How to Catch a Star

ACO Schools: How To Catch A Star

Experience Oliver Jeffers’ magical children’s book brought to life on stage with live music performed by ACO musicians.

Once there was a boy and the boy loved stars very much.
Every night he watched the stars from his window and wished he had one of his own.
One day, he decided he would try to catch a star… but first he had to think of a plan…

Our enchanting sell-out show, How to Catch a Star, is returning to the ACO with a series of dedicated schools performances in Term 2, 2024.

Based on the internationally bestselling children’s book by acclaimed artist, author and illustrator Oliver Jeffers, this heartwarming production about reaching for dreams will take students on a journey from awe and wonder, through perseverance to triumph. In this stunning adaptation, Jeffers’ magical tale is brought to life on stage through storytelling and exquisite music performed by an ACO string quartet.

How to Catch a Star is the perfect introduction to live classical music for Kindergarten to Year 2 students. Following the performance students will participate in an educational Q&A session with the ACO musicians, learning about their instruments, and storytelling through music. A teaching resource kit will be provided to use in the classroom before and after the performance.

"The wonder of the book is captured through the finely composed art of the music, an exceptional ACO string quartet, movement, dialogue, and simple puppetry by a multi-talented performer portraying the boy. This is a joyous piece of theatre for people of all ages, but especially those who still every night wish upon a star”. - Sandra Eldridge, Writer & Director

Not looking for ACO Schools performances? Click here for other How to Catch a Star performances.


Duration:  45 mins (including Q&A session)
Age Recommendation: K – 2 students
Ticket Prices:  $30 per student or teacher (one teacher free for every 20 students)



Tuesday 2 July 2024 10:30am & 12pm
Wednesday 3 July 2024 10:30am & 12pm
Thursday 4 July 2024 10:30am & 12pm



Stage Early Stage 1 & Stage 1
English Picture books, Narratives, Understanding & Responding to Literature
Music Instrumental Music
Drama Drama Forms: Storytelling


Make a booking request

Schools Booking Process


1. Please complete the online booking request form indicating the estimated number of students and teachers you would like to attend. Please select all performance dates and times you would be able to attend as bookings will be allocated based on available capacity and your first preference cannot be guaranteed.
2. A member of the ACO Learning & Engagement team will be in contact as soon as possible to offer you a booking.
3. You will be issued an invoice for 25% of the estimated total ticket price. Payment of this deposit will confirm your booking. Payment can be made by phoning the ACO Box Office and providing credit card details. (Should you not be able to pay with a credit card, please contact a member of our team to discuss options).
4. 8 weeks prior to the performance date, you will be required to confirm your final numbers and pay the balance of the booking. After this date ticket numbers are considered final and any changes are at the discretion of the ACO and subject to availability.



For any queries about schools performances, please contact our Learning & Engagement team at [email protected].

Terms & Conditions



- Complimentary teacher tickets for schools performances: One teacher attends free for every 15 students. Please note the ratio required for supervision is 1 teacher per 15 students.
- Schools will be given their preferred performance where possible, however bookings are allocated based on available capacity and preferred performance cannot be guaranteed.
- Once your school has been offered a booking, a non-refundable deposit of 25% of the estimated total price is required to secure the booking. Bookings are not confirmed until a deposit payment has been received.
- Confirmation of final numbers and the full payment is due 8 weeks before the performance. Once the full balance is paid, it is non-refundable. There are no refunds for tickets not used on the day.
- All school bookings made within 4 weeks of a performance date must be paid in full within 1 week of confirmation and are final. There are no refunds or changes to numbers or dates on these bookings.
- Any changes to student numbers after this time are at the discretion of the Australian Chamber Orchestra and subject to availability. 
- In the event of cancellation of the performance by ACO, we will contact your school as soon as possible to offer a refund, credit voucher or exchange.

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Richard Tognetti reads How to Catch a Star