Childrens Productions


The productions produced by Sheela are not confined to just the mature audiences, she also actively creates and participates in her own Theatre/Play productions aimed at the younger generation. In the effort of helping the younger people create a method of expressing their creativity through the manner of dance and drama.

In addition to this Sheela actively visits schools at request to essentially work with groups of students to create and then perform certain productions these are listed below. If you would like Sheela to come to your school and create a large scale breath taking performance please contact Sheela via details on the Contacts page or ask her on the forum.

Sheela's dance and drama workshops are culturally strong. Her dances come from all over Africa filled with chanting and body expressions regarded energetic, electrifying, from active to provocative to vigorous. The dramatic stories, the rituals, the aim and the meanings of the dances are very important and explained as true as possible.

Sheela believes that African dance, songs, culture and traditions and some customs are part of daily life and should be taught as such.

The workshops are for all peoples great and small; beginner's and advanced.

The classes are dynamic, full of information, humor and high energy.
Sheela is very passionate about African women and children's cultures, chores, chants and dances and rituals.

Sheela is a brilliant and inspiring teacher and is a certified school and drama teacher as well as a graduate in law.

This map will help with understanding some of the stories and where they have come from in the country of Tanzania. As you can see Tanzania is located on the East side of Africa and borders with Kenya, Uganda, Congo, Zambia, and Mozabique. An example of well known sites would be Mt Kilimanjaro in the North East of the country and Lake Victoria in the North.




AFRICA (Multi award winning) (BOOK COMING SOON!)

This is familiar fairy tail story in un familiar setting.

This is a story about the OMUTAGWA which means “The Working Girl” and her name was Africa. That’s right, Africa.

And what she could do better than any one else, was dance. That’s right dance. And do you what? What? She nearly missed out on going to the dance.

She lived on the….. which as you know, is one of the hottest places on Earth. The sun there, is so low, one can almost reach up and touch it! It’s true. Let’s go!

And because the sun there where Africa lived was so low, this why her face…and body…were burnt blaaaack. It’s true. Let’s go!....

Length: 45+10 minutes Q/A time.
Suitable for Junior-Elementry school kids (A perfect family Entertainment).
All copyrights reserved Sheela Langeberg 1991.

1: Two Jembe Drums (Sheela Plays them)
2: A powerful CDplayer/sound system
All copyrights /Sound system.
3: African grain pounding motor + Piston
4: Traditional Ungo
5: Three colorful Fabrics
6: 4 Kilos brown rice or millet grain
7: African ground sweeping broom
8: Shami (Curved Knife only used in Chaggaland)

Songs/Dance/Direction/Set/Props/Performed by Sheela Langeberg
Stage Requirements: Gymnasium/Double classroom.

Water Magic


Water Magic

Ones, not so long ago, in the bushman's lands of southern Africa, it became so dry. So dry infact, that humans, the animals, trees and the plants died in large numbers.

The Tribal King, concerned about the well being of his Kingdom, he called his people to sit and council together. There under the only surviving thorn tree, the King addressed his people:

"We have been bad, doing bad things with the water and that has angered the Water Goddess. Now she is cross with us, punishing us by giving us drought, illnesses, pain and sufferings. We must look into ourselves and change our ways of living with the water"

The King then ordered his people to say many wise words to praise the Water Goddess who lived there in the deep sea. He ordered every woman, man, child, animal and plant to think very clearly, about what could be done to fix the drought problem.

Women, children, animals and all the plants sang many songs and danced majestic dances to the men's magical drum beating tunes, to appease the Water Goddess and her cabinet.

And when they had sang, danced and played like madness, when all the hope of getting rain was gone and people had started to walk home in despare... it started to rain! And it rained and rained again! People ran out from their little huts crying "Mvua! Mvua! Mvua! Some children rolled in the water pools. Some danced in the rain! Some birds hovered in midair helping themselves to the falling rain.

But for some, it was all too happy and too much. They sat in their doorways watching the rain as it felt like the skies were wide opened-with their compelling eyes. Some, and especially the older ones, could only cry.

And there, is where our story starts!

"This is a deeply textured tale told in the simplest of ways.




A dynamic, African Dance/Text/Mime show.

Vituko is a hilarious story full of magical storytelling, captivating chanting, electrifying dances and moves and moving nature sounds and mesmerising drum music.

*Sheela Langeberg, internationally renowned playwright, celebrated dancer acclaimed storyteller and performer brings you a story about three separate families living in three separate villages within Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania, East Africa.

Mama Yeyo, a loner and old crone lives in a hut built of stones, rocks and hay straws. She has no husband, no children of her own, no teeth, no hair-not even one and no bottom!

In "Masika" during the long rain seasons, she sits all day and night long, on a huge rock raised in front of her hut singing and chanting in concert with the rain.
Birds love her tunes. They'd hover in the mid air, helping themselves to a drink and dancing to the old crones melodies that never ended.

In Kiangazi, during the long dry and hot seasons, Mama Yeyo would always sit in her doorway, grunting and groaning in wait for her death that never came. Soon enough at least that's what all the other villagers thought.

People, in particular children, feared her because she would say things that always came true...It's true!

Mzee is also a very old man. He lives in a lone hut built of logs and tree limbs. He has no wife, no children or family of his own. He has no hair, no teeth-not even one and no bottom! He, though, has the most compelling eyes you have ever seen.

During Masika, he sits in his tattered, old rocking chair by a little ambient-cascading creek that runs through the middle of his hut. He watches curiously as the water and the tiny fishes travel downstream on their journey to the big sea.
Mzee even has special names for all the tiny fishes depending on the temperament, behaviour and mannerisms.
Like: Matata, Upendo, Upepo, Kazi, Kelele Kishindo e.t.c, e.t.c.

When the rains stop, he'd whistle to call in all his friends-the big toads and the mud crabs-who have been burring themselves deep into the soil for years waiting for the rains to come.

Then they'd gather for a special wine drink and dance in playful competition in what they call 'the toad, the crab and the human dance"! And laugh their lungs out.

During Kiangazi, when all his friends are gone, Mzee sits in his doorway, talking to himself in a whisper, staring and laughing at everyone and everything that goes past with his alluring eyes.

Nobody knows how old these two oldies are or how they came to live there. Their seclusion and secrecy leaves the other villagers in mystery.

In contrast, on the other side of the valley, there live two mysterious boys-presumed identical twins.

Their hut is of old tins, pans broken glass and plastic potato sacks built around a huge avocado tree. On the other side of their hut, an old, old Landrover stands deserted. In it, live ten featherless chooks. These chooks that feed on a tiny corn and vegetable garden, only lay eggs with either twin or triplet yorks!

The boys have no parents of their own, they visit no one and no one invites them to their homes.

The boys have too many bad teeth in their mouth, bad breath, and they are extremely loud.

They always bunch together in front of open fire-in fact, any fire they can make of find and their home is always surrounded by pacified Rhinos determined to extinguish the fires.

But if the boys hear any sound or noise, they would get a fright and cling together like spider monkeys.

They stare inquisitively at anyone and everything that goes past.
Often, they, like the monkeys would climb the avocado tree, pick fruits and throw them at passing people or objects!

No one knows how old these boys are or how they came to live there. No one has ever seen them eat, sleep or drink. They never grow or shrink! Their bodies never change and they are not know by any particular names other than the Umbilical Twins!

Mountains of My Childhood


Mountains of My Childhood

An interactive performance featuring songs and movement. Children portray tropical animal of East Africa. Suits junior primary and Pre School.

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