Dolphins, carols and fun

Members of the cast of “Dolphins by Starlight” at Durban’s uShaka Marine World.


IT’S time for Durban’s uShaka Marine World’s annual festive splash – the Dolphins By Starlight event in which singers and musicians join the sea creatures for some fun and merriment for the Christmas season. The show will run at the marine park’s dolphin arena at 7pm nightly from December 8 to 13.

“This firm favourite on the Durban Christmas calendar is sure to put stars in the eyes of young and old alike. The magnificent uShaka Sea World dolphins will perform their dazzling aquatic aerobatics to Christmas soundtracks, inspired by love, hope and family,” says a spokesman.

They will be joined by the Durban Gospel Choir, popular local singers Clive Gumede and Samantha Landers, rising soprano star Slindo Zondo, Quattro Femmes String Quartet, a band under the direction of Burton Naidoo , and a host of talented guest artists.

“Expect plenty of Christmas carols and much-loved favourites such The First Noel, Joy to the World, God Bless Africa and Hip Hop Nutcracker. Our producers have even penned a special Christmas version of The Circle of Life and reworkings of popular songs such as Can’t Stop the Feeling and Happy,” says a spokesman for the marine theme park.

The show offers a tale in which early test-flights have shown that Santa’s reindeer have been unable to make his sleigh hover more than 20cm off the ground. The North Pole News has reported that this failure to launch may be as a result of low Christmas spirit, as well as folks forgetting the true meaning of Christmas.

Santa is so concerned that he has decided to send his chief investigative elves, Andy Alibastar and Polly Peppermint, to uShaka Marine World to investigate.

“Dolphins By Starlight is family entertainment at its very best, with plenty of fun-filled interludes especially written for children,” says the spokesman. “So, expect a meeting with the uShaka Ocean Warriors, plenty of dancing and singing, and perhaps even a surprise visit by the ‘big man’ himself in a celebration that is sure to help us all rediscover the true heart of the holiday season in Durban.”

Tickets are available at Computicket or via uShaka’s online ticketing at at a cost of R170 for adults and R140 for children. Under-threes get in free. For more information phone (031) 328 8000.

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