


The carnival performers must work together to find out what devious force is destroying their home and draining all the laughter from the world. Noble battles are fought, friends reunite, ping-pong balls are thrown, and clowns become heroes in this enchanting story about friendship, laughter, and the spirit of the carnival. First performed in May 2008 at Nexus Theatre.

ATHENA EMU AT THE OLYMPICS

Nexus Theatre, Murdoch, Western Australia. Directed by Jenny de Reuck.


Athena Emu and her friends have one ambition: to compete at the Athens Olympics. But Zorba the Fox and his wicked sidekick are trying to sign them up in a sponsorship deal that will make them rich beyond their wildest dreams. Somewhere in all the hype, the original intention of the Games seems to have been lost! 


First performed in May 2004 at Nexus Theatre, with original score by Nick Choo. Songs from Athena Emu have also been performed in Nick's concerts.