Peter and the Wolf in Johannesburg from 11 November to 15 December
While growing up I have fond memories of my parent’s old record player and I would often entertain myself by putting on a record and making up my own story to the music. One record however told a story through the various instruments and I took great pleasure in listening to this one. The story of Peter and the Wolf.
If you would like to introduce your children to this lovely work or if you would like to indulge yourself in a trip down memory lane then you will be pleased to hear that this classic children’s tale will be showing at the Joburg Promusica from 11 November to 15 December 2010 …
Composed by Sergei Prokofiev in 1936 this tale allows listeners to explore the various instruments of an orchestra by creating musical themes for each character. The story is however narrated and the narrator not only to explains the story by also explore the roles of the different musical instruments. The wolf is represented by the horns, while the aggressive drum beats of the percussion represents the hunters who are close on the wolfs trail. The playful notes of the clarinet represent the agile and lively cat, while the grandfather’s character comes to life by the bassoon which is a slow and steady instrument perfectly capturing his character. The narrator in this production is Brian Webber who is well loved in the theatre world.
The story tells the tale of a young boy, Peter, who lives with his grandfather in a forest clearing. One day Peter leaves the house (with the gate open). This gives the duck living in the yard an opportunity to go and swim in a nearby pond. The duck begins to tease a small bird about the fact that the bird cannot swim, meanwhile Peter’s cat is stalking these two, but with a little help from Peter both the duck and bird escape to safety. Peter is scolded by his grandfather for being outside, because there is a possibility a wolf could come out of the forest. Peter scoffs at this remark and his grandfather takes him into the house. Shortly after a huge wolf does come out of the forest and the story unfolds… but I won’t tell you what happens – you will have to go and see it for yourself.
The standard play runs for half an hour but the creatives in this production have beefed it up a bit so that it runs a bit longer. They have cleverly introduced a number of contemporary issues for example bullying and cruelty to animals. Both of these are relevant themes and will have meaning to younger (and older) audiences.
A second difference in this production is that the characters will not only be represented by musical instruments. The cast will include actor-dancers who add another dimension to this production bringing this story completely to life. The role of Peter’s grandfather is played by Nigel Hannah.
This wonderful tale will allow your child to open up their minds, enjoy something creative and learn something at the end. You will also enjoy yourself with this new take on a classic production.
Do you have a favourite character from this story? If so we’d like to know who…
Tickets & Bookings:
There are both public and school performances so you will need to check which performances you can book for.
Bookings can be made at Computicket and public performances cost R75 per person.
Venue: Joburg Promusica’s Main Auditorium, 100 Christiaan De Wet Drive, Florida Park
Useful Johannesburg Links:
- Joburg Theatre line-up
- Africa Umoja, the Spirit of Togetherness – a South African song and dance sensation
- All South African cast in the production of Mamma Mia this August, October and November
- Raiders of the Lost Aardvark at the Baxter
- Follow the yellow brick road to the National Children’s Theatre in Johannesburg