Singin’ in the Rain by Pieter Toerien
Some of my earliest, and fondest memories are of my mum and I singing classics like
‘SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN’, ‘I feel pretty’ and ‘It’s the Hard-Kock Life’! She sang for the
local village choir and our home was always filled with music.
Pity her musical talent
didn’t pass on to me… :-)
Even though my singing isn’t fantastic, I some how managed to land a few roles in classic musicals like ‘Sister Act’ and ‘West Side Story’ when I was in high school. How I wish I could land a role in a Pieter Toerien production travelling the world and entertaining people on stage, but I think he’d have a laugh at me the minute he heard me belt out my version of “All I do is dream of you”… Ha ha ha!
Audiences were blown away when our Proudly South African Singin’ in the Rain premiered in the UK, and continued to impress in New Zealand, the Philippines and Singapore! The show, now touring internationally with a stellar South African cast, is currently playing to sell out houses in Hong Kong and South Africa is next (Johannesburg and Cape Town)!
The story is set in 1927, which was made famous by Gene Kelly and Debbie Reynolds in the iconic 1952 MGM movie. Singin’ in the Rain really resonates with me as it makes fun at the craziness that is the film industry, with its egomaniac stars, larger-than-life film magnates and die-hard fans.
What really impressed me, other than the fact that this spectacular production has been wowing audiences all over the world, was the fact that they’re also a water-wise/eco-friendly bunch and you know how important such things are to me! The magical scene where it rains on stage, is the best part of the show – most of the water is drained back into holding tanks, filtered through sand and UV light, and recycled for the next performance. Impressive right? If you book seats in the first 3 front rows (Splash Zone, rows A to C) though, you may leave a little wetter than when you arrived! :-)
The closest I will ever get to landing a part in a world renowned stage production, is by being in the audience, perhaps even the Splash Zone, so I’d really feel like a part of it! If you’re as much of a sucker for these oldies like I am, you can BUY TICKETS on line and catch the show at the Artscape Opera House in Cape Town from 11 December 2015 to 10 January 2016. Performances are Tuesdays to Fridays at 7:30pm, Saturdays at 2:30pm and 7:30pm and Sundays at 1:30pm and 6:30pm. There is one 5:00pm show on Sunday 13 December.
With its joyous story, high-energy choreography and sumptuous set design and costumes, Singin’ in the Rain showers you with everything you could wish for in a hit musical!