Festive Season lineup for the State Theatre in Pretoria
The State Theatre in Pretoria Accommodation has a fabulous lineup of entertainment throughout the month of December – perfect to get you into the Festive Season swing of things. Read on for more information on just a few of the performances on the go during the last month of 2010 …
THE NUTCRACKER (Opera, 19 November – 19 December)
The South African Ballet Theatre (SABT), the country’s largest professional ballet company is pleased to announce its return to Pretoria with the all-time family favourite The Nutcracker. Since its first performance in 1892 The Nutcracker ballet has come to embody the festive season and SABT’s year-end season continues this tradition. The Nutcracker appeals to audiences, young and old, continues to grow with each passing year. Join Clara as she is magically transported to the Land of Snow and the Kingdom of the Sweets; travel with the beautiful Sugar Plum Fairy and meet a dazzling array of colourful characters in a fantasy land. Root for the Nutcracker Prince as he battles against The King of the Rats and escape to a dream world with the lyrical and well-known score by Peter Ilyich Tshaikovsky.
Lira (Drama, 10 December)
Lira stands out as that rare thing in a global music world brimming with solo female performers. She’s an artist who has been able to create a formidable career without compromising the very values that feeds her creative soul. Lira started her music career in 2000, when, just in her 20s, she was punted as South Africa’s newest R&B “starlet”.
Freshlyground (Drama, 17 December)
Freshlyground formed in early 2002, and is made up of seven talented and diverse musicians from South Africa, Mozambique and Zimbabwe. Fronted by the diminutive but dynamic Zolani Mahola, the band exudes a live performance energy that has been the bedrock of their success.
Pro, Tuks and Brickz (Drama, 11 December)
Pro, Tuks and Brickz will be sharing one stage in one show at the Mzansi Fela Festival this year. Pro is a solo chart topping Hip Hop artist from Soweto. Tuks is one of the most decorated local Hip-Hop artists Sipho “Brickz” Ndlovu has been penned a “kwaito whiz kid”, who has mastered his kwaito genre.
BREED (Arena, 7 – 8 December)
BREED is the award winning production of Ubom!’s which premiered at the National Arts Festival in 2010 and was a recipient of a Silver Standard Bank Ovation Award. Having directed Ubom! Previously, Andrew Buckland felt it was time to step on stage with the company. An exciting production was conceptualised and devised under the artistic directorship of Janet Buckland, and an exciting, moving and touching show was unveiled.
The Tshwane Gospel Choir (Drama, 12 December)
The Tshwane Gospel Choir was founded by Bheki Langa, a Pretoria businessman, who believes in developing young and talented people, particularly from historically disadvantaged backgrounds.
Carols Go Jazz (Rendezvous, 17 – 18 December)
Carols Go Jazz is a programme of soulful jazz-inspired traditional Christmas carols and carefully-chosen contemporary festive songs featuring award winning Melanie Scholtz and Africapella.
Tseleng: the Baggage of Bags (Momentum, 10 – 12 December)
Tseleng: the Baggage of Bags is a one-woman play, told through the eyes of four dynamic characters: A successful writer living the life in London, an energetic little girl growing up in hot Gaborone, A devoutly religious teenager in Pretoria forced to turn against everything she believed in, and a cocktail sipping Cape Town City girl, who’s not afraid to confront the controversial.
Spirit and Bones (Momentum, 11 – 12 December)
Spirit and Bones is a musical production about Abangomas (traditional healers). The production addresses the stigmatized thinking of inyangas or isangomas, being perceived as witchdoctors, who are evil and unholy. Spirit and Bones unashamedly sings the praises of Abangomas through music, dance and drama, celebrating their roles within our society from days gone by to present day, being the individuals who uphold and preserve the local traditions, culture, and heritage of this great continent.
Contact and Bookings:
South African State Theatre, Corner of Prinsloo and Pretorius Streets, Pretoria City Centre, Gauteng.
Call 012 392 4000 for more information on any of the above or book directly through Computicket.