Following a rave-reviewed opening at the 2014 National Arts Festival, Cape Town is in for a treat with the local premiere of South African musical ‘You Bet Your Life!’
This new production will be performed at Alexander Bar’s Upstairs Theatre from March 5 to 21 (except Sundays) at 7pm nightly.
Presented by ROLKSA Productions, the Ovation–award winning team behind crowd-pleasing hits such as ‘I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change’ and ‘EDGES’, ‘You Bet Your Life!’ is a rib-tickling ride on a TV game show with a twist, featuring catchy original show tunes.
Performed by Amy Trout (‘Kat and the Kings’); Roland Perold (‘I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change’; ‘EDGES’) and David Fick (‘EDGES’; ‘Marry Me a Little’) the show is directed by Drew Rienstra. Choreography for the show is by William Jones.
Writers Fick and Perold are both committed to driving the agenda of new musical theatre writing in South Africa, having each created two original musicals before their collaboration on the book, music and lyrics for ‘You Bet Your Life!’.
Poor recently deceased Jonny (Fick) finds himself trapped in a rather unconventional gameshow where scenes from his life are replayed with purgatorial relish. Hosted by Timothy Radcliffe (Perold), the audience is introduced to Jonny’s neurotic mother, his crazy ex-girlfriends, a ferocious Russian drag performer and a host of other characters who all seem bent on keeping Jonny in limbo as
Timothy tries to manipulate things to secure his own redemption.
Trout plays all of the female roles in the musical. Her star rose overnight when she was cast as Lucy Dixon in the revival of David Kramer and Taliep Pietersen’s ‘Kat and the Kings’. Her performance in the show (at The Fugard Theatre in Cape Town and at Montecasino in Johannesburg) earned her award nominations on both sides of the country: a Fleur du Cap nomination for Best Performance by a
Supporting Actress in a Musical, and a Naledi nomination for Best Newcomer. Amy also produces for TV and teaches English and Drama.
Fick is a writer, performer, director and educator. He has worked as an assistant director to acclaimed theatre-makers Geoffrey Hyland and Janice Honeyman, and has also written and directed two musicals, ‘Over the Rainbow’ and ‘House of Shadows’ as well as several musicals for young audiences and performers. Earlier this year, he ran scriptwriting workshops for PANSA Eastern Cape’s Youth
Theatre Project, and is one of the compilers of two volumes of Junkets Publishers’ ‘Now I Am Alone’ South African monologue books, which was launched at the National Arts Festival’s Think Fest last year. His many performances include ‘EDGES’; Stephen Sondheim’s ‘Marry Me a Little’; Cape Town Opera’s ‘Lloyd Webber and Rice Spring Bouquet’ and cabarets such as ‘Affirmation’ and ‘Seasons of Love’.
Drew Rienstra is a theatre-maker, producer, director and vocal coach. He is Artistic Director and Lead Vocal Coach for the Academy of Musical Theatre Cape Town.