Local stars all set for soiree

ANY CARD!: Mind-reader and star Brendon Peel has performed at the National Arts Festival four times
ANY CARD!: Mind-reader and star Brendon Peel has performed at the National Arts Festival four times

THE FREEDOM day weekend will bring an opportunity to “soiree under the stars” as local performers take to the stage in aid of animal welfare.

A jam-packed variety show, Soiree Under The Stars (SUTS), will be held at Falcon Rock, at the foot of the Lady’s Slipper mountain outside Port Elizabeth, next Saturday April 26.

“It’s new, it’s fresh and it’s happening,” said show co- producer Linda-Louise Swain.

SUTS is the brainchild of Mark Rose-Christie, a Port Elizabeth-based magician and illusionist who directed the highly successful SA premiere of Jesus Christ Superstar in 1984 alongside Swain.

The two are collaborating again by co-producing SUTS and will both also be among the featured performers.

“In its unique, atmospheric setting, SUTS will play out under the night sky on a custom-built African stage, where the audience can lap up three hours of entertainment from 5.30 to 8.30pm,” Swain said.

Rose-Christie added that proceeds from the show would go towards selected animal charities, including the Animal Anti-Cruelty League, of which Swain is the PRO.

The line up includes mind- reader Brendon Peel, who has performed at the National Arts Festival, international singer- guitarist Kevin Abraham and keyboard player Will Jensen.

There will also be singing by Jody Butler, Len Sember, Amber Burnhams, Bronwyn Maree and Damien Anderson.

Helen Flax and Isobel McTiffin will star in a comedic short play and Steven van der Merwe will play classical music and movie soundtracks on piano.

Swain and Chloe Shelton will perform a mime act with special sound effects, and Swain also has two monologues.

“Lounging on their own blankets, sipping and snacking from their picnic baskets, the audience can bask in the ambience only bettered by the natural setting of Falcon Rock itself,” Swain said. For those wanting to stay over after the show, Falcon Rock has camping facilities at R50 per person and wooden chalets from R60 to R100 per person. They can also assist with alternative accommodation nearby, and discounted tickets to African Dawn Wildlife Sanctuary on the Sunday or Monday, upon presentation of SUTS tickets.
Book with Yvonne DelaRey Smith on 072-461-5123 or at www.quicket.co.za(Event 4815: Soiree Under The Stars).

Tickets are R70 for adults and children over six years.

No children under six are permitted. – Balisa Ntloko


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