Don’t miss Rob van Vuuren at Michaelhouse

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Rob van Vuuren.

ENJOY the Best of Rob van Vuuren and friends! at the Schlesinger Theatre at Michaelhouse in Balgo2wan at 7.30 pm on Thursday, October 12.

Maritzburg College old boy, Van Vuuren, will be joined on stage by Durbanites, Neil Green and Troy Tesla. Continue reading

Michaelhouse and St Anne’s pupils take on the challenge of the musical, ‘Chess’

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Pictured here are Michaelhouse students, Menziwokuhle Mbuyazi and Grant Hiscock, who will be performing together St Anne’s students in ‘Chess: The Musical’ at the Schlesinger Theatre at Michaelhouse. Photos: Supplied

PUPILS from Michaelhouse in Balgowan and St Anne’s Diocesan School in Hilton have teamed up to perform one of musical theatre’s most interesting and complex works, Chess.

Running from August 13 to 16 at the Schlesinger Theatre, the musical is based on an idea by Tim Rice, with music by ABBA’s Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, and lyrics by Tim Rice. Continue reading

Enjoy a weekend of magical music at Michaelhouse in the KZN Midlands

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Rubber Duc will be performing at the Michaelhouse Music Festival.

Music lovers are invited to head to the hills for the third annual Michaelhouse Music Festival, taking place over the month-end April long weekend. The four-day festival kicks off on Freedom Day on Thursday, 27 April and concludes on Sunday, 30 April.

Pietermaritzburg’s very own Idols star and student teacher and last year’s winner of Idols SA season 12, Noma Khumalo, who will be joined by legendary vocalist, Sibongile Khumalo.

Big names that will be performing at the festival are Cape Town based live electronic duo, The Kiffness, Easy Freak (a new Durban-based two-piece performing an eclectic mix of funk/pop/soul/electro and other sounds combined) and Rubber Duc, an independent, fresh, four-piece band.

Also on the bill is Michaelhouse’s very own Pillar Box Red comprising of four pupils.

Ending the festival on a high note will be Africa’s foremost professional orchestra, the KZN Philharmonic led jointly by maestro Richard Cock and Michaelhouse’s William Silk.

For more information like the festival’s Facebook page: Michaelhouse Music Festival, contact the school on 033 234 1000 or log on to www.michaelhouse.org.

Tickets are available to purchase from www.tickethut.co.za/michaelhouse

Tony Miyambo’s play is a reminder that we need to honour the people we love

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Heading to the Schlesinger Theatre at Michaelhouse in Balgowan at 7.30pm on Friday, March 10 is The Cenotaph of Dan Wa Moriri, a finely crafted monument to memory.

An intensely personal reconstruction of co-writer and actor, Tony Miyambo’s memories of his father, Daniel Rasenga Miyambo, the play explores an intimate father-son relationship, recalled and reconstructed through remembered moments from the past, fading images captured in sepia toned photographs, conjured up conversations , snippets of music, truths and half- truths.

It is an ancient human attempt to connect our present to the past by mapping our relationships with the one’s we love.

ESTELLE SINKINS spoke to him ahead of the performance, his first in the KZN Midlands. Continue reading

Don’t miss James Cairns in the smart and sassy one-hander, ‘El Blanco: Tales of the Mariachi’ at Michaelhouse

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James Cairns stars in the award-winning one-man show, El Blanco: Tales of the Mariachi, at the Schlesinger Theatre at Michaelhouse on February 3. Photo: Dex Goodman

ESTELLE SINKINS speaks to James Cairns about his one-man show, El Blanco: Tales of the Mariachi, which is being staged at the Schlesinger Theatre at Michaelhouse on February 3. Continue reading

Don’t miss James Cairns in ‘El Blanco: Tales of the Mariachi’ at the Schlesinger Theatre at Michaelhouse

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James Cairns stars in the award-winning one-man show, El Blanco: Tales of the Mariachi, at the Schlesinger Theatre at Michaelhouse on February 3. Photo: Dex Goodman

IT’S hard to beat the story well told.  Stories in themselves are an act of creation, connecting the past with the present. Creation itself is a story. Without stories, we would have nothing but darkness and silence.

This is what James Cairns’s character El Blanco believes. While he may unashamedly spin a pack of lies, in this instance, he comes close to the truth.

In El Blanco: Tales of the Mariachi – which is being staged at the Schlesinger Theatre at Michaelhouse in Balgowan at 7.30 pm on Friday, February 3 – his struggle, mostly with himself, to earn the title of Mariachi is masterfully presented through music and storytelling. Continue reading