New Playhouse musical to help children
The Alexander Playhouse will host their new production, All is Fair in Love and War, at their premises on February 12 in support of Greensleeves Children’s Trust.
Greensleeves founder Dianne Lehy said they were approached by Alexander Playhouse to take part in the event.
“We ’re hoping to sell 120 tickets at R100 each so we may also pay for the theatre.
“We will have some basics available for sale on the day such as plastic cups and some of our paper necklaces,” Lehy said.
Greensleeves takes care of 60 children, some of whom live with foster parents. The children are also schooled at the facility, from Grades R to 7, and there is a baby unit.
“We also have five special needs children with us, as well as a few children from outside the facility.
“We currently have 25 staff members and seven teachers available,” she said.
The trust receives no government subsidies and relies heavily on private funding to assist with finances, food, stationery and staff salaries.
“We need about R180,000 to run the facility for just one month,” Lehy said.
“We would appreciate it if one could sponsor as little as R50 to help us.”
Lehy also provides transport for some children who attend local high schools and for their extra-curricular activities in the city.
Greensleeves is currently expanding their classrooms, with a sixth classroom under construction. The trust aims to eventually provide 10 classrooms for the children in their care, as well as netball and soccer pitches.
All is Fair in Love and War performer Tamara Kesner said the play was based on last year’s theme of World War 1.
“This year’s theme will also touch upon 75 years since the liberation of the Auschwitz concentration camp, which has a lot of meaning to me as I am Jewish.
“There will be some jazzy pop pieces and classic war-time songs [of the Berlin cabaret era],” Kesner said.
The play is directed by Gonubie High School teacher Pieter Taljaard, with Cambridge High School teacher Lidia Tzoneva as musical director.
For more information, call 082-2193209 or 082-770-4336.