Cape Town City Ballet’s festive season line-up
Capetonians and holiday makers are in for a treat this festive season with three enchanting ballets for the whole family lined up at Artscape Theatre.
Presented by Cape Town City Ballet, bookings are now open for everyone’s favourite Christmas ballet, ‘The Nutcracker’, the annual ‘Fairy Parade’, ‘Night and Day’, and especially for the little ones, Humpty Dumpty and Friends.
From December 15 to 24, ‘The Nutcracker’ will once again enthral young and old with the story of Clara’s magical experience at her family’s Christmas Eve party. With the antics of her mysterious uncle, Herr Drosselmeyer, and his even more mysterious gift of a nutcracker doll, the fairytale characters of the Rat King, the Sugar Plum Fairy and the Nutcracker Prince are set to transport everyone to a wondrous place.
The very popular annual ‘Fairy Parade’ will be held on Thursday, December 24, following the 2pm performance of ‘The Nutcracker’. Children – boys and girls – are invited to dress as their favourite fairytale character and parade onto the stage to meet the dancers and receive a little gift from Santa Claus.
The sparkling ballet, ‘Night and Day’, opens with a special Gala Performance on New Year’s Eve, and will offer the perfect opportunity to welcome 2016 in scintillating style. The music of legendary American songwriter, Cole Porter, has stood the test of time and with this production the Cape Town City Ballet will put a glamorous spin on his life with a brilliant selection of his most memorable tunes. Audiences should enjoy songs like ‘Let’s Misbehave’, ‘Too Darn Hot’, ‘Every Time We Say Goodbye’ and of course, ‘Night and Day’, while classical ballet will meet jazz and tap dance in sensational scenes created by top South African choreographers.
‘Night and Day’ runs at Artscape Theatre until January 10 and then transfers to the picturesque Maynardville Open-Air Theatre from January 24 until February 21 with performances on Sundays only.
In the world of ‘Humpty Dumpty and Friends’, everyone lives happily ever after. From January 5 to 8, evergreen nursery rhymes such as ‘Humpty Dumpty’, ‘Hey Diddle Diddle’, ‘The Cat and the Fiddle’ and ‘Old MacDonald’ will meet ‘Jack and Jill’, ‘Little Miss Muffet’ and the ‘Itsy Bitsy Spider’ in fantastical holiday fun for the little ones and the young at heart.
* Bookings for all these exciting productions can be made at Computicket or Artscape Dial-a-Seat on 021 421 7695.
For more information, visit www.capetowncityballet.org.za.