Cin­derella can still make the ball

Weekend Argus (Sunday Edition) - - ARTS - Bev­erly Brom­mert

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: kei­th­mack­in­ 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.

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