This party’s quite special! A who’s-it-what’s-it shindiggle!
Grab hold of your Nan, Mum, Dad or Pop! Cartwheel your way to the magical spot. Fly like a banana! Swim like a cat! Come along my friend! Just remember your hat!

The Mad Hatter believes there’s always time for tea party – but will anyone come? Did Alice deliver the invitations? Can his dear friends the Caterpillar and the March Hare prepare in time? The Mad Hatter finds himself feeling in a funk on the day of his very important Tea Party.  This slightly mad and heartwarmingly fun story highlights the importance of friendship, self-love and kindness.  Join the Mad Hatter, as he discovers friendship and funk can help him find his happy place. A 45-minute visual and musical delight!  The Mad Hatter’s Funk is a high energy interactive experience which will have you dancing in the aisles and giggling along immersed in a visual wonderland. A colourful celebration of how friendship and fun can help you find your fun-k! Featuring music from international and NZ artists.

SHOW DETAILS
RELEASE DATE:  6th April 2019
RUN TIME:  45 minutes
AGE GROUP: Best suited to families and children 3 years and over.
Starring

Kieran Foster as The Mad Hatter

Bryony Skillington as The Caterpillar

Paul Lewis as The March Hare

Jon Coddington as The Dormouse & Tweedle Dum-Dee

Meg Andrews as Alice

MUSIC BY

Nick Garrett

SET DESIGN BY

Dan Blanchard

WARDROBE & STAGING BY

Annamarie Connors

WRITTEN BY

Guy Jeffery Roberts

DIRECTED BY

Terry Hooper

PRODUCED BY

Candace Borchert

Adapted from Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

REVIEWS

“Every detail of Custard’s World has been painstakingly crafted to create a new and exciting universe. I’m excited to see these charming characters and their stories brought to life.”

 

PETER LINZ
Lead performer for the 
Muppets and Sesame Street
The most fun I’ve had since writing Wallace & Gromit

 

BOB BAKER 
BAFTA award winning writer
Wallace & Gromit Curse of the Were Rabbit
I love you Jazz

 

Evie Hooper, Age 5
WOW… what a spectacular day it was today at Whoa Studios, the show was fantastic for young & old amazing!!!! THANK YOU SO MUCH…

 

with Dani Noyer and Hannah Nancarrow
We had the most amazing day at Whoa Studios, everything – EVERYTHING – every little thing ……. was ah-mazing.  The food was soooo exquisite, the play (pantomime? show?) was so funny and entertaining and the playmat amazing.

 

Paula Burgess
“OMG! You so have to go to see A Very Gloomy Holidays! at Whoa Studios!!!! … the set, show and characters are fantastic!Great for kids of all ages – live action, video and characters like the cool Buzz and the gorgeous Jazz. You and your kids will love it!!!I do!!! It’s like being on set in Hollywood!!! in Henderson!!!”

 

Suzy Cato (Mum and TV presenter of Suzy's World and You and Me)
“Whoa Studios’ is a brilliant family destination and their live stage show, A Very Gloomy Holidays! was amazing! The kids were squealing with laughter and joining in with the ‘panto-style’ shouts of the audience xxx”

 

Sheryl Burson (Mum and founder of Titivate.co.nz)
“Whoa! Studios really was a pleasure to visit. Whoa! is refreshingly different.I enjoyed everything but from the perspective of a parent looking to return.Really good food, drink and snacks was wonderful.The crochet climbing net was fantastic and kept the little beasts occupied for hours.The show appealed at all age levels too. Great stuff!”

 

Huon Butterworth (Dad)
“Whoa Studios is awesome and the show was fantastic! Great place to take kids! Awesome local entertainment!”

 

Johanna Hatcher (Mum)
“Whoa! Studios is just MARVELOUS. Everyone go!”

 

Grae Burton (Dad and Producer)
“Have just seen the best children’s theatre I’ve ever experienced. Huge congratulations must go to everyone involved – the production values, integrity and sheer delight in this place are so refreshingly beautiful. It is indeed a WHOA experience!! You guys were phenomenal. Well done, well done, well done.”

 

Hanna Von Randow (Springsouth Actors Agency)
“Go West for lots of fun at Whoa! A Very Gloomy Holidays! combines state-of-the-art 3D mapping and projection technology with puppetry, video and digital effects with live performers, slapstick, puns and catchy songs… staged on a real-life film set.”

 

Dionne Christian, NZ Herald (Saturday 17 December 2016)
“Whoa! studios – so much fun & colour! And a wonderful, live on stage, multimedia family show: A Very Gloomy Holidays!”

 

Carol Petrie (PRPVFX: Visual Effects for Film & Television,  Auckland)
“Sophia took her family to the opening of Whoa Studios here in Auckland. This place is out of control! Incredible interactive playground, outstanding restaurant and cafe with the most amazing ice creams you will ever have, the cutest toy shop BUT most of all a world class studio where we witnessed the show A Very Gloomy Holidays! This show was all performed with puppets and was outstanding! Wow what an experience! We are so lucky to have Whoa Studios in Auckland! I highly recommend you your family go these holidays!”

 

Peaches & Pickle Performing Arts / Green Door Youth Theatre
“Was lucky enough to get a sneaky peak at Whoa! Studios and A Very Gloomy Holidays! This show is pretty cool, and you really need to come and see it to believe it! Such hard work has obviously gone in to not only the show but the place as a whole. If you’re in Auckland go check the shows out!”

 

Jessica Brien (actress, Wellington)

SHOW TIMES

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MONDAY
22 April 2019
TUESDAY
23 April 2019
WEDNESDAY
24 April 2019
THURSDAY
25 April 2019
FRIDAY
26 April 2019
SATURDAY
27 April 2019
SUNDAY
28 April 2019

No Show

No Show

No Show

No Show

No Show

The Mad Hatter's Funk

10:30am
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The Mad Hatter's Funk

27 April 201910:30am

You're Invited! If you believe bananas can fly, maybe then you'll give anything a try. Shriek or sing at the top of your lungs and shuffle your feet to the beat of the drums. Not a foot you’ll put wrong, if you tipp-ity-tap to this song. Cos, this party’s quite special! A who’s-it-what’s-it shindiggle! Grab hold of your Nan, Mum, Dad or Pop Cartwheel your way to the magical spot Fly like a banana! Swim like a cat! Come along my friend! Just remember your hat! A colourful celebration of how friendship and fun can help you find your fun-k! Best suited to families and children 3 years and over. Featuring music from international and NZ artists

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The Mad Hatter's Funk

12:30pm
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The Mad Hatter's Funk

27 April 201912:30pm

You're Invited! If you believe bananas can fly, maybe then you'll give anything a try. Shriek or sing at the top of your lungs and shuffle your feet to the beat of the drums. Not a foot you’ll put wrong, if you tipp-ity-tap to this song. Cos, this party’s quite special! A who’s-it-what’s-it shindiggle! Grab hold of your Nan, Mum, Dad or Pop Cartwheel your way to the magical spot Fly like a banana! Swim like a cat! Come along my friend! Just remember your hat! A colourful celebration of how friendship and fun can help you find your fun-k! Best suited to families and children 3 years and over. Featuring music from international and NZ artists

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The Mad Hatter's Funk

10:30am
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The Mad Hatter's Funk

28 April 201910:30am

You're Invited! If you believe bananas can fly, maybe then you'll give anything a try. Shriek or sing at the top of your lungs and shuffle your feet to the beat of the drums. Not a foot you’ll put wrong, if you tipp-ity-tap to this song. Cos, this party’s quite special! A who’s-it-what’s-it shindiggle! Grab hold of your Nan, Mum, Dad or Pop Cartwheel your way to the magical spot Fly like a banana! Swim like a cat! Come along my friend! Just remember your hat! A colourful celebration of how friendship and fun can help you find your fun-k! Best suited to families and children 3 years and over. Featuring music from international and NZ artists

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The Mad Hatter's Funk

12:30pm
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The Mad Hatter's Funk

28 April 201912:30pm

You're Invited! If you believe bananas can fly, maybe then you'll give anything a try. Shriek or sing at the top of your lungs and shuffle your feet to the beat of the drums. Not a foot you’ll put wrong, if you tipp-ity-tap to this song. Cos, this party’s quite special! A who’s-it-what’s-it shindiggle! Grab hold of your Nan, Mum, Dad or Pop Cartwheel your way to the magical spot Fly like a banana! Swim like a cat! Come along my friend! Just remember your hat! A colourful celebration of how friendship and fun can help you find your fun-k! Best suited to families and children 3 years and over. Featuring music from international and NZ artists

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TICKET PRICES

Family Packages ONLINE ONLY Pricing

Family of 3: $70.00
Admits 1 Adult and 2 Children 

Family of 4: $89.00
Admits 1-2 Adults, and 2-3 Children 

Family of 5: $110.00
Admits 1-2 Adults and 3-4 Children

SENIORS Show Only – from $17.50**

SHOW & Park- Online from $25*

Park Access Only (No Show) – $10 per child

 

*Show access for Children 3 and under is free when sitting on guardians lap and not occupying a seat
*Includes FREE park access to child ticket holders on the same day
**Only valid for Gold Card Holders


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PLAYED BY JON CODDINGTON