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Friday, November 30, 2012


(Chloe Clark; Haylea Hounsom; Tammy Saville; Marion Loudon; Tory du Plessis; Kerry Wood and Father Christmas with the one and only Gambit!)

An eagerly anticipated Christmas tradition, Dolphins by Starlight at uShaka Marine World features a specially selected top 100 Christmas songs that extend from well-known carols to fun contemporary favourites and a smattering of classics.

An eagerly anticipated Christmas tradition, the show features a specially selected top 100 Christmas songs that extend from well known carols like Mary’s Boy Child, We Three Kings, O Come All Ye Faithful and Joy to the World to fun contemporary favourites such as Santa Baby, Boogie Woogie Santa Claus and Rocking Around the Christmas Tree.

Dolphins by Starlight fans old and new can expect a smattering of classics such as Tannenbaum / Winter Wonderland and Si Volvieras a Mi. No Christmas show – even one making this much festive splash – would be complete without the likes of Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, the Little Drummer Boy, White Christmas and Auld Lang Syne.

Produced and directed by uShaka Marine World’s Wayne R Scott and choreographed by Shelly Hoggard, Dolphins by Starlight features Dewald Louw (who is also starring in Janice Honeyman’s production of Peter Pan), Marion Loudon and homegrown young choral talent Jonathan Johansen behind the microphones. Calli Thompson is musical director while Shelley Mclean, is the vocal director including Kevin Ellis as costume designer. Event specialists Black Coffee Design promise the most spectacular production to date which will include a few surprises!

Queens of splash Affrika, Tombi, Khanya and Zulu, saltwater showmen Kelpie, Jula, Khwezi and Ingelosi and showstopper Gambit, the largest bottlenose dolphin in any oceanarium in the world – turn up the glitz and the glamour for the festive season.

Favourites such as the uShaka children’s choir and the uShaka Mascots - Rusty the Penguin, Raggy the Shark, Delia the Dolphin and Slippy the Seal - will be back again this year. Dance to Dance (performing a waltz pas de deux), Celtic dancers and Xolo Home Boys (performing I’scathamia) as well as Durban’s own One Medical Battalion Pipes and Drums will add their special touches for the first time this year.

Dolphins by Starlight runs from December 13 to 16 at 18h30 at uShaka Marine World. Audiences are encouraged to support East Coast Radio’s Toy Story initiative by taking along some toys for needy children. Tickets R120 (R99 children under 12) booked through Computicket or uShaka Marine World on 031 328 8000.