Jill Girard and Keith Smith are delighted to get this 2019 Children’s Theatre year at The People’s Theatre underway with a bang, bringing children, parents and all those with a love of joy and laughter, together for a rollicking theatre experience with the fabulous Broadway show, Seussical Jr.
Based on the much-loved Dr Seuss stories, Seussical Jr. draws its characters from a number of books. It is filled with non-stop music, laughter and feel-good fun.
Dr Seuss has been a children’s favourite author for over 60 years and is loved for his use of language, rhyme and humour. The Cat in the Hat, Horton Hears a Who, Green Eggs and Ham and many more have been the stepping stones to reading for many children and introduced them to a wonderful range of characters and positive concepts.
‘Oh, the thinks you can think! Think and wonder and think!’
‘It is better to know how to learn than to know!’
‘You’re off to great places. Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, so… get on your way!’
‘You’ll miss the best things if you keep your eyes shut!’
‘Why fit in when you were born to stand out?’
These are just a few of the wonderful quotes from Dr Seuss, illustrating the importance of reading and gaining knowledge to equip the younger generations with the skills to fulfil their dreams and aspirations in life.
Say Girard and Smith: ‘The People’s Theatre strives to educate younger minds in order to create a stronger generation through the medium of theatre. “It is fun to have fun but you have to know how” – this is our motivation in directing this marvellous production.’
Designer Grant Knottenbelt will be bringing Dr Seuss’s unmistakable, quirky pages to stage with his set design.
Merry Whillier and Sean McGrath will tickle the audiences’ imagination with their costume design.
Sandy Richardson (Dyer) choreographs a superb cast of actors and is sure to get the audience’s feet moving in time to the catchy tunes.
The Cat in the Hat and the Sour Kangaroo will be played by rising newcomers: Katlego Nche, and Megan Spencer respectively and will bring their wit and charm to these characters.
‘Audiences should expect the unexpected, but they will definitely fall in love with this cat,’ says Nche.
Luciano Zuppa brings his wide-ranging theatre experience to the character of Horton. Lovable to the end, this kind-hearted elephant is a hero with a message.
Masego Mothibakgomo plays the quirky Gertrude McFuzz and another People’s Theatre favourite Nonhlanhla Mkhonto plays the effervescent Mayzie LaBird.
Thokozani Jiyane, who charmed in Annie Jr, returns to the People’s Theatre as Mr. Mayor and is sure to delight audiences again.
Girard and Smith state: ‘We have combined the funniest stories and craziest Dr Seuss creatures in this unique blend of rhyme, rhythm and sensational music score.’
Smith continues: ‘Dr Seuss is bound to appeal to children of all ages and abilities encouraging them to think and be creative. Oh, the places this show will take your imagination!’
Seussical Jr. runs at The People’s Theatre at the Joburg Theatre Complex from Sunday 10 March – Sunday 28 April.
Performance times are Monday to Friday at 9:00 and 11:00, Saturdays at 10:30 and 14:30, as well as on some Sundays and Public Holidays.
Ticket prices are R140 for the general public or R100 for members of the People’s Theatre Kids Club (You can become a member for R120 membership fee – contact The People’s Theatre on 011 403 1563/2340 for more information).
Discounts for school bookings apply, with tickets being R80 per person.
For bookings, call The People’s Theatre on 011 403 1563/2340 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Bookings can also be made online at www.joburgtheatre.com or through Webtickets.