We’re Not Done with Music Sensation Marianthe!

Not even a global pandemic can slow the vivacious MARIANTHE down! After the resounding success of her catchy single Over You earlier in the year and her debut single Me & Myself last July, the vivacious 19-year-old has released her latest single Télos (Done With You):

Marianthe brought her dynamic song-writing team of industry greats Tjaart van der Walt and Matthew Marinus, together again to pen this fun pop, dance-party style track, written in both English and Greek.

She gives more insight into the track; Télos (Done with You) is about having the power to leave behind someone who is messing you around and treating you like a game. I wanted to write about this type of situation, but for it not to be in a “sappy and heart-breaking” manner. I wanted the song to be fun and have a dance-party vibe to it because moving on from this situation should make you feel in control and powerful.”

She continues; “This song is written in Greek and English and that is so special to me because it is showcasing my heritage which I am so proud of.  I wanted this to be different to my previous songs, ‘Me & Myself’ and ‘Over You’, by infusing my heritage in a way that makes it possible for everyone to enjoy.”

Essentially, the Greek lyrics in the song perfectly capture the “no-care” attitude of leaving this person who’s messed you around behind with the translation being, “I’ll show you what I got. I will forget you. My life is one big party without you in it. I’m done with you and I’m not sorry. Who do you think you are.”

It was important to Marianthe to add in the special feature of the Bouzouki – which is a famous traditional Greek 8-stringed guitar that has been part of Greek cultural music for decades. She was thrilled to be able to have Savvas Hajiphilippou (a grade 11 from Saheti School) join her in studio and record this instrument, adding a unique element to the track.

She wanted to capture the pop culture of English music as well as influence her Greek roots in the lyrics and instrumentation.

Co-producer and co-songwriter Tjaart van der Walt adds: “Working with Marianthe is an absolute honor and privilege. It’s a breeze making music with her. Her vocal range and capabilities are next level. She picks up on melodies and harmonies so quickly that it’s frightening. Very musical. She always arrives at the studio with lots of jokes and smiles, making the songwriting and production process a lot of fun. She makes my job very easy. I am very excited to see where her career is going and I am very fortunate to have been able to see how she grew over the years. She is a force to be reckoned with.” 

The timing of the single release was also important to her because it also serves as a kind of ‘farewell’ tribute to South Africa and a ‘thank you’ for all who have supported her thus far on her incredible journey.

Marianthe re-located to London in August 2020 to start an exciting new chapter in her career.

In September, she began her studies at the prestigious Arts Educational Schools (known as ArtsEd) in London as part of a 3-year BA (Hons) Musical Theatre Course. ArtsEd is ranked the top Musical Theatre College in London and is funded by Lord Andrew Lloyd-Webber.

2020 has been a bumper year for Marianthe. Not only two single releases, (with Télos (Done With You) being entirely recorded and released during lockdown), but also finishing her 101 Full Time Industry Course and her ATCL Musical Theatre Exam for Trinity College at Stageworx Performing Arts School.

She also entered the West End Star, Jodie Steele’s Musical Theatre Star Search Competition facilitated by Jodie Steele Associates and with the involvement of The Theatre Café in London, and reached the Top 6 of over 500 submissions.

The world is certainly Marianthe’s oyster as she begins her exciting next chapter in London, while still staying connected to her home of South Africa through her music.

She concludes; “I’m so excited for everyone to listen to Télos (Done With You) and I hope you enjoy it as much as I do! Here’s to staying in touch across the airwaves!”

‘Télos (Done With You)’ is available now across all major digital platforms: https://smarturl.it/webhcq

Connect with Marianthe on Social Media:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/marianthepanas/
Instagram: https://instagram.com/marianthe_panas
YouTube: Marianthe

Information courtesy of Collett Dawson from The CoLab Network.

Photo credits : Justine Mac Photography

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Esencia Flamenca

Rhythmic tapas for the soul

El Rincon Flamenco, the Johannesburg-based Spanish dance company, is to stage a glittering dance extravaganza, Esencia Flamenca, at The Lesedi (formerly known as The Fringe and Tesson Theatre), Joburg Theatre, from 30th May to 2nd June 2019.

This heady cocktail of passion, drama and rhythmic tapas for the soul is guaranteed to lift the spirit and have you toe-tapping in your seat.

Esencia Flamenca means Essence of Flamenco in English and the spectacular show, directed by the celebrated Dame Hazel Acosta, who founded the El Rincon company 30 years ago, encapsulates the pulsating spirit of the dance in its myriad of forms.

Dame Hazel is using the show to pay homage to the prolific Federico Garcia Lorca, the famous Spanish poet, playwright and theatre director of the 1930’s.

The first half of the show is inspired and based on the play, The House of Bernarda Alba. Set in a house in a Spanish village, the story uncovers the intertwined dynamics between a family’s matriarch and her daughters.

Joanne Bobrow and Rosana Maya, co-producers and choreographers, portray this renowned work in a contemporary, ambient setting with immense attention to detail.

Bernarda is adapted by Rosana Maya and she will be performing the title role of Bernarda.

The second half of the show is imbued with different, yet equally delicious flavours, and is mostly choreographed by Mireille Lenferna.

It has the power to entice its audience into savouring the quintessential cornerstones of authentic flamenco; live music, song, rhythm and of course, dance.

Adding style and glamour to the production are El Rincon’s talented crew of principal dancers, South Africa’s own guest stars, Durban guitarist Demi Fernandez and Cape Town dancer and percussionist (Ndumiso ‘Faya’ Tafeni). There will also be a troupe of exciting up-and-coming talent.

Since 2005 Esencia Flamenca marks the fourth major theatre production under the co-directorship of established dancers and former students of Dame Hazel Acosta, Joanne Bobrow and Mireille Lenferna.

The company boasts a dozen hand-picked dancers, most of whom are also creative souls within their own careers.

Bookings can be made directly through the Joburg Theatre or telephonically on 0861 670 670.

Groups of 10 or more will benefit from discounted rates – these are available by calling (011) 877 6853.

Ticket prices are R230 per person for all the shows.

Hurry and don’t miss out on this flavoursome delight!

Would you like to win a set of double tickets to watch the show? Head on over to my Facebook page for more details.

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Mirror Mirror on the Wall

Mirror Mirror on the wall…was this the finest panto of them all?

Absolutely YES!

This years Snow White Pantomime was truly phenomenal. And I’m not the only one who says so. From everyone I have met and know in the industry I have only heard and read positive reviews.

Okay so what makes this Panto so unique to others?

  • Firstly, you have Desmond Dube and John Robbie on the same stage!
  • You are guaranteed to laugh , sign and dance right through the show.
  • The performance from the cast was spectacular.
  • The costumes were out of this world
  • And when we arrived we received a pair of 3D glasses with our tickets. You’ll just have to go watch the show and see for yourself why those will be needed.
  • Some people enjoyed the show so much, that they have already gone back for round two.

Are you intrigued and want to know more?

No problem here is all you need to know about Janice Honeyman’s Snow White Pantomime…

Panto Joburg Theatre

Joburg Theatre and Bernard Jay present Janice Honeyman’s Snow White, The Fairest Panto in All The Land, opening on The Mandela Stage at Joburg Theatre on November 3rd  and running until December 23rd!

“It’s panto-time again!  Music, dancing, sensational sparkly sets and a super story, jokes, laughter and ‘happy-ever-after’”, declares Janice Honeyman.  “And this year it’s back to my very first panto ever, Snow White.  It has always been a great favourite of mine!  Why?  Because it’s sweet and sad, romantic, rollicking, funny, and full of fantasy. 

We have a kind, loveable heroine, a handsome, hunky prince, seven cute dwarfs, a magic mirror and of course the ultimate example of Evil – the wicked Queen Hildegonda.  And then, as always, there are all sorts of sensational surprises – I’m not saying what they are – you must come and discover them for yourselves!”

South African movie, television, stage and comedy star Desmond Dube returns to his sixth Joburg Theatre pantomime, playing the comic role of Dame Dolla Diddledaddledoodledragon, having become one of Joburg audiences’ most loved panto stars.  Desmond is best known for his movies Hotel Rwanda and Hopeville, the TV series No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, Friends Indeed and Suburban Bliss and, of course, his roles in the Amaglugglug and Clientele Life commercials.

Legendary 702 talk radio show host and international champion rugby player John Robbie makes his pantomime debut in Snow White as The Major-Dumb-Ou of the Royal Palace of Cool Cornucopia.  John recently retired after thirty years on 702, having built an unrivalled reputation on air for professionalism, integrity and fairness.

Ben Voss is a comedian, actor and playwright, best known for his portrayal of the fictional South African businesswoman, Beauty Ramapelepele, using the alter ego of Beauty to deliver satirical social commentary.  In Snow White, Ben will play the role of the Wicked Queen Hildegonda Hoggenham.  Ben set up the production company Mamba Productions together with John van de Ruit and they have produced and performed the comedy skit shows Green Mamba and Black Mamba across the country and in London.

Janice Honeyman's Snow White Panto

Snow White also features two of South Africa’s most highly acclaimed rising theatre stars, Kiruna-Lind Devar (Sweet Charity, Saturday Night Fever, Evita) as the Princess and Tshepo Ncokoane (Janice Honeyman’s Sleeping Beauty, Priscilla, The Color Purple) as Prince Chuck B Charming.

Also in the all-South African cast are (in alphabetical order) Oscar Buthelezi, Matt Counihan, Sne Dladla, Daniel Keith Geddes, Emil Haarhoff, Dirk Joubert, Saxola Ketshengane, Sebe Leotlela, Dolly Louw, Namisa Mdlalose, Noni Mkhonto, Sabelo Radebe, Senzesihle Radebe, J P Rossouw, Kaylan Sabbadin, Nicol Sheraton, Nkanyiso Shezi, Lindo Sithole and Sarah-Ann Van Der Merwe.

Here is a link to the behind the scenes interview  with some of the cast at their first costume photo shoot by fellow blogger Waydene Laing, to see what the stars had to say about the show.

Snow White is written and directed by Janice Honeyman, with musical direction by Coenraad Rall and choreography by Nicol Sheraton.  Bernard Jay serves as executive producer of this, his 18th Janice Honeyman pantomime.

Here’s a fun behind-the-scenes video for you to enjoy, taken at the costume publicity photo shoot held recently, and it was also the first time the whole cast got together :

 

Janice Honeyman’s Snow White will be on the stage of The Nelson Mandela Theatre at Joburg Theatre from November 3rd to December 23rd, 2018. Performance times vary according to the Festive Season schedule – consult www.joburgtheatre.com to get exact dates and times.

Tickets range from R245 – R375 and can be booked at www.joburgtheatre.com or by calling 0861 670 670. Theatre patrons can also book online and pay at selected Pick N Pay stores.  A wide range of discounted rates for groups is available by calling the theatre’s VIP Ticketing office on (011) 877 6853.

Snow White is presented by Joburg Theatre and Bernard Jay in association with the panto’s much valued and long-term partners, MNet, 94.2 Jacaranda FM and Your Family Magazine.

To experience the magic of Panto book your tickets now!

Information and Pictures courtesy of The Colab Network.

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Gone Too Soon: Featured Artists

Gone Too Soon is finally here and in just a few hours we get to experience and enjoy one of the most anticipated shows of the year. You’ve been hearing all about the show and I hope you have booked your tickets!

You can read more about the show Here.

Gone Too Soon is a proud production under The Colab Network and is Directed and Produced by Collett Dawson.

I recently interviewed the featured artists Mariechan, Timothy Moloi and Joseph Clark about the show and who their favourite musical influences are, that have gone Too Soon.

Here is a bit about the stars and what they had to say:

MARIECHAN

Gone Too Soon

Mariechan, originally from Cape Town, became known for her vocal ability during her 10 year career with the hugely successful Jamali.  As the engine for Jamali’s vocal strength, her effortless vocal ability, with her natural feminine character is her signature style.

Mariechan’s singular focus and dream of earning a living as an artist came to fruition as the winning girl group in Popstars in 2004. In the last 10 years, it became clear that there was a market for South African talent in the R&B/Pop and Soul industry. Currently a solo artist, she launched her first single ‘Let Me Live My Life’ in 2014 which took South Africa by storm and received airtime on radio stations, nationally!

Mariechan’s versatility & ability to work in any music genre, got her working & collaborating with some of SA’s biggest artists and Dj’s. She is currently working on her first solo project  & ready to share a side she rarely had a chance to show in her career…sexy, fun, vulnerable and uninhibited.

Shekhinah and Mariechan are currently burning up the airwaves with their popular hit “Different”.
Her new single, Missed Calls is the first single to her upcoming EP, titled, Cherry Blossom and is currently enjoying airplay across the country and on various digital platforms.

Please could you share with us one of the musical legends you will be performing and paying tribute to on stage in Gone Too Soon and how has their music influenced your musical journey to date?
Amy Winehouse, her raw talent, tenacious story telling & self-assurance was infectious & inspiring, she knew who she was & lived her truth unapologetically. 
Who is your favourite musical legend of all time who is no longer with us? 
It would almost be unjust to name one musical legend when so many of them influenced & inspired me growing up. At the age of 8, all I looked forward to was getting home from school so I could listen to the radio and record some of my favorite songs like: I will always love you(WH), You are not alone (MJ), Life is going on (BF) etc. my list is extensive, so I’ll save us both from my archives haha! 
Have you seen a musical legend live in concert who is no longer with us? If yes, where did the concert take place and how was the experience for you to watch them live on stage? 
Sadly I have not seen any of them live in concert, I had a “bucket list” but their sudden departure from this life took away any opportunity to fulfill that dream. It’s one of my biggest heartbreaks. 
Is there a musical legend you would have loved to perform with live on stage who is no longer with us? If yes why? 
There’s a few, Whitney Houston, Amy Winehouse, Aaliyah, Micheal Jackson to name but a few. I grew up listening to these artists who’s musical journey & life stories inspired me to pursue my dream as an artist. 
What would you like the audience to take away from the show? 
Euphoria…I want them to leave moved by the performances with a greater appreciation for the music gifted to us by these legends & to continue celebrating & supporting the arts. 

TIMOTHY MOLOI

Gone Too Soon

Born and raised in Soweto,

Timothy Moloi has leda busy performance schedule since completing his studies at
Ohio Wesleyan University in the USA.

His critically-acclaimed debut album Love That Music wasnominated for two SAMA Awards and hisvideos on YouTube have received more than 500,000 views.

Television performances have included the South African Music Awards, Miss South Africa and the Naledi Awards.

Stage productions include Always & Forever – A Tribute to Luther Vandross, Motown Gold, Classics is Groot, Coming Home, Afrika in Afrikaans and two of Janice Honeyman’s festive season pantomimes, Aladdin and Sleeping Beauty to name just a few.

He performed at the Opening Ceremony of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, SA Golf Open, Cricket SA Season Launch, SA RugbyAwards and for the 2012 SA Olympic squad.

Timothy has sung the SA National Anthem for the Springboks and LaMarseillaise for the French Rugby Team. In 2017 he performed the National Anthem at the Currie Cup Final.

He has performed in both Moscow and
Saint Petersburgas part of the SA-Russia Cultural Exchange.

Other recentperformances include Stellenbosch University’s Centenary Concert, the Hermanus FynArts Festival and at Woordfeeswith with Judith Sephuma and Gloria Bosman, which won a 2018 Fiesta Award. He also performed at the grand opening of the new Sun Arena.

In December 2017, Timothy won the first
Great South African Bake Off Celebrity Festive Special.

Please could you share with us one the musical legends you will be performing and paying tribute to on stage in Gone Too Soon and how has their music influenced your musical journey to date?

One of the music legends I’m going to be paying tribute to, in GONE TOO SOON, is Luther Vandross. He has had an enormous influence on my singing career over the years, and I’ve been most honoured to have people say that I remind them of him, when I sing. I was privileged to do a show honouring him, called “Always and Forever – A Tribute To Luther Vandross” a few years ago, which was very successful, and I’m very excited to have the opportunity to once again perform his music live on stage.

Who is your favourite musical legend of all time who is no longer with us? Please could you name one of their songs that is your favourite. 

It would have to be the legendary Whitney Houston, who had a voice that comes along once in a lifetime. One of the very first cassettes I bought as a teenager, was a Whitney Houston album. I know that I am not alone, when I say that “I Will Always Love You”, is my favourite song of hers.

Have you seen a musical legend live in concert who is no longer with us? If yes, where did the concert take place and how was the experience for you to watch them live on stage? 

One of the musical legends I not only saw on stage, but had the pleasure of performing with, was the late South African songbird, TK. She was such an incredible talent, and a beautiful person, who was gone too soon, at such a young age.

Is there a musical legend you would have loved to perform with live on stage who is no longer with us? If yes why?

It would have been a dream come true, to have performed with Luther Vandross. And I would have loved to see Michael Jackson perform live. His concerts were such incredible events, and my friends who were fortunate enough to see him on stage, say it’s the best performance they have ever seen.

What would you like the audience to take away from the show?

I hope that we bring back wonderful memories for our audiences, as they recall where they were, when they first heard this music, and the personal meaning it has for each of them. We want to take them on a nostalgic journey, as they enjoy some of the most beautiful music of all time, from artists, who are sadly, no longer with us.

JOSEPH CLARK

Gone Too Soon

Born and raised in Amarillo, Texas, Joseph Clark left his ballet career in New York and Salt Lake City when brought to South Africa by where he won immediate acclaim for the leading roles in Swan LakePapillionRomeo & Juliet and Witchy.

He soon moved to musical theatre, blowing audiences away in shows like Buddy Holly – The Buddy Holly StoryQueen at The OperaWest Side Story and others.

He is one of South Africa’s leading performers with over 40 years of experience as a professional singer/actor/ballet dancer, winning numerous awards for all 3 genres.

He has appeared as a lead soloist with all the Symphony Orchestras in South Africa as well as with orchestras in Europe and the USA. He has been the soloist for North Netherland Orchestra (NNO) since 2009.

Highlights include the honour to sing for former President Nelson Mandela’s 85th Birthday Celebration and singing in a packed Gelredome stadium in The Netherlands to an audience of over 30,000 people.

Currently, Joseph is touring South Africa and Europe with his internationally acclaimed production of Joseph Clark – The Music Of QUEEN.

He is known as a guest artist on Noot vir NootClassics is Groot and Strictly Come Dancing and has featured in numerous television and cinema commercials in South Africa, the USA, Israel and China.

When not touring he is in high demand as a corporate entertainer and as a voice-artist, talking and singing, for radio & television.

Please could you share with us one the musical legends you will be performing and paying tribute to on stage in Gone Too Soon and how has their music influenced your musical journey to date?

The most obvious “Legend” for me would be Freddie Mercury of course! The music of QUEEN has taken me to artistic heights over the last 28 years that just about no other body of music could possibly do. And it has taken me all over Southern Africa and Europe. Always challenging, always inspirational, never boring!

Who is your favourite musical legend of all time who is no longer with us? Please could you name one of their songs that is your favourite.

Besides Mr. Mercury, I think it would have to be Frank Sinatra and his version of Cole Porter’s “Just One Of Those Things”.

Have you seen a musical legend live in concert who is no longer with us? If yes, where did the concert take place and how was the experience for you to watch them live on stage?

Unfortunately I have never had the opportunity to see one of these “Legends” on stage, but would have loved seeing QUEEN (with Freddie Mercury), The Eagles (with Glenn Frey), Sammy Davis Jr., Michael Jackson, Ella Fitzgerald, Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughn, the list goes on…

Is there a musical legend you would have loved to perform with live on stage who is no longer with us? If yes why?

I think George Michael would have been a great “Legend” to perform with! He was an immaculate performer and always seemed open and accommodating to other artists he performed with.

What would you like the audience to take away from the show?

Feeling the Joy and Emotion of Experiencing these legendary artists through their timeless music!

I would like to thank Mariechan, Timothy Moloi and Joseph Clark for their time and for doing this interview with me. A very special thank you to Collett Dawson for making all this happen and I wish her all the best for the show. 

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Gone Too Soon Interview With Collett Dawson

Collett Dawson is by no means a stranger to the entertainment industry. This amazing woman is the Owner of  The Colab Network, as well as the Director and Producer of the much anticipated show Gone Too Soon.
You can read more details about Gone Too Soon Here.
I recently had the opportunity to interview Collett Dawson to find out her thoughts on the show, and who some of her favourite musical influences are that are no longer with us:
Collett Dawson
Who was your favourite musical legend to listen to over the years and why?
Queen was my ultimate favourite band to listen to, most especially watching Freddie Mercury perform. Even before I entered the entertainment industry, I felt that Freddie was a creative artist way before his time, where each song written and recorded was a magnificent production in itself. Freddie’s stage persona for me as well, was incredible, I was drawn to the theatricality of his performances and then there were those killer vocals of his. I think another reason I was so drawn to him was his total lack of concern about what the industry thought of him – HE knew he was on a specific path and even though there were SO many people against them in the beginning, he stuck to his goals and dreams, and I couldn’t help but admire and respect him for that.
Have you had the opportunity to watch  a musical legend live in concert? If yes, where did this concert take place and how was the experience watching them live?

I have been blessed to have watched so many big names perform live in concert, but if we were choosing from this list, a real bucket list moment for me was seeing Michael Jackson live in London in 1991/1992 (can’t remember which year it was). I was living in London at the time and this was my first BIG NAME that I was going to see – then seeing tens of thousands of fans flood Wembley Stadium to join me… it felt like I was living a dream.

You must remember that that was still “the dark days” in South Africa and we were experiencing a cultural boycott at that time because of our country’s politics, so to be able to calmly go out and buy a ticket to see a huge legendary artist like Michael Jackson in London was so surreal for me.
The best news is that he didn’t disappoint – he was INCREDIBLE – what an experience – one I will never forget.

I’ve seen many huge international artists since then, but none will be able to replicate that feeling of the first time being in the presence of true music greatness.

Is there a musical legend that you would have loved to see live in concert? Please share one of their songs that is your favourite.

My biggest regret was not seeing Queen and Freddie live – especially since I was SUPPOSED to!! They were out at Sun City in the 80’s and I had tickets to see them for my 16h birthday present. I was so excited I could barely contain myself. But then in the earlier part of the tour, Freddie unfortunately lost his voice and cancelled a few shows, my one being one of them. I was devastated! When I began living in London in 1991, one of the thoughts in my mind was to ensure I got to see them perform. Of course, we didn’t realise at this time how sick Freddie was, and that he would die shortly after. It’s still my biggest regret.

Another one is not seeing George Michael perform. He’s a close 2nd to my favourite artist of all time. Such a skilled songwriter and performer – a friend of mine saw him in London perform about 10 years ago or so and said he was mind-blowing – I wish I could have experienced that.

Gone Too Soon is being staged in loving memory of two South African legends Matthew Stewardson and Gugu Zulu, who were also both close friends of yours. Please could you share with us one song (and the artist) that reminds you of both Matthew and Gugu or a song for each of them.

Both of them were such music lovers, I loved talking music with them, they also had vastly different tastes.

For me, the songs that remind me most of Matthew is the Ratpack numbers – he was known in our circles as “the Frank Sinatra of South Africa” and his voice certainly blended itself well to that, even though he performed a diverse range of music, he could do anything.
For me, even though it’s now nearly 8 years since Matthew’s death, I still battle to listen to anyone else perform “Mr Bojangles”, “My Way” and “That’s Life”. For me, those were “Matty’s songs” and I literally need to walk out a room, overcome with emotion, when anyone else sings them. Interestingly enough, the only other artist who I CAN listen to sing these songs is Timothy Moloi – who of course, is one of the frontline vocalists I just HAD to have in Gone Too Soon.
Gugu and I always spoke pop music – two of my fondest memories (of so many) regarding music was him attending two of my shows I was promoting “Michael Jackson: HIStory” as well as “Whitney Houston : The Greatest Love of All” – both staged at Joburg Theatre.
The memory that sticks with me most is during the Whitney Houston show in January 2015. Gugu and Letshego walked in with the hugest grin on their faces, they couldn’t keep the good news from me that Letshego was pregnant and they’d only just told their families, they hadn’t announced it to the general public yet so I felt so honoured they’d shared the news with me.
The song that stands out for me is when “I Wanna Dance with Somebody” began – Gugu jumped to his feet and started dancing totally spontaneously, and the audience followed suit. What a moment of pure unadulterated joy I witnessed in that moment, seeing my friend so happy that he was about to become a father. It’s a song that has since become to mean so much to me, and of course it’s ended up in GONE TOO SOON… In fact, the Whitney segment is a powerful segment in the show… I don’t want to say more than that… you’ll just need to come to the show to see it for yourself.
As the Director and producer of Gone Too Soon, what makes this production different to other productions that you have directed and produced?

Gone Too Soon has become more of a labour of love than I had first envisaged. Of course, it goes without saying because it’s inspired by the deaths of two SA legends who were dear friends of mine who had such an impact on life – in fact, their wouldn’t be a CoLab Network without both their encouragement and support.

But I realised it’s also more than that. I’ve realised along this journey of putting the show together that it’s also these incredible legends that really moved us and affected us. Their music and lives had SUCH an impact on me and all of us, we listen to them when we’re sad, happy, need to be motivated, inspired etc. What an incredible power they all had, to have such an influence on all of us, through their music.

I also believe their music is truly timeless and for that, I’m thrilled to be paying tribute to them as such leaders of their respective generations, and to invite the general public to celebrate in their lives along with me.

Which song are you looking forward to being performed on stage during Gone Too Soon?

I know it’s cliche, but all of them, really. Each song and artist was hand picked for a specific reason, to provide a truly unforgettable experience for the audience, and for us that are putting the show together, and even the performers are totally invested in the show.

But if I have to choose, of course it’ll be the Freddie Mercury segment, but I also can’t wait to hear Timothy perform Careless Whispers – the George Michael classic hit.
With the collaboration of the Johannesburg Youth Orchestra who will be performing in the show, how important is it for our youth to know the musical legends we grew up with and their music?

What I’m loving about this show experience is seeing these youngsters absolutely revelling in performing these hits, and none of them witnessed the songs first hand, they were all too young. To see these youngsters be just as moved and inspired by these artists and their music is such a thrill for me, and that in itself, for me, proves the point that the music these artists performed really ARE timeless and will live on through future generations continuing to perform these great hits.

Why have you decided to include some of Born To Perform’s young stars in to the show?

 I’ve been blessed to be part of the entertainment industry for the last 26 years so it’s really important for me to “give back” as much as I can. I am passionate about young talent and being part of nurturing it where I can and so when Gemma and Matthew Marinus came to me five years ago with their concept of Born To Perform and wanted to know whether I thought it was viable, I immediately jumped at the chance to be involved.

It’s been an honour and a privilege watching these incredibly talented youngsters grow and develop into our stars of tomorrow, so I made a commitment to Gemma and Matt that I will give professional opportunities wherever I could – for example, Marianthe Panas was one of the leading vocalists in Supreme Divas a few years back at Joburg Theatre while only being 14 years old!
A little while ago, when I was watching the Born To Perform 2018’s SHINE! rehearsal, I was once again blown away by this incredible talent and knew instinctively that I wanted them to be part of Gone Too Soon. We hadn’t cast the Backing Vocalists yet so I spoke with Timothy Moloi who then auditioned them and chose the best 7 bright young stars to be part of the show.
It’s humbling to see how keen and hungry they are to be part of the show and have really embraced the opportunity, and have had some amazing vocal workshops with Timothy already. I can’t wait to see how the audience responds to them!
What would you like the audience to take away from the show?

I want the audience to experience exactly the same journey down memory lane as we have while putting the show together. I want them to laugh, cry, sing along, tap their hands and feet to the beat, get up and dance, but mostly, celebrate along with us. These incredible artists who might not be with us physically anymore, but are JUST as relevant in the world now as they were then, through their incredible music.

Gone Too Soon
Gone Too Soon will be taking place on the Lyric Theatre Stage at Gold Reef City for two performances only:
– Saturday 20th October 2018 at 20:00
– Sunday 21st October 2018 at 14:00
Ticket prices range between R150-R280 and can be booked through the Gold Reef City Website or through Computicket
I would like to extend a huge thank you to Collett Dawson for this Interview opportunity. 
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BORN TO PERFORM’s Rising Young Stars Join GONE TOO SOON

The anticipation is building for when GONE TOO SOON takes to the stage at The Lyric at Gold Reef City in a few weeks, where the show will pay tribute to lost music legends who come alive again through their greatest hits.

The CoLab Network is thrilled to announce an exciting addition to the line-up, that being 7 rising young stars from the Born To Perform platform who will join the frontline singers as their Backing Vocalists, after their incredible success as part of Born To Perform 2018 SHINE!  show held earlier in September.

Gone Too Soon will be on stage at The Lyric at Gold Reef City for 2 shows only on Saturday 20 October at 20h00 and Sunday 21 October at 14h00.

To enjoy a taste of what to expect from Gone Too Soon, click on this promotional video link:

 

This spectacular tribute stars Timothy Moloi (FIFA 2010 World Cup Opening Ceremony, Always & Forever – A Tribute to Luther Vandross, Great South African Bake Off Celebrity Festive Special, Classics is Groot), Joseph Clark (Joseph Clark – The Music of Queen, Classics is Groot, Queen At The Opera, Buddy Holly – The Buddy Holly Story) and Mariechan (of Jamali and Popstars fame) as the frontline vocalists who will set the stage alight as they perform the instantly recognisable hits.

Gone Too Soon

The seven Born To Perform artists who will now also be part of the Gone Too Soon cast are Marianthe Panas, John Tsenoli, Zinah Rose, Yahto Kroft, Rachel Games, Siyolise Mkondweni and Tylo Venter.

Gone Too Soon

Says Collett Dawson, Executive Producer of Gone Too Soon; “I’ve had the privilege of being part of the Born To Perform Plaform since its inception 5 years ago and the work that Gemma and Matthew Marinus are doing with these talented youngsters, I believe, is invaluable for the development and nurturing of outstanding young talent. They are, in effect, developing our stars of tomorrow”.

She continues; “When I attended the rehearsals of Born To Perform’s 2018 show, I was quite literally blown away by the talent I saw in front of me and how these youngsters have grown over the years and are totally blossoming. They are not only talented, but it thrills me to see how they’re learning so many other important industry traits like hard work, discipline, ethics and respect of other artists and the crews they work with – it was just such a delight for me. It’s been important to me since Born To Perform began, to assist them in providing professional platforms for these artists to continue growing as performers wherever possible, so I made a decision on the spot that I wanted some of their top rising stars to be part of Gone Too Soon.”

Related Article: Find out who Collett Dawson’s favorite music icons are and more in my Interview with her.

The opportunity to be part of the show wasn’t just handed to them, however; all those interested went through an audition process in front of Timothy Moloi (who is not only “the man with the velvet voice”, but also one of South Africa’s top vocal coaches) and producer Collett Dawson.

From those auditions, seven bright rising stars were selected who will now be sharing the stage with the professional frontline artists, as their backing vocalists.

They have already enjoyed a vigorous 2-day vocal workshop with Timothy Moloi and are super keen to be on stage to perform these timeless classics with him, Mariechan and Joseph Clark, thus adding to the unforgettable experience for the audiences.

Says Gemma Marinus, Director of Born To Perform; “We are so excited that, after the success of Born To Perform 2018, The CoLab Network has decided to use some of our upcoming performers in Gone Too Soon. Collett and The CoLab Network has been a huge supporter of our platform since conception and our mission to expose our young performers to the professional world of entertainment is being fulfilled. Getting to work and be mentored by world-class artists like Timothy Moloi, Mariechan and Joseph Clark is such an amazing opportunity for them to learn and grow and this is exactly why we created this platform for talented young performers.”

Gone Too Soon is a fabulous tribute to the music legends we all loved, who died way before their time, but live on through their timeless music. The show will delight audiences old and young as they celebrate the powerhouse singers that became legends through their music over the past few decades.

Be transported on an unforgettable journey of pure nostalgia and heart-warming moments as homage is paid to a diverse selection of some of the greats, including Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Freddie Mercury, Luther Vandross, George Michael, Elvis Presley, David Bowie, Prince, Amy Winehouse, Nat King Cole, Natalie Cole, John Lennon and more.

South African artists will also be featured in the show, including Brenda Fassie and Mandoza.

While the show pays homage to these music icons who have left us too soon, the focus will be strongly on the uplifting atmosphere of inspiration that they continue to live on through their music, the memories they still evoke in all of us, as well as the impact that so many of them have made on the industry and world as a whole.

Another exhilarating collaboration is the inclusion of more young talented artists in the form of the superb Johannesburg Youth Orchestra conducted by Eddie Clayton, celebrating their 20th Anniversary, who join the vocalists on stage to evoke over 2 hours of unforgettable memories.

Says Collett Dawson on the subject of having these two young platforms as part of Gone Too Soon; “It’s been a dynamic experience and such good food for the soul to watch all these young performers totally reveling in learning this repertoire. They, in essence, are paying tribute to artists they didn’t grow up listening to and knowing like we did, yet their excitement is just as palpable as they learn these classic songs. This proves the point right there how timeless these legends really are and that their music and the impact they have on all of us, lives on. I cannot wait for the audiences to see this first-hand.”

Gone Too Soon is the ideal concert experience for old and young to celebrate in the magic of the legacies these music icons left behind and the indelible mark they left on all of us.

Join us on for a 2-hour journey of sheer nostalgia as we travel down memory lane where finger clicking, toe clapping, singing and dancing along is strongly encouraged!

Gone Too Soon is on at The Lyric at Gold Reef City from 20 – 21 October 2018. Saturday 20 October at 20h00 and Sunday 21 October at 14h00.

Tickets range from R150 – R280.

Bookings are through  www.goldreefcity.co.za or Computicket or by calling The Lyric Theatre Box Office on 011 248 5000.

Discounts for senior citizens, students and scholars apply.

Tsogo Sun Rewards cardholders enjoy instant savings: 10% (Gold); 15% (Platinum); 20% (Black).

For group bookings of 10 or more, please contact the theatre directly on 011 248 5000.

Group Bookings of 50 seats or more qualify for a 15% discount if booked directly with The Lyric Theatre Box Office on 011 248 5000.

For these various discounts, contact the Gold Reef City Box Office for more information on 011 248 5000 or email goldreef.boxoffice@tsogosun.com

Gone Too Soon is being staged in loving memory of two South African legends Matthew Stewardson and Gugu Zulu – both close friends of Collett Dawson and whose untimely deaths inspired the concept of the show.

Gone too Soon is being staged with the blessing of the Stewardson and Zulu families

Gone Too Soon is proudly produced by The CoLab Network in association with the Johannesburg Youth Orchestra.

The Colab Network

Lighting by Hauser Lighting Design, visual content by Fix Post Production, staging by Gemma Marinus and videography by Dream Canvas Productions.

All the above information is Courtesy of The Colab Network. 

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TINA: Simply The Best

From the producer of hit stage shows The Greatest Love of All Show and The Michael Jackson HIStory Show comes a brand new tribute that will have audiences dancing in their chairs!

Johannesburg’s Emperors Palace Casino will debut Tina: Simply The Best with a three-week season in their Theatre of Marcellus this coming Spring – and it is set to rock you all the way back to the 1960s.

Tina: Simply The Best

Tina: Simply The Best, comes fresh from its first ever public performances at Sibaya Casino in Durban last Christmas, where media labelled it “outstanding… a must see.”

Performing in the Theatre of Marcellus from Friday 31st August until Sunday 16th September 2018. Tina: Simply The Best is set to recreate the powerful and energetic vocals and stage presence of the Queen of Rock, Tina Turner.

This live rendition features all the popular tracks that had audiences standing in their seats, as well as the the top Turner hits that had everyone belting their hearts out from one of the world’s most-loved female rock legends over the past few decades.

Hear all the sizzling Rock and soulful R&B hits that made Tina one of the 20th century’s biggest names in music – Simply The Best, What’s Love Got to Do With It, River Deep Mountain High, Proud Mary, Nutbush City Limits, We Don’t Need Another Hero, Jumping Jack Flash, What You Get is What You See, Private Dancer and many more.

Tina: Simply The Best

South African-born songstress, Caroline Borole, will take on the role of Turner in this dazzling two-hour full-scale production. Backed by a world-class live band on stage, Borole will perform over 15 of Turner’s most popular tracks.

For Caroline Borole, music has been a major influence in her life. The South African-born songstress credits her family for shaping her own personal musical style, through listening to a wide range of musical genres during her childhood.

At the tender age of 10, Caroline’s father introduced her to The Soul of Ike & Tina Turner – a record that sparked her interest in the jazz and blues genres. After numerous weekends of the record on repeat, it didn’t take too long before Borole began idolising the iconic female musician; taking note of Turner’s outrageous confidence and high energy.

After studying musical theatre at university, Borole ventured into the entertainment industry – landing notable roles on television shows and musical productions, including appearances on Generations, On The Couch, Under African Skies.

One of her career highlights was taking on a starring role as Effie White in the South African national production of the musical, Dreamgirls.

Eventually, Borole found her way to becoming a member of Showtime Australia. The singer began touring as a backup singing for two of the company’s largest productions; The Greatest Love of All: Whitney Houston Show & the Michael Jackson History Show. When Showtime Australia decided to produce and launch a new show, Tina Turner: Simply The Best, Borole knew it was her chance to take the spotlight.

Initially taking on the role of Tina Turner was a challenge at first for Borole, but she maintains that her passion is performing and she will happily endure the painful workout to leave her heart on the stage for the audiences of Tina Turner: Simply The Best.

“Portraying an icon is never an easy task. To be given the opportunity to do something like this will always be something that I will appreciate and be in awe of,” explains Borole.

The professional South African singer and actress was handpicked by Showtime Australia director, Johnny Van Grinsven, to tackle Turner’s trademark growls, grunts and powerful vocals on stage.

Van Grinsven admits months of vocal work, dance rehearsals, costume fittings, wig adjustments and character study have gone into raising the show to the level of ‘the definitive tribute’.

The outrageously-confident Borole will be accompanied by four energetic dancers to help create the ultimate Tina Turner concert experience. Borole and her dancers, will twist and twirl their way around stage to a live backing band, making this show Simply the Best!

“Tina really puts on a show when she’s on stage, she’s the true essence of ‘a performer’, so when one tries to emulate her you have to make sure you study her – the vocals, the dancing, the walk, the smile, everything – down to a tee,” says Borole.

My Review:

On Friday the 31st of August 2018 I attended the Opening night of Tina: Simply The Best. I was all dressed up and excited for the show, and once I had arrived at the Theatre of Marcellus at Emperors Palace I could feel the excitement building from the awaiting audience.

Tina Simply The Best

Tina: Simply The Best

The star of the show Caroline Borole had the audience on their feet for most of the evening with her fantastic voice, dance moves and stage presence. Without breaking a sweat she kept the crowd entertained and screaming for more at the end of her performance.

Caroline Borole

Tina: Simply The Best

I had an absolutely wonderful time singing and dancing to some of my favourite Tina Turner songs. The combination of Caroline Borole, her amazing dancers and the band made the evening one to remember. But don’t take my word for it, book your tickets now and decide for yourself.

Tina: Simply The Best

Tickets prices range between R180 – R250 for this spectacular show and can be purchased through Computicket or via Checkers and Shoprite retail stores countrywide.

Information and Pictures Courtesy of Clayton Morar Media.

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Joseph Clark and The Johannesburg Big Band

Join Joseph Clark & The Johannesburg Big Band for one show only at Sun Arena, Time Square, Pretoria on Sunday 23rd September 2018.

Enjoy an afternoon of classic big band tradition with famous songs of the greatest jazz and swing songs, interspersed with contemporary numbers made popular by the stars who performed and composed them, as performed by the crème de la crème of South African artists.

The show will highlight the inimitable flair of Joseph Clark who performed The Music Of Queen last month at the Sun Arena to a great audience response.

Joseph Clark and The Johannesburg Big Band

Joseph Clark is one of South Africa’s leading performers with over 40 years of experience as a professional singer/actor/ballet dancer, winning numerous awards for all 3 genres. He has appeared as a lead soloist with all the Symphony Orchestras in South Africa as well as with orchestras in Europe and the USA. He has been the soloist for North Netherland Orchestra (NNO) since 2009. Highlights include the honour to sing for former President Nelson Mandela’s 85th Birthday Celebration and singing in a packed Gelredome stadium in The Netherlands to an audience of over 30,000 people. Currently, Joseph is touring South Africa and Europe with his internationally acclaimed production of Joseph Clark – The Music Of QUEEN.

He is known as a guest artist on Noot vir NootClassics is Groot and Strictly Come Dancing and has featured in numerous television and cinema commercials in South Africa, the USA, Israel and China. When not touring he is in high demand as a corporate entertainer and as a voice-artist, talking and singing, for radio & television.

Adam Howard

Adam Howard was born and educated in the UK. He boasts a music degree (BMus GSMD LGSM) from the world famous Guildhall School Of Music and Drama in London, and originally came to South Africa to take up the position of principal trumpet of the New Arts Philharmonic Orchestra Of Pretoria (based at the State Theatre) in 1997. He was also principal trumpet player for the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra.

Howard owns and runs the award-winning 3-studio facility ‘Howard Audio’ – based at Ministry Of Illusion, Bryanston, JHB. There, Howard Audio’s services include – music composition, album production, arrangements, audio final mix, sound design and musical direction for corporate events. He has musical directed, composed, arranged, produced and performed music for many of South Africa’s top artists, among them – Hugh Masekela, Freshly Ground, Loyiso, Mbongeni Ngema, Brenda Fassie, Thandiswa Mazwai, Danny K, Kabelo, Mafikozolo, The Parlotones and many more. His clients have included VW, Toyota, Discovery, Mercedes-Benz and Audi.

He formed the Johannesburg Big Band in 2011, and the band features some of the best jazz and session musicians in South Africa.

Adam has won several awards for music in advertising, including a Gold Cannes Lion, Gold Loeries and SAMRO Wawela awards. Clients such as TBWA, FCB, Y&R, Ogilvy, Ireland-Davenport, & MetropolitanRepublic, continue to use his musical services.

He performed at the 2010 FIFA World Cup “kick-off” concert, performing with the likes of Alicia Keys, John Legend, Hugh Masekela and Angelique Kidjo.

For a few years now, Adam has been the Musical Director for William Kentridge’s “Refuse The Hour” – an “Avant-Guard Chamber Opera” that is currently touring the world.

Joseph Clark and The Johannesburg Big Band

Together with this world-class-17-piece big band, directed by Adam Howard, the audience will have an unforgettable afternoon as they are taken on an ultimate musical journey of instantly recognizable hits including something for everyone.

The scintillating celebration will include hits like; New York-New York, I’ve got you under my skin, Quando Quando Quando, The way you look tonight, Don’t Rain On My Parade, Feeling Good, Heartache Tonight, For Once In My Life, (Is This The Way To) Amarillo, I’m A BelieverFever, Girl from Ipanema, Mr Bojangles, Mack The Knife and many more.

Joseph Clark and The Johannesburg Big Band

The Johannesburg Big Band is a collection of the finest jazz and session musicians in South Africa. Formed in 2011 and run by its Musical Director, Adam Howard through his company Howard Audio, they have performed at many functions, including sold-out performances for the 702 “Easter Celebration” at Nelson Mandela Square, hosted a number of public performances at the Lyric Theatre and have performed with the likes of Timothy Moloi, Chiano Sky, Swing City, The Soweto Gospel Choir, The Parlotones and many more.

They are also active on the event scene – having played at many corporate events with clients such as Audi and FNB. In 2016 – the Johannesburg Big Band hosted a live Christmas Day TV show for Mnet and performed with Swing City, Heinz Winkler and the Shoowop Shop.

The 17-member troupe has a repertoire of over 3000 of the most celebrated big band songs.

Joseph Clark and the Johannesburg Big Band performs for one show only on Sunday 23rd September at 15h00 at Sun Arena, Time Square in Pretoria. Tickets are just R200 and can be booked through Computicket.

Discounts for groups of 10 or more, senior citizens, scholars and students apply.

Sun Arena boasts an array of restaurants that gives you the perfect excuse to treat yourself to a delicious Sunday lunch before the show, or Sundowners after the show!

Information and Pictures Courtesy of The Colab Network.

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SHINE!

EXPERIENCE THE STARS OF TOMORROW ON THE STAGE TODAY

Building on the success of their sell-out concerts in 2015 and 2016 and celebrating their 4th year, Born To Perform Worldwide (previously known as Born To Perform) now brings Jozi audiences their dynamic new production SHINE! 

Taking the show to the next level, SHINE! will be on stage at The Lyric at Gold Reef City for THREE performances only on Saturday 15 September at 19h30 and Sunday 16 September at 11h00 and 14h30.

Having seen the first Born To Perform Gala Concerts and recognizing the potential and vision of Gemma and Matthew Marinus, Maestro Extraordinaire Bryan Schimmel has joined forces with them as co-creator and director for this year’s show, and brings with him his signature ideas and expertise.

After having seen the wealth of talent at the auditions, the team has been able to put together a dazzling array of diverse young talent, not only as performers on stage, but so too, as young choreographers and music arrangers to ensure SHINE! is going to be a show like no other.

Says Bryan Schimmel; “As someone who champions the development of young talent, I am thrilled to get behind Matthew and Gemma Marinus’s vision to create a platform where kids not only have a platform to be creative and expressive, but also have a space where they can develop important life skills.”

He continues; Further supporting the vision of developing young talent, I have delegated more than half of the customised musical arrangements to two up-and-coming 22 year old arrangers, Gav Rubin and Dean Salant, who are working under my guidance and supervision, and honing their skills in the process.”

Entertainment value will be high, featuring a spectrum of musical and choreographic styles that will take the audience on a journey from pop to hip-hop, from ballet to rock ‘n roll, from opera to a classic Latin American hit Despacito which will be performed in 12 different languages.

The audience will be treated to a number of surprises and heart-tugging moments as they continue their enjoyment of hits from musicals like Dear Evan Hansen and Hamilton, to favourites from The Greatest Showman to Prince and others.

This year original numbers written by the performers will be added to the show. These songs showcase the young talent at its best, about current and relevant topics with strong positive messages to the youth.

Says Matthew Marinus; “It has been inspiring to see the amount of fantastic original songs that have been submitted from our performers and we are very proud to announce that we have 4 Original tracks being performed in this year’s show.”

Other highlights will include a Mozart Opera Aria set to an EDM (Electronic Dance Music) style and a Justin Timberlake song reworked in the style of Post Modern Jukebox.

Howard Audio came on board to assist with recording custom tracks. Many of South Africa’s top session musicians, as well as Kelsey Mastering, have also generously lent their support to ensure the success of the platform, and to provide the highest quality production value possible for audiences to enjoy an unforgettable experience.

Joining them on stage will be Idols winner PaxtonThe Voice Winner Craig LucasThe Voice Finalist Thembeka Mnguni and the hot new Latin sensation Miguel  Pregueiro.

Born to Perform: SHINE!

Popular Born To Perform star, ZINAH will be the MC for the performances.

The Born To Perform Worldwide platform held nationwide auditions and has secured some of the most talented children and teens from around South Africa from all fields of music, dance and musical theatre, including four youngsters from Durban included in this year’s show.

For a taste of what to expect from SHINE!, log onto:

Gemma Marinus states;  “Born to Perform is not just a platform for talent. It’s a platform for transformation. It is incredible to see how the arts crosses economic and cultural boundaries in young people.”

Born To Perform Worldwide is a platform created by Gemma and Matthew Marinus to create professional opportunities in the Performing Arts Industry for young budding talented children and teens.

Originally coming from the UK, Gemma has been a major player in the musical theatre industry in SA for over 8 years before opening up an elite performing arts school  (Stageworx School Of Performing Arts) in 2009.

Passionate about growing a bright future for our budding artists Gemma and Matthew are heavily involved in training and showcasing the future stars of SA.

Matthew is best known as the talented drummer for The Graeme Watkins Project, but most recently is fast making a name for himself as a videographer focusing on EPK’s for SA artists.

The combination of Matthew and Gemma has led to the Born To Perform Platform, now known as Born To Perform Worldwide.

“Our aim is to uplift the young professional arts environment by kick starting the careers of young performers. In the last 4 years we have had huge success in securing positions for young people in musicals, stage shows, corporate events, television, film and the release of original music,” says Gemma Marinus.

The future vision of the platform is to extend opportunities to the talented youngsters participating, to provide bursaries and scholarships for the ongoing development of young talent in South Africa.

SHINE! promises to be a thrilling display of song and dance provided by a wide array of budding talent alongside some leading stars currently heating up the airwaves.

SHINE!

SHINE! is on stage for THREE SHOWS ONLY:

Venue: The Lyric at Gold Reef City

Dates:

  • Saturday 15 September at 19h30
  • Sunday 16 September at 11h00 and 14h30.

Tickets range from R180 – R275 and can be booked online through the Gold Reef City Website or by calling The Lyric Theatre Box Office on 011 248 5000 or through Computicket.

Discounts for groups of 10 or more and special school bookings – Contact gemma@stageworx.co.za.

Tsogo Sun Rewards cardholders can enjoy instant savings on ticket prices: 10% (Gold); 15% (Platinum); 20% (Black).

SHINE! has been made possible through the generous support of The CoLab Network, Howard Audio, Splitbeam, Kelsey Mastering, Hauser Lighting Design, Kodak Image and Print Morningside, Justine Mac Photography and Stageworx School of the Performing Arts.

For more information you can go to their Website as well as Facebook and YouTube: Born To Perform TV.

SHINE! is Created, produced & Directed by Bryan Schimmel, Gemma Marinus and Matthew Marinus

Design – Oliver Hauser of Hauser Lighting Design

Patrons of Born To Perform: Collett Dawson of The CoLab Network and Alan Ford

Schools involved: Redhill, Auckland Park Prep, Crawford College Lonehill, King David Victory Park, St Vincents School of the Deaf, Stageworx School of Performing Arts.

Information and Pictures Courtesy of  The Colab Network.

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