Cinderella can still make the ball
KEITH Mackintosh may have officially retired, but his passion for serving the Cape Town City Ballet (CTCB) company is undiminished after more than 50 years.
Since the chief stumbling block to restoring Cinderella to its original lustre is lack of funding (estimated cost for the overhaul being about R200 000), it is to this challenge that he has applied his ingenuity.
He recalled a venture to secure some opulent costumes from Pretoria’s State Theatre for CTCB’s production of Graduation Ball a few years ago, when he calculated that the relatively modest donation of R250 per head from just
200 people would realise the requisite amount.
“We were oversubscribed quite early on, so that was a great success,” he recalled.
On the basis of that success, he is now instrumental in launching an extended fundraising campaign until the end of August where the same amount of R250, if donated by 400 people a piece, would meet the need for R100 000, the cost of refurbishing the Cinderella costumes.
The sets require the same sum, for which separate funding is being organised.
Mackintosh is cautiously optimistic, remarking: “The pace is currently rather slow, but it’s steady, and we have some time to go yet.
“Many people are overseas at present and school holidays have only just ended, so it’s likely to pick up.
“We’ve already managed to raise R34 000 and we still have another month to get the balance of R66 000.”
In the meantime, with the new production due to be staged in early October, matters are already in motion.
“Tracey Li (CTCB’s acting CEO) has had a meeting with the technical design team at Artscape; Peter Cazalet has come out of retirement in the southern Cape to ascertain the condition of 43-year-old sets and props in storage and discuss updating; and Veronica Paeper is revising the choreography and Michael Mitchell’s lighting design.
“She’s very happy to be involved in this project in
Cape Town, having just redone Camille this year, and Carmen in 2017 for Joburg Ballet up north.”
Looking ahead, Mackintosh identified the next step as contracting costumiers and set builders to create the garments and props for this production – “a whole new project, as in 1975 there was none of the technology that is used nowadays to stage works”.
“As a thank you to our donors we’re offering them a preview before opening night at Artscape Opera House.
There will also be a prize draw for contributors, who can win two top-priced tickets to opening night and dinner in the Artscafé Restaurant beforehand. We shall announce an exciting guest artist in the role of the Prince, and the
Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra will accompany most performances.”
The Cinderella Fundraiser Challenge is managed by Mackintosh on behalf of
CTCB. All correspondence should be addressed to him, and you may contact, email or fax proof of payment to: email@example.com or tel/fax 021 790 2198. The bank account for this fundraiser is: CAPITEC BANK, Account Name: Fundraiser, Account
No: 1586897665, Branch Code: 47 00 10
Keith Mackintosh with Janet Lindup as Cinderella in Cape Town City Ballet’s upcoming production.