A FEAST OF FOLK TALES FROM THIS YEAR’S MAGICAL STORY BOOK
“Story telling has a magic about it that entrances and enthrals. It has the ability to grab the attention of any audience, young and old.”
The most beloved children’s theatre, Peoples Theatre, proudly presents another series of timeless tales, The Golden Goose, The Sword in The Stone and much more, in this year’s magical production of Story Book Theatre. Running from 14th September to 11th October, children of all ages will fall in love with their favourite bookshelf classics all over again when they experience the enchanted world, which dynamic duo Jill Girard and Keith Smith creatively bring to stage. “Our aim has always been to share the wonder of books with children. To bring life back to all the most dearly loved stories and give children something memorable to carry with them after the curtain falls,” says Girard.
The Story Book Theatre series has always been extremely popular and in past years has seen sold out performances. In 2015 it’ll be no different. With great fairy tales the likes of The Brave Little Rooster, The Golden Goose, The Magical Soup Stone, The Three Wishes, The Pudding Tree, My Son is Always Right and King Arthur and the Sword in The Stone all taking centre stage, the only thing left is a superb cast to perform them – together with the entire audience who become on integral part of the show.
And this is exactly what young audiences will get with the skills of actors like Sarah Malherbe, Andile Magxaki, Kyra Green, Yamikani Mahaka-Phiri and Jaydene Marais. All five performers are highly proficient in musical theatre and have appeared in Peoples Theatre classics before. Malherbe played Belle in Beauty and The Beast last year, while Magxaki, Green and Mahaka-Phiri performed in Shrek Jnr this year. Marais is an old-hand having played a number of roles in various Peoples Theatre children’s productions since the age of eight, her debut being Christopher Robin inWinnie the Pooh and more recently Beauty and The Beast and Disney’s Jungle Book, to name some.
The cast will bring this year’s Story Book Theatre classics alive through the use of engaging narration, music, movement, puppetry and, of course, exciting audience interaction. “By involving the young audience we can trigger their imaginations and give back to them an unforgettable and magical theatre experience,” Smith says.
And what unforgettable children’s musical theatre production would be complete without contemporary child-friendly music, which is what musical director Drew Rienstra has provided in his kaleidoscope of toe-tapping renditions of popular hit songs. Providing the colour and breathing vibrant life into the stories is the stunning set design by Grant Knottenbelt and glorious fun costumes by Linda Wilson.
Story Book Theatre is one event Johannesburg’s youngsters should not be missing this spring.
Special school performances are available at R70 per learner plus for every 20 learners there is one complimentary ticket per educator – extra educators R70 each and all other accompanying adults are R90 each.
To book tickets call Andrew or Lorraine on 011 403 1563 / 2340 and for more information visit www.peoplestheatre.co.za.