Just in time for the December holidays, National Children’s Theatre presents a whimsical reinvention of Dickens’ most beloved Christmas story.
Peter Bloedel, the playwright, has reinvented the story in rhyming couplets that remind you of the wacky rhymes of Dr Seuss. It’s a glorious, colourful, cheerful telling and a fun-filled introduction to a beloved and timeless holiday classic. This production starts its run on 7 November 2017.
The show has been made possible by part of a grant from the National Lotteries Commission (NLC).
“A Seussified Christmas Carol” is the heart-warming story of miserly Ebeneezer Scrooge. The Scrooge is mean and cold-hearted, and makes no exceptions – even at Christmas time – until the ghost of his deceased business partner, Jacob Marley, comes to warn him about the ugliness of his greed. Marley gives him advance notice of the visits that he is going to have from times in his life: Christmas Past, Christmas Present and Christmas Future. Is this enough to make the selfish old miser change his ways? See what happens during the show.
“Peter Bloedel has cleverly created a whimsical story that is perfect for the entire family. He adopts a rhyme scheme that everyone recognizes and loves. Parents can rest assured children will find the language most accessible and great fun. The essence of Dickens is still there and so are the lessons to be learnt!” says CEO Moira Katz.
The production will feature, among others, Daniel Geddes as Scrooge, Nomonde Matiwane and Cassius Davids as narrators, Nieke Lombard as Mrs Cratchit, Jessica Foli, Alessandro Mendes and Blaine Shore playing various roles, including the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future and children from NCT workshops.
The creative team includes Artistic Director: Francois Theron, Costume Design and Set Design: Sarah Roberts and Lighting Design: Jane Gosnell.
After every performance the audience will have the opportunity to meet The Scrooge and the rest of the cast, and have their photos taken.
When: 7 November to 23 December 2017
Where: National Children’s Theatre, 3 Junction Avenue, Parktown, Johannesburg
Time: By arrangement with schools during November, 10:30 and 14:30 during government school holidays; 1 hour 15 minutes with a short intermission
Ticket prices: Tickets for chairs are R120 and tickets for cushions are R100. Tickets for pensioners are R100; phone for prices for schools and block bookings. Phone Claudy on 011 484 1584/5 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org There is ample free, safe parking available within the grounds. Note booking is essential as we sometimes tour to schools.