The Queen Experience With Joseph Clark The Mandela at JOBURG THEATRE 12th to 17th February 2013 @ Joburg Theatre
Jozi audiences can’t get enough of the memorable music of QUEEN and they’ll soon be given a fabulous chance to enjoy the hits of the iconic band when artist extraodinaire Joseph Clark brings THE QUEEN EXPERIENCE to The Mandela stage at Joburg Theatre for a one-week season from February 12th - 17th, 2013.
The Queen Experience was first staged in November 2011 at The Gelredome Soccer Stadium in Arnhem, where Joseph Clark wowed a sold-out audience of over 30,000 people. In December 2011, he completed theatre runs in The Hague and in Amsterdam, causing Netherland audiences to fall in love with him and his talented band.
Elzette Maarschalk produced the show in July and in October at The Atterbury Theatre in Pretoria last year where all the shows were sold out. Disappointed audience members who could not get tickets urged for more performances and luckily a week became available in Joburg Theatre’s busy programme. Elzette got the same 12-piece cast together to mesmerize those who will see the show for the first time, as well as those who want to have the “Queen experience” again, just for the thrill of it!
The 12-piece cast consists of Joseph Clark – Lead Vocals/Piano/Backing Vocals, Nathan Smith - Lead & Accoustic Guitar/Backing Vocals, Peach van Pletzen (Yesterday’s Pupil/Bittereinder) – Drums, Richard Brokensha (ISO) – Guitars/Backing Vocals, Kyle Petersen - Keys/Keytar/Backing Vocals and Trevor Donjeany – Bass. Zetske van Pletzen - Vocals/Backing Vocals, Kate Borthwick - Piano/Backing Vocals, soprano Yollandi Nortjie Vocals/Backing Vocals, Altus Theart – Vocals and The Gaabo Motho Tenors are the special guests.
Joseph became established as “an American African” after he left his ballet career in the USA when brought to South Africa to dance the leading roles in Swan Lake, Papillion, Romeo & Juliet and Witchboy. He soon moved into musical theatre with lead roles in The Buddy Holly Story, West Side Story, The Fantasticks, Jesus Christ Superstar, Joseph And His Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat, Sweeney Todd, March Of The Falsettos/Falsettoland, Little Shop Of Horrors, etc. In 2000 he was nominated as “best actor in a comedy” for his role in the solo play The Male Intellect – an oxymoron?, becoming the first/only performer in South Africa to have received numerous awards and nominations for acting, singing and classical ballet.
He became well known for his powerful interpretation of Queen’s music since his first appearance in the popular Queen At The Opera. In 2004 he toured Italy and Germany performing his own tribute to the music of Queen. In 2009/10 he sang in 13 concerts with the Netherland Symphony Orchestra and in 2011 he and his band did five performances at The Madinat Theatre in Dubai.
The Queen Experience runs at Joburg Theatre from February 12th to February 17th. Ticket prices range from R100 to R300, and are on sale by visiting Joburg Theatre, or by calling the theatre’s direct ticketing line on 0861 670 670.
A special Half Price PREVIEW takes place on the 12th!
There are also special Valentine’s Packages for the duration of the week’s performances. For further information on the various packages available, please contact the Hospitality Office at Joburg Theatre or call 011 877 6834.
5th – 17th February 2013 at Sandton’s OLD MUTUAL THEATRE ON THE SQUARE
One-woman show “SANTA’S STORY”, an on-stage rendition of 94-year-old Holocaust survivor Santa Pelham’s touching autobiography, is set to captivate audiences at the Theatre on the Square in Sandton, in early 2013. The production enjoyed a sell-out season at the Fugard Theatre in Cape Town recently. While the production, which is an evocative mix of storytelling and live music, is helmed by a particularly adept creative team – including accomplished local director Janice Honeyman, esteemed designers Mannie Manim and Dicky Longhurst, and gifted music arranger Matthew Reid – the solo lead of the show is none other than Santa Pelham’s own daughter, multi award-winning, internationally-acclaimed opera singer Aviva Pelham.
Accompanied by a vibrant Klezmer band that shifts through multiple genres, this seasoned mother’s intriguing tale to life through one of her most personally cherished mediums: song.
Starting in pre-war Germany where the Jewish Santa was born, the production recounts this remarkable woman’s attempts to navigate life under Nazi oppression. The narrative follows her as she flees from this dictatorial state to Spain, where civil war rages, then on to even poorer conditions in an occupied France, and finally, by ship, to Rhodesia, Zimbabwe, where, under arranged circumstances, she marries a man she has never met – a decision that ultimately, saves her life. It is a tale of trials, tribulations and triumph, one that depicts deeply personal issues within a harrowing broader political context.
To evoke a sense of place and culture as the story unravels, the gifted Aviva sings in multiple languages – German, Spanish, French, Yiddish, Hebrew and English – reflective of the different parts of Europe. But the show is far more than merely an account of one (now) elderly woman’s distressing journey; rather, with a core focus on upliftment and perseverance, it carries moving universal messages of courage, tenacity and hope, and works to highlight core issues – such as prejudice, intolerance, displacement and acceptance – that are likely to resonate with most. In essence, as Aviva emphasises, Santa’s Story is an evocative piece that, through poignant music, explores the possibility of “pushing through the darkness to ultimately find strength, spirit and light again”.
Bring your friends, school, family, colleagues or clients. There are special group bookings discounts and on Fundraisers and dinner show packages can also be arranged. Performances are at 8.15 for Tuesday – Thursday (No Friday Show) 2 shows on Saturdays at 6pm and 8.30. and Sundays at 3pm.
The year ahead looks super-enchanting and loaded with happily ever-afters at Peoples Theatre.
The 2013 lineup at Peoples Theatre is sure to have children of all ages practicing their Ps & Qs to win favour with mom and dad for tickets to all four of the fabulous shows which all have a common thread; they are well-loved Disney tales.
To start the season off in true Disney fashion, in March and April, the definitive fairytale will be brought to life on stage. Titled Disney’s Sleeping Beauty Kids, young audiences and their grownup counterparts will be enchanted by the story of Princess Aurora and her fairy guardians, Flora, Fauna and Merryweather, who must use their magic to save her from the spell of evil sorceress Maleficent. True to form, Peoples Theatre’s cast of talented performers will put their own mark on the various Disney-style characters in the story and will have audiences reminiscing with some classic Disney songs from the beloved film, including Once Upon a Dream, accompanied by some brand new tunes like Maleficent! and A Little Magic Now to bring a fresh telling of the story to a new generation of families.
Next on the magical lineup, from May to July, is a timeless favourite, namely Disney’s Aristocats, which will be presented for the very first time on stage as Peoples Theatre has secured the rights to this world-renowned children’s musical. Through talented performances and against a wonderful backdrop of costumes and props, children and their families will get to experience the amazing journey of Aristocat Duchess and her Aristokittens when her Madame’s jealous butler Edgar cat-naps them and abandons them in the Parisian countryside. She and her little ones meet up with happy-go-lucky Thomas O’Malley and his rag-tag bunch of Alley Cats, who help rescue them. This feline adventure will have audiences tapping their feet to its jazzy beat of Disney favourites the likes of The Aristocats, Scales and Arpeggios and Ev’rybody Wants to Be a Cat.
Then in September and October the Story Book Theatre, which encourages the important of reading, will introduce a potpourri of popular fairytales in The Frog Prince and Other Tales. These classics will be brought to life on stage by a skilled ensemble of actors who will present these stories in a vibrant and stimulating manner. This will include full on audience participation and involvement with loads of song, fun and laughter. Children love these interactive Peoples Theatre experiences because they get to take part in their favourite tales on a whole new level.
To end the year, the theatre company will be presenting one of the most treasured fairytales in all of Disney’s kingdom, that of Cinderella. Marking the festive season, in the months of November and December, Peoples Theatre will bring to stage Disney’s Cinderella Kids, when audiences young and old will get to witness the tale of a poor but beautiful girl who is mistreated by her ugly stepsisters and wicked stepmother. In the end though, all her dreams come true and she finds the love of her life with the help of a fabulous Fairy Godmother and other eclectic friends. Set against a beautiful score, including A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes and the classic Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo, Disney's Cinderella Kids will weave an enchanting spell over everyone in the audience and remind even the biggest cynics that dreams really do come true.
To book call Andrew or Lorraine on 011 403 1563/2340 and for more information visit People's Theatre – like us on facebook.
What better way to kick off the new year than with the fabulous farce, Without a Hitch, which will be titillating audiences at the Studio Theatre at Montecasino from 13 March to 14 April.
Meet friends and neighbours Julia and Caryn, who are typical 1950s mothers and wives. While Julia is the quintessential housewife, Caryn is the complete opposite yet both have something in common, they are bored. Then one evening after slightly too many drinks they make a scandalous decision to swap husbands for a night without their husbands’ consent. All goes fabulously well until it goes farcically wrong which leads to somewhat hilarious consequences.
Without a Hitch is a new farce written by exciting up and coming playwright Jessica D. Richards who makes her debut as writer and comedic actress in this performance piece, while the Godfather of farce himself, Tobie Cronje, brings over four decades of theatre experience to direct it.
Jessica’s love for theatre began at the National School of the Arts where she matriculated with an FET Certificate in Performing Arts back in 2004. Then, in 2008 she completed her National Diploma in Drama at the Tshwane University of Technology.
While she may be debuting Without a Hitch, she has in fact garnered quite some theatrical experience. From directing the likes of educational theatre programme Hooked On Books to performing in Wizard of Oz and The Pied Piper at the National Children’s Theatre, to name some, she was most recently seen in Myth of Andrew and Jo at the Con Cowan Theatre in the Reading Gay Festival in the UK, in 2011.
Jessica’s career, although in its infancy has thus far enjoyed quite some variety, including stage managing, directing, voice-over work, short film script-writing, and tap dancing. Now, Without a Hitch will propel her to the next level.
Enjoy Jessica’s charmingly fun and funny 1950s slice of theatrical life, which offers hilarity on a platter.
Tickets cost R150 with special discounts for club members and pensioners. Book at Computicket or at Montecasino Theatre box office
Performance times are: Wednesday to Saturday 20h15 with a 17h15 show every Saturday and a 15h15 show every Sunday.
You WILL laugh with John Vlismas and his friends!!!
Comedian: John Vlismas (and friends)
Date: Every Wednesday between 15 November and 19 December
Time: 20h00 (new time)
Venue: Carnival City Showbar
Tickets: Available at the door
On his own, John Vlismas is a handful and when his friends join him they’re all downright impossible. But you won’t come away from the encounter not laughing out loud!
For six weeks, Vlismas takes over the run of Wednesday night Carnival Comedy Sessions between 14 November and 19 December, and each Wednesday he will be joined on stage by three new zany comedian friends.
During each six-week tenure of Carnival City’s Carnival Comedy Sessions resident comedians are given the opportunity to own all aspects of the show from the guests they invite to join them to imaging, design, set and lighting of the show. Naturally, they will also attract their own celebrity followers at each show.
John’s message to audiences is “I have seriously missed having my own club show since The Underground shut down, and I look forward to spending my Carnival sessions putting together a few of my favourite comedians, doing some of my favourite material, and also to busting out some new material I'm writing especially for these shows. I've been on Comedy Central a lot recently, and I want to give the Carnival crowd something fresh.”
Don’t miss this highly entertaining comedian. Shows start at 20h00 and tickets are available from the door at R85.00.
Here's your chance to see South Africa's young hip dancers and choreographers in action – and the latest work from the brand new Standard Bank young artist for dance, Fana Tshabalala. Funded by The National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund, The Forgotten Angle Theatre Collaborative (FATC) presents Dansbytes 2; its follow-up to the previous very successful mini festival that features the brilliant new choreographic work of FATC and artists in residence.
Dansbytes 2 takes place December 6 to December 8. It is broken up into two programmes that feature innovative and exciting choreographers – Tshabalala, Athena Mazarakis, Irven Teme, Charlston van Rooyen, Thulani Chauke, Thabo Kobeli and Thami Majela.
FATC has built up a name for itself as an alternative platform for the development of new work and it is no accident that Tshabalala is part of the company. He started his career within the performing industry by being involved in different community groups before being accepted as a student at the Moving into Dance Mophatong FETC in Performing Arts. After several acclaimed works, he became a Moving into Dance’s Performance Company member and is applying his teaching skills in its Open Class programme. He teaches a signature style Afrofusion and contemporary dance, and his classes are very popular.
We were so excited and thrilled for Fana. It is a testament to his talent and skill, and it is an honour to work with him and see this talent develop,” said founding member and artistic director of The Forgotten Angle Theatre Collaborative, PJ Sabbagha, himself a recipient of the Standard Bank Young Artist Award for Dance, in 2005.
These awards are prestigious and offer our most promising artists national exposure and acclaim. For example, the winners feature on the main programme of the National Arts Festival, Grahamstown and receive financial support, as well as a cash prize, so it is brilliant both for Fana personally and for the Forgotten Angle Theatre Collaborative to be associated with him.
The two programmes feature the following dances:
‘Between us’ focuses on using the senses to define what is shared in a relationship, and appreciating the present moment so there are no regrets, only hope for the best in the moments to come, It features Fana Tshabalala as choreographer and performer, and he is joined by dancer Thulani Chauke. It runs for 20 minutes.
‘Passing Thoughts’ is choreographed , written by and performed by Thabo Kobeli and tackles the interpretation, projection and reaction to one's own passing thoughts. It runs for 25 minutes, and sees a change in perspective or reframing of the mine when one realised that one is stuck and free to oneself; a slave of one's own thoughts caged in one's own thinking capacity.
‘Seconds’ is choreographed by Irven Teme and features Teme, Tshabalala, Charlston van Rooyen and Thembi Nkosi. It runs for 25 minutes and focuses on time, time with goes to waste and is lost. It poses the question: How could time be timeless within what is limiting and calculating?
‘Beside Myself’ is a study of the body that asks how the body, when inscribed with trauma, frozen by memory, or inert with the weight of experience, is expected to continue moving, continue being. It is choreographed by Athena Mazarakis in collaboration with Tertia Coetzee and is performed by Coetzee. It runs for 18 minutes.
‘So Close To Life’ displays life as an opportunity to experience the universe and explore the possibilities out there. Different incidents add meaning to life and make it even more enriching. The 20 minute production is choreographed and performed by Van Rooyen and Chauke.
The schedule is jampacked. It starts at 6.30pm on December 6 with programme one, which features work from Irven Teme, Athena Mazarakis, and Charlston van Rooyen collaboration with Thulani Chauke. Programme two starts at 8pm and features Thami Majela, Fana Tshabalala and Thabo Kobeli
On Friday, December 7, the programmes switch around, and programme one starts at 6.30pm with work from Majela, Tshabalala and Kobeli. Programme two starts at 8pm with Teme, Mazarakis, Van Rooyen and Chauke.
On Saturday, December 8, there is a Summer School Showcase which starts at 12pm. This is free of charge. It is followed by a CBO Showcase at 2pm which is also free. Programme one starts at 3.30pm and programme two at 5pm.
Tickets for one programme are R50, or R60 for both programmes plus a free glass of wine. Students get a discount, at R20 for one programme or R30 for both programmes plus a free glass of wine. It is essential to reserve bookings at firstname.lastname@example.org. There will be a raffle at the end of the entire performance where shopping vouchers will be given away.
Funders and Partners The Forgotten Angle Theatre Collaborative is funded by The National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund. FATC is a contemporary dance company in residence at the University of Johannesburg.
Christabel Zulu / Bridget van Oerle
011 482 3489 / 3467
083 706 2952 / 083 263 6991
Raise the sails! The pirates are coming!
Date: 14 to 28 December (20 shows)
Matinee and evening show 14, 15, 16, 17, 21, 22, 23, 26, 28 December
Evening show only 19, 20, 24, 27 December
Time Matinee show: 14h00, Evening show: 19h00
Venue Carnival City, Brakpan
Cost R80 to R170. Group and school discounts apply
The acclaimed Boswell Wilkie Circus production The Pirate Experience brings all the excitement of the high seas to Carnival City in Brakpan between 14 and 28 December.
All the action takes place against the backdrop of a life-sized pirate ship surrounded by a moat of water. The legendary Jollie Mollie is a true pirate vessel equipped with cannons, gang plank, perches and climbing masts.
During the show a colourful brigade of swashbuckling buccaneers take up their cutlasses to do battle against an invading crew of militant sailors. Mermaids, water nymphs, seaweed and other marine characters join the lively group of entertaining characters as they all swoop, fly, climb and somersault effortlessly through the air. Youngsters will be kept entertained throughout the show by the acrobatic antics of Captain Crook and his pirate crew.
Shows start at 19h00 and special matinee performances will be held at 14h00 on 14, 15, 16, 17, 21, 22, 23, 26, 28 December. Tickets are available from Computicket between R80 and R170. A special group discount applies for groups and schools.
Hurly Burly has now been extended to 8 December! Don’t miss this saucy, sassy and seductive burlesque extravaganza direct from London’s West End, brought to you by Emperors Palace, the Vegas of Africa.
With 5-star ratings from around the world, the glamorous, divinely decadent show boasts beautiful dancers, amazing costumes, spectacular lighting, and music from Kylie, Brittany, Prince, Lady Gaga, Kylie Minogue and other great artists - guaranteed to get everyone hot under the collar.
Follow Emperors Palace on Face Book or go to www.emperorspalace.com to make a booking, or to book an unforgettable year end function. Ticket prices range from R365 to R466. Strictly no under 18s. Naughty has never been this Nice!