The People’s Theatre has been producing children’s theatre for more than twenty years now. I have been attended their shows, first with my nieces and now with my cousin’s daughter’s children. The latest of these shows is Disney’s My Son Pinocchio Jr, directed by Jill Girard and Keith Smith.
The magic of the theatre can be seen, not in the costumes (Linda Wilson), the the set (Marius Boshoff), or in the lighting (Grant Knottenbelt), or in the music (Heidi Edeling) or in the direction, but in the faces of children caught up in the story.
Children bring the characters of Pinocchio (Jude Du Preez) and the other puppets, Harlequin, Lampwich, Pantalone and Columbine to live while Jiminy Cricket (Jaydene Marais), Stomboli (Emkay Khanyile), Geppetto (Henck Conrey), Fairy (Minette Bouma) and various other characters are portrayed by Marnitz van Deventer and Thiart Li.
The story is the age old story of a puppet who comes to life, gets into trouble and eventually becomes real. It is a delight to those of us who know the story and to those who are discovering it for the first time.
Disney’s My Son Pinocchio can be seen at the People’s Theatre at Joburg Theatre Complex until 10 August 2014.