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THE 13-STORY TREEHOUSE

Based on the no. 1 international bestseller and multi-award winning book series by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton.

Produced by CDP Theatre Producers

from Sydney, Australia

Who wouldn't want to live in a tree house? Especially a 13-Story Treehouse that has everything; a bowling alley, a secret underground laboratory, and self-making beds, for starters!  Andy and Terry live there, make stories together, and have a series of completely silly adventures…And today's the day they're going to bring those stories to the stage – Curtain up! There's just one problem. They forgot to write the play! And where will they find flying cats, a mermaid, a sea monster, an invasion of monkeys, and a giant gorilla?  CDP’s production uses live action, puppetry, music and animation to bring The 13-Story Treehouse to life with a seriously funny cast and magical moments of theatrical wizardry.

 

The Multi-Award winning Treehouse Series is on the New York Times Bestsellers List for Children's Book Series, and has been published in over 20 countries so far. Over the last 15 years, Andy Griffith’s books have won more than 60 international children’s choice awards and sold over 8 million copies worldwide. The 2013 premiere of CDP’s The 13-Story Treehouse was the biggest grossing family show in the history of the Sydney Opera House, only to be outdone in 2014 and 2015 by the sequels The 26-Story Treehouse and The 52-Story Treehouse

Best for Grades: 1st – 7th 

Audience Size: Medium to Large Venues

About the Company
Resources

Please contact us to watch a full length archival recording.

Author Andy Griffiths talks about the stage show

 

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Company Background

CDP is Australia’s largest producer of work for young audiences, creating ‘boutique’ theatre of the highest quality since it was established in 1993 by Christine Dunstan. CDP adapts the world’s best children’s books for the stage with Australia’s highest calibre artists. The work often combines text, puppetry, movement and songs from an original score. The company specialise in producing work for 3-12 year olds, and tours extensively across Australia with works as the Treehouse Trilogy (13, 26 and 52), The Incredible Book Eating Boy and Mr. Stink. Since 2014 the company have toured to Singapore, Hong Kong, New Zealand and will embark on its first tour to China in 2016. The company will also be co-producing a Dutch version of The 13-Story Treehouse in Holland in 2017 with Meneer Monster. Producers of Tall Stories work in Australia (The Gruffalo, The Gruffalo’s Child and Room on a Broom), CDP co-produce and premiere new work at the iconic Sydney Opera House. CDP has won multiple awards including a Helpmann (Australia’s ‘Tony’ awards), a Sydney Critics Award and a Fringe First. 

 

About CDP Theatre Producers

CDP was founded by Christine Dunstan in 1993, and has an unsurpassed track record for developing new productions, putting ideas into action and for producing some of the best theatrical entertainment in Australia. 

CDP's recent productions for children and families include world premiere stage plays which are adaptations of popular books, The 13-Story Treehouse, The 26-Story Treehouse, The 52-Story Treehouse, The Incredible Book Eating Boy and Snugglepot and Cuddlepie, along with the Australian premieres of The Gruffalo, The Gruffalo's Child and Room on the Broom. CDP also produces The Sydney Opera House Babies Proms for Sydney Opera House.

Renowned for our touring expertise, our productions are seen in theatres throughout Australia, in capital cities as well as in metropolitan, regional and remote communities. We also tour internationally including to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (1999 & 2009), London International Theatre Festival (2000) New Zealand (1998, 2010, 2011, 2016), and to the United Arab Emirates, Singapore and Hong Kong. 

 

For more information, please visit the company’s website: http://www.cdp.com.au 

 

Artistic Team

Adapted by Richard Tulloch 

from the book by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton
Directed by Julian Louis
Set / Costume Design by Mark Thompson
Lighting / AV Design by Nicholas Higgins
Sound Design by Jeremy Silver

Critical Acclaim

There are no limits to the heights of creativity…. be transported back to the guileless wonder of childhood….great charm… great fun…cheerful and brisk production… brings manic energy to the action that has the kids engaged and amused from the outset. When a child's imagination is at work, the sky is no limit.

—Stephen Romei,

The Australian

Andy Griffiths' 13-Story Treehouse goes to the edge of the ridiculous and beyond to get a laugh. From start to finish it is a riot of prop gags... demented energy and adroit interplay.

— Jason Blake,

Sydney Morning Herald

5 stars! Really clever hilarious humour… every scene was hysterical… one of the cleverest, funniest and most interesting plays I have seen!

—Armadeep Gill (age 9),

Timeout

The awesome book... has been turned into an even better play!

—James (aged 8) and Felicity (aged 10),

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Gallery of Past Productions

 

Curriculum Connections

  • Fine and Language Arts: Reading, Creative Writing, Adapting a book to a play, Story telling, Imagination, Visual arts, Drawing, Drama, Song, Movement, Puppetry.

  • Science: Design & Technology, 2-D vs 3-D.

  • Emotional/Social Development: Imagination, Problem Solving, Teamwork, Inventiveness, Friendship, Resilience.

 

Minimum Technical Requirements

  • Load In Time: 4 hours

  • Crew Needs: Load in – 4 x stage crew, 3 x LX, 1 x Audio. During Show – 1 x LDO, 1 x stage crew. Load out – 4 x stage crew 

  • Min. Stage Size: 26ft width x 26ft deep, 17 ft ht to lighting grid (20ft height is more ideal), 6.5 ft wings each side.

  • Load Out Time: 2 hours

 

Outreach and Workshops

This performance is available as a “sensory friendly” or “relaxed” performance if arranged with the company in advance and with specific direction as to what adjustments are necessary for your venue.