Register! Read! Vote!

The 2019 election is around the corner and National Children’s Theatre (NCT) is proud to kick start the year with a production enlightening children on the voting process. Duck for President is a musical adaptation of Doreen Cronin’s best-selling children’s book. The witty, fast-paced script with catchy songs will takes audience on an entertaining and fun journey through the election process with shows daily from Tuesday 25 February 2019.
The story begins on Farmer Brown’s farm, where the good farmer is fed up with doing all the work while the barnyard residents have all the fun. So he gives each animal a job to do. After a day of hard work, the animals don’t like the new arrangement. Especially Duck.

So Duck decided to organise an election to pick someone kinder. The animals all vote – and Duck wins! Now he is in charge! But Duck’s ambitions didn’t end there. Soon he becomes Mayor of the city, and then President of the country. Is being President fun? Sadly no. So what is Duck going to do?
Along the way Duck learns some important life lessons, lessons that spill over into learner’s future lives as responsible citizens. What is an election? What is a democracy? Who can vote? What is a debate? How to vote? Why does every vote matter? Can a person escape having responsibilities?

The set is appealing and the costumes are clever enough for us to believe and identify with all the characters. Although “Duck” targets learners aged 5 to 10, adults will find much to enjoy in this whimsical play.

The creative team includes Artistic Director: Matthew Counihan, Musical Director: Daniel Geddes, Choreography: Phillida Le Roux, Costume Design: Sarah Roberts, Set Design: Stan Knight and Lighting Design: Jane Gosnell.
Talented cast includes: a piano – playing Farmer Brown (Daniel Geddes), Jay Hlatshwayo (Duck), Dolly Louw (Pig), Ashleigh Butcher (Hen), Carmen Tromp (Cow) and Rene Setlhako (Swing).
This high-spirit adaptation is a must-see for the whole family.

From the book by Doreen Cronin
Adapted by James E. Grote, Music and Lyrics by George Howe

25 February to 7 April 2019
National Children’s Theatre, 3 Junction Avenue, Parktown, Johannesburg 1.15 hours with a short intermission

Saturdays at 2:30 in February and Monday to Saturday in March and April
Ticket prices: Tickets for chairs: R120 and tickets for cushions: R100.00. Phone for prices for schools and block bookings. Phone Claudy or Rene on 011 484 -1584/5 or email . There is ample free, safe parking for buses, kombis and cars within the grounds. There is also room for a picnic tea or lunch in our courtyard or on our lovely lawns. Note Booking is essential as we sometimes tour to schools.

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