Taking Flight

Human beans, come to the theatre and allow your imagination to take flight! Follow Roald Dahl as a young boy and journey with him through Mrs Pratchett’s sweet shop, his early school years and meet his favourite teacher. Plunge into scrumdiddlyumtious worlds of dirty beasts; filthsome creatures, crocky-wocks and vitches. Get ready to take a leap, a jump, and fly with us through Dahl’s magical worlds.

Emily Jade was no ordinary child…

She was shy and timid but adventurous and wild.

She was odd-looking, unpopular but also quite smart,

Despite failing Science, Geography, Maths, History & Art.

You see, Emily could not stay focused – a major flaw –

She never stopped daydreaming – not ever, at all.

Young Emily, who always ‘has her head in the clouds’, decides to take up the challenge of ending the drought once and for all. She invents a marvellous machine which she flies across the African continent in search of rain clouds.

Physical theatre (Avril Cummins) combines with ‘documentary-style’ video footage, a simple, creative set, and heaps of imagination. This educational and whimsical fantasy delivers a strong message of hope, resilience and empowerment.

“The Cloud Catcher” has been performed across South Africa, including at the Assitej World Conference (2017), entertaining and educating young audiences about the drought affecting much of the country.

Performed by Avril Cummins

Die towersleutel neem vir Kalla, Biebie, Vlooi en Flappie op ‘n avontuur na ‘n bos waar die singende, kokende Draak woon. Flappie beland in haar kloue, en amper in haar pot! Leerders sien bekende lees-woorde op die verhoog as deel van die rekwisiete, en word op ‘n interaktiewe manier bekendgestel aan basiese teater-terme.

Miem doesn’t want to take a bath, however the bathroom inhabitants would like to convince her otherwise… Bloeb! is an object theatre performance for ages 2-6 years old. This production underlines with the CAPS theme of personal hygiene and by means of artistic magic, we would like to make this topic more magical and fun for children.

The magic key sends Kalla on an adventure to the Litter Queen’s palace. He meets her two side-kicks, Rat and Poison, and experiences what it feels like when litter is not picked up, but thrown around. The audience helps the action along, by finding key words that are placed around the auditorium. A fun, literacy adventure!

Objective
Creating a visual experience using CREATIVE ARTS and MAGIC to show easy examples of how to re-duce, re-use and up-cycle with objects found in the house. In doing that, the students will understand what these concepts are and why they are important. Using STORYTELLING AND  by giving them each materials that they can DESIGN  into an up-cycled creative art at home themselves, creates a full rounded and internal experience to inspire them to care for the earth.

 

About the Director:

Studying performing arts and teaching in drama at the Waterfront Theatre College, she taught drama at the Stellenbosch Waldorf School for 3 years and in 2016 she was a part of a programme called ‘Miss Earth South Africa’ and became one of 16 National finalists. At the end of the year she wrote a play called “The Recycling adventures of Reece”. A play that aims to inspire children and up lift them through storytelling and teaches them about taking care of the earth.

Details:
 
Limited 
amount
of students:   100
Price includes
(For each student): Materials to create an up-cycled design for themselves.  (There are options and depends on what each school prefers.)
Production runs once a year during the months of May and June.
 Vision statement: 
To create a sustainable difference and educate our children through storytelling, inspiring them to care for the earth so that they can have a greener future. 

National Children’s Theatre (NCT), kick starts its 2017 season with an upbeat family musical that has a simple but heartwarming message: Accept the skin you’re in! Step inside the world of Freckleface Strawberry who will do anything to get rid of her freckles. This funny, witty, entertaining production will run at NCT from 14 March during school holidays.

This production has been made possible by the last part of a grant of R2m from the National Lotteries Commission (NLC).

Based on the best-selling book by actor, Julianne Moore, Freckleface Strawberry The Musical tells the story of a young, red-haired girl with freckles, who is being teased by her school-friends. She tries everything to make herself look like others as she is so embarrassed by the spots that won’t rub off, the hair colour that won’t wash out, the makeup that doesn’t work. In desperation, she comes to school in a ski mask. With the assistance of her helpful and loving friends, Freckleface eventually learns that everyone is different and that’s what makes everyone special.

The delightful songs: Little Freckleface Strawberry, I Like Danny, Kid in the Mask, Be Yourself, Basketball, When You Got Friends, will have the audience bopping on their seats. The high upbeat energy of this feel good show with memorable characters will touch your heart, charm you with its message and have you dancing out of the theatre at its conclusion.

Professional talented actors will keep both children and adults delighted and enthralled. The message is friendship, acceptance and discovering that being different is what makes us unique.

The creative team includes Artistic Director: Francois Theron, Musical Director: Rowan Bakker, Original Choreography: Shelly Adriaanzen and restaged by Phillida Le Roux, Costume Design: Sarah Roberts, Set Design: Stan Knight and Lighting Design: Jane Gosnell.

An educational enrichment guide is available for schools to use as support material in the classroom.

When: 14 March to 13 April 2017
Time: Daily at 10:30 and 14:30 during government school holidays; 1½ hours with a short intermission
Where: National Children’s Theatre, 3 Junction Avenue, Parktown, Johannesburg.
Tours To schools can be arranged

Ticket prices: Tickets for chairs are R120 and tickets for cushions are R100.00. Tickets for Pensioner’s are R100.00. Phone Claudy or Zuki on 011 484 -1584/5 or email bookings@nullnctt.org.za . There is ample free, safe parking available within the grounds. Note Booking is essential as some days we tour to schools.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION
Visit our website on www.nationalchildrenstheatre.org.za

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The Whale Show is a family production that uses a large puppetry to enlighten and entertain the audience. The two protagonists have spent so much time with whales they behave just like them and even speak whale language, sharing their awe and wonder of these magical creatures. Themes include similarities and differences between whales and humans, threats to whales and whale facts and figures. The audience is encouraged to think critically about their values and the importance of whale conservation when the audience is invited to stop the giant harpoon.

The Whale Show is 45 minutes in duration and is suitable for Grades R – 3. An accompanying drama skills workshop of 45 minutes is also available.

After a 3 year hiatus The Whale Show, based on Heathcote Williams’ ‘Whale Nation’, returned to the stage in 2011 opening with a run at Kalk Bay Theatre. Created in 2001, the play has toured the National Arts Festival; Out The box festival, the Whale Festival in Hermanus; and numerous schools as part of International Fund for Animal Welfare’s (IFAW) outreach education and awareness campaigns including twinning programmes with underprivileged and privileged schools. It has also been included in the YES programme for Marine Week and enjoyed successful public runs in Knysna, Plettenberg Bay and Muizenberg in 2008. In October 2015 The Whale Show traveled to the Overstrand region where it was performed for learners from local schools. The show was last performed at the City of Cape Town, Biodiversity Management Staff at their year end function in November 2016.

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