With a jungle gym as a set and a strong-willed young girl added to the mix, the National Children’s Theatre production of Pippi Longstocking is sure to entertain.
THE strong, mischievous and wilful – but still full of fun – Pippi Longstocking is back on stage, with her suitcase packed with gold and having the most amazing adventures.
Pippi LongstockingsTrix Vivier is Pippi LongstockingsThe second season of the popular musical is running at the National Children’s Theatre in Parktown until 16 April, offering fun-filled entertainment for children over the school holiday.
The play was last staged at the theatre in August 2009; for the new show, a new cast was auditioned in February.
Pippi Longstocking is Astrid Lindgren’s classic children’s comic tale about the little girl who lives with her monkey and her horse. She loves her animals dearly, and her nose turns white with anger whenever someone mistreats her horse.
Although she is not a hero, she acts as something of a magical helper, bringing colour and joy into the lives of ordinary children. Her extraordinary strength allows her to lift her horse and to throw people around the house.
Pippi is different from other children her age. Like them, she wants things to be done her way, but this young girl goes to extremes to make them happen. She is even known to con adults to get her way.
Yet she never intends to harm anyone, rather having their good interests at heart.
“The show is energetic, outrageous and good fun,” says the director, Joyce Levinsohn. “And the set is unique – it’s a jungle gym … The message is clear: whatever life throws at you, good or bad, you can triumph if you believe in yourself.”
Pippi Longstocking is on throughout the school holidays, with shows at 10.30am and 2.30pm on Mondays to Saturdays.
Tickets are R80 for children and R90 for adults. Booking is essential; block booking and specials are available for schools, groups and birthday parties.
Bookings can be made through the theatre on 011 484 1584 or through Computicket. There is a free, safe parking within the grounds of the complex. For more information, visit the National Children’s Theatre website. The theatre is at 3 Junction Avenue, Parktown.
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