BY BILLY SUTER
ROLAND Stansell, manager and entertainment co-ordinator of the region’s last remaining independent theatres – the Rhumbelow theatres in Umbilo, Kloof and Pietermaritzburg – has arranged a good variety of entertainment for the venues in weeks and months to come.
I am particularly looking forward to April when talented country vocal trio, MitzyGeorge, will first perform at the 100-seater Rhumbelow venue at Tina’s Hotel, 14 Beryldene Road, Kloof, at 2pm and 6.30pm on Sunday, April 16.
They will then take the show to the Umbilo Rhumbelow in the shellhole of the same name at 42 Cunningham Road, off Bartle Road – at 8pm on Friday and Saturday, April 21 and 22.
MitzyGeorge comprises the vivacious team of Mia Whitfield, Tammy Saville and Samantha Landers, who put on a highly commendable first show just over a year or so ago at the Umbilo venue, when they were billed as Country Girls.
Featuring beautiful arrangements of old classics associated with Rascal Flatts, The Dixie Chicks, Dolly Parton, Carrie Underwood, Adele and even Lady Gaga, MitzyGeorge also offer a few originals, notably their excellent, catchy debut single, I Am Home. Give it a listen on YouTube by clicking here.
Also worth noting is that Durban band The Black Lapels will be taking their excellent Paul Simon Tribute Show to the Pietermaritzburg venue, at the Alan Wilson shellhole, at 2pm and 6.30pm on Sunday, April 9.
Rob Warren on guitar and vocals, Garth Warren on bass and backing vocals, and Gareth Gale on drums cover such Simon hits such a Graceland, You Can Call Me Al, Homeless, The Boxer, Gumboots, Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes, Mother and Child Reunion and Slip Sliding Away, among others.
Also headed for the Pietermaritzburg venue is The Reals band’s The Chain – The Fleetwood Mac Story, scheduled for 8pm on March 25 and 2pm, and 6.30pm on March 26.
This acclaimed show features singer-guitarist Barry Thomson, keyboardist Dawn Selby, drummer Mali Sewell, bassist Jason Andrew, guest guitarist Colin Peddie and Durban singer Marion Loudon.
Performing Irish to the Core at the Pietermaritzburg venue at 2.30pm and 7pm this Sunday, March 12, is Irish singer-musician Dave Monks. He will also perform this fun show at the Umbilo Rhumbelow at 8pm on March 24 and 25, and 2pm and 6.30pm on March 26. Expect a variety of Irish singalongs, lots of jokes and much merriment.
Note, too, that A Nightingale Sang… A Tribute to Vera Lynn is headed for the Umbilo Rhumbelow from March 17 to 21.
Starring Lisa Bobbert, Anthony Stonier and Evan Roberts, it will be staged at 8pm on March 17 and 18, and 2pm and 6.30pm on March 19, then at 7.30pm on March 20, and 2pm and 6.30pm on March 21 (Human Rights Day).
Expect songs such as We’ll Meet Again, The White Cliffs of Dover,We’ll Gather Lilacs, There’ll Always Be an England and, of course, A Nightingale Sang in Berkley Square.
To book, or for any further information about Rhumbelow productions, contact Roland Stansell at 082 499 8636 or mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org