Theatre Reviews

Peter & the Wolf Live with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra


The Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra (APO) will awaken Sergei Prokofiev’s classic musical fairy tale and perform alongside the animated film in Peter & the Wolf Live, at the Aotea Centre’s ASB Theatre in the July school holidays.

The programme, which also includes a performance of Prokofiev’s quirky Lieutenant Kije suite, provides a spellbinding introduction to the wonderful world of orchestra.

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The innovative, OSCAR®-winning film, Peter & The Wolf, directed by Suzie Templeton, brings the original characters to life using stop-frame animation and puppets, recreating the timeless, symphonic story of bravery, bullying, the resourcefulness of man and our attempts to tame nature.

Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf is one of the world’s most frequently performed orchestral works. The film adaptation has no dialogue or narration; the story is told simply through images and sound. The characters - Peter, Wolf, Bird, Duck, Cat, Peter’s Grandfather and the Hunters – are each portrayed by a different instrument, with its own signature tune.

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Presenter Thomas Hamill will provide a lively introduction to the characters and their corresponding instruments (and musicians) before the movie screening.

The film won the 2008 ACADEMY AWARD® for Best Animated Short Film and Annecy Cristal and the Audience Award at the 2007 Annecy International Animated Film Festival.

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Peter and the Wolf is a timeless story that has charmed generations of children since 1936, and continues to do so.

This entertaining APO family concert, recommended for children aged 10+, will be conducted by APO Music Director, Maestro Giordano Bellincampi.

There are two sessions on Sunday 21 July – 11am and 2pm.


Presented by KBB Music

Prokofiev - Lieutenant Kije (Suite)
Prokofiev - Peter and the Wolf

Performed by: Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra
Conductor: Giordano Bellincampi
Presenter: Thomas Hamill
ASB Theatre, Aotea Centre

Sunday 21 July, 11am and 2pm

Bookings / 0800 111 999

Written By: Radio13