Bob Eveleigh writes:
The company of the 27th annual 2017 Clover Showtime Awards Revue, A Grand Night for Singing, went back to work after the festive season break.The show’s opening night is on Monday, January 23, at the Little Theatre at 7pm, running to Saturday, January 28.
Clover Dairy Products, a sponsor for the past 16 years, will have naming rights in the revue, as it did last year, and the company’s National Promotions Officer, Milly Kemp, will be visiting Port Elizabeth for the main awards evening on Friday, January 27.
The show is being presented in the refurbished, upgraded Little Theatre, which was its home for its first 11 years and the Port Elizabeth Musical and Dramatic Society (Pemads) will be collaborating in co-presenting the stage production.
A Grand Night for Singing has Marlene Pieterse directing once more, with Wayne Hughes back as Musical and Vocal Director. As the revue features a separate troupe of six dancers, their routines and all choreography will be staged by Siobhan Day. She has won several Clover Showtime Awards at both Senior and Junior levels
Rocky Mann and Lance Bright are technical consultants, with Rocky designing the lighting.
The revue, which this year focuses on the many songs with music by Richard Rodgers, in the first half of the show with lyrics by Lorenz “Larry” Hart and after interval with Oscar Hammerstein II, has a core cast led by last year’s Showtime debutantes Shannon Hubbard and James van der Merwe, supported by new Showtimers Abi Ranwell, Amber April, Kayla Mathiesen, Isabella Rosochacki, Kerry-Lee Jeffrey, Kyrah Lloyd, Kyla Smith and Arthur Daniels.
The dancers are Britney Shaw, Gia Smith, Kayla Auld, Rachel Parker, Skye Phillips and Ma-Bell Muller, who performed in the 2015 edition, Walkn’ Happy.
Also, back are a group of Charlo Primary School pupils, Anneke Pienaar, Dane’ van Dyk, Kaylin Roberts, Lea Carelse, Lene’ Scheepers, Meagan Vogel, Dillon Roberts, Jared Doubell and Sam Vos.
Tickets for the awards nights on Tuesday, January 24 (Juniors) and Friday, January 27 (Seniors), are R70 throughout the house and the performances on Monday, January 23, and Thursday, January 26, are private houses for Senior Citizens Residences and Combined High Schools Collegiate, Pearson and Alexander Road, respectively. For the two public nights, on Wednesday, January 25, and Saturday, January 28, admission is R70 for adults and R50 for senior citizens, students and children.
Vouchers are obtainable, however, from company members at slightly reduced pricing of R60 and R40.
Usually, with Clover Showtime booking, any form of voucher or invitation letter is only exchangeable at the Computicket box office there, but as that theatre is closed until January 19, booking can only be done, regardless of type of reservation, by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Booking opens on January 13.
Showtime is again supporting the Animal Anti-Cruelty League in this 27th year and so anyone attending the revue is invited to bring along a tin or packet of dog or cat food and deposit this in the receptacle placed in the theatre foyer for this purpose.