Christmas musical at Milnerton Playhouse

Standing, from left, are Simon Nye, Nakita Allen, George Nzuba and Danalia Borman. Seated are Danielle Marx and Jean Marie Schoots. PICTURE: Jane Amory

Milnerton Players’ Christmas production, Christmas In Cape Town, directed by Sheila McCormick, with musical direction by Tersia Harley, will be staged from Friday December 1 to Saturday December 16 at Milnerton Playhouse.

The story revolves around Julie (Danielle Marx), Craig (Georges Nzuba) and Lisa (Nakita Allen), three aspiring young artists sharing a flat in Johannesburg, who are trying to start their careers on the musical theatre stage. When the friends hear about auditions for a brand-new musical, that will premiere in South Africa and then tour overseas, they start to enthusiastically prepare.

But the festive season seems to be bleak for Julie when her hopes of a stage career are almost dashed by news received from her mum, Linda (Yvonne Smith) in Cape Town. For Craig and Lisa, Christmas is not a time to look forward to as they have family problems.

But, as in all good holiday musicals, things eventually turn out well for everyone, including Linda, and, as the title suggests, all end up in Cape Town for Christmas

In addition to the four named characters, the cast includes a small chorus (Danalia Borman, Simon Nye, Jean-Marie Schoots and David Scales) who play various cameo roles. Apart from the locally-written title song, there are song tunes from several well-known musicals plus familiar ones by popular songwriters.

Evening shows are at 8pm with Saturday matinees at 2pm.

Tickets cost R150; R140 for seniors; and R130 for members and students. Matinees cost R140; R130 for seniors; and R120 for members and students.

There is a show and dinner package for R200 a person excluding drinks at Beach Blanc, Milnerton Lighthouse, Woodbridge Island.

Book at www.milnertonplayers.co.za