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The Sorcerer’s Apprentice

9 - 10 Aug

A family friendly ballet full of magic and wonder

The Ballet Team (The Nutcracker 2016, Peter Pan 2018, Swan Lake.. But With Cows 2023), brings you The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, a symphonic ballet adaptation of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s 1797 poem Der Zauberlehrling, featuring Illawarra dancers.

A young Apprentice more interested in daydreaming than actually completing chores gets in to all sorts of enchanted trouble when his master, the Supreme Sorcerer, is called away on an important wizard summit. Getting a hold of an ancient spell book and magic wand, the Apprentice gets lost in the Sorcerer’s grand library, bringing to life all sorts of fictional characters that wreak havoc on the Castle. It’s up to the Apprentice to carefully clean up the magical mess he’s created.

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice features a cast of over forty dancers and a chamber orchestra, with original music composed by Ryley Gillen and choreography by Meryl Papalos. This two act ballet is set to delight the whole family.


The Apprentice Brent Helm
The Sorcerer Tony Purdon
The Three Pigs Alaina Cunningham, Shara Garello & Ava Clempson
The Wolf Matt Girdlestone
The Witch Avelia Bushell
Red Riding Hood Lyndel Elliott
Fairies Ava Marsden & Audrey Turner
Mr Broom Blake Thurling
Choreographer Meryl Dalton
Conductor, Composer Ryley Gillen
Sound Engineer John Harmann
Company Aaliyah Ramsbottom, Alaina Cunningham, Amelia Whiting, Audrey Turner, Ava Clempson, Ava Marsden, Avelia Bushell, Blake Thurling, Brent Helm, Brihony Norman, Bronte Ireland, Carissa Petrou, Casey Bray, Catherine Geenty, Chelsea Allit, Effie Petrou, Evelyn Geenty, Ivy Archer, Ivy Flack, Jaida Gagnuss, Jordan Chapman, Lachlan Ganderton, Londyn Baulch, Lucas Boyes, Lyndel Elliott, Marni Ledwidge, Matt Girdlestone, Nicola Ryan, Paige Clarke, Paul Fraser, Phoenix Shelton, Piper Hayward, Ruby Valentino, Scott Bowcher, Shara Garello, Tony Purdon, Violet Brandon, Zaria Spreitzer

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