Baxter Theatre goes strong on local flavour this festive season

Baxter Theatre goes strong on local flavour this festive season

The Baxter Theatre Centre’s proudly Cape Town festive season line-up is set to rock the Mother City with three shows to choose from – by some of the country’s top artists – and leading up to the hugely popular New Year’s Eve party, which will take place after the performances on the last day of 2017.

Marc Lottering’s ‘Aunty Merle The Musical’ has already kicked off the summer fun, with one of SA’s favourite comedians bringing 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.

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 cast will take the audience on a trip of twists and turns in the Baxter Theatre until January 13, with matinee performances.

Aunty Merle has a wedding on her hands. High drama unfolds as her daughter Abigail announces her engagement to Alan, “a good-looking white chap” as the proud mother describes him. Of course, it is 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 what is billed as Rubain’s 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.

The show can be seen in the Baxter Concert Hall from until January 13 at 8.15pm nightly.

Television soapie star Chantal Stanfield’s humorous one-woman show ‘From Koe’siestes to Kneidlach’ will add 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 – 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.

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