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Saturday, April 4, 2015


(Sarah Richard & Rowan Bartlett)

Innovative and interactive experience sure to be a hit with young people. (Review by Keith Millar)

Standing by and ready to entertain the young folk at the Rhumbelow Theatre in Umbilo this Easter Holiday period is the Actors Unemployed Company with their enchanting mini musical, Penelope Pixie’s Birthday Adventure.

It is a production filled with jubilant song, dance and comedy, and plenty of interactive action and excitement.

Penelope Pixie is a Princess in the land of Ridiculosa. It is her birthday and she and her best friend, a rather timid Goblin named Gary, set off on an adventure to Magic Mountain. There they meet the awkward Troll, Barry Boulderfist. He is looking for that extra something to add to the concoction he is cooking in his giant pot. The result is a frantic run-around, which, with considerable help from the audience, ends with everyone (you guessed it) living happily ever after.

Then, after a short interval, the young members of the audience are invited to join the actors on stage for a brief workshop on musical theatre. After learning the various elements, they put together one of the musical numbers from the show. It is remarkable how quickly the youngsters got the general idea and put on quite a credible performance.

The role of Penelope is played with charm by the vivacious Sarah Richard, while Marc Kay is an animated Gary the Goblin. Rowan Bartlett is the scary Troll Barry Boulderfist. The production is by Bryan Hiles and the original music is by Dale Scheepers.

So, if you are up for a bit of song and dance this Easter Holiday the Rhumbelow Theatre in Cunningham Road, Umbilo, is the place to go. Penelope Pixie’s Birthday Adventure is an innovative and interactive experience which is sure to be a hit with our young people.

Penelope Pixie’s Birthday Adventure can be seen as follows:

April 3 to 8, April 10 and 11 at 09h30
April 9; and April 12 at 14h00

Tickets R60 booked through Roland on email or at Computicket or phone Ailsa 083 250 2690 or visit Snacks and juices will be on sale. – Keith Millar