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Beloved children’s book brought to the stage

From left, Jade Fuda, Alex Packard and Kate Betcher in “Magic Beach”. Photo: James D Morgan

These coming school holidays, the Canberra Theatre is bringing a beloved Australian children’s book to the stage with a production of “Magic Beach”. This is a sponsored post.

Written by award-winning author Alison Lester, the “Magic Beach” book tells the story of a magic beach where everything one can imagine becomes real.

But this year is different. As the eldest child begins to grow up, does she have to leave the magic behind?

Since its first publication in 1990, “Magic Beach” has sold more than 400,000 copies, with 75,000 sold in the last two years alone.

Now, it’s been adapted for the stage by playwright Finegan Kruckemeyer, whose 92 commissioned plays have been performed on five continents and translated into eight different languages.

Mixing imaginary worlds with everyday life, the Canberra Theatre Centre says “Magic Beach” encourages children to believe in themselves and celebrate the differences that make them special.

“Magic Beach”, Canberra Theatre Centre, January 22-23. Tickets at canberratheatrecentre.com.au/show/magic-beach

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