Josephine Wants to Dance hops on stage at Koorliny Arts Centre

Josephine the kangaroo and her little brother Joey. Picture: Heidrun Lohr
Josephine the kangaroo and her little brother Joey. Picture: Heidrun Lohr

HOP into Koorliny Arts Centre for Josephine Wants to Dance, a new Australian musical based on the hugely popular picture book by Jackie French and Bruce Whatley.

From the award-winning team behind Pete The Sheep comes another hilarious tale of a bush animal families of young children will never forget.

Josephine is a kangaroo who loves to dance. Her little brother, Joey, tells her that kangaroos don’t dance, they hop – but Josephine continues to point her toes and leap through the air.

When a ballet troupe comes to the sleepy town of Shaggy Gully, Josephine learns that there is another way to dance – ballet.

As the ballet company prepares to perform, Josephine sneaks into town to peer through the window as the dancers rehearse, watching for hours and hours as they perfect their routine, and then she practices all night, all alone, until she knows the dance by heart.

When the prima ballerina twists her ankle and the understudy gets a splinter in her toe, it’s up to Josephine to save the day. Can she do it, and more importantly, does it matter that she’s a kangaroo?

Audiences can expect a delightfully funny tale that looks at the importance of believing in yourself and going for your dreams.

The musical was adapted for the stage by Eva Di Cesare, Sandra Eldridge and Tim McGarry.

Josephine Wants to Dance is aimed at children four to nine and their families.

WHAT: Josephine Wants to Dance
WHERE: Koorliny Arts Centre, Kwinana
WHEN: July 21 at 2pm.
TICKETS: Cost $15. Visit or call the box office on 9467 7118