‘Sleeping Beauty’ at the Sneddon

2016-11-22 06:00
Haylea Hounsom as Princess Rose and Lyle Buxton as the handsome prince, Robin in KickstArt’s traditional family pantomime, ‘Sleeping Beauty’ at the Elizabeth Sneddon. Photo: val adamson

Haylea Hounsom as Princess Rose and Lyle Buxton as the handsome prince, Robin in KickstArt’s traditional family pantomime, ‘Sleeping Beauty’ at the Elizabeth Sneddon. Photo: val adamson

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KZN’s premier theatre producers, the multi-award-winning KickstArt, is delighted to present their contribution to the festive season, the traditional family pantomime, Sleeping Beauty, which comes to the Elizabeth Sneddon theatre on UKZN campus.

Inspired by the Disney musical fantasy film, Frozen, this magical tale unfolds in a chilly Scandinavian country - all Gothic towers, wreathed with snow, crystal and ice.

“We have used an ice colour palette for the décor, costumes and sets – using lots of turquoise, aquamarine, silver and whites, and a recurring snowflake motif,” says designer Greg King.

“We have different themes and feels for our pantos,” says writer-director Steven Stead.

“For example, last year for Aladdin the production was full of spectacle, this year for Sleeping Beauty, our theme is magic and romance. It promises to be an enchanting magical adventure for all ages.”

It stars Haylea Hounsom as Princess Rose, with Lyle Buxton as her prince, Robin.

Carol Trench makes another rare and very welcome return to the Durban stage to play her hilarious and anxiety-ridden mother, Queen Dot, and Peter Court plays her lugubrious, hard-of-hearing father, King Frotho the Frosty. Darren King and Graeme Wicks provide masses of humour as Nurse Nora Knickersnagger and Hucleby Hopscotch the court jester, and Bryan Hiles reaches new levels of charming silliness as the cowardly knight, Sir Ninnyliver.

The magical forces of good and evil are represented by Belinda Henwood as Celestina Sparkle, and Katy Moore as the evil Maleficent. Joining the cast is a chorus of dancers.

Sleeping Beauty is directed by Stead, with musical direction by Evan Roberts, set and costume designs by King and lighting by Tina le Roux.

Sleeping Beauty runs from 2 December to 8 January, 2017, with performances at 2.30pm Tuesday to Sunday, 7pm on Friday. There are no shows on a Monday. No performances Christmas Day, Boxing Day or New Year’s Day.

Book for all 2016 shows at Computicket: www.computicket.co.za.

For block bookings contact Ailsa Windsor of Going Places: editor.goingplacessa@gmail.com or 083 250 2690.
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