Step back in time with swinging sixties on stage

IF you remember Twiggy, hotpants, catsuits, minis, Afros, peace signs and beehives, there’s a production in Port Elizabeth just for you.

She’s steppin’ out, ready to entertain, make you smile, make you cry, take you on a fantastic ride for two hours and leave you wanting more.

That’s the lead character in Alison, the Musical, set in that amazing decade of change – “the swinging sixties” – being staged at the Pearson High School Hall from April 15 to 20.

The musical takes place in a time before personal computers and mobile phones – when man was more concerned with heading for the moon.

A time when music on the radio could change your life and in Alison’s case, one particular song did just that! “Never let go of your dream… ” is the catchphrase and Alison makes sure she never lets go of hers.

Alison, the Musical has been written by Australian Darryl Chute and has premiered to standing ovations all over the world.

In the role of director is well-known drama educator at Pearson, actress Linda-Louise Swain, who recently directed Hamlet 2013.

“Having spent my childhood and teenage years in the 60s and 70s, this one is a real trip down memory lane,” Swain enthused.

“I have even hauled out some well-preserved genuine 60s outfits, including my mom’s Sungleam slacksuit and a few of my own which I don’t dare admit to having worn!

“Darryl Chute has really come up with some fantastic music here and every evening one goes home humming another one.

“Do join us for an evening of fun, relaxation and nostalgia!”

Award-winning choreographer Jerry Fortuin has the cast twisting, hitchhiking, doing the monkey, the chicken… you name it.

The musical direction is in the hands of award-winner and head of music at Pearson, Petrus Meyer, who is no stranger to PE theatre and heads up the EP Youth Choir.

The title role in the two casts of about 80 pupils is played by two talented young matrics, Sara Finestone and Candice Miller. These two young performers are also no strangers to the broader PE theatrical stage.

Sara received major acclaim in her most recent role as Beauty in Beauty and the Beast. And Candice played Jack in the Pemads pantomime, Jack and the Beanstalk, after winning a Showtime award for her role as Polly in the Fawlty Towers fundraiser, staged by Pearsonites for the Animal Anti-Cruelty League. The large Pearson cast has been in rehearsal since day one of the first term and is thoroughly enjoying the zany fashions and the catchy music.

Headmaster Andre van Staden and head of department Les Bubb will also be playing cameo roles.

A special performance for other schools will be held on Friday April 19 at 10am.

Block bookings are available at a reduced rate.

Normal ticket prices are R60 for adults and R40 for scholars.

Performances are nightly from April 15 to April 20 at 7pm with a matinee on Saturday April 20 at 2pm.

Tickets can be booked on (041)583-2111 or 076-535-9265.

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