Get ready for laughter and rhyme with Seussical The Musical JR

By CityLife Arts Writer

Jill Girard and Keith Smith will this June  present Peoples Theatre’s 2nd production of this year, as always bringing children, parents and all those with a love of joy and laughter, together for a rollicking theatre experience with the fabulous Broadway show Seussical the Musical Jr.

Previews begin onTuesday, 13th June with the official opening on Youth Day, Friday 16th Juneat Peoples Theatre. Seussical the Musical Jr.  runs through the winter school holidays, with the final performance on Sunday, 30th July 2023.

Based on the much-loved Dr Seuss books, Seussical Jr draws its characters from a number of books. It is filled with non-stop music, laughter and feel-good fun.  

Dr Seuss has been a children’s favourite author for over 60 years and is loved for his use of language, rhyme and humor. The Cat in the HatHorton Hears a WhoGreen Eggs and Ham and many more have been the stepping stones to reading for many children and introduced them to a wonderful range of characters and positive concepts.

“Oh the thinks you can think! Think and wonder and think!”

“Today you are you, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is youer than you.” – Dr Seuss”

 “You’re off to great places. Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting… so get on your way!” “Why fit in when you’re born to stand out!”

These are just a few of the wonderful quotes from Dr Seuss, illustrating the importance of reading and gaining knowledge to equip the younger generations with the skills to fulfill their dreams and aspirations in life. 

The show’s directors Jill and Keith say; “The Peoples Theatre strives to educate younger minds in order to create a stronger generation through the medium of theatre. All while having loads of fun in the process, and enjoying the magic that comes alive on the theatre stage.”

Designer Grant Knottenbelt will be bringing Dr Seuss’s unmistakable, quirky pages to stage with his set design. Costumes done by Merry Whillier, Sean McGrath and additional costumesbyLuciano Zuppa. Ian Millsis the Choreographer and Coenraad Rall is Musical Director.

The Cast

Luciano Zuppa – Horton The Elephant 

Nonhlanhla “Noni” Mkhonto – Gertrude McFuzz

Patricia Lerato Hlongwane – Mayzie La Bird 

Lesedi Mpshe – The Cat in the Hat

Raymond Skinner – Mr Mayor and various roles

Manyano Ngoma – Head Wickersham Brother and various roles

Lara Harmse – Bird Girl and Judge Yertle the Turtle

Grace Pardey – Sour Kangaroo and Mrs Mayor

And their wonderful kids cast includes learners from various schools who will all be showcasing their talent for the first time on the Peoples Theatre stage.

Show times for schools are Tuesday to Friday at 9am and 11am.

Show times for Public are 10h30 and 14h30 Weekends and school holidays

Ticket Prices:

R165 per person for members of the public

R130 if you are a member of the Peoples Theatre Kids Club

R140 for public accompanying members

For school groups rates please contact the theatre directly. Call 011 877 6841 or email for bookings or enquiries.
You can also book online at

The Kids’ Club
Children who join the Kids’ Club for just R140.00 a year receive discounted rates on tickets and also get to enjoy free entrance to a show that falls closest to their birthday. Kids Club members receive fun newsletters and stand to win fabulous prizes in exciting competitions. So why not come and spend some quality time at the PEOPLES THEATRE Come as you are, come dressed up but whatever you do don’t miss Madagascar a Musical Adventure JR

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