French Music

‘La musique des années folles en France’ refers to the music of the post-war years of the roaring 20s which swept across the world. Multi-instrumentalists Peter and Marie Rappolt have been playing live music together since 1969 for this program they are joined by French cabaret singer Corrine Andrew to form ‘Viva the Trio’. The trio play music from legends like Edith Piaf, Django Reinhardt, Sidney Bechet and Josephine Baker and contextualize the music by introducing the lyrics, instruments and cultural context in French and English according to the student’s level.

Les Chansons Françaises

Pauline Maudy shares stories of her Parisienne childhood in an interactive vocal session with songs that explore intercultural understanding. Depending on the age group Pauline will teach students a popular children’s song or a catchy chorus from the Yé-Yé era of the 1960s which they’ll sing accompanied by the band. Students will hear and speak French throughout the workshop and end the session learning to waltz!

Fairytale Puppetry – Exploring Languages

Engage with language and culture through a range of nine classic fairytales and stories told through exquisitely crafted traditional European hand puppets. The performances feature audience participation and are available in French and Mandarin. This program can be tailored to suit different ages or language levels. The Jungle Book: – 45 minutes – Pre-Primary and Primary – French, Mandarin The performance and language content (LOTE) is adapted accordingly. The level of vocabulary is easy. The children will be asked to sing and repeat easy words in the language they are learning. Ideal show for beginners. Puss in Boots: – 50 minutes – Years 5-8 – French, Mandarin The performance and language content (LOTE) is adapted accordingly. The level of vocabulary is for students who have a reasonable understanding of the language. The puppets will interact with the students, in the language they are learning. Ideal show for students who have done a minimum of 1 to 2 years of LOTE.

Vive La France

Running since 2012 now and performed in hundreds of schools around Australia, Vive La France is a theatre performance featuring music, dance and comedy suited for year 5 and above. The program is a humorous, irreverent look at some of the events and character icons that have come to typify France’s great culture. Through a series of skits and sketches, the show takes a journey through France’s history. We meet two soldiers; English and French, who attempt to find a way out of the 100 years war and Monsieur Guillotin, who attempts to persuade the world of the effectiveness of his new punishment device. Journey through the French Revolution, inside the Moulin Rouge, meeting at historical icons like Marie Antoinette, Joan of Arc, Louis XVI and even delve into the heart of Napoleon’s short-man syndrome. Through a series of skits and sketches, be immersed in France’s history.