Everyone’s favourite children’s entertainer is returning to our screens in a new and exciting preschool series for ABC KIDS.
Taking kids backstage
In news that will have your preschooler bursting out of their booster seats, Justine Clarke has just announced she has a new television series in the works called Ta Da!
The beloved former Play School presenter will invite your lucky little ones into the ‘behind the scenes’ world of theatre, where Justine and her Stage Manager friend, Dash the dog, are making the final preparations to her performance before she heads onstage. Together, they have melodies to master, dance moves to fine tune, sets to dress, and a costume box full of fun to be had before the final call – and then Ta Da! the show begins.
Spark the imagination
The Screen Australia backed series promises to be an energetic, humorous journey through imaginative play and drama where preschool children get to experience the craft of theatre and music production from the dressing room. They will learn about singing, improvisation, acting, set building, costume design and dancing. You may even discover you have a future star on your hands!
That’s not all folks!
If Justine and Dash aren’t enough to pique your interest, the 7-minute episodes will also feature an exciting ensemble of special guest performers and artists, who all work together to get everything ready just in time for the live show. Special guests include, musician Tim Rogers, actress Denise Scott, dancer and TV personality Paul Mercurio, hip hop artist and triple j host Hau Latukefu, actor and physical comedian David Collins, plus many more.
Each episode concludes with Justine performing the song of the day, which will be filmed in front of a live audience. These original songs have been co-written by Justine Clarke, Peter Dasent, Arthur Baysting, Josh Pyke, Sean Peter, Jane Lindsay, Cameron Bruce, Bruce Griffiths and Tim Rogers, and cover a variety of genres including rock, country, hip hop, classical, folk and more. So you’re bound to want to get your hands on these sure-to-be hits sooner rather than later.
“I hope it’s infectious!”
Justine is excited to share Ta Da! with young viewers, saying that she hopes it will inspire a love of the stage among Aussie kids.
“Ta Da! is the culmination of my years in children’s entertainment; making music, producing DVDs and touring the country performing live shows for Australian preschoolers and their families. My aim was to create a TV show that celebrates the best of the performing arts and creativity. Ta Da! embraces the joy I have always felt about music and performing – I hope it’s infectious!” she said.
Check out this exclusive video message from Justine Clark herself below.
Justine Clarke’s Ta Da! will screen on ABC KIDS and ABC KIDS iview later this year.