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Thursday, June 20, 2013


(Ntsako Mgiba as roustabout Chad with members of the chorus)

Every year, the pro-active Northcliff High School in Johannesburg presents a musical in Durban at the Playhouse.
This year, sees the 15th production which is All Shook Up. It’s a point to remember that some of the cast members in this year’s production would not have been born when Northcliff High first ventured to present their annual musical.

Since the first faltering beginnings all those years ago, star performers have risen from this school, Durban audiences have grown and many supporters of the arts have given praise to the stalwart efforts of this outstanding educational institution.

The run of All Shook Up in Northcliff, Johannesburg, this May enjoyed unprecedented success and audience members emerged happy and smiling. This is a fun musical – ideal family entertainment – a comedy loosely based on elements of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night and featuring the songs of the ever popular king of rock ‘n roll.

A guitar playing, motor-bike riding, roving roustabout happens upon a small Mid-west never-heard-of American town where draconian measures are in place to curb fun, music and dance and he manages to stir things up musically and romantically, getting unlikely characters to fall “crazy in love”.

This year the band boasts no fewer than 12 members, including the conductor and captures the essence of the music of the fifties with style.

Directed, as usual by Nick Jourdan, this show has already entertained many during its home run in Johannesburg and will surely please the regular Durban supporters.

All Shook Up runs in the Playhouse Drama Theatre from June 26 to 30 with matinees on June 29 and 30. Booking is at Computicket.