Fairytale Dance Productions

At Susanne Hanger Dance we strongly believe dance is a performance art.


All our pupils are given the opportunity to perform on stage at our annual Fairytale Dance Production
held at Baycourt Theatre during the April school holidays. Each year our teachers, students and parents
unite to bring a long loved fairytale to life with the use of wonderful costumes, props, lighting and music.

This is a huge confidence builder for our pupils as they learn to combine dance, drama, mime and
expression to portray their character.

Puss in Boots 2018

Come and join Susanne Hanger as she celebrates her 36th annual dance production in style by bringing to the stage another colourful and enchanting fairytale.

Fairytale Dance productions in association with Susanne Hanger Dance are celebrating the diverse talents of her pupils and their families to bring to Baycourt the tale of Puss in Boots, where good once again triumphs over evil.

“Once upon a time in a faraway town, lived a kindly old miller and his beautiful wife, with three strapping sons and a carefree life. Not everyone who lived near the village was nice, an ogre from the dark forest threatened harsh magic, the people forced to pray that they didn’t make him angry and he’d just go away…….”

With over 300 individual appearances from pupils aged 3 years to Adult, elaborate costuming, fantastic scenery and props, this production is certain to entertain young and old alike.

Tickets 577 7188* www.ticketek.co.nz* *Service fees apply
Adults $28, Children $16, Seniors $16, Family $72 (2 Adults, 2 Children or 1 Adult, 4 Children)

Saturday 21 April 2018 - 1pm and 5pm
Sunday 22 April 2018 - 1pm

Show tips and pointers

We understand your child’s first show can be an overwhelming time where you may receive conflicting advice. If you need advice that isn’t addressed by the following tips and pointers; please feel free to ask your child’s teacher to introduce you to an experienced parent who has the time and expertise to help you get sorted and underway with this exciting time!

Make-up / hair

  • “Stage makeup” needs to be more obvious than normal makeup in order to make sure the dancers features can be seen from stage
  • Blue eye shadows may make eyes appear “sunken” under stage lights so it is preferable not to use blue
  • Light eyebrows (e.g.: blond) may need to be shaded in with an eyeliner to frame the face under stage lights
  • Depending on the costume colour; red or pink lipsticks are best to be seen from stage. Brown lipsticks and/or clear glosses tend not to show up well. You can co-ordinate with other Mums within your group to ensure your group looks their best together on stage
  • For most hair types freshly washed hair can be somewhat unmanageable and flyaway for performance standard buns and braids


  • Have a checklist of all the required items for your childs costumes as well as extra stockings etc. This not only helps make a less stressful time for yourself but also if you are supervising with other parents in your childs group; it also helps them
  • A dressing gown or zip up fleece is a good idea should your child want a snack to ensure the costume stays clean
  • No jewellery, underwear, nail polish, temporary tattoos are allowed during show dress rehearsals and shows. Flesh colour plasters are to be worn where necessary


  • Keep your newsletter containing rehearsal and show dates somewhere safe; you will refer back to it many times before the final show!
  • Arrive in plenty of time to prepare, making the most enjoyable experience possible for your child with no unnecessary pressure
  • It is important for a smooth show and your child’s safety that they listen to side of stage crew and follow their instructions
  • Snacking nutritious foods frequently (in the green room) throughout the day is a good idea for keeping energy levels high, hydration is also very important

Susanne Hanger Dance

6a Wilrose Place
Gate Pa, Tauranga
027 965 6565