Love for Theatre starts young!
I remember the first time I went to the theatre, it was in Blackpool, UK and it was Andrew Lloyd Webber’s hit musical Cats. I simply couldn’t stay in my seat I was so excited. I can’t have been more than 6 years old and it was a beautiful introduction to the theatre. All the colours, the energy, the music to rouse and the rhymes about cats touched me and began my love affair with anything theatre. From there on my mum took my me to the ballet, to see more musicals and whatever she could to nurture that love for live music and story.
Theatre and live performance touches the soul, it’s beauty helps us to grow and it speaks to human creativity in a way that sitting at home watching a screen just cannot achieve. We are challenged by theatre, we learn about influential and important humans and history, and we are taught some serious life lessons through this beautiful art form.
Parents, with this in mind, I urge you to take you to take your children to the theatre!
We have so many outstanding productions created with children in mind in South Africa. I have experienced clever and rousing productions at the National Childrens Theatre (currently you can see The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe) as well as the People’s Theatre,Joburg (soon to be showing Alice and Family go on a wonderful adventure) and Cape Town has Artscape and their The Frog Prince coming in December…
So if you want to tap into your child’s inner magic, take them to see live performance. There is so much to choose from in South Africa and it can touch our lives in so many ways we just cannot put into words…
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