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Script by Jessica Wright Buha
Music and Lyrics by Laura McKenzie
Adapted from the book by Jenny Offill, illiustrated by Chris Appelhans
Directed by Francois Theron

National Children's Theatre (NCT) is proud to present Sparky! which opens its South African run on 05 December 2017. This musical adaptation by Jessica Buha is based on the novel by Jenny Offill, and the music and lyrics have been created by Laura McKenzie.

This outstanding book begins with the statement, "I want a pet." The girl's mother's response? "You can have any pet you want as long as it doesn't need to be walked or bathed or fed." Wow! That is a serious request! Where does one find such a pet?

Libby's friend gives her good advice "Ask the school librarian." And indeed it is good advice. The librarian sets Libby on the path of finding information about animals. After little research Libby is overjoyed to discover a pet that meets all the criteria - one that doesn't need to be walked or bathed or fed! It's a sloth!

Libby's friend is unimpressed with Sparky's lack of activity, so Libby decides to teach him some tricks so she can show him off. Sparky isn't as easy to train as she had hoped , but the quiet moment of contentment at the end of the story shows that the bond between owner and pet is more valuable than any impressive tricks. Even more important and the moral of the story - and a good lesson for all of us - is to accept a friend or a pet for what they are.

The creative team includes Artistic Director: Francois Theron, Musical Director by Dale Scheepers, Choreographer by Jodie Davimes, Costume Design by Sarah Roberts and Set Design by Stan Knight.

The talented cast include: Genevieve Olivier, Sandi Dlangalala, Gareth Meijsen and NCT children from the workshops.

This is another great story for the 3-7 year olds! Give your child the opportunity tom see theatre at its best presented by award-winning National Children's Theatre.

After every performance children will have the opportunity to shake paws with Sparky!

When:               05 to 23 December 2017
Where:              Wynnstay Theatre in the National Children's Theatre grounds, 3 Junction Avenue, Parktown, Johannesburg
Time:                12:00 and 14:00 first week of 05 December and 10:00 and 14:00 rest of the run
Ticket prices:    R90.00 for chairs and R80.00 for cushions

For enquiries and bookings: Phone then theatre on 011 3484 1584 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .za

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