The new updated version of the musical Khokho’s Treasure is currently on the boards at the National Children’s Theatre (NCT) in Parktown from 2 August until 3 September 2016. I did see it earlier, but was unable to write about it until now.
The play, adapted and directed by Francois Theron, returned in response to popular demand. I loved it the first time when it was titled “Under the Baobab Tree”.
Khokho’s Treasure is a charming selection of traditional stories curated by Francois Theron and includes the beloved “Fudukazi” by award-winning iconic Gcina Mhlophe.
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 and carefully open the suitcase, uncovering not gold or silver, but a treasure of Khokho’s memories. Some of them will be memories of the parents in the audience.
The children have great fun making up their own versions of traditional stories around these cherished “treasures”, including singing and dancing to pulsating rhythms on the tape recorder to vibrant songs they heard their grandparents sing, including Johnny Clegg, Miriam Makeba and Mango Groove. In many of the songs they invite children from the audience to join them on stage and at other times they have the whole audience standing up and joining in!
I loved it.
The professional, energetic and multi-talented cast takes audiences on special interactive trips filled with action – and teaches valuable 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.
The talented cast includes: Suzaan Helberg, Mark Tatham, Nomonde Matiwane, Sandi Dlangalala, Sbusiso Nhlapo Ferguson and Kealeboga Tshenye. This is a show not to be missed!
The creative team includes Musical Director: Dale Scheepers, Choreographer Nicol Sheraton restaged by Phillida le Roux, Set design Stan Knight, and lighting Jane Gosnell.
When: 2 August to 3 September 2016 (Mondays to Saturdays during school term and Tuesdays to Sundays during government school holidays)
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
Ticket prices: Tickets for chairs are R110 and tickets for cushions are R90.00. Tickets for pensioners are R90.00 per person. Block Bookings (10 or more) tickets are R90.00 adults and R80.00 children. Phone Claudy or Zuki on 011 484 1584/5 or e-mail email@example.com. There is ample free, safe parking available within the grounds. Note Booking is essential as we sometimes tour to schools.