Do you come to our school?

Yes, for almost all of our shows, we come right to you.

How long do you need to set up?

We will arrive between 30 to 60 minutes before the show begins. At the start of the day, we generally arrive the full 60 minutes beforehand.

How long does the show run?

Generally about 50 minutes with an additional 5 minutes for questions and answers. Remember to account for the time it takes for the students to get to the performance space and file in.

How much performance space do you need?

We generally say a minimum of 7 metres wide by 5 metres deep. That said, we've squeezed into some tight spots before and expanded into some huge stages – so if you're not sure, just give us a bell or let us work out what to do when we arrive!

What age is this show suitable for? Can I bring the whole school?

Absolutely. The stories and humour in our primary school shows can be compared to the likes of most Pixar movies – something enjoyed by five-year-olds, nine-year-olds, thirteen-year-olds and adults, all for different reasons.

Our high school shows are appropriate to students of all high school ages. We're also pretty good at adapting to our audiences when we have one particular age group present.

Can my school have a discount?

Yes - but it completely hinges on when you book! Details below. Other than this, our company runs our tours on a very tight budget, and we price our shows simply to cover costs and keep these costs consistent to be fair to all of the schools we visit. We hope you'll agree that we offer exceptional value for money. It may interest you to know that the average expense behind our shows is actually significantly higher than our minimum pricing, however our pricing is designed to average the costs out amongst the number of students we visit, not the number of schools. Think of it like buying a movie ticket. Rest assured the price you pay is great value.

Here's how the early bird pricing works (thank you for helping us schedule things smoothly... sounds complicated but basically just book early and pay less):

In New Zealand:

  • If you book in the same year as the show (e.g. you book in February 2020 for a show in June 2020) then you pay $5.50 per student or $715 flat fee for audiences under 130
  • If you book the year before the show (e.g. you book in October 2019 for a show in July 2020) you receive early bird price of $5 per student or $650 flat fee for audiences under 130
  • If you book within two weeks of your previous show OR within two weeks of us giving you your date, you receive an earliest bird discount of another 10%. This is because most of our staff time goes into chasing up times from schools and we lose a bit of money when we're wrangling awkward drives from unexpected schools so if you can say yes to your time upfront then we are on the front foot and we pass that saving on to you.
  • If you book two years in a row, to say thanks for your loyalty (that really helps us schedule too!), we give you 5% off whatever you were otherwise paying. 
  • Therefore, if you book quickly straight after your last show, you'll be paying $4.25 incl GST per student, with a minimum of $552 for audiences under 130. Pretty rad!

In Australia:

  • If you book in the same year as the show (e.g. you book in February 2020 for a show in June 2020) then you pay $7+GST per student or $750 flat fee for audiences under 110
  • If you book the year before the show (e.g. you book in October 2019 for a show in July 2020) you receive early bird price of $6.50+GST per student or $715+GST flat fee for audiences under 110
  • If you book within two weeks of your previous show OR within two weeks of us giving you your date, you receive an earliest bird discount of another 10%. This is because most of our staff time goes into chasing up times from schools and we lose a bit of money when we're wrangling awkward drives from unexpected schools so if you can say yes to your time upfront then we are on the front foot and we pass that saving on to you.
  • If you book two years in a row, to say thanks for your loyalty (that really helps us schedule too!), we give you 5% off whatever you were otherwise paying. 
  • Therefore, if you book quickly straight after your last show, you'll be paying $5.50+GST per student, with a minimum of $608+GST for audiences under 130. Pretty rad!

Do I need to have a cheque ready to give you on the day?

Nope! You can tally up your audience attendance and submit it to us within a week of the show. We'll then double-check and invoice based on this report.

Do you have teaching resources?

We sure do! You can find the latest resources here, or give us a call.

Do you have Police checks or working with children checks?

Yes. Every actor that works for Playhouse is required to undergo a police check at the beginning of their contract. In Australia, when we enter each state, each actor gets the Working With Children registration for that state (where the state requires it by law).

How many students can you perform for at once?

We perform for audiences as small as 20 up to audiences as big as 800. If you can't fit your whole school into the performance space at once then contact us to investigate if we are able to perform multiple times at your school.

My school is small and can't afford the minimum price, but is there a way we can view the show?

Give us a call – there is probably a school nearby you we could approach to ask if you can join with them!

Do you have public liability insurance?

Yes. $20,000,000 in Australia and $2,000,000 in New Zealand. Better still, we've got great Health and Safety procedures in place to ensure the safety of your students and property. 

Can I bring kindergarten students to the primary show?

It has been done from time to time. They will enjoy the nice sets, props and costumes, and the fun physical humour. We don't create the shows specifically for three and four year olds, but if you would like to include them with an older audience, we're happy for that to happen.

We are a school with special moral/religious views - are your shows appropriate for our students?

Yes. We happily perform to over 100 faith-based schools every year. Our primary school shows are easily G-rated, so the best way to put it is this: if you would be happy showing your students a Pixar film such as Toy Story, Finding Nemo or Monsters Inc, then you'll have no problem with our show. 

Our high school shows have no swearing but sometimes have some very mild sexual innuendo. If you have concerns, just let us know before the day and we will make a note to the actors to leave out the (very few) edgy jokes. We're pretty good at reading the age and background of our audiences too and adapting to suit.

Do you have a checklist I can follow?

Yes! Here it is...

Checklist

Things to do before the show
  1. Please make sure your hall is booked out from one hour before the performance to half an hour after the performance. 
  2. Please make sure our booking is on your school calendar. If your school has separate sports, arts and academic calendars, please make sure we are on all of them.
  3. Are the other staff at your school aware that we're coming? (Sounds like a silly question... but there's a reason it's on the checklist!)
  4. Putting information about the show in the newsletter? We've got some templates for you which you're welcome to use and edit as you please. They're on the For Teachers page.
  5. Don't worry about telling the students to be quiet and respectful before the show – we are pretty good at handling a rowdy bunch. If they're laughing, calling out and getting involved... that's just what we want!
  6. If you've got any questions, just give us a call – we're here to make this go smoothly and awesomely for you and your school.