The College of Magic will take to the stage of the Artscape Theatre with its largest production in twelve years, The Magic Key. The live experience full of magic, drama, comedy, juggling and a ton of fun will take from place from 1 to 4 June 2022.
The whole family is invited to join South Africa’s “Hogwarts”, which is world-famous for creating astonishing family experiences and intriguing worlds of mystery, magic and illusion over its 40 year history.
The Magic Key follows Ntombi, the show’s leading young person, on a quest to find her little sister. Here she faces a hallway of doors and must find the “right key, for the right door”, the Magic Key. Along the way she encounters the most incredible never-before-seen illusions as a group of unexpected characters entertain, delight and inspire.
The role of Ntombi will be played by 14-year-old College of Magic student Nakhane Ntame (pictured above). Ntame, who has been training in various performance art forms such as mime, clowning and drama since the beginning of 2021, is eager to step into the spotlight.
“I am so excited to share the stage with my fellow students and to just bring some magical fun to Cape Town audiences. We at The College of Magic have worked hard to make this show as spectacular as ever and we can’t wait to bring it to life,” she says.
Sharing the stage
Ntame, who hails from Blue Downs, will be sharing the stage with a host of other students following in the footsteps of College of Magic alumni, like board member Stuart Taylor. Taylor brings his comedic skills to the show by directing a fun and farcical scene in the show.
Taylor is probably best known to South Africans as one of the country’s most prolific magicians and comedians, as well as the presenter of SABC 3’s hit travel show, Going Nowhere Slowly. “I started my career in the entertainment industry through the pursuit of magic, hoping to make it big in SA. To be able to see young and new talented magicians take to the stage and share their passion for the craft, is always a great thrill for me,” admits Taylor.
The Magic Key will be directed by Chad Findlay, current artistic director at the College of Magic.
“The experience starts from the moment you arrive at the theatre with special performances, photo opportunities and other ‘happenings’ taking place in the foyer before the show and during interval. The Magic Key is sure to have young and old believing in magic once again,” says Findlay.
What: The Magic Key
Where and when: Artscape from 1 to 4 June 2022