#Book Week 2022 VIRTUAL show - THE IMAGINEER

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"It was amazing! We used the sets & props run by the senior students and everyone absolutely loved it... Thank you for a fantastic virtual performance... They thought the interactive activities really made the show."
Chinchilla Christian College, QLD for 2021's Littlelight Virtual Show experienced at school.

"EVERYONE LOVED IT! They thought it was fun and colourful and the students were all so engaged... It was such a fantastic show, I certainly enjoyed it just as much as the students did... What a powerful way to deliver such an important message"
Mount Waverley North PS, VIC for 2021's Littlelight Virtual Show experienced at home.

See details for the live show here

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


Based on the CBCA 2022 notable-listed Picture Book of the Year written by Christopher Cheng, illustrated by Lucia Masciullo & published by NLA Publishing.

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!

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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

About the book

“Penny is an imagineer. She fills her minuscule apartment with inventions she has built. Then Penny visits Grandpa and discovers a whole world of strange things to create with!”

Penny has a massive imagination. She loves to draw up plans, gather her tools and turn sketches and scribbles into new creations.

One day, she visits her grandpa’s house and is amazed at his gadgets and gizmos. He has a telephone hanging on his wall, an organ with bellows to pump and a contraption with a handle to churn homemade butter.

Then Penny discovers grandpa’s garage …

Christopher Cheng’s The Imagineer is a beautiful story about an inquisitive little girl whose imagination is sparked by the things around her. It also highlights the value in spending time with a grandparent and learning from their lived experience.

Reviews for the book:

- "The Imagineer is a triumph in which Christopher Cheng has created something incredibly special and delightfully unique."

- "This book could be read numerous times and there would still be something new to discover on every page."

- "It evokes curiosity and questioning; conversations about words, and objects, and times gone by"

- "A wonderful children’s book and an asset to any library—home or school."

- "A warm and loving ode to creativity and curiosity, and celebrates the richness of what can be imagined."

- "This celebrates imagination and creativity, while also exploring the value of things past and listening to the wisdom of experience."

- "A delightful story that celebrates the creative spirit"

- "A sheer delight to read"

- "A beautiful story that celebrates the joy and satisfaction to be found in tinkering, questioning, creating, imagining all sorts of possibilities and learning from older relatives"

- "A thoroughly entertaining tale that is rich in all those elements that make the very best stories for children"

- "The Imagineer is everything I want in a book. Engaging, written with the child reader in mind, text & images in perfect harmony and sophisticated design"

Our interactive virtual incursion
  • 30% cheaper than our live show;
  • Available any day you like from Term 3, 2022 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 2021 interactive virtual incursion here.

So how will the virtual incursion work?

Just like our hugely successful 2021 interactive virtual Book Week show of "Littlelight" & 20202's "Hello Lighthouse", the virtual production of the 2022 notable/short-listed Picture Book of the Year will be 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. 2022 will be a brand new show but for 2021, the students got 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;
  • Finish 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 Zac Krause

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 37th Australian book adapted to the stage, & 3rd virtual performance after 2020's critically acclaimed "Hello Lighthouse" & 2021's "Littlelight".

Along with a link to the show, the company includes the reading of the story by the author or Tony, lots of ideas for props that the students can have with them when they're participating in the show and a link to a 30 minute FAQ video 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.
[/i] Karen Keegan, Shows For Schools, 2020.

2022'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 44 Theatre In Education shows, 37 of those being Book Week shows, 18 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 2022 he is yet again 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 2022 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 2022 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

"The students were all thoroughly engaged and enjoyed themselves throughout the show. They laughed and interacted enthusiastically with the character and were intrigued by his change of costume, accent and clothes."
Marist Catholic College, North Shore, NSW for 2021's Littlelight Virtual Show experienced both at school & at home.

"The virtual incursion was fantastic... an amazing experience for my students... As a teacher, it was brilliant. The story that we had been focusing on all week was brought to life and was wonderful. From a student's perspective, they loved it."
Melton Christian College, VIC for 2021's Littlelight Virtual Show experienced both at school & at home.

"Every level loved it!... brilliantly performed. We have struggled to find performances which do entertain & engage across P-6... observing the students in any class enjoying and talking about it beyond the performance is a major win."
St Anthony's PS, Alphington, VIC for 2021's Littlelight Virtual Show experienced at school.

"The show was amazing. I ran it onsite with two groups of students; 3-6s then p-2s & both groups really enjoyed it... Thanks again, despite Covid, this was a super easy incursion to plan. ... really supported experience... suitable for all grade levels."
Newport Gardens PS, VIC for 2021's Littlelight Virtual Show experienced both at school & at home.

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, Civics And Citizenship


Book Week, Visual Art, Drama, Literacy, Puppetry, Comedy, Primary, Virtual, Incursion, Performance.


Comedy, Dance, Drama, Film, Music Theatre, Physical Theatre, Puppetry, Visual Arts


40 minutes plus the optional 30 minute FAQ video


In Book Week itself $6.00+GST/student, Any other week $5.00 +GST/student (minimum 120 students or for schools with less than 120 students it is simply 80% of the entire school enrolment - perfect for smaller schools!)

School Term:
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