Sail the seven seas with Sin­bad

De­scribed as ‘like a car­toon on steroids’, it is sure to thrill the kids

The Witness - - FRONT PAGE - • For more in­for­ma­tion on all Kick­StArt The­atre Com­pany shows, visit www.kick­startthe­atre.co.za — Arts Edi­tor.

WHAT would the fes­tive sea­son be with­out Kick­stArt The­atre Com­pany’s an­nual pan­tomime?

The multi­award win­ning pro­duc­tion house will be pre­sent­ing the fam­ily show Sin­bad the Sailor, at the El­iz­a­beth Sned­don the­atre on the Univer­sity of KwaZulu­Natal’s Howard Col­lege cam­pus from De­cem­ber 1 to Jan­uary 7.

This year marks Kick­stArt’s 14th an­nual pan­tomime and the eighth show writ­ten by Steven Stead since 2004.

It is a ri­otous romp over the seven seas in the com­pany of the fa­mous sailor Sin­bad and his mad­cap crew and fam­ily.

With glo­ri­ously colour­ful sets and cos­tumes that evoke the mys­tery and magic of the Ara­bian Nights, and ex­cit­ing mu­sic and dance in­spired by Bol­ly­wood, Sin

bad the Sailor prom­ises to be an un­for­get­table pan­tomime ex­pe­ri­ence for the en­tire fam­ily.

Lyle Bux­ton plays the ti­tle role, with panto reg­u­lars Bryan Hiles as Dame Donna Ke­bab, Dar­ren King as Long John Slithe and Belinda Hen­wood as Mor­giana the Mag­nif­i­cent.

The heroine of the piece is Princess Ma­rina (Amanda Kunene) and the mag­i­cal larger­than­life Ge­nie of the Seven Seas is Sandile Mabaso.

The cast is rounded out by Mar­ion Loudon as the no­non­sense Ameena, Graeme Wicks as the de­li­ciously vague Silly Billy Sou­vlaki, and Mothokozisi Zulu as trusty pi­rate side­kick Mustapha Kitkat.

Mak­ing up the cho­rus are Kirsty Ndawo, Kather­ine An­der­son, Pav­ishen Paideya and Muvo Hlongwa­ na.

Stead said he is ex­cited about the project and is look­ing for­ward to trans­port­ing au­di­ences to a mag­i­cal far­away place.

“The show is like a car­toon on steroids — with a lot of heart,” he said, adding that he en­joys the fact that the story will have an el­e­ment of sur­prise.

“Even though the char­ac­ters and con­text are well­known, it is not a fa­mil­iar fairy story.

“The look is rich colours in pea­cock hues, del­i­cate fret­work, lan­terns, min­urettes, ex­otic is­lands and pi­rate ships.”

Stead has also cho­sen an in­ter­est­ing sound­track for the panto, fus­ing ac­ces­si­ble con­tem­po­rary mu­sic with much­loved tunes, un­der­pinned with an East­ern beat, Indo­ Ara­bic flavour and per­cus­sive in­flu­ences.

The show, which is de­signed by Greg King, with chore­og­ra­phy by Evash­nee Pillay, light­ing by Tina le Roux, sound by Ross van Wyk and mu­si­cal su­per­vi­sion by Ja­son Bird, will be staged at 2.30 pm from Tues­day to Sun­day, with a 7 pm show on Fri­day even­ings.

There will be no shows on Christ­mas Day or New Year’s Day.

Tick­ets range from R150 to R230 (R120 to R180 for pen­sion­ers and chil­dren un­der 12). The special pre­views and schools prices are R130 through­out.

Book at Com­puticket.

PHOTO: VAL ADAM­SON

Lyle Bux­ton as Sin­bad the Sailor and Belinda Hen­wood as Mor­giana the Mag­nif­i­cent.

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