After having had to postpone their annual festive season pantomime production in 2020 because of the pandemic and ensuing government restrictions, Joburg Theatre and
executive producer Bernard Jay are delighted to announce that Janice Honeyman’s Cinderella will be on the Nelson Mandela Theatre stage at Joburg Theatre from November
5th to December 24th 2021.
Once Upon A Time a girl named Cinderella lived with her two stepsisters. Poor Cinderella
had to work hard all day long so the others could rest. One day, big news came to town.
The King and Queen were going to have a Ball! It was time for their son Prince Charming to
find a bride…..
In Janice Honeyman’s telling of Cinderella, you know that the show will be packed with an abundance of comedy, stunning spectacle, hundreds of beautiful costumes and, of course, the legendary panto moment when Cinderella is transformed from rags to riches and whisked off to the Ball – with the help of a little dusting of Fairy Godmother magic.
Now this favourite of all South African family stage shows promises to be more spectacular
than ever. South African Andrew Timm has joined the team for the first time as Production
Designer in order to transform the stage into a high-tech, 21st century riot of innovative and
spectacular special effects – combining live performance with projections and 3D graphics
on over 500 LED screens and bringing in hologram effects, giant props, magic techniques
and pyrotechnics to surprise and delight audiences of all ages.
Andrew Timm is an award-winning creative director of TV shows, large scale music events,
music videos and corporate theatre. Through three decades of experience as a director,
designer and writer in the entertainment industry, Andrew’s career highlights include
creative director of staging for the live broadcasts of X Factor South Africa and five years of
staging gospel’s acclaimed Joyous Celebration. He currently also directs music videos for the
world famous Ndlovu Youth Choir.
“Being appointed production designer for Cinderella is definitely a bucket list moment for
me,” admits Andrew. “With specially created animated content, we will transport the
audience from the interior of a lavish castle, lit by hundreds of burning torches and candles,
to the depths of a dark and foreboding forest complete with the glowing eyes of unknown
creatures blinking in the darkness. The set virtually becomes another character in the show,
because it can – and will – have a life of its own. The possibilities are endless!”
Writer and director of the pantomimes, Janice Honeyman adds “It’s going to be such a jol
working closely with Andrew Timm this year. Everything will be geared to retain the best of
what has made our pantos so popular in the past – the audience-involvement traditions of
the genre, my sly but purposeful double entendres, the unwrapping of the fairy tale itself
through good and evil – but now adding the best of what technology and visual effects can
offer to take the panto into the future. I can’t wait to get into the rehearsal room again!”
2021’s Cinderella stars Desmond Dube and Ben Voss as the perennially hilarious Ugly Sisters, Bongi Mthombeni as Buttons, Kiruna-Lind Devar in the title role, Kyle Grant as her Prince
Charming, Dolly Louw as the Fairy Godmother and Graham Hopkins as Baron Horace Hard-Up. The company also features (in alphabetical order) Cameron Botha, Clive Gilson, Tarryn
Heard, Venolia Manale, Arno Meyer, Noni Mkhonto, Tshepiso Moeketsi, Brian Ngobese, Funeka Peppeta, Jonathan Blaine Shore, Justin Swartz, Carmen Tromp and Dezlenne Ulster-Weale. Only the role of the prince’s sidekick Dandini has yet to be cast.
The pantomime will be choreographed by Nicol Sheraton; Dale-Ray Scheepers serves as both music arranger and musical director, Bronwen Lovegrove is costume co-ordinator and
the sound design will be by Akhona Bozo.
“The Festive season in Joburg would be nothing without the traditional panto and its magic,” says Joburg City Theatre’s CEO, Xoliswa Nduneni-Ngema. “Although postponed last year due to the pandemic, we certainly look forward to hosting patrons this year as we are well-positioned to share the magic whilst staying in line with Covid regulations and protocols. We are excited to know that this most popular South African family show will definitely be back on our newly upgraded, iconic Mandela Stage. We pride ourselves in continuously producing shows that will enrich debates and provide edutainment, but more importantly create job opportunities for the creatives within the industry who have been
negatively impacted by the lockdown.”
Tickets for Cinderella are now on sale from R240 through visiting http://www.joburgtheatre.com
or by calling 0861 670 670. Terrific group, family and senior citizen discounts are available.
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