Charming children’s book adaptations

The cast of Wanda The Musical.

Ticket to the Moon Youth Theatre Company will be staging the brand new adaptation of the best-selling book Wanda, alongside the crowd pleaser Mr Hare Meets Mr Mandela, for a limited season in the Avalon Auditorium, Homecoming Centre, Buitenkant Street, District Six, from Saturday April 15 to Sunday April 30.

In the original production of one of Chris van Wyk’s last stories, Mr Hare Meets Mr Mandela is a tale about bravery, honesty and persistence, as well as the significance of being literate and the importance of reading.

Mr Hare finds an R200 note and, of course, it belongs to Mr Mandela because it has his face on it…or so the illiterate Mr Hare thinks. Mr Hare sets off to return the note to its rightful owner.

Sihle Nontshokweni and Mathabo Tlali’s best-selling Wanda book has been adapted for the stage, in Wanda The Musical.

Wanda, with her beautiful head of hair, is brave and strong, but she’s unhappy because of the endless teasing by the boys at school. After a particularly hard day, feeling confused, forlorn and hopeless, Wanda’s grandmother lets her in on a few secrets.

Through these hair secrets and stories, she finds the courage to face her fears and realise that her hair is a crown and something to be proud of.

The Ticket to The Moon Youth Theatre Company is a Gauteng-based touring outfit of six actors.

Mr Hare Meets Mr Mandela and Wanda The Musical are ideal for children aged 5 to 13 but can be enjoyed by the whole family.

Both shows run for one hour with no interval.

Tickets are R150 through Quicket. Groups of 20 or more qualify for a discount and can call 071 345 7276 to book.