#Book Week 2021-LITTLELIGHT-Virtual

Books To Life - Book Week Shows For Students

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2020 VIRTUAL "Thank you so so so much for all your valuable resources and an amazing brilliant 'virtual show'. Our students were engaged throughout the performance & thoroughly enjoyed watching it, from our Prep students right up to our Year 6 students."

2020 VIRTUAL "The staff & students loved the show (&) were extremely impressed with how you made the illustrations come to life & were able to put yourself into the illustrations. Everyone from Foundation to year 6 thoroughly enjoyed the presentation."

See the live show here

Perfect for schools who cannot currently book a live show due to issues related to Covid-19.

Based on the CBCA 2021 notable-listed Picture Book of the Year "Littlelight" written & illustrated by Kelly Canby & published by Fremantle Press

The 2021 Western Australian Young Readers’ Book Award Shortlisted Picture Book.

LITTLELIGHT - The story of a little town that needed a whole lot of enlightening.
"When bricks start to go missing from the town of Littlelight, the mayor whips his citizens into a frenzy of aggravation. But when the townspeople find the thief, and her motive, they discover perhaps it is the mayor who is the problem."

Illustrated in moody black and white with dynamic neon highlights, this is a thought-provoking tale of tolerance and acceptance.

"Readers will spot the brick thief early in the story and understand that the celebration of difference — depicted in eye-popping neon highlighted against the grey backdrop of the town — runs counter to the narrowmindedness of the mayor... Littlelight shines a neon spotlight on the importance of breaking down barriers" Writing WA

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!

PRESS the green button to directly contact the booking team!

Reviews for the book:
  • "Kelly Canby’s distinctive scribbly illustrations are enjoyably tactile and energetic … With this work, author-illustrator Canby further confirms her reputation as an innovative and thought-provoking storyteller." Books+Publishing
  • "This little book packs some serious themes about keeping an open mind, staying connected, limiting elected authority, and the power of one person to make a positive difference." Magpies
  • "Parents, teachers and kids will all find different things to appreciate in this timely and visually striking picture book" Weekend West
  • "Along with the brilliant artwork, the repetition of text and sophisticated vocabulary is intriguing for curious minds and will leave readers enlightened." Kids' Book Review
  • "Striking illustrations complete this quality picture book." Pinerolo

Adapted for the virtual stage/screen, music & performed by "Tony Bones" Appleby B.Ed
Technical Design by Zac Krause & Tony
Music by Natalie Calia Dip.Ed & Tony

Our interactive virtual incursion
  • 30% cheaper than our live show;
  • Available any day you like from Term 3, 2021 onwards, including any day in Book Week;
  • Adaptable minimum student numbers so perfect for smaller schools that don't meet the minimum student numbers of the live show;
  • Available to any school in Australia & New Zealand, regardless of location, so a great option for schools who cannot link in with our live tour schedule due to their location;
  • Simple props list can be collected before the show then used by students during the performance to make it even more interactive. Especially brilliant when the props are run by the senior students for their junior classes.
  • Can be viewed at multiple times across multiple days to suit your school schedule;
  • Everything from our live show & more... for less!!!
  • Check out the trailer for last year's 2020 interactive virtual incursion here.

So how will the virtual incursion work?
Just like our hugely successful 2020 interactive virtual Book Week show of "Hello Lighthouse",the virtual production of the 2021 notable-listed Picture Book of the Year "Littlelight" is 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 green screen & 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.

Multiple 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 characters in the show. For Littlelight, the students get to:
  • Stick up grey A4 paper bricks as they enter the room to create the 4 grey walls of Littlelight;
  • Shout out to the mayor where the brick thief is hiding;
  • Chant out the mayor's instructions as the mob;
  • Have 2 students shining coloured "Littlelights" (torches with coloured cellophane) across the audience as each of the 4 coloured scenes progress;
  • Have 7 students up to pick "fruit" (tennis balls or ballpit balls) from a tree (muffin tray) that they throw into baskets (buckets) in the southern scene where the people "eat unusual food";
  • Choose 6 helpers to act out 3 scenes where they get to say lines in another strange language that we translate on screen in the northern scene where people "speak strange words";
  • All get up & dance, learning a bunch of new dance steps with the people from the east who "dance to offbeat music";
  • All get up to play a game of heads & tails, answering true-false questions about the CBCA short listed & notable listed books with the people of the west who "read unfamiliar books"
  • After each of the 4 different coloured wall scenes, several students get to peel some bricks off each wall to create windows & doors. Other students stick up some coloured bricks, while others get to bounce a bird balloon in that colour to the front & float a coloured bird drawn onto a ballpit ball to the front, balanced on a cardboard tube, like a mini-relay that will run after each of the 4 wall scenes so that coloured birds "fly" around Littlelight;
  • All get up to march as the mob to find the brick thief with the mayor;
  • All stand up to learn a range of clapping rhythms at the end of the show in the finale;
  • Fini
sh with either a game of throwing the different coloured ballpit balls into the muffin tray from the 4 walls of Littlelight, balloon volleyball or both!!

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.

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 our website.

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

Check out the trailer for last year's 2020 interactive virtual incursion here.

This brand new 40 minute virtual stage performance brings yet another CBCA notable-listed Picture Book of the Year 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 short-listed & notable-listed books across Australia for Book Week since 2000 & this is his 36th Australian book adapted to the stage, & 2nd virtual performance after 2020's critically acclaimed "Hello Lighthouse".

"We absolutely loved the show. The integration of the book into the story, the singing, the acting and high quality production values, more than brought this book to life. It was excellent.

Along with a link to the show, the company includes the reading of the story by the author, lots of ideas for props that the students can have with them when they're participating in the show and a link to a 45 minute Q & A that can be accessed when convenient.

Tony Appleby's long experience as a performer and writer, along with his teaching background has informed the creation of a show that is valuable in its own right. It shouldn't be seen as a video of an incursion, rather it's a new form, and unlike live incursions, it's available wherever you are."
Karen Keegan, Shows For Schools, 2020.

2021's virtual show is available to schools throughout all of Australia & New Zealand.

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 elements - integrated into the performance are huge bright images of the book, digital images of sets, animations, explosions & lighting displays, creating an incredible viewing experience for the students. The virtual incursion will also utilise green screen technology to incorporate more digital imagery into the production.
  • 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.

So why should you book with Books To Life?
  • A track record second to none! Director, writer & performer "Tony Bones" Appleby B.Ed has been writing, directing & touring Theatre In Education shows since 1999. He has created 42 Theatre In Education shows, 35 of those being Book Week shows, 17 of those being Picture Book shows. Check out thousands of testimonials from other happy teachers who have seen his Book Week picture book shows here!!
  • Qualified & experienced performing arts school teachers creating & performing the content! "Tony Bones" Appleby B.Ed writes, directs, choreographs, designs & performs the show & for 2021 he is co-writing the music with Natalie Calia Dip.Ed. Both have a long history teaching The Arts in Australian schools, Tony in Drama & Dance and Natalie in Drama & Music.
  • All 5 of The Arts learning areas are covered extensively in the show! Drama, dance, music, visual arts & media arts are all deeply explored in a variety of ways throughout the show, not simply Drama or Music. This covers more learning areas for your students.
  • A state-of-the-art technical elements in the virtual performance that brings a true theatre experience to your students at school! greenscreen technology to put the characters into the story and truly bring "Books To Life", multiple DMX coloured stage lights, full audio setup with radio headset microphone & handheld mics for students, all programmed & sequenced via QLAB software, with painted & digital sets, props & costumes. All cutting edge technology & we even show you how you can use the same tech simply for your school productions. Our virtual production also incorporates the industry's latest green-screen technology filmed with 5K cameras to give your students the clearest, most immersive experience imaginable.
  • The very best theatre in education experience for every single year level at your primary school! Don't believe us? Read what the teachers say here!
  • A percentage of the performance fee goes directly to the book's author-illustrator! Books To Life always has and always will pay royalties to the author-illustrators of our source material, supporting Australian literature and artists into the future. We also always pay royalties to all of our original music co-creators rather than simply playing fee-free karaoke tracks of existing pop music. As registered APRA members, you'll be supporting Australian music creators into the future too.

So what do you get with a Books To Life show?

  • Theatre In Education for Australian students at the very highest level!
  • A stage performance or virtual incursion for kids to complement your school's CBCA 2021 Book Week parade!
  • A stage show or virtual show for primary students that will astound the entire audience!
  • Children's Theatre that sets the new standard for Australia & New Zealand for the 2021 Book Week season!

Learning Areas:
  • Literacy;
  • ICT Capability;
  • Critical & Creative Thinking;
  • Personal and Social Capability;
  • Ethical Understanding;
  • Intercultural Understanding.

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!

More Reviews

2020 VIRTUAL "After having you perform at our school in previous years, we knew the show would be good, but with having to perform a virtual show, we could never have imagined it would be incredible. Your show exceeded all of our expectations."
Susan Grover, Library Teacher, Caulfield Grammar, VIC

2020 VIRTUAL "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, Newbery Park PS, SA

2020 VIRTUAL "It was a great success... all staff members that I have spoken to say that their students loved it! My 5/6 class was really impressed and are loving our planned activities taken from your compiled teacher resources!"
Krystal Ryan, Caulfield PS, VIC.

2020 VIRTUAL "Wonderful entertainment... Students were excited to participate in the actions and sat and watched your portrayal intently... A plethora of further resources was very much appreciated for further and future learning... magnificent."
Rosemarie Bucci, S.s. Peter and Paul's PS, East Doncaster, VIC.

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


Book Week, Diversity, Tolerance, Curiosity, Visual Art, Acceptance, Control, Intellectual Freedom, Misuse Of Power, Conflict Resolution, Propaganda, Colour, Difference, Multiculturalism, Tyranny, Walls, Drama, Literacy, Puppetry, Comedy, Primary, Virtual, Incursion, Performance.


Comedy, Dance, Drama, Film, Puppetry, Visual Arts


Approximately 40 minute show then optional 40 minute FAQ recording


Within "Book Week": $5.80 +GST/student, Outside of Book Week: $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 1, Term 2, Term 3, Term 4


The interactive virtual incursion is available to all of Australia & New Zealand

PRESS the green button to directly contact the booking team!

Enquiry/Booking Request