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NOAH OF CAPE TOWN
Countdown is on to new SA futuristic musical
The cast is confirmed, bookings are open and rehearsals have started - the countdown is on to the world-première of an exciting new South African musical. Noah of Cape Town is the country’s first full-length a cappella musical, created by a stellar artistic team and performed by sixteen talented local voices. It will be presented at the Baxter Theatre from 9 July to 1 August 2009.
“Noah of Cape Town has been eight years in the making and is going to be a unique theatrical feast,” says director Jaci de Villiers. “It blends beautiful music, witty dialogue and sexy design with environmental issues and is a charming story about the human condition.” The inspiring original songs and idea are by Fleur du Cap winner, Graham Weir, of Not the Midnight Mass fame with the script written by Weir and fellow Fleur du Cap winner, theatre improvisation whizz, Megan Choritz. Costumes and set design are by Dicky Longhurst, lighting by Mannie Manim and musical direction with additional arrangements by Amanda Tiffin.
The cast has been announced as: Anton Luitingh, Chantal Herman, Christine Weir, Eben Genis, Francesco Nassimbeni, Genna Galloway, Gilé Motshwane, Gys de Villiers , Keenan Arrison, Lerato Moloi, Lindy Abromowitz, Nicole Holm, Nqobile Sipamla, Sandile Gontsana, Shaun van Staden and Vuyo Myoli.
Reflecting from two hundred years in the future, the story is set in 2020 when Cape Town, like every other city in the world, is suffering from the effects of global warming, fuel shortages, war and corruption. Law and order break down as desperate people do whatever it takes to obtain food and water. Can there be any hope left for survival? Enter Gareth Martens, the man nicknamed Noah. A twenty-something everyman, Noah experiences visions that warn him about a forthcoming flood. Although conflicted and confused, he is compelled to follow his calling, escaping to the Karoo which is now a desert, and preparing to build an ark.
“Awakening a greater level of consciousness in ourselves is an interesting underlying theme in this production,” says de Villiers. “We are bringing together different cultural, spiritual and historical perspectives that have influenced society to create an entertaining evening.” “With natural global disasters such as Hurricane Katrina, runaway forest fires and severe droughts and flooding, the story of Noah of Cape Town is not so far-fetched!” says Simon Cooper of Uncomfortable Productions, producer of Noah of Cape Town. “We want to assist audience members with taking action to help save the planet and are seeking sponsorship for our Noah Plant a Tree programme. This is based on the UN Environment Program’s billion tree initiative, which aims to plant 7 billion trees by the end of 2009. Our goal is to give everyone who comes to see the show a pamphlet that they can exchange for a tree at a participating nursery,” says Cooper.
Noah of Cape Town has its world-première at the Baxter Theatre and runs from 9 July to 1 August 2009. Ticket prices are R85 for previews and Saturday matinee performances; R110 from Tuesday to Thursday and on Sundays; and R120 on Friday and Saturday evenings. Specials are available for students, senior citizens, the physically challenged and block bookings of 10 or more at R85.
PG 13 language
Book through Computicket at www.computicket.com or call 083 915 8000 or visit any Checkers/Shoprite store. For discounted block, schools or corporate bookings contact the Baxter Sales office on 021 680 3991 or 021 680 3962.
For further information visit www.noahofcapetown.co.za or join Noah of Cape Town on Facebook and Twitter.
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