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Pop songs and dance moves add to the fun of Alice in Wonderland, an interactive musical at The People’s Theatre, which is proving popular with its young audience.
YOUNG audiences can do hot dance moves and sing along to catchy songs at the Joburg Theatre Complex, where the play Alice in Wonderland is showing.


Alice frolics with the Queen of SpadesAlice frolics with the Queen of SpadesPopular local tunes like Nkalakathaby Mandoza, jingles and nursery rhymes keep the audience on their feet, and the eccentric characters keep them in stitches.

The musical version of Lewis Carroll’s literary classic, which tells the story of a young girl who goes down a rabbit hole and into a world of magic, is proving popular. The show runs until 7 August at The People’s Theatre in the complex.

While in this wonderland of magic, Alice meets some crazy characters, like the mean Queen of Hearts and the weird twins Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dee. She also attends a wild tea party – which she is told, is an “un-birthday party”.

The set is of colourful trees and flowers; the play itself is funny and interactive. Actors descend from the stage to shake hands with people in the front rows, and invite the audience to get up and sing along while doing the dance moves.

In the cast are popular actors like Solomon Cupido, Lebogang Mphahlele, Emmanuelle Girard, Ryan Flynn and Kieran Harriman, who have appeared in productions such as Winnie the Pooh, Sleeping Beauty, Beautiful Creatures and Cinderella.

According to Jill Girard, the producer of the play, people should expect “laughter, participation and great fun with the family”. It is an opportunity for schoolchildren to see the book Alice in Wonderland come alive.

“The rabbit runs through the audience, which is what children from the age of three like,” she explains.

Thirteen-year-old Sicelo Dube, who saw the musical on 11 June, said: “I loved the play. It was funny and my little sister and I couldn’t stop dancing to the music.”

Tickets are R90 per person. For special school performances tickets are R50 each. For bookings, contact The People’s Theatre on 011 403 2340/1563. Show times are 9am and 2.30pm on weekdays and at 10.30am and 2.30pm on weekends.

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