Sergei Prokofiev’s Imaginative retelling comes to JHB!
This spring VR Theatrical conjures up the irreverent Boy, the grumpy Grandfather, the lovable Duck, the fat Cat, the chirpy Bird and the big ‘bad’ Wolf in a whirlwind stage adaptation of this timeless tale, which has introduced generations of children to classical music and the instruments of the orchestra.
With a unique South African flair, this miniature masterpiece will include local sounds and flavours and make use of puppetry in its unique staging. The production aims to educate, whilst entertaining. With the set created entirely out of recycled paper that was contributed by various community groups and companies, the production aims to walk the recycling talk! Peter and the Wolf is the perfect introduction for youngsters to the magical world of Live Theatre.
While the production stay faithful to the original heart of Prokofiev’s story and music, local sounds and flavours were added to give it a unique twist. The Marimba will represent the Woods, and various local percussion instruments will represent The Hunter Twins.
The woods as their set, were made entirely out of recycled toilet rolls, cardboard and paper contributed by various organisations and schools.
The show opens with a 10-minute long introduction to the puppet-characters, each represented by a different instruments of the orchestra. The Strings as Peter, The Flute as Birdie, The Clarinet as Catty, The Oboe as Ducky, The Bassoon as the Grandfather and The French Horn as Wolf.
Director Elizma Badenhorst said: ‘I love telling stories and this one has the added bonus of having fantastic musical accompaniment. We have adapted the story a little to make it suitable for a modern younger audience while staying true to the essence of the original tale. It’s a story about an irreverent boy, who succeeds where adults fail – it has an endless appeal to children. We can’t wait to bring Peter and his cast of characters to life!’
With excitement around every turn, Peter and the Wolf is one howling good time for the whole family!
Peter And The Wolf
Pieter Toerien’s Montecasino Theatre
20 September to 21 October
There will be 11:00 performances from Wednesdays to Fridays, 16:00 and 19:30 performances on Saturdays and a 15:00 matinee on Sundays.
Tickets are available from R130 per person and are available at Computicket.