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Monday, November 21, 2022



Panto is back again at the Westville Theatre Club!

The classic tale of rags to riches, presented as only the WTC can do it, hits the stage from December 1 in the fabulously funny family panto – Puss in Boots.

The theatre team have this to say about the show: “Weeks of incredibly energetic rehearsals have seen the cast master their sometimes impossible lines (you try saying: “I have come to your magnificent, beautiful, esteemed, renowned, famed, splendid, grand, sublime, intoxicating and pulchritudinous kingdom”), as well as a few nifty dance moves and some truly great musical numbers. Yes, this amazing cast can both sing and dance – often at the same time!

“The intrepid musical team, Shawn O’Neill and Heather Dix, have been frantically transcribing music and changing keys, while the ever-patient choreographer, Dorothy O’Neill, has been teaching the cast the difference between a Jazz Box and a Shimmy. Sometimes we get a Shimmy Box and a Jazz but hey, there are still many rehearsals to go!

“Songs include Dear Future Husband, Everybody Wants to Be a Cat, When You’re Good to Mama, Something Got a Hold on Me, The Great Pretender, Haven’t Met you Yet and Accidently in Love. There’s also a rendition of “You Can Leave Your Hat On”, but we’re keeping that under wraps for now.

“Don’t miss the story of how the peasant boy Claude (Brandon Strydom) wins the hand of Princess Caroline (Erin Honeysett) with the help of his ingenious sidekick, Puss in Boots (Reicene Pillay), and the two fairies, Marelize, (Melanie Visser) and Nuff (Farheen Adam). Along the way, he has to defeat the Wicked Wizard Warwick (Tyrone O’Neill) who is also after the Princess so that he can rule the Kingdom. You will get to meet Claude’s “Social Media Influencer” sister, Karen (Chante de Bod) and his outrageous mother, Mama Dawn Cliffe (Nathan Hall), along with the Kingdom’s ruler, King Charlie the Next (Mike Abrahams), the Lady in Waiting, the Lord Chancellor and The Takealot Delivery Guy all played by the quick-changing Hayley Hore.

The script was written by Jonathan Payne and direction is by Jonathan Payne and Melanie Visser.

Show times are at 19h00 from December 1 to 3 and 8 to 10 with a matinee on December 4 at 14h30. Bring your own eats and drinks.

Tickets R100 (R80 WTC members, scholars and pensioners). Early booking is advised through Dorothy O’Neill on 083 776 1754 or email:

The Westville Theatre Club is situated next to the Westville Swimming Pool in St James Avenue, Westville, Durban.