KickstArt will present their 10th family pantomime – a rollicking adventure set on an enchanted tropical island and featuring a rather famous fairytale feline – at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre during the festive season, until January 10.
This year the company presents their very own swashbuckling version of the classic fairy tale ‘Puss in Boots’, featuring an all-star cast of highly experienced panto performers.
The show is written and directed by Steven Stead and stars Rory Booth in the title role. The rest of the cast is rounded out by panto stalwarts Bryan Hiles (as Puss’s hapless surfer-dude owner, Tom) and Darren King (Tom’s outrageous mother, Dame Marzipan, the village baker). These two artists have appeared in almost every pantomime KickstArt have ever staged, and really know how to keep an audience entertained.
Every good panto needs a nasty villain, and rubber-faced, treacle-voiced Peter Court makes a meal of the dastardly Grimsby Withergood, a shape-shifting goblin wizard, while his nemesis, the good fairy, Calypso Honeybunch, is played with quirky style by much-loved Durban actress, Belinda Henwood. More glamour comes in the form of two ladies, Londiwe Dhlomo, who plays the adventurous Princess Miranda, and Caitlin Kilburn as a slinky feline spy, Selina Swiftclaw. Rounding off the cast is golden-voiced Lyle Buxton as a Johnny Bravo style mill owner, and Nhlakanepho Manqele as the jocular king of the enchanted island.
Embracing the heat of Durban in December, this incarnation of ‘Puss In Boots’ is set on a Caribbean island, with colourful sets designed by Greg King, drenched in vines, hibiscus and frangipani, ranging from a village square, to a ball room in a royal palace, to a magical fairy grotto, to a wizard’s weird laboratory. The flamboyant costume designs are also by King.
The show features well known songs such as ‘Rhythm of the Night’ by Debarge, Michael Buble’s ‘Sway’, Katy Perry’s ‘Roar’, and Ricky Martin’s ‘La Vida Loca’, as well as a host of other hummable, popular songs that’ll have toes tapping and the kiddies singing along.
* Performances will take place at 2.30pm from Tuesdays to Sundays, with 7pm shows on Fridays and some Saturdays. Tickets range in price from R120 to R220.
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