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NCT will be staging Khokho’s Treasure at the Assitej World Congress and International Theatre Festival for Children and Young People in Cape Town.
National Children’s Theatre is very proud that Khokho’s Treasure is one of the productions chosen to showcase at the festival. This vibrant musical marks the passing of a beloved Khokho who leaves a special message that all need to hear.
The story begins when their beloved khokho passes on and his great grandchildren and the children of the village are surprised to hear that they have inherited a large dusty old suitcase. They call their friends to help open the suitcase. In great excitement they all gather under the Baobab tree. Initially they are afraid to open the suitcase – who knows what they might find! In their limited knowledge of “treasure” they hope for gold or silver. Instead the wise old man has left them a different treasure to inherit – a treasure of his memories.
The children have great fun with these “treasures”, dancing to pulsating rhythms on the tape recorder, as well as singing the vibrant songs they remember hearing their grandparents sing, including Johnny Clegg, Miriam Makeba and Mango Groove. In many of the stories they invite children from the audience to join them on stage and at other times they have the whole audience on their feet!
The professional, energetic and multi-talented cast takes audiences on special interactive trips filled with action – and teaches all important lessons at the same time: lessons about values and friendship, as well as being creative and self-sufficient, and most of all, instilling a sense of pride in our rich, unique South African culture and heritage. Included are traditional stories as well as a retelling of “Fudukazi”: the story by award-winning iconic Gcina Mhlophe.
The creative team includes Musical Director: Dale Scheepers, Choreographer: Nicol Sheraton restaging by Phillida le Roux, Set Designer: Stan Knight, and Lighting: Jane Gosnell.
The talented cast includes: Suzaan Helberg, Mark Tatham, Nomonde Matiwane, Sbusiso Nhlapo Ferguson, Teekay Baloyi and Kealeboga Tshenye. This is a show that makes us proud to be South African, with our rich rainbow heritage and culture – and should not be missed!
The plays can be seen at Cradle of Creativity in Cape Town on the following days:
Cultural Hub Atlantis
Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 May 2017, both shows at 14:00
Baxter Theatre Centre
Tuesday 23 May 2017 at 12:00
Wednesday 24 May 2017 11:30
Bookings are essential and can be made at any Computicket outlet.
Ticket prices: R75.00 Adults, R50.00 Children and Block bookings of 10 or more R40.00