Pupils to perform popular musical

Michaelhouse pupils, Menziwokuhle Mbuyazi (left) and Grant Hiscock, will perform together with St Anne’s pupils in ‘Chess: The Musical’ at the Schlesinger Theatre at Michaelhouse.PHOTO: supplied
Michaelhouse pupils, Menziwokuhle Mbuyazi (left) and Grant Hiscock, will perform together with St Anne’s pupils in ‘Chess: The Musical’ at the Schlesinger Theatre at Michaelhouse.PHOTO: 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: The Musical 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 Rice.

The production develops the ancient game of chess into a metaphor for romantic rivalries and East-West political intrigue. It is loosely based on the Bobby Fischer, the American Grandmaster with the crazy demands and terrible manners. Central the musical is the love triangle between American Freddie, serious Russian champion, Anatoly, and Hungarian-American, Florence.

From Italy to Thailand the players, lovers, politicians, CIA and KGB make their moves to the pulse of this monumental rock score.

Chess was a significant and powerful piece of musical theatre for its time as it reflected the Cold War tensions in the 1980s, the government manipulations and paranoia, and the xenophobic attitudes in the political climate of the time.

Several numbers, including One Night in Bangkok and I Know Him So Well, were hits, and numbers including Pity the Child and Heaven Help My Heart became enduring musical theatre ballads. Chess is presented by the same team who brought you the
Michaelhouse and St Anne’s musicals Phantom of the Opera and My Fair Lady. Abri Venter conducts and William le Cordeur directs. Show times are 2pm on August 13, and 7pm on August 14, 15 and 16. Tickets are R120 (R80 pupils). Bookings online at https://www.tickethut.co.za/michaelhouse/events/chess-the-musical/ - Supplied.

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