Pippi is irresistible

I went to see Pippi Longstocking, The Musical, at the National Children’s Theatre in Parktown.
Based on the 1945 children’s novel, Pippi Longstocking, by the Swedish writer Astrid Lindgren, published by Rabén & Sjögren with illustrations by Ingrid Vang Nyman. I somehow missed this book in my own youth, as well as the earlier production by Joyce Levinsohn at the National Children’s Theatre some years ago, so the story was as new to me as it was to the generation of little ones sitting on the floor, totally entranced.
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Pippi is a composite of everything children want and fear.  She is a nine year old child whose mother dies and whose father, a pirate, is missing at sea.  She is compensated for this by absolutely limitless wealth and strength.  This gives her independence.  She can do as she likes and she doesn’t have to go to school.

 

She has a live horse in the kitchen (on the porch in the book, but the play is set on the porch) and a live monkey called Mr Nilsson.  She looks after them and herself.  Her new neighbours are Tommy and Annika. Sh is irrepressible, irreverent and thoroughly delightful and her adventures held the audience spellbound. On opening night Hannah Cohen played the role of Pippi, with Tommy being played by Gabriel Poulsen and Annike by Simone Greely.  The adult cast comprised Luciano Zuppa, Sandy Bota as the wonderful Mrs Prysselius, Graeme Wicks, Genevieve Olivier, Zoe Beavon, Marvin Molepo, Roberto Queiroz.  This was a talented young cast, but I must single Sandy Bota out.  She was wonderful.The costumes (Sarah Roberts) were superb as was the marvellous set (Stan Knight who was not there as it was a big birthday for him).  Lighting was by Jane Gosnell, Stage Management by Willie van Staden.  The choreography was by Nicol Sheraton, with musical direction by Dale Scheepers.  This talented creative team was directed by Francois Theron.

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This musical version was adapted for stage by Staffan Gotestam with songs and lyrics by Sebastian.

One of my great joys (when I can tear my eyes away from the action on stage) is to watch the children at the performance.  They were spellbound, each of them wide eyed and alert, loving this feel good musical.  I felt the same.

When 27 September to 16 October 2016 (Mondays to Saturdays during government school term and Tuesday to Sundays during government school holidays)

Time Daily at 10:30 and 14:30 during government school holidays

Where National Children’s Theatre, 3 Junction Avenue, Parktown, Johannesburg

Tours To schools can be arranged

 

Tickets Prices:

Four types of tickets: 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 R70.00 children. Phone Claudy or Zukiswa on 011 484 1584/5 or email bookings@nctt.org.za.

There is ample free, safe parking available within the grounds. Note Booking is essential as we sometimes tour to schools

 

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About moirads

Clergy person, theatre and music lover, avid reader, foodie. Basically, I write about what I do, where I go and things I love (or hate).
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