Just in time for the holidays! Join National Children’s Theatre (NCT) in this fun musical romp as they end the year with the premiere of Mr. Popper’s Penguins, based on the Newbery Honor book, adapted by Richard and Florence Atwater and on stage from Tuesday 08 November 2016. This playful, enchanting, comedy will send everyone out with a happy smile and tapping their feet.

This production has been made possible by part of a grant of R2m from the National Lotteries commission (NLC).
In the small town of Stillwater, Mr. and Mrs. Popper are pleasant, practical, predictable people. But when a surprise package for the Poppers produces a penguin, chaos waddles into their lives! Soon, the Poppers home and hearts are filled with not one, not two, but a whole bunch of boisterous black and white birds. But the birds have to eat – and food costs money – that the Poppers don’t have! Eventually Mr Popper solves the problem by teaching the penguins to dance and taking on tour around the country.

This family-friendly show features singing, tap dancing, comedy, and some valuable lessons. You should never give up on your dreams, no matter how old you get or what happens in your life, you should always strive to do what you want to do and keep your passion alive.

Directed by Francois Theron, this family musical is pure theatre magic. Musical Director: Clint Lesch, Choreographer: Chantal Herman, Costume Design: Sarah Roberts, Set Design: Stan Knight and Lighting: Jane Gosnell.

The talented cast includes Samuel Hyde (recently in the international tour of SINGING IN THE RAIN) as Mr Popper and Sanli Jooste (Recently seen in SWEENEY TODD and ALTYD IN MY DROME) as Mrs Popper. The rest of the cast: Bethany Joy Harding, Siphiwe Nkabinde, Naret Loots and Thokozani Jiyane and child actors from NCT workshops.

This is a must see show for the whole family. Reserve your seats now to see professional children’s theatre at its best!

An educational enrichment guide is available for schools to use as support material in the classroom.

When: 08 November to 23 December 2016 (Mondays to Saturdays during school term and Tuesdays to Sundays during government school holidays)
Time: Daily at 10:30 and 14:30 during government school holidays; 1½ hours with a short intermission
Where: National Children’s Theatre, 3 Junction Avenue, Parktown, Johannesburg
Tours: To schools can be arranged