‘Beauty and the Beast’ for Guild
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 one of the opening scenes. Haynes will dance the part of Lumiére
NATURE’S ARTWORKS: Fine art of different mediums will be on display to celebrate the Floradale Nursery’s 80th anniversary from next week