Ic of ‘Noddy’ con­tin­ues to en­thrall kids

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he 40 minute play. Be­fore the per­for­mance chil­dren an par­tic­i­pate in ex­cit­ing ac­tiv­i­ties n the Foyer, in­clud­ing face paintng, colour­ing in, mak­ing puz­zles, xplor­ing play tents and rid­ing lit­tle ack bikes. Dur­ing the play Noddy stum­bles nto Toy­land after run­ning away om Mr Carver and the toy­maker’s ork­shop be­cause he was lonely. In Toy­land Noddy bumps into ig Ears, who wants to know who his chap is as he does not look like toy.

Only toys are al­lowed to stay in Toy­land. The au­di­ence has to de­cide if Noddy is a toy, or not.

Noddy is acted by nine-year-old Lia Sachs who is what we call an “old hand” at stage craft. Lia said she be­gan act­ing when she was knee high.

“I was three when I started out in the­atre, I have only played Noddy twice but I en­joy it very much. I love the cos­tumes, the mu­sic and the make-up,” Lia said.

You guessed right – Lia wants to be a fa­mous singer and ac­tress one day. She said re­hearsals were a very im­por­tant part of the the­atre.

“We are al­ways re­hears­ing and we en­joy it. I even do Shani (Tessie Bear’s) make-up at home when we play. It is so much fun,” she added.

Five-year-old Molly Henry went to watch Noddy. She thor­oughly en­joyed the play, es­pe­cially two gob­lins who ap­pear in it.

“The play was very nice and done very well. Bumpy Doll and the two gob­lins were my favourites and I could watch the play ev­ery day,” she gig­gled.

Also in the au­di­ence was Lathitha Tshaka, who also loved it.

“Not only was it funny but also very ed­u­ca­tional. It teaches you to be kind, hon­est and, most im­por­tantly, not to steal. The two gob­lins tried to steal Noddy’s car and Big Ears’ bi­cy­cle and both times they were caught and taken to the po­lice sta­tion.

“No­body wants to be taken in by the po­lice be­cause I don’t think it’s a good place to be in, so I re­ally en­joyed the lessons in the play,” said Lathitha.

The play is di­rected by Caryn Reznik and Cheryl Abro­mowitz.

Reznik said she en­joyed work­ing with the chil­dren be­cause of their en­thu­si­asm.

“They love it. They en­joy the re­hearsals, the make up and just per­form­ing. It is so re­fresh­ing. They even do their own make up at home when they play, so this is real for them.

“I played Noddy when I was three so this re­ally is some­thing that has been in the fam­ily for a very long time,” said Reznik.

● Noddy and Friends is on Mon­day to Satur­day at the Artscape at 10h30 un­til next Satur­day. Tick­ets are R80 at the Artscape Dial-a-Seat 021 421 7695 or Com­puticket. Block book­ings of 20 or more qual­ify for 10 per­cent dis­count on the top price. It is ad­vis­able to re­serve tick­ets in ad­vance.

Two fans who en­joyed the show are brother and sis­ter, Ni­cholas and Molly Henry.

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