THE CAST: Cabaret artists (from left) Adelina Snyman, Flame Metter, Cayce Fielding and Joani de Coning entertained an enthusiastic audience at the Little Theatre on the Wharf last Friday night in the show, Up in Flames Picture: ROB KNOWLES
A CONSUMMATE entertainer, ex-Vegas showgirl, Flame Metter took to the stage on Friday evening and had the audience at the Little Theatre on the Wharf eating out of her hand.
Ably assisted by her dancers and singing sensation Cayce Fielding, Metter, who is billed simply as Flame, was at her saucy best, keeping the audience laughing and applauding throughout the one and a half hour show.
Entitled Up in Flames, the show was a mixture of dancing, singing and comedy, which lit up an otherwise dark and cold Port Alfred evening, warming the hearts of the enthusiastic audience.
Flame’s dancers, Adelina Snyman and Talk of the Town Miss Port Alfred 2010, Joani de Coning, did a great job dancing to a variety of swinging show tunes, and when the girls came out to dance to Tina Turner’s Steamy Windows, resplendent in short dresses and stockings, the males in the audience could hardly contain themselves.
The smoky alto voice of Fielding, from Port Elizabeth, highlighted the young singer’s obvious vocal talent and showed she could well be a force to be reckoned with in the future. She sang some classic numbers as well as a version of Duffy’s Mercy, which sounded as good as the original.
A number of colourful costume changes accompanied the various numbers, including Snyman and De Coning appearing as French maids for Hot Lunch and in ‘40s military style garb for Chattanooga Choo-Choo and Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy.
This is Flame’s second time at the Little Theatre on the Wharf, and she is certainly building up a reputation for performance excellence.
Her experience shines through in her show, which she compiles and choreographs herself based on many years entertaining audiences in the world’s entertainment capital, Las Vegas. Her cheeky one-liners are designed to entertain rather than offend, and her enthusiasm for her craft is evident in everything she does.
After the show, which ran for two nights last Friday and Saturday, the audience was invited to meet the cast and comment on the content and performance. Assessing the audience reaction, it shouldn’t be too long before we see Flame on stage at the Little Theatre again.
All in all the show was an overwhelming success, and thoroughly entertaining and is recommended to everyone who enjoys a good evening out.