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The Peasant Prince Set To Grace The MECC

Mackay audiences will be treated to an inspiring production The Peasant Prince this June as part of the DBCT Kids’ Theatre Season.

Based on the incredible story of Mao’s Last Dancer, the autobiography of Li Cunxin and a major motion picture, the play is aimed at audiences aged seven to twelve years of age.

Following the successful performances of Possum Magic and Edward the Emu, the award-winning theatre company Monkey Baa is thrilled to bring the production The Peasant Prince to Mackay, presenting three performances in the MECC Plenary Halls.

Following the international success of Li Cunxin’s iconic autobiography, Mao’s Last Dancer, the children’s version (The Peasant Prince) won the Australian Publishers Association’s Book of the Year for Younger Children and Queensland Premier’s Literary Awards Children’s Book Award.

Now adapted for stage by Monkey Baa Theatre, this is the remarkable true story of a 10-year-old peasant boy’s journey from impoverished rural China to the international dance scene.

The play begins as a young Li Cunxin who is taken from his small rural village in Northern China to study at an elite dance academy in Beijing.

Although the training is gruelling, he is inspired by dreams of a better life for both him and his family.

When a famous ballet master from the USA visits the academy, his life is changed forever.

"It’s always my hope that my life experiences inspire young people to follow their dreams and to take advantage of the boundless opportunities in their lives,” said Li.

“I think my story proves that with hard work, dedication and determination, anything is possible. You can be successful in anything, if you are willing to go that extra mile."

Li’s courage, resilience and unwavering hope for a better life for himself and his family makes The Peasant Prince a story to ignite our own aspirations to be the best person we can be.

The first performance will take place on Monday 10 June at 6pm, followed by two performances on Tuesday 11 June at 9:30am and 12:30pm.

The 12.30pm show is a relaxed performance, targeted to anyone who would benefit from a calmer environment. During this session, there is a relaxed attitude to noise, doors remain open and lights are dimmed to create a comfortable atmosphere for all attendees.

With tickets at $18.50, the MECC highly encourages parents to book their tickets in advance to avoid disappointment.

The Peasant Prince is part of the 2024 DBCT Kids’ Theatre Season, proudly sponsored by Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal.

What: DBCT Kids’ Theatre Season: The Peasant Prince
A Monkey Baa Theatre Company Production
Based on the book by Li Cunxin, Illustrated by Anne Spudvilas
Adapted for the stage by Eva Di Cesare, Sandie Eldridge and Tim McGarry
When: Monday 10 June, 6pm & Tuesday 11 June, 9.30am & 12.30pm
Where: MECC – Plenary Halls

Mackay audiences are in for a treat with the inspiring production of The Peasant Prince this June, featured in the DBCT Kids' Theatre Season

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