‘Beauty and the Beast’ for Guild

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THE Joanna Wright School of Bal­let is set to per­form

at the Guild Theatre from Au­gust 30 to Septem­ber 2.

Join­ing the cast of 145 stu­dio dancers are Cape Town City Bal­let se­nior soloist, Megan Hene­gan and Joburg Bal­let soloist, Revil Yon.

Both Cec­chetti trained and from Port El­iz­a­beth, the two soloists will be danc­ing the roles of Belle and the Beast, re­spect­fully.

“With pro­fes­sional dancers shar­ing the stage, this has been an ex­cit­ing pro­ject. It’s won­der­ful for my dancers to be ex­posed to pro­fes­sion­als and ex­pe­ri­ence the stage with them,” said stu­dio owner and bal­let teacher, Joanna Wright.

Cre­at­ing the bal­let from scratch, Wright has used artis­tic li­cence, sourc­ing con­tem­po­rary mu­sic and chore­ograph­ing orig­i­nal pieces.

“Cre­at­ing this bal­let has been very chal­leng­ing, re­hearsals have been long and of­ten tir­ing but as al­ways, the ex­cite­ment lev­els are now pal­pa­ble,” Wright said.

has been a favourite of Wright’s and its won­der­ful mes­sage and var­i­ous char­ac­ters make it an ideal bal­let.

“I like to do a bal­let that car­ries a mes­sage with it.

“For me, this one is im­por­tant – that true beauty comes from within and is not nec­es­sar­ily what we see on the out­side.

“I’ve al­ways loved this charm­ing tale and with all the won­der­ful char­ac­ters in­volved, it is ideal for a lot of dancers,” Wright said.

The well-known char­ac­ters of Cogsworth, Lu­miére, Plumette, Mrs Potts and Chip are also in­cluded in the beau­ti­ful story.

Yon and Hen­negen, who re­hearsed with the stu­dio here in East Lon­don in June, will be back for their fi­nal few days of re­hearsals at the Guild


Theatre next week.

“The months of sac­ri­fice and ded­i­ca­tion from both dancers and par­ents are com­ing to fruition as we pre­pare to put on the stage for the East Lon­don au­di­ences. I do hope they will love

● Mer­ri­field School presents Un­stop­pable, a Mer­ri­field 20th An­niver­sary Celebration at the Guild Theatre at 6pm. The show tells the story of Lily, an in­quis­i­tive Grade 1 pupil on the first day of school, who grows up in front of the au­di­ence’s eyes. The more she is an­tag­o­nised by her older brother, Matt, the more fran­tic she be­comes to find her tal­ent – to dis­cover who she is and where she be­longs. This show cel­e­brates Mer­ri­field’s rich cul­tural di­ver­sity with danc­ing, singing, act­ing, marimba bands and mu­si­cal in­stru­ments. It show­cases the tal­ents of pupils, rang­ing from Grade 1 to Grade 12, in a heart-warm­ing story that is sure to ap­peal to au­di­ences of all ages. En­try is R80 per ticket or R60 for chil­dren aged 12 and un­der. Tick­ets are avail­able at Mer­ri­field School or from Com­puticket. it!” Wright said.

The dancers will trans­port au­di­ence mem­bers through this charm­ing and well-known tale, which prom­ises to be en­joy­able for all.

Tick­ets are R120 per per­son and can be pur­chased from Com­puticket.

●The Univer­sity of the Third Age (U3A) caters to peo­ple of a so-called “ma­ture age”, from about 50 to 90, who are still ea­ger for more knowl­edge and a have a zest for lis­ten­ing to cul­tural and mo­ti­va­tional talks. U3A Meet on the sec­ond Thurs­day of each month at 9.30am. The cost is R10 per vis­i­tor and R5 for mem­bers. This is for the monthly gen­eral meet­ing, af­ter which there is a speaker, fol­lowed by tea/cof­fee and bis­cuits. On the third Thurs­day of each month, there is a cur­rent af­fairs meet­ing with a speaker at 10am. Both meetings are held at the St An­drews Cro­quet Club hall in Bunkers Hill. Do come along and swell the num­bers. For more in­for­ma­tion, call (043) 738-5090.

● If you are sin­gle, come min­gle, waltz, two-step and line dance tonight with live mu­sic by Mark and Barry at the East Lon­don Bowl­ing Club from 8pm. En­try is R25 per per­son. Cou­ples welcome. Cash bar open. In­quiries: 073- 243- 2318.

● The East Lon­don slot car club hosts rac­ing ev­ery Thurs­day evening from 7pm. Come and see the lit­tle minia­ture slot cars on a 42m track. For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Hen­nie on 082-448-3221.

● The Na­hoon Es­tu­ary Na­ture Re­serve is a must for those who love beau­ti­ful places, river views, a man­grove swamp and for­est walks. Bird en­thu­si­asts will en­joy watch­ing blue duik­ers and birds at the bird­baths and eat­ing seed. New mem­bers of Na­hooners, which sup­ports the re­serve, are welcome to join and are given a gate key that al­lows them to visit 24/7. The re­serve is off Beaconhurst Drive. Turn at the Dassie Trail sign. In­quiries: Celia on (043) 735-1833.

● If you are in­ter­ested in be­com­ing a vol­un­teer at the Gonu­bie Com­mu­nity Polic­ing Fo­rum, please con­tact De­wald Knoetze on 082-822-1035 or Fred Minty on 072-515-8646.

● Al­co­holics Anony­mous Gonu­bie meet at the Bap­tist Church in Wat­so­nia Cres­cent at 7.30pm. Con­tact Jan on 082-850-6918 or Nick on 072-831-7663.

Thurs­day and Fri­day

● The fi­nal round of the Alexan­der Play­house Drama Fes­ti­val takes place with per­for­mances from the top seven schools. The top three will be cho­sen to per­form on Satur­day night at 6pm af­ter which prizes will be awarded.


● The Old Dalians host a steak evening at the Mal­colm An­drew Sports Cen­tre on Dale Col­lege Sports Fields. Cost is R80 per per­son and book­ings can be made on 083-466-5855.

● Din­ner dance tonight at Com­rades Club with live mu­sic by Quentin from 8.15pm. Kitchen and bar open from 6pm at bar­gain prices. En­try R20. Call 083-255-3468 be­fore 2pm for ta­ble book­ings.


● The Old Dalians will be selling ba­con and egg break­fast rolls at R30 and tea or cof­fee for “Cuppa for Cansa” lead­ing up to the derby and FNB Clas­sic Clash be­tween Dale Col­lege and Queens Col­lege.

● The Cen­te­nary Ten­nis Club hosts so­cial ten­nis ev­ery Satur­day from 1.30pm. All welcome, so all ages come and join the fun. In­quiries: Mau­rice 082-676-9708 or Deon 082-443-8995.

● The Gonu­bie Satur­day flea mar­ket takes place ev­ery Satur­day in front of the mu­nic­i­pal­ity from 8am to 1pm – weather per­mit­ting. All stalls and car boot sales welcome. In­quiries: Glenda on What­sApp or call 082-714-3390.

● The Laven­der Blue Pineap­ple Walk takes place ev­ery Satur­day at 6.30am (weather per­mit­ting). Meet Yvonne in the Laven­der Blue park­ing lot at 6am for a lovely 10km cir­cu­lar walk past farms and along farm roads.

● Dance with Vibes Band per­form­ing at MJ Sports Bar in Brei­d­bach, King Wil­liam’s Town from 7.30pm. En­try is R30. For more info call Gor­don 062-289-6421.


THE Flo­radale artists are open­ing a new ex­hi­bi­tion on Septem­ber 1, the theme of which is “Nat­u­ral Ex­pres­sion”.

The ex­hi­bi­tion will be a celebration of ev­ery­thing to do with nat­u­ral forms found in the en­vi­ron­ment.

If you are fa­mil­iar with the con­text of the Flo­radale Fine Artists, you will know that each lo­cal artist has their own unique in­ter­pre­ta­tion and un­der­stand­ing of their ex­pe­ri­ence of the Eastern Cape.

This is ex­pressed through a di­ver­sity of two-di­men­sional and three-di­men­sional art­works.

These artists utilise the fol­low­ing me­dia: oil on can­vas, wa­ter­colour on pa­per; var­i­ous forms of print­mak­ing; draw­ings; sculp­ture in metal, stone and wood; stained glass art; ce­ramic pots and sculp­ture; bead­work and coloured thread, as well as mixed-me­dia and tex­tiles.

The ex­hi­bi­tion is part of a very spe­cial celebration for the Flo­radale Cen­tre, which is the 80th an­niver­sary of Flo­radale Nurs­ery.

It is be­cause of the very gen­er­ous pa­tron­age of Ger­ald and Vyvien Muller to the artists, that they have their own space.

Part of the ex­hi­bi­tion will in­clude a his­tor­i­cal, pho­to­graphic col­lage of the Muller fam­ily and the be­gin­nings of the cen­tre, to what it is to­day.

It is also thanks to Rose War­ren, who with Vyvien, imag­ined the idea of an art gallery which has been op­er­at­ing since 2010.

The gallery is set in the midst of trees, with a va­ri­ety of plants and flow­ers, which cre­ates a beau­ti­ful set­ting for the art­works, and for the artists to work in.

An­other im­por­tant part of Flo­radale is Vyvien’s craft gallery (spe­cial­is­ing in needle­work and a rich se­lec­tion of

● The Bunkers Mar­ket takes place from 9am to 2pm and is the place to be seen, with 50 stalls to shop from. Free en­try to the pub­lic with a re­laxed seat­ing area. Come and en­joy this colour­ful threads and ma­te­ri­als to pro­duce em­broi­dery).

The em­pha­sis in ev­ery ex­hi­bi­tion is on good qual­ity art from the col­lec­tive of artists in this province who are pro­duc­ing art­works on an on­go­ing ba­sis, and are com­mit­ted to their creative jour­ney.

This in­cludes more sea­soned artists, as well as de­vel­op­ing young artists.

An ex­cit­ing new ad­di­tion over the last year has seen ex­cel­lent ce­ramic works.

Some of the well-known names are Meschack Ma­suku and Richard Pullen, a relative new­comer Nosikhubuso Jali from Kha­bane Pot­tery, as well as some of the grad­u­ate prac­tis­ing ce­ramists from Wal­ter Sisulu Univer­sity.

Please be part of this lovely celebration of East Lon­don history, ex­cel­lent fine art and an ex­quis­ite dis­play of na­ture at the Flo­radale Cen­tre. cen­tral mar­ket. In­quiries: e-mail

● Tea in the Trees have a mar­ket on the first and last Sunday of the month from 9am to 2pm. All arts, crafts and home pro­duce welcome. Only R50 to have a stall. All welcome to set up from 7.30am on­wards. For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Kate on 072-611-2367, visit

or on the Face­book page, teainthetrees.

● The Es­planade Flea Mar­ket (in front of Ho­tel Os­ner) now on ev­ery week­end weather per­mit­ting from 8am to 2pm. All new stalls welcome.


● Ex­er­cise classes for se­nior cit­i­zens ev­ery Mon­day and Thurs­day from 8.30am to 9.30am at St John’s Am­bu­lance, St Ge­orge’s Road. In­quiries: Nookie on (043) 726-1100.

● The East Lon­don Group of Al­co­holics Anony­mous, found­ing group meets at The Catholic Church Hall in Cax­ton Street, Quigney at 7.30pm ev­ery Mon­day. Con­tact Mor­ris 073-870-4486; Pi­eter 082-094-0959 or call (043) 722-4033.

● Al­co­holics Anony­mous Kayser’s Beach Group meets at the Chapel Hall at 7.30pm. In­quiries: 082-714-9400.

● If you are liv­ing with some­one who is drink­ing, and this is af­fect­ing you, there is help avail­able for you at the Al Anon Fam­ily Group Meet­ing held at Cam­bridge Methodist Church Hebbes Street ev­ery Tues­day at 7.30pm. In­quiries: Elsie on (043) 721-0483 or 078- 628- 6311.

● Al­co­holics Anony­mous Cam­bridge Group meets at the Methodist Church, Hebbes Street, Cam­bridge, at 7.30pm. Con­tact Jumbo on (043) 741-3685.

● The pipe band meet at 6.30 at Hud­son Park High School mu­sic block. Tu­ition given. For bag­pipes, call Robert on 082-897-8571 and drum­ming, Stephen on 082-560-0247.

● The EL Bridge Club wel­comes all who wish to play “du­pli­cate bridge”. Pro­vi­sion has been made for new play­ers to be­gin at a starter ta­ble in or­der to be guided in the use of bid­ding boxes. Come along with a part­ner on any Tues­day and/or Satur­day at 1.15pm to the Berea Gar­dens Din­ing Hall. For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Jean on (043) 735-4893, Karen on 082-856-0400 or Kathie on 083-651-0418.

● Nar­cotics Anony­mous meet ev­ery Wed­nes­day and Fri­day from 7pm to 8pm at St Ni­cholas Church, Pell Street, Bea­con Bay. In­quiries: 082-796-3699.


● Scot­tish danc­ing classes ev­ery Tues­day from 4pm to 5.30pm at Ham’s Club in Sel­borne. In­struc­tion given to begin­ners. No ex­pe­ri­ence re­quired, just a love of danc­ing. All very welcome. In­quiries: Nookie on (043) 726-1100.

● The Bea­con Bay Bridge Club is look­ing for play­ers in­ter­ested in play­ing so­cial bridge ev­ery Tues­day and Fri­day be­tween 1.30pm and 4.30pm. They meet at the Eden Wor­ship Cen­tre at 10 Coad Road, Bea­con Bay. In­quiries: Olga on 083-650-6653/ (043) 735-1736 or Heather on (043) 748-1465.


● There are times you just need some­one to talk to, to laugh and meet new peo­ple. Ma­sithethe Coun­selling Ser­vices are host­ing a Live, Love, Laugh support group to cre­ate a space where peo­ple can meet, be them­selves and talk about is­sues that are af­fect­ing them, spread aware­ness, ed­u­cate and en­cour­age each other. Ma­sithethe (for­merly Life­Line) will pro­vide the space and fa­cil­i­tate the process. This support group is open to all. To be held ev­ery third Wed­nes­day of the month at 6pm at the Ma­sithethe Cen­tre at 3 St James Road, South­ern­wood. For more in­for­ma­tion, call (043) 722-2000 or What­sApp: 084-091-5410 and find them on Face­book.


GET­TING INTO CHAR­AC­TER: Re­hearsals for the Joanna Wright School of Bal­let’s pro­duc­tion of ‘Beauty and the Beast’ are well un­der way as they pre­pare to be per­formed at the Guild Theatre from Au­gust 30 to Septem­ber 2. Court­ney Haynes, front, re­hearses...

Pic­ture: SUP­PLIED

NA­TURE’S ART­WORKS: Fine art of dif­fer­ent medi­ums will be on dis­play to cel­e­brate the Flo­radale Nurs­ery’s 80th an­niver­sary from next week

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