Cape Times

Celebrate with local music and love stories

- Staff Writer

THE Baxter Theatre Centre’s proudly Cape Town festive season line-up is set to rock the Mother City with exciting shows culminatin­g in the New Year’s Eve party which takes place after the performanc­es on the last day of the year.

Marc Lottering’s highly anticipate­d Aunty Merle The Musical brings his beloved character from Belgravia Road, Athlone, to life in the brand new musical with a cast of 14 actors accompanie­d by an eight-piece band. Jonathan Rubain’s Cape Jazz is Lekke! celebrates Cape-style jazz with some of the finest local musicians and television soapie-star Chantal Stanfield’s one-woman hit show From Koe’siestes to Kneidlach completes the Baxter’s summer programme.

All three production­s will culminate with the New Year’s Eve bash in the foyer after the performanc­es and early booking is advised. The shows will start later on the night to coincide with the countdown as some of the stars help the audience to usher in 2018. Ticket prices include the performanc­e of choice, entrance to the party, a compliment­ary glass of bubbly or orange juice, a spectacula­r balloon drop and a live band, Chasing Time SA, playing all the perennial dance and sing-along favourites to ring in the New Year.

Marc Lottering has written and stars in the full-scale musical which features his hilarious and darling character, Aunty Merle, even larger-than-life than ever before, along with a star-studded cast, directed by the multi-award-winning Lara Foot with Alistair Izobell as musical director. The original music for the production is written by Tarryn Lamb and Lottering. The show is guaranteed to be one of the highlights of the festive season.

The cast, Tarryn Lamb, Royston Stoffels, Kate Normington, Adrian Galley, Loukmaan Adams, Carmen Maarman, Stephen Jubber, Anray Amansure, Daniel Richards, Sizwesandi­le Mnisi, Zandile Madliwa, Tankiso Mamabolo and Roberto Kyle, take the audience on a trip of twists and turns in the Baxter Theatre until January with matinee performanc­es.

High drama unfolds as Aunty Merle’s daughter, Abigail, announces her engagement to Alan, “a good-looking white chap” as the proud mother describes him. Of course, it’s never smooth sailing when it comes to weddings in any household and this is going to be no exception. Think Belgravia Road, Athlone, meets Bantry Bay, as Merle tries to get everyone to live happily ever after, but is she able to pull off the wedding of the year?

In Cape Jazz is Lekke! Jonathan Rubain pays homage to the city’s rich jazz history in his biggest production yet. He is joined on stage by local legends Hilton Schilder, Allou April, Kyle Shepard and Dave Ledbetter, in a carnival celebratio­n of the unique and prolific jazz compositio­ns inherent to the Mother City. Rubain and the musicians will transport audiences through an eclectic trip down memory lane with this home-grown sound. Cape Jazz is Lekke!, which runs in the Baxter Concert Hall until January 13, starts at 8.15pm nightly.

Finally, television soapie star Chantal Stanfield’s hilarious onewoman show From Koe’siestes to Kneidlach adds Cape flavour to the Baxter’s festive line-up in the Baxter Golden Arrow Studio from December 19 to January 6.

What happens when a nice girl from the Cape Flats meets and falls in love with a nice Jewish boy from Joburg’s East Rand?

Stanfield – well-known known for her roles on television in 7de Laan and Getroud met Rugby – shares her real life experience­s in this story of cross-cultural marriage.

It starts with meeting her boyfriend’s family at her first Shabbos dinner and trying to learn and understand Yiddish, to ultimately, dealing with the confusion of her own identity and questions about her Afro hair – her pride and joy.

Book through Computicke­t for any of these shows.

 ??  ?? LOCAL SOUNDS: Jonathan Rubain in a jazz music spectacula­r.
LOCAL SOUNDS: Jonathan Rubain in a jazz music spectacula­r.
 ??  ?? FAVOURITE: Marc Lottering as Aunty Merle.
FAVOURITE: Marc Lottering as Aunty Merle.

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