by Melanie Minnaar who works in corporate marketing communications and is currently enjoying her maternity leave.  Mother to ‘archangels’, Michael and Gabriel,  wife to an IT consultant she is an information-junkie,  hooked on technology and online social networking. You can tweet her @MelanieMinnaar

I try to make dedicated time to spend with my son, Michael, as often as possible. Just the two of us – no daddy – no Gabriel. We were debating options this week when I saw an ad on Jozikids for a puppet show at the Bryanston Organic Market. He asked if it would be a ‘nice’ puppet show versus a ‘scary’ one. I reassured him that it would be the kind he would enjoy and crossed my fingers. (Win for mom too as I love exploring the market!)

Turns out that there was no finger-crossing required as the show was absolutely wonderful and by the show of delight on the young critics faces, it was definitely right on the money.  The audience actively engaged with the puppets spurring each other on to participate in a fun and lively manner.  Some parents also became quite engrossed with the story,  which kept the other adults entertained.

The story was themed around the soccer world cup where a little boy named Vuvuzela did not keep his promise to not kick the soccer ball that he was asked to look after, and did – all the way to the Kruger National Park!  The animals in the game reserve didn’t know what this foreign object was and tried to make sense of it all with hilarious results.  Eventually, Vuvuzela finds the ball and returns it to its owner, promising to keep his promise in future.  There are songs woven into the story-telling which captivated the minds of the children, some very good songs which I really wish I could remember the words to now.

The show lasts about half an hour and is followed by a puppet-making workshop. The audience ranged in age from 2 years to about 9 years of age. Michael left the show asking what the next story would be. And, did I mention that it’s FREE. In Sandton. Bonus!  The only unfortunate thing is that they only put on puppet shows once a quarter – but we’ll definitely be making a return visit for the next one.

Anyone interested in finding out where Spellbound Puppets will be performing their next puppet show, click here

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