NCT presents Under The Baobab Tree

Under The Baobab Tree

Under the Baobab Tree will explode onto the stage on 19 June to 24 July 2022.

Adapted by Moira Katz
Directed by Ntambo Rapatla

This National Children’s Theatre production is a sprightly follow on from NCT’s ground-breaking and Naledi award-winning production of Khokho’s Treasure.

The production delivers a charming selection of traditional stories, vibrant songs, pulsating rhythms, African drums and lively dance to educate and entertain all primary school learners (ages 4 and up).

In Under the Baobab Tree, the children find more wonderful surprises in the fantastic suitcase that their beloved Uncle Jack left them when he passed on. They enjoy their “treasures” and bring stories to life as they sing and dance under the baobab tree. Three are special stories:

1. The Adventures of Noko the porcupine and his friends, as they attend school for the first time. This heartwarming tale is the second in the series by Eleni Theodorou, a South African now living in Manhattan, and adapted for the stage by Moira Katz.

2. An intriguing retelling of Cinderella. In keeping with NCT’s philosophy of promoting self-reliance, self-esteem and independence, this Cinders doesn’t rely on a fairy godmother to get her to the ball! Oh, no! Instead, she uses her moxie and attends the celebration.

3. The well-known story of Stone Soup with a South African twist.

NCT’s professional, energetic and multi-talented cast takes audiences on an original, action-packed interactive jaunt, and point to essential life-lessons at the same time: lessons about values and friendship, about being creative and self-sufficient, and instilling a sense of pride in our rich, unique South African culture and heritage. This show values all of us as proud South Africans with a rich rainbow heritage and culture.

NCT Trustee Moira Katz, who adapted the story for stage, said: “We’re incredibly grateful to welcome this inspiring group of actors to NCT, and for all the support they’ve given to Under the Baobab Tree production. We’re humbled by their excitement and are more ready than ever for NCT’s next blockbuster show.”

“We expect our audience, especially children to feel proudly South African—not forgetting the spirit of UBUNTU—the essence of being human,” said director Ntambo Rapatla, fresh off her incredible production of NCT’s Innocence Lost social action play. “You really get even more here than in Khokho’s Treasure. This time around we have new stories with relatable experiences for both young and old. After two years of the pandemic we’re ready to entertain and give our audience hope for a better tomorrow.”

NCT’s creative team includes Musical Director Dale Scheepers, Choreographer is Lesego van Niekerk, Set and Costume Designer by Sarah Roberts, and the Stage Manager is Jane Gosnell.

NCT’s Enrichment Guide is available for teachers to use in classrooms to make full use of learnings from the show.

When:19 June – 24 July 2022
Where: Imagination Theatre at NCT, 3 Junction Avenue, Parktown
Duration of show: 50 minutes – no intermission
Public bookings: Book through Quicket
Days and Times: Thursdays to Sundays 11:00 and 14:30
Age: All ages, best from 4 up
Ticket prices: R135

Bring your picnic basket or lunch with you. Booking is essential as we sometimes tour to schools.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION phone 011 484 1584 and speak to Cindy.

About NCT

National Children’s Theatre is the foremost children’s theatre in Gauteng, shining the bright light of educational, engaging and award-winning theatre for children and youth throughout South African cities and rural areas. NCT’s unwavering purpose is to transform young lives and grow societies’ next generation of leaders through the kaleidoscope of vivid and engaging performance arts, original and instructive musicals, and immersive after-school programs. NCT presents live theatre year-round at our renowned 4.5-acre campus in Johannesburg, which includes two indoor theatres, one outdoor theatre, a puppet theatre, music room, and classrooms for the weekend workshop academy.

NCT: Enchanting. Inspiring. Empowering.

Follow us
Facebook: @NCTheatreSA
Instagram: @nctheatresa
Twitter: @NCTheatreSA

Cindy Gordon
082 747 5165
National Children’s Theatre