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Barbie: The Princess & The Popstar
Barbie: The Princess & The PopstarBarbie: The Princess & The Popstar
  is a new Barbie musical about a
  princess who longs to be a popstar
  and a popstar who would love to
 
be a princess; and who not only get the
  opportunity to change places, with
  hilarious consequences, but also save
  the Kingdom..
.”

THE FIRST BARBIE MUSICAL FOR FIVE YEARS, Barbie: The Princess & The Popstar looks at an identity swap between two teenagers who both live privileged lives but are dissatisfied with them.

Seventeen-year-old Princess Victoria (voice of Kelly Sheridan; singing voice of Jennifer Waris), known as Tory, is bored with her routine and her duties and longs for freedom. She believes that her favourite popstar Keira (voice of Ashleigh Ball; singing voice of Tiffany Giardina), who is visiting Mirabella to perform at the celebrations of the kingdom's 500th anniversary, has a much less restricted life than she does.

Tory wants to have fun and is always trying to avoid her duties and responsibilities. She loves to sing and dance; she plays pranks when she is bored and the only time she really enjoys herself is when she is playing with her two younger sisters or with her dog Vanessa (voice of Leala Selina) and when her strict Aunt Amelia (voice of Ellie King) is not on her case.

A magical, fantasy;
a funny journey into the world of dreams,
Barbie: The Princess &
The Popstar
is a must for every little
princess...”
Popstar Keira, who has her beloved dog Riff (voice of Adrian Petriw) for company, is fed up with the constant nagging of her manager Seymour Crider (voice of Peter Kelamis), who is in turn being harassed by her recording company boss Mr Kimburger (voice of Michael Dobson).

The popstar has a tight schedule to keep. She has to rehearse with her choreographer Danielle (voice of Zeke Norton) and has a PA, Nora (voice of Allison Warnyea), who organises her day. She envies Princess Victoria, whom she thinks has a much less pressurised life, and would love to live at the palace.

When the two girls meet, they discover that they have something in common: both have a magical secret that will make the transformation that enables each to experience the other's life a simple task.

But there are lessons to learn and surprises in store for them — including the very worrying fact that the kingdom is at risk when the secret and magical diamond Gardenia is stolen. And could there be romance in the air for the princess?

For all Barbie fans who adore both popstars and princesses, the Barbie: The Princess & The Popstar DVD is set to become the new jewel in your collection. It's a modern twist on the classic story of The Prince And The Pauper — in this case, a princess and a popstar!

In this sparkling musical adventure, Barbie stars as Tori the kind-hearted princess of Meribella who would rather sing and dance than perform her royal duties. She becomes the popstar she has always wanted to be and although she expects an "ordinary life", when it comes to Barbie, nothing is ever ordinary.

The film features both original and existing chart-topping songs, including a reworking of the Cindy Lauper classic Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, which is given the Barbie treatment to become Princesses Just Wanna Have Fun.

The DVD contains special features and bonus material to crown it as one of the hottest releases in Barbie's film history. A magical, fantasy; a funny journey into the world of dreams, Barbie: The Princess & The Popstar is a must for every little princess.

Barbie: The Princess & The Popstar
also features the voices of: Jonathan Holmes as Rupert; Christopher Gaze as King Frederick; Lauren Lavoie as Meredith; Ashlyn Drummond as Trevi; Adrian Petriw as Prince Liam; Mark Oliver as Duke Trentino; Aislyn Watson as Charlotte; and Lily Snowden-Fine as Emily.

Written by Seve Granat and Cydne Clark; Score by Gabriel Mann and Rebecca Kneubuhl; Producers are Shelley EDvi-Vardhana and Shawn McCorkindale; Dance Choreography by Teresa Espinosa; and Directed by Zeke Norton.

Barbie is back — A princess swaps her tiara for tunes in the new musical Barbie: The Princess & The Popstar (U), available on DVD, digital download and via video-on-demand from 3 September 2012.

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"A magical, fantasy; a funny journey into the world of dreams, Barbie: The Princess & The Popstar is a must for every little princess" — Maggie Woods, MotorBar


FOR ALL THOSE MUMS considering performing arts for their little ones, particularly at this time of year when X-Factor is back on screens and dreams of being a popstar are rekindled, here's some simple top tips to get you started from Denise Hutton-Gosney, the founder of leading theatre school Razzamataz:

1 Performing in front of people takes confidence and for some children it is a skill that needs to be learnt and encouraged. The easiest way to do this is to take every opportunity to practice speaking aloud and performing in front of family and friends to make it a fun experience. This could be dancing along to a song on the radio or reading a favourite book aloud before bed. Having the confidence to perform in front of people is a valuable skill that children can use in many different circumstances as they're growing up.

2 There's much more on offer than many mums expect when it comes to finding a class to introduce a child to performing arts. Children today can try all different kinds of styles of dance from Jazz to Irish to hip hop. Singing classes can range from opera to pop and acting classes can cover musical theatre to comedy and improvisation. There really is something for everyone and children should have a go at as many as possible to find the class that they enjoy the most.

3 It's important that mums and dads encourage their child's interest in performing arts and show that they are their biggest fan! This could simply mean turning up at performances and cheering from the front row.

4 If you choose to send your child to a theatre school make sure that you meet the teachers and are confident that they can provide a stimulating and encouraging environment which will help nurture your child's talent. Classes should involve lots of participation so no child is sitting out for long.

5 Children can dream up all kinds of scenarios when they use their imaginations. Let them become the playwrights and put their imagination to the test.

6 The emphasis should always be on having fun, fun, fun!

7 Involve siblings and friends and create your own theatre school at home. Choose your child's favourite songs and books and have fun re-enacting the storylines and singing the words. Would make a great performance next time Grandma visits!

8 Make use of potential down times such as travelling in the car to practice singing. This not only keeps children entertained on long journeys but also helps them become familiar with songs so they feel more confident when singing them in front of other people.

9 Hold your own mini awards ceremony to recognise the extraordinary talent in your household!

10 Never feel embarrassed to show off your own singing or dancing talents (if you have them!). Your little one will follow suit and find it entertaining that you're joining in!