Fishing for something to do this holiday with your kids? Join the Little Mermaid, Ariel, and her fishy friends under the sea for a fintastic adventure at the People’s Theatre in Joburg until December 23.
Summer time is the season of sun, sea and sand, and if you can’t make it to the beach (even if you can) then let your kids immerse themselves in this enchanting production based on the classic fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen providing perfect entertainment, as they watch the story of the bubbly little mermaid, Ariel, come to life.
This production takes place in the magical underwater kingdom that Ariel longs to leave behind to marry a human prince.
Ariel is played by Alexandra and Isabella Snyman. Alexandra made her People’s Theatre debut in the 2011 production of ‘Beauty and the Beast’, and played the role of Miss Pepper in the ‘Gingerbread Man 2’. Her sister Isabella has appeared in numerous People’s Theatre productions including ‘The Jungle Book’, ‘Alice in Wonderland’ and ‘The Gingerbread Man 2’. Alexandra and Isabella alternate in the role of Ariel, who dreams of living in the human world, meeting a Prince, falling in love, and living happily ever after.
But the seaweed isn’t always greener in somebody else’s lake, and if she’s serious about making her dreams reality, she’ll have to defy her father King Triton (Sipho Hlongwane, who hails from the Eastern Cape and has performed extensively locally and internationally), make a deal with the evil sea witch Ursula (Sanelisiwe Jobodwana) and convince Prince Eric (Reynard Slabbert, who recently appeared in ‘Ester the musical’ and ‘Aladdin’, ‘7de Laan’ and the movies ‘Wolf Wolf’) that she’s the girl with the enchanting voice that he fell in love with. Prince Eric’s side kick, Grimsby ( Kefilwe Mohlaban, a 3rd year drama student at Tshwane University of Technology ) is committed to finding the right girl for Prince Eric.
Audiences will remember Jobodwana as Mrs Rabbit, Mrs McGregor and Mrs Tiggywinkle, from the People’s production of ‘Peter Rabbit and Other Tales’ in September and October. The Afda College graduate made her stage debut in ’21 Poets and a Poem’, which played at the Fringe theatre in 2011, and returns to give King Triton grey hair as Ursula.
Emmanuelle Girard joins the cast as loveable crab Sebastian. The popular actress, who holds a master’s degree in performing arts from Lumiere University Lyon 2 in France, has appeared in 12 People’s Theatre productions, and in addition to many cabaret performances around the world, lists ‘The King and I’, Janice Honeyman’s ‘Snow White’ (Miss Passionella Porky), and Magenta in the ‘Rocky Horror Picture Show’ among her most memorable roles. Sebastian is joined by his quirky friends who try their best to help Ariel make her dreams come true.
The Little Mermaid is directed by People’s Theatre Jill Girard and Keith Smith, who have brought all the classics to life, most recently, ‘Peter Rabbit and Other Tales’ and ‘The Jungle Book’. The skilled Marius Boshoff designed the set and the gorgeous costumes are made by Linda Wilson.
* For more information, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, visit www.peoplestheatre.co.za, or call 0114031563 or 082 450 6524.
The Peoples Theatre is situated on Corner Loveday and Hoofd Street, Joburg Theatre Complex, Braamfontein, Johannesburg.
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