Soul, comedy and kiddy fare

The cast of Gotta Lotta Soul, opening on Friday, July 14, at the Rhumbelow Theatre in Umbilo. From left are Andy Turrell, Marion Loudon, Percy Smith, Calli Thomson and Jill Murraybrown.

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BY BILLY SUTER

A SALUTE to soul music, an amusing musical revue centred on Botox, and a double feature of shows for children are among the entertainment offerings scheduled for Durban’s Rhumbelow Theatre venues this month.

First up is Gotta Lotta Soul, to be presented from Friday to Sunday, this and next weekend (July 14 to 16 and July 21 to 23) at the Umbilo branch of the theatre, at 42 Cunningham Road, off Bartle Road.

Featuring Percy Smith and Marion Loudon on vocals, Calli Thomson on keyboards, Andy Turrell on guitar and drums, and Jill Murraybrown on bass, the show will be staged at 8pm on Fridays and Saturdays and 2pm on Sundays, with an additional 6.30pm performance on Sunday, July 23.

Durban’s Adi Paxton as Cherry the Clown.

The venue opens 90 minutes before the show for a bring-your-own picnic meal. Light meals and snacks can also be bought at the venue which has a pub (so all drunks must be bought at the theatre).

Gotta Lotta Soul is labelled as a celebration of American soul music. It features songs associated with, among others, Sam Cooke, Otis Redding, Aretha Franklin, Diana Ross, Ruth Brown, Marvin Gaye, The Temptations and Wilson Pickett. Also saluted are novelty artists such as Ray Charles, Cab Calloway, the Blues Brothers and James Brown.

Tickets cost R150 each and seating is at tables of eight. To book, or for more details, phone Roland at 082 499 8636.

If it’s laughs and fun songs you are after, try to see Tonya Koenderman’s new one-woman show, The Botox Party, at Tina’s Hotel, 14 Beryldene Road, Kloof, at 8pm on Saturday (July 15) and 2pm and 6.30pm on Sunday (July 16).

Join Koenderman as she embarks on a journey of physical and mental rejuvenation.

“Life can be challenging as we get older, and we could do with all the help we can get,”she says with a smile, pointing out that the show is a lighthearted look at ageing and all the challenges it presents.

Tonya Koenderman in The Botox Party.

Tonya, seen most recently in her Liza Minnelli tribute show, Liza With a T, at the Rhumbelow in Umbilo, puts her own spin on classics such as All About That Bass, Memories, My Favourite Things and I’m Still Here, among others.

Tickets cost R150. Book at Computicket, or phone 082 499 8636.

The double bill of children’s shows headed for the Umbilo branch of the Rhumbelow is by Durban’s Adi Paxton, and will be presented back to back from 10am daily – from Tuesday to Friday, July 18 to 21.

A puppet play and a clown show, Paxton’s 2-4-1 A Lot More Fun has her performing as Cherry the Clown.

The first part of the entertainment offering is a holiday-themed eco-adventure puppet story, Splish, Splash, Sploosh!, featuring a magical frog, a rather prickly young cactus and other water-wise plants near a rather dry waterhole.

What happens when the world is a whole lot drier than you’re used to? Find out in this tale told with audience interaction and involvement, a few magic effects and some humour.

This show will be followed by a ditzy performance by Cherry the Clown who, along with her AbracaZebra, celebrates a fun time as she creates a show with a little help from her family audiences.

Whether its waving your hands, singing along or becoming a character come along and join her too.

Each mini show is about 25 minutes with the total performance time being 50 minutes. After the shows everyone is invited to stay for a free half-hour workshop on how to make flying paper objects and shapes.

Ticket cost R50 for the lot, and chips, sweets, water and fruit juices will be on sale at the theatre.

Book at Computicket or phone Roland at 082 499 8636.

 


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