Holiday fun for kids

2012-12-08 09:51
The show: The Little Mermaid, aka Ariel, arrives on stage complete with long red tresses and a sparkling tail.

The sets and costumes are delightfully shiny and the set is clever too.

The show-stealer, though, is Sanelisiwe Jobodwana as sea witch Ursula.

She steals Ariel’s voice with such aplomb it’s impossible not to applaud with gusto – until you remember she’s supposed to get booed.

The show has been released this Christmas in time for Disney’s re-release of the original film next year in 3D – so you might as well get into the swim of things as Ariel’s going to be the princess of 2013.

The details: The show is on at the People’s Theatre in Joburg until December 23. Call 0861 870 870 to book.

Who to take: The little ones – even the boys will enjoy it, especially Neptune’s trident fight with Ursula.

The show: Annie Jnr is no mean feat to stage as the majority of the cast are amateur children.

The director, Francois Theron, does a great job though and the transformation of the Children’s Theatre’s tiny stage into the New York skyline is inspired.

Chantal Stanfield is suitably odious as Miss Hannigan and Sean McGrath is teddy bear-like as Warbucks.

The songs – Little Girls, Tomorrow, It’s a Hard Knock Life – are all good fun and tunefully sung, though there are a lot of adult themes in this story – drunkenness, kidnapping, orphans and exploitation.

The details:
The show is at the National Children’s Theatre in Parktown, Johannesburg, until December 23. Call 011-484 1584/5 to book.

Who to take: Older children, ones under six are likely to get a little bored as the story is fairly complex to follow.

» See City Press on Sunday for more great places to take the family this holiday.