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One of Australia's best-loved children's books will be brought to life on stage at the Griffith Regional Theatre this month.

Josephine Wants to Dance, based on the best-selling book by Jackie French and Bruce Whatley, is the story about dreams, believing in yourself - and a dancing kangaroo.

From Monkey Baa Theatre Company, the award-winning team behind Pete The Sheep, comes another hilarious tale of an unforgettable bush animal.

Josephine is a kangaroo who loves to dance, but her little brother Joey, tells her that kangaroos don't dance, they hop.  It doesn’t deter Josephine as she continues to point her toes and leap through the air.

Josephine Wants to Dance will be performed at the Griffith Regional Theatre on Tuesday, 25 September at 6pm, with the 11am schools show already sold out.

Griffith Regional Theatre Manager, Raina Savage, said Josephine Wants to Dance is a delightfully funny tale that looks at the importance of believing in yourself and realising your dreams.

“This show is heart-warming and hilarious and it teaches young audiences to never give up on their hopes and dreams,” Ms Savage said.

“The leap from the pages to the stage appears effortless and bets of all none of the book’s charm is lost.”

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 as they perfect their routine.

Then Josephine goes home and practices all night alone, until she knows the dance by heart. She spins, she swirls and pirouettes dreams and at the end she always curtsies. She desperately wants to dance like the ballerinas in pink tutus and silk ballet shoes.

On the day of the first performance the ballet company finds itself in trouble: the prima ballerina has twisted her ankle and the understudy has a splinter in her toe.

Who can dance the lead role? Who else can leap that high? Josephine's talents are called upon to help save the day.

Ms Savage said there is a message in Josephine Wants to Dance for us all.

“It is a wonderful story of enthusiasm, hope and following your heart, which is an excellent example for young minds and a good reminder to adults too,” she said.

“Josephine Wants to Dance is a lovely tale suitable for all ages.”

Josephine Wants to Dance will be at the Griffith Regional Theatre on Tuesday, 25 September at 6pm, with the 11am schools show already sold out.

Tickets are Adult $25, Children $20, Group 4+ $18. Tickets can be purchased from the Box Office, by calling 6962 8444 or visit




Griffith Regional Theatre is a cultural facility of Griffith City Council and is proudly sponsored by Griffith City Volkswagen.