The Labyrinth In The Library

Curriculum Relevance:

Drama: Appreciating; Storytelling; Language.

English: Imaginative Texts; Literary Texts; Language Structures & Features; Reading, Viewing and Interpreting Texts; Novels; Retelling Stories; Dramatisation.

An exquisite theatrical adventure into the imaginative world of books.

The Labyrinth In The Library

The Labyrinth in the Library is an exciting, inventive performance which celebrates reading and suggests that books can be guides, teachers and companions for life.

The story begins with Hugo being sent to the library after being caught playing a computer game during reading time. Drifting towards the back of the library, Hugo discovers a bookcase loaded with titles such as; ‘The Wi of Oz’, ‘Grimm’s Airy Ales’ and ‘Lice in Wonderland’. When Hugo pulls out ‘The Word in the Stone’ the bookcase spins around and propels him into the gap between the bookshelves, an endless labyrinth where books come alive. Indeed the novel in Hugo’s hand begins to wriggle and out pops Merlin the Wizard.

Merlin explains that a terrible Robot is sucking out the letters from the books and if it isn’t stopped then every book will be erased. Hugo must enter the labyrinth, sneak past the monsters, outwit the sorcerers and defeat the Robot. However he won’t need to do it alone, the books will help him.

So Hugo journeys through the labyrinth performing many perilous tasks assisted by the characters, stories and puppets who unfold from the books. But when he’s just about to destroy the Robot, a clue from ‘The Wizard of Oz’ suggests that things might not be what they seem. Hugo uses his imagination and decides that the Robot isn’t trying to erase the books, it wants to understand them and the solution isn’t to fight but to teach it how to read.

What schools have said about Mark Penzak’s other shows:

Excellent. The students were enthralled by the presentation, Mark was very animated and engaging – clearly very good at what he does.

Jessica Gallagher. K-2. Halleybury Collage / Primary. Berwick. VIC. Aug 2018.

The performance was very engaging. Our students and teachers thoroughly enjoyed the plot, set, props and Mark’s performance. He did a fantastic job!

Matt Dunstone. K-6. Whittlesea Primary School. Whittlesea. VIC. Aug 2018.

Children were engaged and very interactive with much laughter, calling out encouragement and comments during the performance. They were noisy but because they were engaged. Mark was very professional and his interactions with the students were very good.

Keren Heenen. K/Preps to Year 6. Coolaroo South Primary School. Dallas. VIC. 27/08/2018.

Price: $4.95 per student ($4.50 + $0.45 GST).

Suitable: Preps, K to Year 7.

Minimum Audience Size: 130 students.

Times: Show: 50 minutes. Set up: 50 minutes. Pack up: 50 minutes.

Requires an indoor performing area 3m deep x 3m wide. If available a darker space is best.

Mark William Penzak. ABN: 31 125 574 485.

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