Delightful fairy tale

2014-04-16 00:00

FORMER Durban resident Steve Peralta is looking forward to being back in the city to entertain families in the new show, Fairytale Rocks, which is at the iZulu Theatre at Sibaya Casino and Entertainment Kingdom, near Umhlanga, over the Easter weekend.

Peralta, who matriculated at Pinetown Boys High School, and last lived in Durban when he was 25, plays Alistar, who, together with his friend, Farryl (Idols’ top 10 finalist Boki Ntsime), set out on a journey to find the beautiful princess, Ariana.

Along the way, they perform songs from Aladdin, The Lion King, Cinderella, Toy Story, Mulan, The Jungle Book, The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Hercules, Shrek and Disney’s hugely successful 2013 film, Frozen — and discover a world of imagination and delight, where dreams really do come true.

“The show is aimed at children, but will appeal to adults, making it something that the whole family can enjoy,” Peralta said. “The songs are mostly Disney-inspired, but they’ve all been given a modern twist … a rock or hip hop makeover. It’s kind of cool doing something for kids.”

Performing alongside the leads are dancers Rethabile Sefodi, Jeremia Banda, Monique Bouwer, Ayanda Mthimkhulu, Lyrinda Venter and Megan Black.

Fairytale Rocks also features Marc Wilson on drums, Daniel Robson on guitar and Doultan Robson on bass.

Producer Glen Beever from Frog Productions said: “We have a strong cast and some fantastic music. We have intertwined popular Disney music into a love story that young and old are sure to enjoy.

“This is our first time performing in Durban and we are delighted to be bringing this brand new show here.”

Fairytale Rocks is not, however, Peralta’s first stage show. He played lead roles in Grease and Buddy Holly, receiving a Naledi nomination for best newcomer for his role as Buddy. He also spent two years singing on cruise ships in the Mediterranean, South America, the Caribbean and United States.

Away from the stage, Peralta, who studied jazz voice at the University of KwaZulu-Natal from 2002 to 2004, can be found gigging around Johannesburg, most recently at the popular Tanz Café.

He describes his original music as a mix of jazz, folk and rock, adding: “I’ve been threatening to record an album for ages … I have over 200 songs. You can check some of my songs out on my Facebook page, Steve Peralta Music. They were recorded when I lived in London.”

Peralta has also done television work, appearing in both Isidingo and Binneland. He is currently playing the role of Detective Carr in SABC1’s Generations and has been a presenter on SABC3’s Doctor’s Orders this year.

When he lived in London, he also became a certified lifestyle and wellness expert. When he’s not performing, he can be found helping harried executives deal with their stress. Visit for more information.

• Fairytale Rocks is at the iZulu Theatre at Sibaya from April 17 to April 21. Tickets can be booked at Computicket.

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