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Tuesday, April 14, 2015


(Some of the enterprising and energetic people behind the project. Pic by Val Adamson)

Fun variety show offers a goodnatured and entertaining family event. (Review by Keith Millar)

Veteran Durban entertainer Hamish Kyd, along with SA CAN (Community Arts Network), and in association with the Playhouse Company, has come up with a new community-based initiative delightfully named Tjooners, Crooners ‘n Moovers.

This fun, family orientated, variety show will be presented in the Grand Foyer at the Playhouse at 15h00 every Sunday afternoon from April 12 to May 24. The main aim of the production is to encourage families of all race groups to get together and enjoy a variety of entertainment while at the same time hopefully unearthing new talent which maybe dormant in the various communities.

Each show will feature experienced entertainers along with a teen talent contest and a game show for married couples. The talent contest, with a prize of R3000, will run for all seven weeks of the show and will feature singers between the ages of 13 and 19 who have successfully auditioned to appear. The game show will be the popular Check Your Mate, with the contestants chosen from the audience. This competition will also run for seven weeks with the eventual champions winning R5,000.

Tjooners, Crooners ‘n Moovers was launched on Sunday (April 12) and proved to be every bit of the fun family entertainment that it had promised to be.

Kyd, along with Cherry the Clown (Adi Paxton), hosted the event which featured very good singers in Bruce Ives, Praline Ross and Ashley Joseph. They offered songs such as At Last and I Love You Baby. Freshly unearthed talent, as a solo performer, was Gabriel Joseph, who proved to be an excellent Louis Armstrong impersonator as he sang and played his trumpet for What A Wonderful World.

Also on the programme was dance provided by the graceful and serene 13 year-old Hannah Gilbert while Hamish Kyd provided the comedy and Cherry the Clown the magic tricks.

Unfortunately, only two of the teenage talent contestants were present, so both advanced to the next round.

The two couples who took part in Check Your Mate entered the spirit of the event and provided much fun and laughter to the occasion.

Although not without teething problems, Tjooners, Crooners ‘n Moovers was a good-natured and entertaining family event. It certainly is not a bad way to spend a Sunday afternoon.

Tickets for Tjooners, Crooners ‘n Moovers are R70 per person. Booking is through Computicket on 0861 915 8000 or online at  Alternatively, call the Playhouse Box Office on 031-369 9540 (office hours). – Keith Millar