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Take an ‘African Adventure’ with SANParks

23 March 2011

This exciting, ground breaking stage production incorporates fresh young talent, muppets inspired by the smash hit international musical “Avenue Q” and a Nickelodeon-inspired stage design.

The show is set in the African bushveld where the wildlife faces the ever present threat of poaching. Join Lynette the Posh Giraffe, Malcolm the Funky Monkey and Olivia the Ostrich ‘diva’ as they face the terrifying quest to help their Rhino friends Ricky and Rachael.

Tracey Christelis, an upcoming writer with a fresh approach to family theatre, has captured the heart of our African culture in this new and original script. Jesse Christelis and Zak Hendrikz have teamed up to direct this new proudly South African musical and with their out-of-the-box approach to theatre are certain to deliver an enchanting African theatre experience.  Enhanced by the inspirational music of Lonehill Estate’s bass guitarist, Mark van den Berg and you have a show that beats and pulses with a vibrant African rhythm, incorporating all music genres from ragtime to world music along the way.

This production will be showcasing some of the country’s most talented up and coming performers from Tshwane University of Technology who are destined to be SA’s theatre stars of the future. Based on the musical ‘Avenue Q’, the cast of 7 human and 9 puppet characters will interact as though human.  The puppets are animated and voiced by the actor who will be present, unconcealed onstage at all times. The aim is for both the audience and puppeteer to focus on the character being portrayed.

‘African Adventure’ Family Musical will whisk you and your family away on the Adventure of a lifetime.  With no better way to entertain the family this Easter Holiday, head down to the Joburg Theatre and let adventure grab you by the tail.

10% of ticket sales go to South African National Parks’ Counter Rhino Poaching and Public Education  Divisions.

Tickets are R95, and are on sale now exclusively by visiting and purchasing your print-at-home ticket on the internet, or by calling the theatre’s new direct ticketing line on 0861 670 670.

Want to get a sneak preview of the show - check out a fun teaser on YouTube.

Press release issued on behalf of:
Paisley Productions by Collett Dawson of CMS


  • SANParks
    Kevin Moore, (Manager Conservation Awareness), tel: 012 426 5024,

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