Maitland Area School

Maitland | Yorke Peninsula | South Australia

Wow! We only have two weeks (sort of) to go before the world premiere of 'Bonsai Samurai'! As always, students have impressed with their dancing, acting and general stage-confidence. It's been terrific to see older students taking on choreography roles and assisting younger classes. 

Mrs McLean's art students have been busy at the showgrounds painting our Kabuki-style backdrop while Di Bourne and her helpers have been very busy creating the costumes and props. 

Rehearsal/Show Schedule

Most rehearsals this term have been in performing arts lesson times, but as we approach our 'live' shows, we'll be running dress rehearsals across afternoon sessions.

Dress rehearsals:

  • Thursday Sep 13 (lessons 5-6)
  • Friday Sep 14 (lessons 5-6)
  • Tuesday Sep 20 (lessons 3-4)

Matinee Show

  • Wednesday Sep 21 (11.00am)


  • Thursday Sep 22 (7pm )


We'd planned on tickets been available this week but pupil free days and show days have delayed this. Tickets will now be available from the bookroom on Monday Sep 12.

As for previous shows, adults are $10 and children and concessions are $5. Students performing or working backstage in the show do not have to buy a ticket.

Please remember our PAC capacity is limited, with around 160 seats available at each show. It would be appreciated if families can spread attendance over the two shows to allow all students a supportive audience member!


The majority of students will have a costume supplied. Other students will need to supply some from home, mostly black leggings/ tracksuit and t-shirt.  

Please check your child’s class below for details and contact the school if you need additional help or information.


The R/1's are young children carrying lanterns. They're wearing Japanese tops and pants or Kimonos –supplied. Could students please supply /wear for dress rehearsals, matinee and performance:

Long black school pants/leggings 

Plain white or black T shirt, tank top or singlet, bare feet.

2W and 3M

The Year 2/3's are ninjas and junior sumo wrestlers. Costumes supplied unless otherwise requested.

4/5 SD

The 4/5 class are Tuskumogami, koi fish and shadow puppeteers. Some students are village girls and Red-Guard Samurais. Students please supply /wear for dress rehearsals, matinee and performance:

Long black pants (school pants or plain black), 

Plain black long sleeve shirts/lightweight jumpers and black socks. Hoods  supplied. 

Where possible, girls who have long hair are asked to have it tied back in a pony tail or plait low at the back of the neck to enable the wearing of hoods.

5/6 DK

The 5/6's are village people, Red Guard Samurais, the Emperor and main characters. Costumes supplied.

7/8 T

The 7/8's are bandits, Samurais, monks and village girls. Costumes supplied


The 9/10 performing arts students are Ninjas and a selection of Japanese Royalty! Costumes supplied


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