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PRESS: WANDA and MR HARE MEETS MR MANDELA - Two bestselling Children's Books come to life on stage

The CoLab Network

 

A feast of family entertainment is heading to Cape Town this April! Best-selling South African Children’s Literature comes to life on stage in the Page To Stage Series.

Ticket to the Moon Youth Theatre Company is  proud to be staging the brand new adaptation of the best-selling book WANDA, alongside the crowd pleaser MR HARE MEETS MR MANDELA, for a limited season at The Homecoming Centre, Cape Town, from Saturday 15th – Sunday 30th April, 2023.


Both shows will share the stage at Avalon Auditorium with alternating performances daily, giving youngsters and the young at heart double the amount of fun!

MR HARE MEETS MR MANDELA 

Warm your hearts with the tale of how Mr Hare takes on the biggest lost-and-found adventure. An original production of one of Chris van Wyk’s last stories, MR HARE MEETS MR MANDELA is ideal for the whole family, and is being staged in celebration of 105 years of Nelson Mandela’s legacy. 


The show is a stage adaptation of the iconic book by Chris Van Wyk with illustrations by Paddy Bouma


Directed by Daniel Geddes, the cast of four dynamic, charismatic professional actors engage the audience with active participation, fun, comedy and adventures!|


MR HARE MEETS MR MANDELA is a tale about bravery, honesty and persistence, as well as the significance of being literate and the importance of reading, something dear to the late Madiba’s heart.


Mr Hare finds an R200 note and, of course, it belongs to Mr Mandela because it has his face on it…or so the illiterate Mr Hare thinks. Mr Hare sets off to return the note to its rightful owner. 


With a brand-new script, joyful music and characters aplenty, the show promises to be fun for the whole family, as well as teaching children the many wonders of stories and being able to read them. The moral of the story is that if we do not learn from our experiences, we are bound to repeat them, and poor Mr Hare believes it is fine to be illiterate. 

WANDA THE MUSICAL

The South African premiere of a brand new first time stage adaptation of Sihle Nontshokweni and Mathabo Tlali’s best selling WANDA books has been charmingly adapted for the stage, with Music and Lyrics by Daniel Geddes and licensed by Jacana Media.


Meet Wanda (endearingly performed by Tebogo Moetswadi Molepo) with her beautiful head of hair. She is brave and strong, but she’s unhappy because of the endless teasing by the boys at school. After a particularly hard day at school, feeling confused, forlorn and hopeless, Wanda’s grandmother lets her in on a few secrets.


Through these hair secrets and stories, she finds the courage to face her fears and realise that her hair is a crown and something to be proud of.

This tender and big hearted musical  stands at the intersection of identity and beauty, celebrating how cultural pride is learned and passed on over the generations. The catchy songs and music  encourages young children to love themselves for what they are born with, despite what society may say or think.


MR HARE MEETS MR MANDELA and WANDA The Musical are ideal for children aged 5 – 13 years old, but can be enjoyed by the whole family from 5 – 105.

 

Performances for both shows run from Saturday 15th – Sunday 30th April.


WEEK ONE

Saturday 15th April

Sunday 16th April


WEEK TWO

Saturday 22nd April

Sunday 23rd April


WEEK THREE

Thursday 27th April - Freedom Day Public Holiday

Friday 28th April

Saturday 29th April

Sunday 30th April

Show times: Mr Hare Meets Mr Mandela: 11h00 & 14h30 Wanda The Musical: 12h30

 

Both shows run for one hour with no interval.

Tickets are just R150 and bookings are via Quicket at www.quicket.co.za


Groups of 20 or more qualify for a group discount and can be booked by calling 071 345 7276.


The Ticket to The Moon Youth Theatre Company is a Gauteng based touring outfit of six actors visiting the four corners of Southern Africa on a full time basis . 

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