CDP Theatre Producers, The Gruffalo


CDP presents Tall Stories' production of


based on the award winning picture book by Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler

A mouse took a stroll through the deep, dark wood ...

After sell-out seasons across the world, including London’s West End & Broadway, The Gruffalo returns to Australia.

Join Mouse on a daring adventure through the deep, dark wood in this magical, musical adaptation of the classic picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler.

Searching for hazelnuts, Mouse meets the cunning Fox, the eccentric old Owl and the party mad Snake. Will the story of the terrifying Gruffalo save Mouse from ending up as dinner for these hungry woodland creatures? After all, there’s no such thing as a Gruffalo – is there?

Songs, laughs and scary fun!

Age recommendation: 3+ and their adults
Duration: Approximately 55mins, no interval

The Gruffalo © Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler 1999 – Macmillan Children's Books


Skyler Ellis


Skyler was born and raised in Perth, Western Australia where he was actively engaged in competitive sporting until the age of 17. Having had a few experiences with performing throughout high school, he was faced with deciding between representing WA again at a national sporting level, or participating in the year 12 production. He chose the latter. After finishing high school, he studied Contemporary Performance and Theatre Studies for two years, before he successfully auditioned for NIDA's Bachelor of Fine Arts (Acting). Since graduating, he has enjoyed performing in a variety of productions, including short films, theatre, cabarets, musicals, fringe shows, commercials and educational national touring productions. Some credits include Neighbourhood Watch (Illuminate Educate), BU21 (Outhouse Theatre), Vampire Lesbians of Sodom (Brevity Theatre; Melbourne Fringe), touring educational shows with Poetry in Action, and Space Cats (Brevity Theatre). Most recently, Skyler appeared in a national tour of Room on the Broom for CDP Kids.

Kyle Kacmarczyk


Kyle Kaczmarczyk was born in Perth WA, graduated from the National Institute of Dramatic Art in 2015 and is currently based in Sydney.

He has starred in several stage shows including The Crucible as John Proctor (directed by Josh Penley-Churchill), The Pride as The Man, Peter & Doctor (directed by Shane Bosher), Unfinished Works as Jimmy (directed by Clemmence Williams), Spring Awakening: A New Musical as Hanschen Rilow (directed Josh Penley-Churchill) and The Yellow Wallpaper as John (Directed by Madeleine Humphreys). Most recently Kaczmarczyk was seen on stage at the Sydney Opera House playing the role of Grubb in Billionaire Boy (directed by Susanna Dowling).

He has starred in 13 short films, one of which he wrote and produced, plus an independent feature film titled The Follower: The Slender Man Documentary. At NIDA, Kaczmarczyk was honoured with the Hazel Treweek Shakespeare Award for his excellence in classical text. He has recently starred in two short films The Horrific Murder of Grigori Rasputin and True Blue, both heading to film festivals in 2018.

Kaczmarczyk is a character actor who aspires to work in film, television and stage, hoping to play a mix of dramatic and comedic roles, and is looking forward to playing the roles of The Narrator & The Gruffalo in The Gruffalo – Live on Stage with CDP Kids.

Shannen Sarstedt


Shannen Sarstedt is a Sydney based actor, singer and writer. Originally from Perth, she completed her Certificate II in Musical Theatre at WAAPA in 2011 before moving to Brisbane where she graduated with a Bachelor of Musical Theatre from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music. During her time at the Conservatorium, Shannen performed as Mary Lennox in The Secret Garden, Alexi Darling in Rent, Shy in The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas and Becca in Rabbit Hole. Since graduating, Shannen has worked on the development of several new Australian works in Sydney and is the co-creator and host of La La Lounge, a successful monthly Musical Theatre Night. She has most recently been seen as Beth Spencer in Little Triangle's acclaimed production of Merrily We Roll Along and is currently performing her one-woman show 'Misery Loves Cabaret' at Sydney's winter arts festival Bondi Feast.


Adaptation by Tall Stories Theatre Company
Olivia Jacobs & Toby Mitchell, artistic directors

Produced in Australia and New Zealand by CDP Kids

Original Direction: Olivia Jacobs
Creative producer: Toby Mitchell
Musical Director: Jon Fiber
Music and lyrics: Jon Fiber, Robin Price, Olivia Jacobs, Andy Shaw
Music production: Jon fiber and Andy Shaw for Shock Productions
Choreography: Morag Cross

Associate Director (Aust / NZ): Liesel Badorrek
Designer: Isla Shaw
Original Lighting Design: James Whiteside

Company Stage Manager: Bec Neeson
Assistant Stage Manager/Touring Technician: Rebecca Zarb


" an exuberant, funny show. Top five children’s shows of 2001 "

Time Out

" funny, charming and smart...brings the house down "

Sydney Morning Herald

" songs and delicious asides for for all the family, particularly those with a sense of humour. "


" While your children are having a whale of a time at The Gruffalo, you will too. "

Courier Mail

" Beg, borrow or steal tickets. Your kids will love you for it. "

Stage Whispers

" the cast of three bring the story to wonderful life... This is an irresistibly charming tale told with refreshing simplicity "

The Times (London)

" his whimsical, imaginative show is pitched at just the right level for three to seven-year- olds, as well as the big ones they have brought along with them...clever storytelling... enchanting characterisation... a rare treat that really is for all the family "

The Scotsman

" an absolute peach of a show "

The List

" monstrous fun...sparks the young imagination..hugely popular...enthralling entertainment "

London Sunday Herald


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