Fun for all ages with Puss in Boots
As its annual September musical theatre presentation, Port Elizabeth’s Rother-Swain Drama Studio will be presenting Puss in Boots.
This will run in the Noel Morgan Auditorium at the Pemads Little Theatre from Monday to Sunday, September 8 to 14.
The pantomime-styled Puss in Boots is a magical modern production featuring typical fantasy characters like princesses, talking cats, villains, fairies and ogres.
The production features three casts, the members of which will each play three performances during the season, and boasts an impressive total of no less than 145 young performers in the age 6 to 16 age range on-stage.
“It’s a lovely traditional script with pantomime flair that we have adapted just a tad and suitable fare for all ages,” said co-director Linda Louise Swain.
Swain and her studio co-principal, Sharon Rother, have been staging annual children’s theatre productions in Nelson Mandela Bay since 1991 including the likes of Charlie The Chocolate Factory, Alice in Wonderland, Wizard of Oz, Stuart Little and Miranda The Magic Sponge.
Both are already members of the prestigious Showtime Hall of Fame, recognising their work in Port Elizabeth junior and adult theatre as educators, producers, directors and actresses.
Many of the drama studio’s previous students have gone on to study and enter the professional field most successfully.
For example, Grant Almirall has just completed his Naledi Award Best Actor in a Musical stint playing Frankie Valli, the leading role in the South African production of the Broadway hit, Jersey Boys.
Candice van Litsenborgh is active in professional theatre in Cape Town while Tinarie van Wyk Loots features consistently in TV mini-series, stage work and movies in South Africa and Cobus Gomes opened his own production on Broadway in July and has performed for Royals around the globe.
“We are delighted to host this gem and love watching the kids come alive on stage. Drama gives children confidence, in the classroom in performance and in life. It teaches self-discipline and promotes teamwork. Children learn to appreciate various cultures through embracing the roles they play and thrive on entertaining their audiences,” said Sharon Rother.
The performance times and the various cast teams involved are as follows:
Monday, September 8: 7pm: Team 1.
Tuesday, September 9: 7pm: Team 2.
Wednesday, September 10: 7pm: Team 3.
Thursday, September 11: 7pm: Team 1.
Friday: , September 12: 3.30pm : Team 2; 7pm: Team 3.
Saturday, September 13: 11am: Team 1; 3.30pm: Team 2.
Sunday, September 14: 3.30pm: Team 3.
Tickets for all nine performances can be booked through Gavin Rother on 083 650 5927 or instructions can be downloaded from http://rotherswaindrama.weebly.com
Further information: contact Linda-Louise Swain on 082 838 3998.
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