Preview: The Cape Town Theatre Company’s More to the Story, musical revue, an enchanting world of magic, fairy tales and superheroes –May4-8, 2022
|More to the Story #MoretotheStory |
What: Musical revue, presented by The Cape Town Theatre Company
When: May 4-8, 2022
Where: College of Magic, 215 Imam Haron Rd, Claremont, Cape Town, 7700]
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes (including interval)
Tickets: R150- includes two glasses of wine
Booking link: https://www.quicket.co.za/events/173004-more-to-the-story#/
Age advisory: No under 13s
Parking: Off-street parking available
Wheelchair access: Yes – available
Created by: Bonny White
Directed by: Kyla Thorburn
Scroll down for credits -creative team and cast
The Cape Town Theatre Company is presenting More to the Story– a musical revue – at The College of Magic in Claremont, Cape Town. It is a magical venue for a magical revue. The non-for profit theatre company has created a “musical revue centred around the enchanting world of magic, fairy tales and superheroes.” The creator is Bonny White and the director is Kyla Thorburn. Info as supplied:
Magical revue of musical wonder warms up those winter chills
The Cape Town Theatre Company says that this revue “is bound to have you spellbound as the energetic cast takes you on an emotional journey that will leave your heart warm, and your soul scintillated. Featuring Naughty from Matilda: The Musical and the show’s title song More to the Story from Shrek The Musical, as well as many new songs, you will not be disappointed. Join this young, talented cast for an evening of magical entertainment.”
Concept –More to the Story
The genesis behind the concept of More to the Story, goes back ﬁfteen years, when Bonny White purchased juggling balls at The College of Magic for her eleven-year-old who was obsessed with magic. She says that from the moment that she walked in, she knew that she wanted to create theatre at the College of Magic, someday. About six months ago, she embarked on a quest to find songs about magic, and then extended the repertoire to fairy tales, superheroes, and all things mystical. The talented cast includes some familiar faces from the Cape Town theatre scene, as well as some new talent. After two years impacted by the pandemic, they are full of energy and delighted to be back on the stage. This magical revue explores the dynamics between what is seen on the outside and what lies beneath. It is funny, heart-warming, occasionally unsettling but above all, real- because – there is always more to the story.
|SHOW DETAILS – MORE TO THE STORY #MoretotheStory |
May 4-8, 2022 at the College of Magic, Claremont, Cape Town
Running time: 1 hour, 30 minutes (including interval)
Wednesday May 4, 2022 at 7.30pm
Thursday May 5, 2022 at 7.30pm
Friday May 6, 2022 at 7.30pm
Saturday May 7, 2022 at 7.30pm
Sunday May 8, 2022 at 3pm
Ticket price – R150, includes two glasses of wine
Tickets available through Quicket: https://www.quicket.co.za/events/173004-more-to-the-story
|PRODUCTION TEAM #MoretotheStory |
Director – Kyla Thorburn
Musical director – Bonny White
Pianist – Reon Jacobs
Assistant musical director – Christine Thönissen
Director’s assistants – Richard White and Shayni Pappin
Created by – Bonny White
Set designer – Kyla Thorburn
Production and stage manager – Melissa Marcus
Assistant stage manager and props – James Maritz
Lighting designer and operator – Gary Fargher and Gail Fargher
Noah de Villiers
CAST AND CREW BIOS
Aurora has loved to entertain ever since performing the lead in her Grade 3 class musical. Stage highlights include the lead in Cassan Ferguson’s, The Beekeeper (2011) and a cameo in Rodgers & Hammerstein’s South Pacific, directed by Kyla Thorburn at the Artscape Opera House ib 2019. However, Aurora’s heart always returns to the intimacy of Bonny White’s theatre productions. She has performed in Bonny’s It’s All Relative (2018), Still I Rise (2020), and Off-Kilter (2021, directed by Kyla Thorburn). Aurora has a screen acting certificate from the Screen Actors Studio Cape Town and appeared in Ferdinand Van Zyl’s 2018 feature film, The Recce. Aurora is thrilled and grateful to be a part of the magical More to the Story.
Bryony Bosman has always adored performing, taking part in her first dance show at the age of three. She has taken part in numerous musicals including Grease- The Musical (2016). For her role as the Pink Lady, she received two CATA awards. She has performed on big stages in Cape Town, including in Gilbert and Sullivan’s productions of Snoopy!!! The Musical (Sally Brown) and South Pacific. She played Penny in Hairspray The Musical, for Pinelands Players and was thrilled to receive the CATA award for best supporting actress for that role. Bryony is ecstatic to once again be sharing the stage with such phenomenal people and cannot wait to share more of her story.
Christine Thonissen has been singing and dancing since the age of five. She made her debut in the community theatre world as Marty in Grease, (2008). Since then, she has performed in numerous cabarets and musicals, such as The Wizard of Oz (Dorothy), HMS Pinafore, Shout! The Mod Musical (Blue Girl), I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change; South Pacific, and recently as Velma in Hairspray, when she received a CATA nomination for Best Supporting Actress. Christine has a Business Science degree from UCT and by day, she is head of the Birkenstock business in South Africa. She is thrilled to be back on the stage.
Claire Kieffer-Walker is a UCT Graduate and has an honours in languages and literature, specialising in classical studies. Outside of academia, her love for the arts, extends to and is influenced by her ballet, vocal, and music training. She found herself in the theatre world, in 2018, with her first musical Ruddigore, for the G&S. She followed that up with South Pacific (2019), It’s Showtime (2019), and Bonny White’s online concert, Almost Real (2020). Currently, she juggles her time between taking Ancient Greek language classes, singing in the St George’s Cathedral Evensong Choir and washing the dishes.
Fiona Tanner attended the Waterfront Theatre College and received her professional training in dance, drama and musical theatre. Whilst training as a performer, she also attained teaching qualifications in drama and ballet. Over the past 12 years she has performed in numerous dance shows, plays, musicals, soirees and fundraisers for various companies. She is also a professional voice artist and currently works for Blended Audio, a recording studio based in Cape Town. Fiona is thrilled once again to be a part of this theatrical team, and to share the stage with her fellow thespians whose talents never fail to inspire.
Kristina Berge is currently in her 3rd year of Speech-Language and Hearing Therapy at Stellenbosch University. Kristina continues to leave the door wide open for any theatrical opportunities. Her career in community theatre, started in her matric year, where she took on the CATA-winning role of Tracy, in Pineland’s Players’ production of Hairspray, at the Artscape. Since performing in Bonny White’s productions over the years, Kristina has grown in her repertoire from youthful belts in shows like Annie’s Party and No Matter What to coming into her own in Off Kilter and most recently, Cape Town Theatre Company’s The Seven Deadly Divas of Broadway.
Erin Gemmell has loved performing, since her first role in a Nativity Play, where she was cast as a singing sheep. It is a love that has sustained her through countless theatre productions, short films, a UCT degree majoring in Drama and Film, and postgraduate courses at LAMTA (the Luitingh Alexander Musical Theatre Academy) and ACT Cape Town. She has performed in a number of community theatre and professional productions, most recently playing Cinderella in the Constantiaberg Theatre Players’ production of Cinderella (2021-2022) and Maria in Baked Shakespeare’s rendition of Twelfth Night (2022). She is delighted to be able to work with Bonny White, Kyla Thorburn and their team once again
Noah de Villiers
After recently graduating with a bachelor of arts in film production, Noah de Villiers is currently working full-time as an account manager, but whenever possible, is still pursuing his passion for filmmaking. He has been involved with the performing arts since childhood. He is currently a student at BBATA, where he recently completed his musical theatre LTCL diploma. In recent years, he has performed in productions of The Producers and Hairspray. He has worked as aproducer on a number of short film projects.
Robert Shenton is a software developer who was thrust into the world of theatre in 2016 and has been immersed ever since- in roles – both on and off the stage. He has made lifelong friends along the way. He enjoys carrot cake, singing in the shower and referring to himself in the third person.
Simon Thompson is currently pursuing his LLM at the University of Cape Town, and he is also a teaching assistant in the Department of Private Law. His theatre history includes The Wizard of Oz (2017), Snoopy (2018) and South Pacific (2019) with Cape Town’s G&S. He is excited to be taking part in More to the Story, a quirky and bold production, and his fourth gig with Bonny White.
Bonny White has a degree in music from UCT, majoring in clarinet. She taught at Bishops Prep for ten years. During that time she studied singing with Wendy Fine. She has been involved in community theatre for many years, playing roles such as Ruth in Pirates of Penzance and Ida in Honk! With a special interest in new musical theatre she has staged a variety of concerts for Pinelands Players and Milnerton Playhouse. Last year (2021), she teamed up with director Kyla Thorburn with Off Kilter at Theatre Arts in Observatory. She is delighted to work with Kyla again, in More to the Story, presented by The Cape Town Theatre Company. Bonny teaches singing from her home studio in Constantia.
Kyla Thorburn – Director
After completed her matric at the Art, Ballet & Music School in Johannesburg, Kyla Thornburn, moved down to the coast to complete her diploma in ballet at the University of Cape Town. Ten years of dancing professionally in operas and musicals saw her performing in the then state theatre, around the country. For the past 25 years, she has been involved with almost all of the community theatre societies as a choreographer and director of musicals and has received many CATA awards in both capacities. The most recent of these were awards were for Annie, Guys and Dolls, My Fair Lady, and the most recently, South Pacific.
Melissa Marcus – Production manager and stage manager
Melissa (31) was born and grew up in the Mother City. Melissa studied events management at Varsity College in 2012 and went straight into the insurance industry, where she is currently working. She is passionate about theatre and stage management. This will be the first time working with Bonny and she is excited for future work in theatre. This will be her second show with The Cape Town Theatre Company. She is excited to be production and stage manager
James Maritz – Assistant stage manager
James has been a theatre lover, for his entire life. In 2010 his life changed. He wa supporting a friend who wasauditioning for a show and was dragged on to the stage to “fill a gap for the audition”. Next thing he knew, he was hooked. From straight plays to comedy he has dabbled in them all genres, but musical theatre is his true passion. He has a passion to see the arts survive and bring a little magic to peoples’ lives.
Gary Fargher – Lighting designer
Gary works in the IT field, where he is technical support for oracle financials and related systems. To say that Gary is passionate about sound and lighting design, would be a gross understatement. He has dedicated more than 30 years to the highly skilled craft of lighting design and has won numerous awards.
Gail Fargher – Lighting
Gail works the field of education, nurturing and encouraging the development of skills in all areas, instilling autonomy in her students at a local school in Cape Town. When she is not exchanging thinking-strategies for the flashy, star-shaped stickers, she is in the theatre setting lights, running cables and installing sound for another fabulous production.
Reon Jacobs – Pianist
Reon studied piano performance under the late Thomas Rajna. He is currently involved with music education and heads up the music department at SACS Junior School. His involvement with musical theatre stretches over many years. He regularly performs in and around Cape Town.
Richard White – Assistant to directors/choreographer
Richard is a UCT Graduate, holding an Honours degree in drama specialising in Technical Theatre Management. Since graduating, Richard has taken up roles in directing, dramaturgy, stage management, and lighting design. Some of his collaborations include Jacki Job’s And Then…, Clare Stopford’s Lear’s Daughters, and Marianna Le Roux’s upcoming Celebration of the Hours. In a performance capacity, he has played a number of film and television roles. He starred as Leo Bloom in Pieter Toerien Productions, The Producers. He is a resident singer with the events company ShoutMC. Richard is a co-founding member of Mixing Bowl Productions, a theatre company that focuses on crafting small-scale musical theatre works for new audiences such as Naughty, which was rearranged, directed and choreographed by Richard.
Shayni Pappin-Davidson – Assistant to director/choreographer
Shayni has been involved in community theatre in Cape Town since the age of eight and has performed in large scale musicals at Artscape such as Carousel, Annie Get Your Gun, The King and I, HMS Pinafore, Oklahoma!, My Fair Lady and South Pacific, and has worked in smaller productions and concerts. With an extensive background in dance, she has also been lending a hand with choreography as well as acting as dance captain in various productions over the past four years. While she’s not prancing about the stage or putting the cast through their 5, 6, 7s and 8s, she works as an attorney in a law firm in Cape Town.
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