A Showtime journey full of favourites

Arts Correspondent

GOLDEN stage and screen musicals about travelling shows have inspired the 2013 edition of Showtime – sub-titled Travelling Light – which opens in Port Elizabeth next week.

The likes of Carnival, Carousel, Annie Get Your Gun, Barnum, Show Boat and Stop the World I Want to Get Off are among the popular works that will feature in the 21st Showtime at the Savoy Theatre.

Vanessa Grebe – seen in shows like The Sound of Music and Guys and Dolls – will guest star for the third time in a Showtime musical.

The core cast of nine – Anne Fulton, Candice Millar, Catherine Fulton, Cristin Davis, Emily Bradley, Taryn Benade, Chris Cazalet, James Smith and Timothy Collier – are joined by a 13-strong dance troupe.

Devised and scripted by executive producer Bob Eveleigh, the revue is staged and choreographed by Heidi Horowitz and Lauren Stow with musical and vocal direction and arrangements by Bronwyn Maree.

Tickets are priced at R70 for adults and R50 for senior citizens, students and pupils, but will cost R70 for all ages at the two awards evenings.

The preview performance next Friday, January 25, at 7.30pm and two Saturday, January 26 shows – an underprivileged children matinee and Junior Awards evening at 2.30 and 7pm respectively – will be in normal theatre layout.

From Monday, January 28, to Saturday, February 2, the theatre format changes to cabaret style with patrons seated at tables, enjoying picnic hampers they have brought with them.

The Savoy is fully licensed. Access will be from 6.30pm with shows at 7.30pm. The main Showtime Awards evening will be on Friday, February 1, at 6pm for 7pm. Booking is at Computicket. Vouchers or invitation letters may only be exchanged for a reserved seat at the PE Opera House box office.

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