#2021 HELLO LIGHTHOUSE Interactive Show VIRTUAL - Based on the CBCA Shortlisted Picture Book of the Year

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"Our students were so highly engaged for the whole show, and erupted into applause at the end!! It was, as always, a very cleverly structured show with student needs in mind and appealed to absolutely everyone."
Sarah Fewster, Teacher, Newbery Park PS, SA 13.10.2020

"The students were really engaged throughout the entire (virtual incursion). They always enjoy audience interaction and the opportunity to get up and use the props... I think it really added to the performance."
Rose Yodgee, Year 6 Teacher, Chatham Primary School, Surrey Hills, VIC 12.10.2020


2020 CBCA Short Listed Picture Book of the Year & Caldecott Medal winner

"Hello Lighthouse"
Based on the picture book written & illustrated by Sophie Blackall, published by Hachette Australia

Bookings can be made through to the end of Term 2, 2021 for this virtual incursion.

So how would the virtual incursion work?The live production of “Hello Lighthouse” has been cleverly adapted to make it work more effectively for an interactive filmed performance that students can stream:
  • at a school assembly;
  • in their classroom;
  • or even individually at home if schools are closed.
The entire live show will be captured with:
  • multiple top-end 5K cameras;
  • full DMX stage lighting;
  • pro sound;
plus several additional visual technical elements integrated to enhance the live production;
all on your screen in 4K clarity.

Multiple camera angles & sparkling 4K clarity will give every student the very best seat in the house & make them a part of bringing this amazing book to life.

To make a booking or enquiry, simply press the GREEN Enquiry/Booking Request Button above right to directly contact the booking team. They will answer you promptly to discuss your booking including when payment will be required.

Shows for Schools not only gathers all the great available shows, it also makes booking easier!

Interactive activities will be included in the filmed performance for students to participate in from the hall, classroom or at home. These are designed to get the students up & moving to be part of the action, making the audience feel as if they are actually in & around the lighthouse with The Lighthouse Keeper & his family.

Teachers will have the ability to pause the show during these activities to organise students in the room to participate safely & join in the fun.

A filmed in-depth FAQ session is included where “Tony Bones” takes the students through the creation of the show, the content & messages in the book, plus where he'll provide answers to common questions.

Teachers then have the ability to email through their students’ additional questions which Tony will reply to via video clips that can be played back to the students within 24 hours. If scheduling allows these extra questions can even be done as a live video call with your school group via Zoom, Webex, Google Meet or Skype at no extra cost.

Also included are easy to follow teacher notes & guided discussions for teachers to run before & after the virtual performance to give the students a greater understanding of the content & a more meaningful interaction with the show. This is in addition to the extensive teacher resources & lesson plans already available for the live performance at https://www.bookstolife.com.au/2020-Show/#TeacherResources

Schools will be provided with a code to unlock the virtual performance on their day of viewing that they can share with all teachers at their school who have a class booked for the performance.

The price for the interactive virtual performance is a huge 30% off the live show price +GST.
Further Information
Adapted for the stage & performed by "Tony Bones" Appleby B.Ed
Technical Design with Peter Amesbury

Learning Areas:
  • Literacy;
  • ICT Capability;
  • Critical & Creative Thinking;
  • Personal and Social Capability;
  • Ethical Understanding;
  • Intercultural Understanding.
This brand new 40 minute stage performance brings the new Australian picture book TO LIFE!! It is created & performed by "Tony Bones" Appleby B.Ed, a qualified & practising drama & dance teacher with over 20 years of professional school teaching & performing experience in children's theatre & theatre in education. Tony has been adapting & performing CBCA shortlisted books across Australia for Book Week since 2000 & this is his 35th Australian book adapted to the stage.

2020's virtual show is touring all Australian states & territories on our 2020 Book Week tour!!![/b]

To make a booking or enquiry, simply press the GREEN Enquiry/Booking Request Button above right to directly contact the booking team. They will answer you promptly to discuss your booking including when payment will be required.

Shows for Schools not only gathers all the great available shows, it also makes booking easier!

The stage show includes:
  • Drama - a variety of performance styles within the show: e.g. Melodrama, Pantomime, Musical Theatre, Physical Theatre, Mime, Puppetry, Game show, Improvisation, etc.
  • Dance - a variety of dance styles within the show: e.g. Jazz, Contemporary, Hip Hop, etc.
  • Music - a variety of music styles in the show: e.g. Pop, Hip Hop, RnB, Rap, Rock, Folk, etc;
  • Puppetry - a variety of puppetry styles in the show: e.g. Shadow puppetry, Hand puppetry, Marionette / String puppetry, Board puppetry.
  • Mask - e.g. Whole face masks, part face masks, noses, animals, etc.
  • Painted sets - Painted on fabric, plywood, cardboard & paper.
  • Digital projections - 2 x 16:9 digital projectors cast huge bright images of the book, digital images of sets, animations, explosions & lighting displays onto humongous 65" projection screens on either side of the stage creating an incredible viewing experience for the students. They are also used for shadow puppetry in the show. The virtual incursion will also utilise green screen technology to incorporate more digital imagery into the production.
  • Raised staging - 45cm high staging 2m wide x 1m deep to create varying performance levels in the virtual incursion;
  • DMX coloured stage lighting - the very latest DMX coloured stage lighting is used throughout the show to create intense & dynamic atmosphere throughout the performance.
  • Professional sound system - a top of the line DPA radio headset microphone matched with the pro Shure bodypack are used to ensure crystal clear sound from the performer in the virtual incursion, along with full stereo sound;
  • Audience participation - Students are used throughout the show to both participate in the audience (responding, singing or dancing along, creating scenes in the audience) and the recording can be paused for teachers to facilitate this;
  • Full FAQ session - after the show a full "Frequently Asked Questions" session takes place led by "Tony Bones" Appleby B.Ed, a qualified teacher with over 16 years experience running these sessions. Tony discusses in depth why he made certain decisions when creating the show (e.g. adding scenes or slightly changing them from the book, sets used, etc), and shows students how the props, sets, puppets, costumes, projections & sound were created for the show, as well as discussing the writing of the script & composing of the songs & music. Extra questions can be emailed to Tony after viewing the show & he will send back video clips of him answering the questions within 24 hours;
  • Lesson plans for teachers - Mountains of pre-show & follow up activities are available for all year levels.

More Reviews

"The props were a wonderful way to create interaction. I prepped our year 6/7 class on the day before to be prop managers. They sat down the sides and supported and encouraged all the other students while each having a job such as choosing a student and c
Sarah Fewster, Teacher, Newbery Park PS, SA 13.10.2020

"It was so well done... The link worked perfectly and there was no issues regarding set-up… It was such a great way to start the term and I could tell the kids really enjoyed it… as did (the other Year 6 teacher) and I!"
Rose Yodgee, Year 6 Teacher, Chatham Primary School, Surrey Hills, VIC 12.10.2020

"We appreciated being able to pause it a couple of times when needed. Thankyou so very much and congratulations on your successful adventure into virtual incursions!”
Sarah Fewster, Teacher, Newbery Park PS, SA 13.10.2020

"The way you engaged with the students through the video and had them perform different actions like the ‘Mexican Wave’ or pretend to be the wind with their arms really helped to bring the performance to life."
Rose Yodgee, Year 6 Teacher, Chatham PS, Surrey Hills, VIC 12.10.2020

Show Details



Year Level Suitability

Prep-2 to 3-6

Curriculum area

The Arts - Dance, The Arts - Drama, The Arts - Media Arts, The Arts - Music, The Arts - Visual Arts, English, History, Geography , Civics And Citizenship


Book Week, Literacy, Drama, Dance, Music, English, Puppetry, Pantomime, Comedy, Theatre In Education, Children's Theatre, Virtual Show, Lighthouse, Primary.


Dance, Drama, Film, Live Music, Puppetry


45 minutes plus full 45 minute FAQ


$5.00 +GST/student. Minimum 125 students or for schools with less than 125 students it is simply 80% of the entire school enrolment - perfect for smaller schools!

School Term:
Term 2


The virtual incursion is available to all states & territories in Australia & New Zealand.

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