THE College of Magic will take to the stage of the Artscape Theatre from June 1-4 with its largest production in 12 years, The Magic Key
Young wonder-workers are gearing up for a spectacular live experience full of magic, drama, comedy, juggling and a ton of fun and the whole family is invited to join South Africa’s “Hogwarts”, which is world-famous for creating astonishing experiences and intriguing worlds of mystery, magic and illusion over its 40-year history.
The Magic Key follows Ntombi, the show’s leading young lady, on a quest to find her little sister. She faces a hallway of doors and must find the right key, for the right door – the Magic Key. Along the way she encounters incredible never-before-seen illusions as unexpected characters entertain, delight and inspire.
The role of Ntombi will be played by 14-year-old College of Magic student Nakhane Ntame. 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 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.
Ntame, who hails from Blue Downs, will be joined by 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 SABC3’s hit travel show, Going Nowhere Slowly. But when this Stellenbosch University science graduate is not in front of the camera, he is enchanting local and international audiences with his headline stand-up comedy and magic shows.
“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,” says Taylor.
With an excellent track record of creating successful large-scale family shows, The Magic Key will be directed by Chad Findlay, current artistic director at the College of Magic. “The experience will begin 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 applauding loudly and believing in magic once again,” says Findlay.