Artscape Theatre Centre on Tuesday, 17 October in Grabouw, proved why this cultural institution scooped a motion of confidence as the best theatre in the Cape in Die Burger’s Jou Keuse competition.
Readers recently had to vote online among others for their preferred theatre in this very popular competition
Kathleen Murray Primary School on Tuesday, 17 October 2017 was transformed into a magical fairy-tale world of drama, dance and song, complete with costumes, lights, sound, music and theatre infrastructure
Learners were enthralled with the Cape Town Ballet Company’s performance of the ever popular Thumbelina while Jazzart Dance Company dazzled with their Colour of Africa.
Robin Peters of The Voice fame brought the crowds to a frenzy as he performed the hot tunes of Bruno Mars’ Versace on the Floor and That’s What I Like, while Fancy Galada had the feet stomping of her culture-crossing, highly entertaining and energetic tunes
While famous Opera arias were performed by Janel Speelman it was her duet All I Ask Of You with Niel Rademan that kept the audience spellbound.
Integrated to the bill on offer, the Gladys Bullock Dancers showcased that a disability does not hamper artistic expression as the showed some latin and ballroom prowess with a wheelchair bound dancer as partner to the able-bodied dancer.
Artscape Chief Executive Officer, Marlene le Roux said of the Rural Outreach Programme: “It was created to give access to people in outlying areas in the Western Cape, that cannot travel, access to what Artscape patrons would experience on a professional stage. Additionally this programme exists to change the perception of, what was formerly known as the Nico Malan Theatre, as an Apartheid Institution.”
The Rural Outreach Programme presents a microcosm of the array of productions that the Theatre Centre has on offer, which we know that our Die Burger readers love and adore.
As we head towards Summer arts lovers can expect vivacious productions such as
Boogie-Licious that primarily celebrates international pop, R&B and Motown songs and melodies of the 60s, 70s, 80s eras, including some local greats of those eras such as Pacific Express. The rest of the packed, mixed-bag, Summer Season productions this year include Soli Philander’s Lekker Jas; Pieter Toerien’s Evita in December followed by Cinderella on Ice in January; Cape Town City Ballet’s ever popular The Nutcracker commencing in November followed by Cabaret Club commencing on New Year’s Eve; Cape Town Opera’s Tsotsi, Camillo Lombards’ Nama Jazz Series; and Cheryl Abromowitz’s Frog Prince as part of children’s theatre; as well as a roaring New Year’s Eve party on the Piazza after the evening’s productions, among others Artscape Theatre Centre as one of Cape Town’s Foreshore landmarks will continuously strive to showcase vibrant theatre within the multifunctional creative arts centre that we are.