Entertaining ‘Magical Musical Supper Theatre’

2010-03-16 00:00

IF you love musical theatre and you fancy helping worthy causes then make sure you book tickets for Azalea Rotary Club’s Magical Music Supper Theatre in the Alan Paton Memorial Hall at Maritzburg College on March 25 at 7 pm.

The show, which is being supported by ABI, the soft drink division of South African Breweries, opens with a performance by renowned Pietermaritzburg pianist Christopher Duigan. ­Following a selection of piano solos, Duigan will be joined by soprano, Bronwen Forbay, head of the Univeristy of KwaZulu-Natal opera school in Durban, who will sing a selection of well-loved opera favourites.

There’s more music courtesy of the talented young members of the PMB Midlands Youth Choir and the Maritzburg College musicians and singers.

The final treat for the evening comes in the form of Brutal Tunes, the award-winning cabaret, starring Lisa Bobbert and Maritzburg College old boy Anthony Stonier, accompanied by international concert pianist Andrew Warburton.

Bristling with sharp wit and comedy and overflowing with musical ability, you simply cannot afford to miss this show directed by Caroline Smart. It features music by Noel Coward, Tom Lehrer and other masters of the brutal, witty lyric.

Bobbert, who recently enjoyed a successful run with Reality Bites at the Elizabeth Sneddon theatre and shared the title role in My Fair Lady at the Playhouse, is a great foil for Stonier, a veteran of the adult pantomime and the cabaret circuit. And Warburton, the accomplished classical musician who provides the music, is more than a match for both of them.

The venue has been provided by Maritzburg College with the aim of helping Azalea Rotary, which recently celebrated its 29th anniversary, to raise plenty of money for its many projects.

Fundraising events like the Magical Music Supper Theatre, race days and golf days have allowed the organisation to raise in excess of R2 million, which has been used to build a classroom at Russell High, send youth on leadership courses, support the Natal Children’s Home, the NCVV Old Age Home, Child Welfare, Hospice, SPCA and a myriad other projects.

Tickets for the show are R180, which includes a three-course dinner. They can be bought from Dulce at Parklane Spar, Maritzburg College at 033 342 9376 or at the Publicity Association at the Liberty Midlands Mall at 033 342 4512. Booking is essential. A cash bar will be available.

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