Scratching your head about what to do with the kids this weekend? Well the Curly Cousins have a brand new show. Miss B tells us all about it.
Tell me about the characters you play.
Our characters have, as happens, grown out of ourselves. There’s Miss B (short for Miss Beatrice Blodwyn Bimble) – she loves the colour blue and all things that begin with the letter B, such as bikes and bandicoots and babies’ bottoms. She is very intelligent and loves to share amazing facts in her Miss B Moments.
Sunshine is our sunny cousin. She loves the colour yellow best of all. She has a glorious singing voice and loves to be outside, where her hair goes as curly as Miss B’s and Coco’s.
Coco is full of fun! Her favourite colour is red. She wears her hair in pigtails ‘cause she can. Coco loves making new friends and playing her washboard in the band.
The great thing about having characters with clear personalities is that it gives us a chance to play around with our alter egos!
The Curly Cousins is the brainchild of Miss B (alias Laurel Cohn). In late 2008 Laurel had the vision to create an opportunity for young people in regional areas to experience live music with musicians playing real instruments (as opposed to singing to backing tapes), and to be exposed to sophisticated, fun, engaging music to inspire and delight – music that could be appreciated by young and old alike. She teamed up with talented musician Rochelle Wright (Sunshine), a friend with whom she had worked over the years in bands and in early childhood music, and experienced performer Mandy Morris (Coco) a fellow Playback Theatre member. Since their first collaboration the band and the characters have grown organically. It’s as if the Curly Cousins were meant to be.
What kind of show do you want to put on for the kids?
First and foremost we want it to be fun for the whole audience. We are parents ourselves and know what it’s like to sit through excruciating children’s entertainment, so we aim to make the experience as enjoyable for the adults as well as the kids. We share our love of music and theatre, and of the magic of a being taken on a journey – we want the audience to enjoy the humour, laugh in recognition at the situations we model between the characters, and to simply enjoy the harmonies and instrumentation of our song arrangements. Sharing positive values that encourage a healthy engagement with the world around us is a driving motivator, but we don’t preach to our audience; it’s more about being role models than teachers.
Yes! But we love the challenge. Their responses are so honest. If they’re not interested, they just do their own thing (and that, scarily, could be ANYthing). It keeps us on our toes as performers and certainly our improvisational skills from Playback Theatre come in handy! There are two great things in particular about performing for young children. The first is you can’t get more adoring fans! Hey, how many musicians around here regularly get mobbed in supermarket aisles by their fanbase, with beautiful boys flirting with them across a crowded farmers market! And secondly, as working musos, the gigs are at family-friendly times. We’ve all played in bands for adult audiences too, but we don’t miss the late nights, especially with young children of our own!
Tell me about the new show.
We are excited about the new show: [ITALIC]All About Me![/ITALIC] It’s got a bit of an edge to it and touches three particular issues that most parents can relate to. Miss B goes square-eyed with computer games, Coco gets over-excited with red lollies and Sunshine turns cloudy! It’s the Cousins like you’ve never seen them before. How do they deal with screen time, eating sweets and dealing with the grumps? You’ll have to come to the show to find out!
What should our local kids expect for the show at the Drill Hall?
To have fun. To learn a little more about their favourite Curly Cousin characters. To move and groove. To hear brand new material. To enjoy the Curly magic!
Drill Hall Theatre in Mullumbimby, Friday and Saturday, 10.30am and 2pm.
Tickets are $ 10. Discounted family tickets available.
Enquiries to [email protected]