Revue to set feet tapping

LEADING MAN: The annual musical theatre, hosted by East London Performing Arts Society will take place on August 2 – 3 with Donald Ballentyne as one of the lead performers. Picture: AMANDA NANO

Singing, dancing and larger-than-life characters will be on stage at the Arts Theatre from August 2 to 3, hosted by the East London Performing Arts Society (ELPAS).

The annual musical theatre revue has been a popular favourite on the performing arts calendar for some time.

ELPAS founder Nasine Vvan Rensburg-Boltt said the show is suitable for the whole family.

“It will showcase some of the world’s most-beloved musicals from the Broadway and West End stages, as well as television and films, such as The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Grease, Mamma Mia, Phantom of The Opera, and many more,” Van Rensburg-Boltt said.

This year’s musical will see more male actors grace the stage.

“It’s the first show in a long time where the males actually outshines the females, which is nice to see as it’s always a struggle to get men males on stage,” she said.

Taking on five main characters in the musical is the passionate and energetic Donald Ballentyne.

“I’ve found my strengths and have been able to hone in on them, and also work on my weak points.

“The confidence you gain, can improve your body language,” Ballentyne said.

He describes the experience of being on stage as a place of belonging, much like in his rugby days.

“It’s been quite a balancing act but worth it. Nasine has been great with this and also encouraging others to bring out their best,” he said.

Be sure to expect iconic songs, such as Greased Lightening from Grease and Shallows from A Star is Born.

Evening shows start at 7pm for 7.30pm with at tickets are R100 per person. The Saturday matinee show starts at s 12.30pm for 1pm at R80.

Tickets are available from Lee Gold Music, cash only.

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