Vibrant young line-up named for Showtime revue

2017-01-11 06:02
Four of the six young performers making up the line-up of dancers in the 2017 Clover Showtime Awards Revue: A Grand Night for Singing are, from left, Rachel Parker, Gia Smith, Britney Shaw and Skye Phillips.                                       Photo: CHRIS GERTSCH

Four of the six young performers making up the line-up of dancers in the 2017 Clover Showtime Awards Revue: A Grand Night for Singing are, from left, Rachel Parker, Gia Smith, Britney Shaw and Skye Phillips. Photo: CHRIS GERTSCH

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AFTER a lengthy auditions process, a strong line-up of vibrant young performers were selected and went into the first phase of rehearsals in November last year for the highly popular annual Clover Showtime Awards Young Talent Development 2017 revue, A Grand Night for Singing, which will be seen on the Little Theatre stage this January.

Presented for the second time in collaboration with the PE Musical and Dramatic Society, the production will salute the twin Richard Rodgers song books, with lyricists Lorenz “Larry” Hart and Oscar Hammerstein II, with several surprises thrown in along with the song, dance and comedy.

Returning to lead the female core cast will be Shannon Hubbard, who impressed in the 2016 revue, The Pleasure of Your Company.

Hubbard will be joined by new female Showtimers Abigail Ranwell, Amber April, Isabella Rosochacki, Kayla Mathiesen, Kelly-Lee Jeffrey, Kyrah Lloyd and Kyla Smit.

James van der Merwe is also returning, joined by newcomers Arthur Daniels and Sean Cady.

The dancers will be Britney Shaw, Gia Smith, Ma-Bell Muller (also making a Showtime return), Rachel Parker, Kayla Auld and Skye Phillips.

Also returning, from a couple of years ago, will be a group of 10 singing boys and girls from Charlo Primary School. They are Lea Carelse, Anneke Pienaar, Kaylin Roberts, Lené Scheepers, Dané Van Dyk, Meagan Vogel, Stefan Basson, Jared Doubell, Dillon Roberts and Sam Vos.

Although they will be seen in several many company sequences, they will be specially featured in two routines in the show.

The show will once more be devised and written by Bob Eveleigh, as was the case in 2016, with Marlene Pieterse directing and Wayne Hughes as Musical and Vocal Director.

Siobhan Day will be making her debut as a Showtime choreographer after winning many Clover Showtime Junior Awards for her dance and movement staging in various High and Primary School productions.

Also back from 2016 are Rocky Mann and Lance Bright, who will once again be the technical consultants, with Gwen Davis as Production Secretary, Brenda Ower as Special Assistant to the Producer and Director and Robyn Unsworth as Stage Manager.

A Grand Night for Singing will be the 27th birthday of the Clover Showtime Revue and will run from January 23 to 28, including the Junior and Senior Clover Showtime Awards nights on January 24 and 27 respectively.

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