Monday, September 8, 2014
Adapted for stage from a story by Roald Dahl the magical musical set in a mad wonderland is completely bewitching for little children ..
This magical musical fantasy ‘Wizwits’ is the third and latest production from the House of Kingdom of Dreams and marked their 4th anniversary last Tuesday. Scripted and directed by well-known theatre personality Lushin Dubey and Bubbles Sabharwal an ample dose of song and dance in this musical drama comes with the social message –‘victory of good over evil’.
ROUGH AN EDGE OF THE SEAT ROLLER COASTER RIDE
Staged at their newly opened venue, ‘ShowShaa’, a 250-space auditorium, the audience transports into a wonderland as fantasy is recreated. So replete with LED backdrop walls, side wings, LED framed walls that transform the entire ambience into different settings the show begins. At the Poo Poo Hotel, a strange place where each object springs to life at just one touch is where the story begins. Characters are as interesting as the ‘piano man’ who plays by itself, the 'lady vase’ whose arms are always in motion and affable receptionists ‘Mr. Kake and his wife Sunita’. Under the very same roof, the scary Wizards and Witches (the Wizwits) are holding their annual convention. And it is the same time when a mother arrives at the hotel with a group of children. These bat winged creatures hatch a bizarre plan to destroy children all over the world by feeding them poisoned chocolates and turning them into mice! But a few children with the help of the hotel owners overpower these witches and kill them. And they also change the mice into children again by pouring a magic potion they had snatched from the witches into a drum, along with the mice. In the end Good wins over Evil! What I loved most about the show is the juxtaposed western elements with everyday Indian sentiments, for example the peppy number ‘Who Let the Dog's Out’ for the witches on one hand and the mother of the children in the play dons the garb of a Delhi woman - loud and stylish on the other and all through fun & frolic, song and dance, keeps the little children glued to their seats!
Wizwits will be played at ‘ShowShaa Theatre’ at the Kingdom of Dreams from Tuesday to Friday at 6:00pm and Saturday and Sunday at 12:30pm and 6:00pm each on weekends.
If you are an adult you may prefer the ‘Zangoora’ or ‘Jhumroo’ but if you are a parent of a 5 to 6 year old child, you would enjoy the show too as it would bring out the child in you when you see yours totally involved.