A special treat for Mother’s Day from one of Cape Town’s great entertainers

A special treat for Mother’s Day from one of Cape Town’s great entertainers

It’s that time again when we say thank you to all the special women in our lives. Legendary local entertainer Alvon Collison will present his annual special Mother’s Day Show on Sunday, May 14.

The show, which has become a real tradition in Cape Town, will take place at the NG Church Hall in Milnerton on Mother’s Day.

The show will start at 3pm and ends at 6pm and will feature talented performers from all over the Mother City…from Milnerton to Mitchell’s Plain.

The line-up includes the voices of Shannon Lewis, Faried Swartz and Janine Pick. Collison’s own special brand of humour and anecdotes should also make this Mother’s Day Show memorable for audience members.

Songs include: ‘Mother Of Mine’, ‘For Mama’, ‘She’, ‘Secret Love’, ‘To All The Girls I’ve Loved Before’, ‘When You Tell Me That You Love Me’ and ‘Ave Maria’.

Alvon Collison recently celebrated his 76th birthday on top of Table Mountain, where his mother’s ashes were scattered 26 years ago.

Alvon Collison was honoured at the Naledi Awards in 2016 with the Lifetime Achievement Award for his 55 years in local showbiz.

Alvon Collison opened up to the Next 48hOURS about the momentous award which honoured his long and distinguished career.

You received the Naledi Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016. How do you feel about this honour, and awards in general?

It is fantastic to be recognised, especially by your peers. It wasn’t all roses, but I was grateful to receive this honour. Tell people how you feel about them…before they are gone.

Very few people get to enjoy a 50+ year career in showbiz. What are a few of your ultimate highlights that burn brightest in your mind?

  1. Singing on the Alhambra stage in Cape Town in Minstrel Scandals.
  2. My own floor show for three years at The Kyalami Ranch in Joburg.
  3. Playing Pharoah in ‘Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat’.
  4. Starring in the very first musical show on SATV, ‘The Knicky Knacky Knoo Show’, singing ‘Mr. Bojangles’.
  5. Singing at The Cape Sun Hotel, for three years.
  6. Singing at the opening of The Truth and Reconciliation Commission, in St. Georges Cathedral.
  7. Singing at Archbishop Tutu’s 70th Birthday and also at his and Leah’s 50th wedding anniversary in Soweto.
  8. Producing and performing in my very own musical extravaganza, ‘Showtime’, at the Artscape Opera House.

When did your “powers” of performance first manifest itself, and how did you go about carving out a career for yourself?

I went to Woodstock Boys High and when I was 15, I sang in our school concert. My teacher Mr Bozzie Berman encouraged me to sing and my first song was Elvis Presley’s ‘Heartbreak Hotel’. When I was 17, I moved up to then Rhodesia and became involved at The REPS theatre and did many shows there, while I was working Greatermans as a salesman. Joan Brickhill saw me in a show there and came backstage and said that if I wanted to turn professional in show business, she could help me. So I moved back to South Africa…she was the turning point in my life.

Collison’s Mother’s Day Show promises to be an afternoon of music,humour and laughter for the whole family. If you haven’t planned anything yet for that most special of ladies in your life for next weekend, this might just be the ticket.

* Tickets are R100. Tea, coffee and cooldrinks and “koesiesters” are included in the price.

For more Enquiries, call 021 551 0969; or send an email to alvoncollison@wol.co.za.