Into the Woods is a wish come true

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The cast of KickStArt Theatre Company’s Into the Woods which is running at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre in Durban. Photo: Val Adamson

Review: Into The Woods – Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban 

THERE is a saying ‘be careful what you wish for’, but I for one am extremely happy that my wish – that Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods would be staged in Durban one day – came true. Currently running at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, KickStArt Theatre Company has again showed what can be achieved by ambitious dreamers and a dream cast and crew. Continue reading

It’s time to go Into the Woods with KickStArt

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The cast of Into the Woods. Photo: Val Adamson

I remember sending a message to Steven Stead, artistic director of KickStArt Theatre Company, after seeing Disney’s film version of Into the Woods whether he had plans to do a stage version. He just said ‘watch this space’.

This week Durban theatregoers get to see Into the Woods on stage at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre on the University of KwaZulu-Natal Howard College campus from April 15 to May 1. I for one cannot wait to see Stephen Sondheim’s classic and I urge all my friends and family in Durban and Maritzburg to go and see it. Continue reading

KZN well represented in the Naledi Award nominations

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Clare Mortimer and Ralph Lawson in A Voice I Cannot Silence at the 2015 National Arts Festival in Grahamstown. The play, directed by Greg Homann, is based on the life, stories and poems of Alan Paton. (Photo: CuePix/Sithasolwazi Kentane)

THE nominees for the Naledi Awards 2016 – which will take place at the Lyric Theatre in Johannesburg on April 19 – have been revealed and according to executive director, Dawn Lindberg, the standard has never been higher.

Several Durbanites are in the running for this year’s awards including KickStArt Theatre Company’s Steven Stead for Sweeney Todd and Little Shop of Horrors, Greg King, Tina le Roux, Neil Stuart Harris, Charon Williams-Ros for Sweeney Todd, Caroline Smart for Hinterland and Clare Mortimer and Menzi Mkhwane for A Voice I Cannot Silence.

Short, Stories, Alive, the Nobulali Productions show, directed by former Durban resident, Neil Coppen, is also nominated; as is former Durban actress Janna Ramos-Violante, who gets a nomination for her work in Doubt. Continue reading

Don’t miss Sweeney Todd at Montecasino

Jonathan Roxmouth stars in Sweeney Todd.

Jonathan Roxmouth stars in Sweeney Todd.

Pieter Toerien and KickstArt present Steven Sondheim’s iconic musical thriller Sweeney Todd – The Demon Barber of Fleet Street at Pieter Toerien’s Montecasino Theatre until November 29.

This dark 1979 Tony Award-winner for best musical features music and lyrics by Sondheim and is based on the 1973 play Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street by Christopher Bond.

The story centres on Sweeney Todd, whose real name is Benjamin Barker. He uses his new alias to resume work in his barber shop above Mrs. Lovett’s struggling pie shop after being wrongfully sentenced to life imprisonment by the corrupt Judge Turpin.

After swearing vengeance against the judge that tore his family apart, Todd and Lovett plot a unique plan that helps them both and leads them down a dangerous, thrilling path with deadly consequences.

Featuring sublime theatrics, a thrilling, chilling story, suspense, passion, deliciously dark humour, with a score and lyrics that have taken on iconic status, directed and designed by the award-winning KickstArt team of Steven Stead and Greg King, and starring Jonathan Roxmouth and Charon Williams-Ros, it doesn’t get any better than Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd!

Tickets cost R350, R250, R150 and R100. Booking is through Computicket at 011 340 8000 or Theatre Box Office at 011 511 1818.

Performances: Wednesday to Friday at 8 pm, Saturday at 4 pm and 8 pm, and Sunday at 3 pm.

Last chance to see Snoopy!!! this weekend – don’t miss out

Snoopy!!! stars (from left) Caitlin Kilburnais Peppermint Patty, Katy Moore as Sally Brown and Carol Trench is Lucy. Photo: Val Adamson

Snoopy!!! stars (from left) Caitlin Kilburnais Peppermint Patty, Katy Moore as Sally Brown and Carol Trench is Lucy. Photo: Val Adamson

IF you haven’t yet booked tickets to see Snoopy! The Musical at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre at the University of KwaZulu-Natal then get your skates on now. This fabulous KickStArt Theatre company show enters its final weekend THIS WEEKEND.  Continue reading

Review: Snoopy! The Musical

Steven Stead plays the title role of Charlie Brown’s eccentric pet dog, Snoopy, Carol Trench is Lucy, Katy Moore is Sally Brown, Bryan Hiles is Charlie Brown, Caitlin Kilburn is Peppermint Patty, Graeme Wicks is Linus and Evashnee Pillay is Snoopy's silent sidekick, Woodstock. Photo: Val Adamson

Steven Stead plays the title role of Charlie Brown’s eccentric pet dog, Snoopy, Carol Trench is Lucy, Katy Moore is Sally Brown, Bryan Hiles is Charlie Brown, Caitlin Kilburn is Peppermint Patty, Graeme Wicks is Linus and Evashnee Pillay is Snoopy’s silent sidekick, Woodstock. Photo: Val Adamson

Review: Snoopy! The Musical
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I DEFY anyone to walk out of Snoopy! The Musical without a feeling of delight.
KickStArt Theatre Company’s latest offering, based on the Charles M. Schulz comic strip, Peanuts, delivers an evening of delicious musical comedy, thanks to a host of catchy songs and perfectly pitched performances. Continue reading