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Sunday, July 31, 2016


(Marianthe Panas)

Marianthe Panas, who lives in Durban, will make her professional theatre debut when she appears on The Mandela stage at Joburg Theatre in Supreme Divas

Celebrating fabulous women of song, Supreme Divas promises to delight audiences old and young as they celebrate the powerhouse female singers who have become legends through their music over the past few decades.

Homage is paid to “old school” divas including Etta James, Barbra Streisand, Bette Midler, Aretha Franklin, Chaka Khan, Donna Summer and many others while younger audiences will relish the celebration of hits from “new school” divas including Mariah Carey, Beyonce, Christina Aguilera, Adele and others.

A fitting tribute will also be made to a few of South Africa’s own divas including Brenda Fassie, Yvonne Chaka Chaka, Miriam Makeba and Claire Johnston.

Teen sensation Marianthe Panas has represented KwaZulu-Natal in The SA Championships of the Performing Arts (twice), competed in The World Championships of the Performing Arts in Los Angeles and Hollywood, winning numerous awards in both championships- and all before she was her current age of 15.

In her hometown of Durban, she has performed at a number of events including The Durban Theatre Awards, Night of 100 Stars, The Durban Chamber of Commerce Gala Dinner, as well as with the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra at The KZN Young Performers 2016 event.

In Johannesburg, she caught audiences’ attention with her showstopping performance in Born To Perform’s Gala Concert in July 2015 and recently when she was one of the vocalists in the Johannesburg Youth Orchestra’s concert A Night With The Stars.

Also in the cast is KZN born Lelo Ramasimong who is now based in Johannesburg. Before turning 21, she won a Durban Theatre Award for Best Newcomer and was nominated for three further awards. She won another Durban Theatre Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Musical Theatre Production for Little Shop of Horrors. 

Supreme Divas is directed by Timothy Le Roux and runs from August 11 to 14 with performances from Thursday to Saturday at 20h00 and Sunday at 15h00. Booking is through or calling 0861 670 670, as well as through Webtickets.

For group bookings of 10 or more, contact the theatre directly on 011 877 6853/6815.