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Tuesday, November 19, 2019

THE MONSTER MASH


Durban Actors Studio will present their original production of The Monster Mash, running from December 4 to 7, 2019, at The DAS Factory.

Durban Actors Studio’s Stage School Programme, in association with KickstArt Theatre Productions, has given 16 young performers, aged 9 to 16, the opportunity to embark on a performance training journey like no other. Under the expert guidance of writer and director Sanele “Sunny” Sibiya, (theatre director, choreographer and vocal coach) the young performers took part in semi-professional performance training to gear them up for their performance of Durban Actors Studio’s Original Production of The Monster Mash.

The young performers come from all walks of life to bring this thrilling comedy to life!

The story takes place in Vladimir’s Castle, the home of a malicious self-made creature with the hopes of turning kids into monsters during the eve of The Monster Mash (Vladimir is played by Hannah Brissett). Enter Grace (played by Madison Opland), our beloved belle, who is about to be entangled in an experience she could only have nightmares about! Whilst attempting to take a great outdoor selfie, she gets drawn into this strange world by the ghoulish Housekeeper (played by Savhannah Regnard) who causes unnecessary mischief for Grace.

Grace stumbles into a celebration where she meets Freddy Frankenstein (played by Carl Oosthuizen), Desdemona Wolf (played by Caohme Lalla), and Malachi Mummy (played by Ryan Robertson) who soon befriend her and try to help her escape the castle. She comes to learn that they were once humans, like her, and that their memories were all wiped by Vladimir as part of his scheme to keep them there forever. So instead of them helping her, she tries to help them instead! But it isn’t so hunky-dory as the mischievous Chucky (played by Amani Langa) tries his best to keep Grace locked away to make her his eternal companion!

Vladimir sends his Nightcrawlers (played by Stella Clarisse, Nsika Langa, Riley Weideman, Calene Lalla, Savhannah Regnard, Cebo Kwayama) to go and collect youngsters wandering around the woods but doesn’t give the clearest of instructions and they’re not the brightest bunch as well. They take it upon themselves to interpret Vladimir’s instructions and end up scaring the entire town. Along the way, they capture Ben (played by Brandon Strydom), who happens to be Grace’s best friend. He has been searching for Grace since they got separated in the woods and is now about to be monster mashed! Oh no! What will Ben do? Will he find Grace? Or will he save himself? It’s probably not the best time to be out at night… in the dark woods… all by himself… during The Monster Mash.

Grace grows fond of the new monster gang as they search for a way out, and the gang becomes fond of her, too. The fondness between Freddy and Grace displeases Chucky and so he decides to team up with The Witch Sisters, Hocus (played by Joslyn Walters), Pocus (played by Makayla Naicker) and Phocus (played by Tayo Haley) to try and trick Grace and Freddy apart. But wait, the drama doesn’t end there: Vladimir gets word that the monsters are trying to escape and so he strikes a deal with Grace that could change everything… forever.

During their endeavour to try and save the missing Grace, the gang meets Harley (played by Calene Lalla), a special nightcrawler that Vladimir keeps a secret. One can only wonder. She has been “monster-sitting” Grace who is carrying out Vladimir’s deal, but do you think Vladimir played fair? What will happen to Grace’s friends? What will happen to Grace? Who is Harley? How will they escape?

The Monster Mash runs at The DAS Factory from December 4 to 7, 2019, with performances at 19h00. Tickets R100 a ticket booked through https://www.durbanactorsstudio.co.za/the-factory/monstermash-ticket-booking/

There is a pre-order meal option and the show is one for the entire family.

The Monster Mash will take place at The DAS Factory, at Durban Actors Studio in 114 Intersite Avenue, Umgeni Business Park. For more information contact 031 332 0173

THAT ROCK N ROLL MUSIC


It's that time again! The annual end of year Hexagon Dive Show with Pietermaritzburg’s favourite bunch of singers and musicians … and this year, it's That Rock n Roll Music! Time to put away the cares and worries, and relive some awesome music.

Once again for their umpteenth show (we're not going to say how many in case you work out how old they are!), the cream of Midlands performers are getting together and doing their favourite Rock n Roll numbers. Ryan Calder, Daniel Rossouw, Erin Fourie, Sandra Styles, Helen Vermaak, Katherine McClelland and Tammy Calder are putting on a bumper show filled with numbers from the good old 50's and 60's days of Rock n Roll, as well as Rock numbers from the 70's and 80's.

They have chosen their favourite artists (like Buddy Holly, The Beach Boys, and The Beatles among others) and their favourite Rock songs and put them together in a foot stomping, hand clapping, singing along format.

From Chuck Berry to Tina Turner, The Everly Brothers to David Bowie, and Fats Domino to Jethro Tull, the famous and the infamous are represented! Who remembers Peter Paul and Mary, The Mamas and the Papas, The Crew Cuts, Huey Lewis and the News, and, of course, a nod to the king, Elvis Presley.

The show is devised and directed by Peter Mitchell, with sound design by Marcus Henning.

That Rock N Roll Music runs at The Hexagon Dive, on the UKZN Pietermaritzburg campus on December 6 and 7 and again on December 12 and 13, 2019, at 19h00 for 19h30.

These are picnic evenings - bring food, but no drinks as there is a cash bar. Tickets R120 pp (tables seat 10) booked on email:  hexagon@ukzn.ac.za

Monday, November 18, 2019

RISING STARS CONCERT


(Tasmin Hastings)

The South African Society of Music Teachers in collaboration with Friends of Music will present the annual Rising Stars concert on December 3, 2019.

Rising Stars features outstanding young performers from 2019. These include:

Niwedtia Bhatta (piano)
Alida Esterhuizen (piano)
Tasmin Hastings (piano)
Bradley Bester (voice)
Chanel Bates (voice)
Marianthe Panas (voice)
Savanah Scoular (recorder)
Lydia Weber (clarinet)

Rising Stars takes place on December 3 at 19h30 at the Durban Jewish Centre, 44 K E Masinga (Old Fort) Road. Tickets R70 (R20 students) available at the door).

KZN PHILHARMONIC 2019 SPRING SEASON FINAL CONCERT


(Conductor Conrad van Alphen. Photo by Seger van Wijk)

The KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra’s 2019 Spring Season, wraps up its four week season on Thursday (November 21), each World Symphony Series concert starting at 19h30 in the Durban City Hall.

Regrettably, last week’s concert was cancelled due to the anticipated storm.

Rounding off the season, conductor Conrad van Alphen opens his programme on a celebratory note with Antonin Dvořák’s ebullient Carnival Overture. Written in 1891, the work forms the second part of a trilogy of overtures grouped under the themes of Nature, Life and Love.

(Right: Megan-Geoffrey Prins)

Frederic Chopin’s Piano Concerto No 2 in F minor heralds the arrival on the Durban’s concert scene of South African pianist, Megan-Geoffrey Prins, this year’s prodigiously gifted Standard Bank Young Artist for Music. While the work’s imposing opening movement and its dashing finale each offer great opportunities for a pianist to display a wide range of virtuosity, combined with pristine sensibility, the work’s soulful middle movement is surely one of the loveliest creations in the composer’s entire oeuvre.

The evening closes on a high with Antonin Dvořák’s ever-rewarding New World Symphony, which some musicologists have noted the Czech’s fascination with American musical influences that they perceive to surface in the score.

Bookings is through Computicket outlets. Call 0861 915 8000, or book online at www.computicket.com

For more information call 031 369 9438, email bookings@kznphil.org.za  or visit www.kznphil.org.za

(To link direct to the KZN Philharmonic’s website click on the orchestra’s banner advert on the top of the page)

TIME ODYSSEY!


Looking for a Christmas present for your 9 to 17 year old Drama Queen (or King)?

Look no further! Give them an early Christmas present by signing them up for Durban Actors Studio’s Time Odyssey! Musical in a Week Holiday Workshop.

This five-day workshop offers a great opportunity for your child to learn more about putting together a production, meet new friends, and perform in an original 20-minute musical.

“Our time together will be packed with fun, high energy rehearsals, songs, dances – all of which will be wrapped up in a not-to-be-missed, one-time only, original musical, “Time Odyssey!”

For an epic journey through time, join our incredible December holiday workshop – the school holidays have never been so amazing!,” says DAS director, Nicole Theunissen.

The workshop takes place from December 17 to 21, 2019, from 08h00 to 13h00. It is designed for ages 9 to 17. Cost R980 per youngster - total, for all five days

Please note, young performers MUST attend all five days as these sessions are run as fun-filled rehearsals.

To register, visit https://www.durbanactorsstudio.co.za/time-odyssey-musical-in-a-week/time-odyssey-registration/