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Friday, September 14, 2012

Reps News

A milestone has been achieved with the current play on the Reps Theatre Main Stage, which is the 700th production of The Repertory Players. The society was established in 1931 and opened the current Reps Theatre in 1960 and is now the most active of all theatrical groups in Zimbabwe, staging more than a dozen productions each year on the Main Stage and a number of others in Theatre Upstairs – as well as hiring out these venues to a range of other production groups. The current play is William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, an O Level set book this year and therefore ideal for students of the play and of literature in general, as well as for lovers of serious theatre. It has been directed by John Dennison and has performances as follows: Fri Sep 14 (7pm), Sat Sep 15 (2.30pm), Sun Sep 16 (2.30pm), Tues Sep 18 (7pm), Weds Sep 19 (7pm), Fri Sep 21 (7pm), Sat Sep 22 (2.30pm and 7pm). See this excellent play and celebrate the historic achievement of 700 productions with ‘the Reps.’

On stage in Theatre Upstairs on Fri Sep 14 and Fri Sep 21 is new comedian Kenny Concious, making his debut in the Reps venue. His shows are at 7pm and he promises fun and laughter to his audiences.

In rehearsal at the moment is what will be the most exciting musical in years … Hairspray. It is a colourful extravaganza with a large cast and a great line-up of songs, as well as great dancing. Set in early 60s USA it’s all about young Tracy Turnblad and her effort to be seen and noticed and to help people who are being discriminated against. It runs from October 4 t0 20 and will be superb entertainment for all ages. Advance booking opens soon. Zane E Lucas directs, with musical direction from Rene Mostert and choreography by Michelle Nativel. Stars include Nicola Kinnaird, Larry Greeff, Richard Sticklen, Luke Ballantyne and many more.

Coming up in December will be the 2012 Reps pantomime … Peter Pan. Graham Crutchley will direct this fun production, and he will hold an audition for it at 10.30am on Sunday September 30 at Reps. He needs a large and bright cast for this great story about the boy who did not grow up, so whether you’ve acted before or not, come on down and try for a part in a show that is fun to be in  and fun to watch.

For those of you who liked the recent Marilyn Monroe film festival in Theatre Upstairs, here’s some good news: plans are being made to screen a week of bio-pics of musical stars. The line-up will include Sweet Dreams (about country music’s greatest star, Patsy Cline), La Bamba (Richie Valens), Star (Gertrude Lawrence), Funny Girl (Fanny Brice), Walk The Line (Johnny Cash), Ray (Ray Charles) and Coal Miner’s Daughter (Loretta Lynn). Watch out for news of dates and times … and a great competition in which you can win FREE season tickets for this festival of musical movies.

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