(Haylea Hounsom as Princess Rose & Katy Moore as Maleficent. Pic by Val Adamson)
KZN’s premier theatre producers, the multi-award winning KickstArt, is delighted to present their much-anticipated contribution to the festive season, the traditional sumptuous family pantomime, Sleeping Beauty, which comes to the Elizabeth Sneddon theatre on UKZN campus from December 2 until January 8.
Inspired by the Disney musical fantasy film, Frozen, this magical tale unfolds in a chilly Scandinavian country: all Gothic towers, wreathed with snow, crystal and ice.
“We have used an ice colour palette for the decor, costumes and sets – using lots of turquoise, aquamarine, silver and whites, and a recurring snowflake motif,” explains designer Greg King.
“We consciously have different themes and feels for our pantos,” explains writer / director Steven Stead,” For example, last year for Aladdin the production was full of spectacle, this year for Sleeping Beauty, our theme is magic and romance. It promises to be an enchanting magical adventure for all ages.”
It stars Haylea Hounsom as Princess Rose, with Lyle Buxton as her handsome prince, Robin. Carol Trench makes another rare and welcome return to the Durban stage to play her hilarious and anxiety-ridden mother, Queen Dot, and Peter Court plays her lugubrious, hard-of-hearing father, King Frotho the Frosty. Darren King and Graeme Wicks provide much humour as Nurse Nora Knickersnagger and Hucleby Hopscotch the court jester, and Bryan Hiles reaches new levels of charming silliness as the cowardly knight, Sir Ninnyliver. The magical forces of good and evil are represented by Belinda Henwood as Celestina Sparkle, and Katy Moore as the deliciously evil Maleficent. Joining the cast is a chorus of dancers.
Sleeping Beauty is directed by Steven Stead, with musical direction by Evan Roberts, set and costume designs by Greg King; and lighting by Tina le Roux.
Sleeping Beauty runs from December 2 to January 8, with performances from Tuesday to Sunday at 14h30 and shows on Friday at 19h00 (no shows on Mondays). No performances Christmas Day, Boxing Day or New Year’s Day.