Story Book Theatre at Peoples Theatre in September

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All your favourite classic fairytales come alive on stage in Story Book Theatre at Peoples Theatre in September for a limited season.

Nonhlanhla Mkhonto & Luciano Zuppa in Story Book Theatre
Nonhlanhla Mkhonto & Luciano Zuppa in Story Book Theatre

“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. This show is about books and reading.”

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One of the most beloved children’s theatres, Peoples Theatre, proudly presents another series of timeless tales, Rumpelstiltskin, The Emperor’s New Clothes and so many more, in this year’s magical production of Story Book Theatre on stage from Monday, 2 – Sunday, 29 September.

Children will fall in love with their favourite bookshelf classics all over again when they experience the enchanted world of books, which dynamic duo Jill Girard and Keith Smith creatively bring to stage.

“Our aim has always been to share the wonder of books and reading 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.

Story Book TheatreThe Story Book Theatre series has always been extremely popular and in past years has seen sold out performances.

In 2019 it’ll be no different. With great fairy tales the likes of Honest Woodcutter, Little Red Riding Hood, Brave Roaster, Tinder Box, The Princess and the Pea and Hansel and Gretel. all taking centre stage, the only thing left is a superb cast to perform them – together with the audience who become an integral and interactive part of the show.

This is exactly what the young audiences will get with the skills of actors like Nonhlanhla Mkhonto, Joelle Rochecouste , Luciano Zuppa, Katlego Nche and introducing Raymond Skinner. All professional performers are highly proficient in musical theatre and have appeared in numerous Peoples Theatre shows previously.

Joelle Rochecouste in Story Book Theatre
Joelle Rochecouste in Story Book Theatre

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 Dale Scheepers 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 Merry Whillier.

Story Book Theatre is aimed for young audiences, generally between 3 – 10 years, and is one event Johannesburg’s youngsters should not be missing this spring.

“Need a little magic? all you have to do is open a book”

Story Book Theatre runs at Peoples Theatre at the Joburg Theatre Complex from Sunday 8 September – Sunday 29 September (Previews take place from 2 September).

Performance times are Mondays to Friday at 09:00 and 11:00, Saturdays at 10:30 and 14:30 as well as all Sundays and Public Holidays.

Ticket prices are R140 for general public or R100 for members of the Peoples Theatre kids Club (You can become a member for R120 membership fee – contact Peoples Theatre on 011 403 1563 / 2340 for more information).

To book tickets call Sean or Beth on 011 403 1563 / 2340 or e-mail the theatre at info@peoplestheatre.co.za.

For more information visit www.peoplestheatre.co.za

Special school performances are available at R80 per learner plus for every 20 learners there is one complimentary ticket per educator – extra educators R80 each and all other accompanying adults are R100 each. For more information and to make these bookings, contact the Peoples Theatre directly on 011 403 1563 / 2340.

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