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PRESS: Beloved LIEWE HEKSIE at the Baxter for a short run

Fahiem Stellenboom

 

The beloved Afrikaans children’s classic, Liewe Heksie Vang Vis, by Margit Meyer-Rödenbeck, flies into The Baxter for a short season this summer, from 13 to 21 December 2023 at 10am and 12pm.

This festive season, the award-winning children’s classic, Liewe Heksie Vang Vis, performed in Afrikaans by Margit Meyer-Rödenbeck flies into the Baxter Golden Arrow Studio, for a limited season from 13 to 21 December 2023, at 10am and 12pm daily from Mondays to Saturdays.

 

Based on the stories by the well-known writer, radio and television personality Verna Vels, the production won the Best Children’s Production Kanna award at the 2023 KKNK Festival in Oudtshoorn and is perfect entertainment for the whole family. The judges praised it for the way the cast engages with young audiences while telling the story. The show was also nominated for a Fleur du Cap award.

 

Everyone’s beloved character, Liewe Heksie uses her broom as a fishing rod, but the fish just won’t bite. The nasty Yellow Witch offers to help and gets Levinia (Heksie) into trouble with King Rosekrans so she urgently solicits the help of her Blommeland friends. This South African classic children’s tale comes to life with lots of audience participation and fast action. Described as the ultimate Heksie,  Meyer-Rödenbeck is joined on stage by the exceptionally talented Deon van Zyl, who plays the multiple roles of Karel Kat, the Geelheks (Yellow Witch) and Koning Rosekrans.

 

The late author Verna Vels was closely involved in the planning of television programmes for the establishment of the Afrikaans service and started the children's magazine programme. Her most famous work, Liewe Heksie, was originally written for radio and was later published and edited for television.

 

Meyer-Rödenbeck, who wrote the text and directs the show, has created a faithful following amongst children’s audiences over the years. By bringing the production to The Baxter, the popular actress has come full circle at the theatre.

 

“My first professional role was when, as a third-year student at university in 1990, I played the role of Gretel in Story Spinning Theatre’s Hansel and Gretel at the Baxter Theatre,” says Meyer-Rödenbeck. “After that came roles such as Baby Bear in Goldilocks and the Three Bears and the Doormouse in Alice in Xmas Wonderland. Now, 30 Years later and I am excited to be back on The Baxter stage.

 

This production performed to great success at, amongst others, the Klein Karoo National Arts Festival, the Suidooster Festival, Die Boer Theatre in Durbanville and the 2023 Kalfiefees. Audiences have raved, with comments such as, “I think I laughed more than all the children in the hall … absolutely brilliant … your improvisation skills and ability to draw the audience into participation deserves extra mention!”. One audience member wrote, “The two of you are unbelievable. The way you make the children part of the story was special.”  Another said, “Liewe Heksie, masterly performed by Margit Meyer Rödenbeck, opens a door to a world of wonderment. A world of stories and imagination where children and adults can learn and remember to dream and play. Pure magic.”

 

Liewe Heksie Vang Vis runs at the Baxter Golden Arrow Studio for a limited season, from 13 to 21 December at 10am and 12pm. Ticket prices are R120 and booking is now open at Webtickets online or at Pick n Pay stores. Block bookings of 10 or more are R100 or book for the 10am performance on Wednesday 13 December and pay just R80.

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