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CRAZY - Golden Oldies with a touch of Bipolar

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Marié du Toit and Bram Potgieter present “CRAZY - Golden Oldies with a touch of Bipolar”, a cabaret featuring popular songs from yesteryear presented with a mental twist. Golden oldies are skillfully woven together with Marié’s rich husky voice and tongue-in-cheek accounts of living life with Bipolar as she is superbly accompanied by Bram who brings his distinctive jazz flare to the stage. “CRAZY” will have you laughing, crying and tapping your feet.   Come and enjoy a highly entertaining and supremely enlightening performance.  Inspired by an unwavering love for songs from the Golden era, and her own personal battle with Bipolar Mood Disorder, Marié du Toit teams up with Bram Potgieter to bring you their brand new cabaret, “CRAZY - Golden Oldies with a touch of Bipolar”. The show takes a light-hearted look at the crazy highs and lows of a mental disorder and features great old favourites such as “Unforgettable”, “Cabaret”, “Mack the Knife” and “Blueberry Hill”, masterfully adapted to illustrate the Bipolar theme. 

Marié du Toit was born in New York, USA. She grew up in America, South Africa, Australia and Germany, and returned to South Africa in 1986 to complete her BA drama at the University of Pretoria. Marié entered the Afrikaans music industry after winning the SABC Afrikaans singing competition “Debuut ‘89”. She later joined verteran artists, Jannie du Toit and Christa Steyn in the stage production “Skadu’s”, and recorded her solo album “In Transito”. In the late 90s Marié released her Afrikaans Gospel CDs “Op Pad” and “Maak oop die Deur” and toured with her one-woman show “Op Pad Sonder Bagasie”. She spent the following years freelancing as a performing artist and teacher of drama and music appreciation. Marié, who had been battling depression since childhood, was diagnosed with Bipolar Mood Disorder in 2008. Her singing career came to a halt when she was hospitalised and obligated to get fulltime treatment. She has since kept a low profile from the public eye, working behind the scenes as a script- and song writer, instructor and voice artist. Marié teams up with pianist Bram Potgieter and returns to the stage with her cabaret “CRAZY - Golden Oldies with a touch of Bipolar”.

Bram Potgieter, prominent music director and fulltime recording producer is recognised as a first-class musician, composer and arranger with many years of experience in the local music industry. Bram, who has recorded numerous famous home-grown artists in his “Paarl MuzikFront” studios, has a remarkable musical background that extends from classic to jazz to blues to folk and many more of the various music genres in between. After obtaining his BMus degree in classical piano at the University of Stellenbosch, Bram went on to obtain his performer-licentiate in classical music through Unisa as well as the Royal Schools of England. Bram later turned his focus from classical music to the swing and jazz genres. He is an exceptional pianist and regularly performs with his band “Sincere Swing”. In the new cabaret, “CRAZY - Golden Oldies with a touch of Bipolar”, Bram brings fresh arrangements and his unique jazz style to the performance.

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The Eva Cassidy Story

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Eva Marie Cassidy was an American singer known for her interpretations of Jazz and Blues.   She was practically unknown outside her hometown, until her posthumous recognition...  

Somewhere Over the Rainbow, Fields of Gold and Songbirdwere but a few of the songs she delivered so beautifully, until her passing in 1996.  

 

Tanja Storm is a multi-talented and skilled vocalist, instrumentalist and musical director. She released her debut album in 2009, with her first music video, “Tevergeefs”,  being broadcast on KykNet. Recently returning to a recording studio after years of successful projects with various cover bands and theatre work, numerous of her latest singles have hit number 1 on our local SA music charts. Her much anticipated second music video, Môreson”, was also broadcast on KykNet. She has shared stages with some of SA's top artists.  She will be performing in a Roxette Tribute, as well as in her  ” Women Who Rock”  show in venues around the country this year. 

 

The Eva Cassidy Story is a heart-tugging tribute and live concert experience that journeys through Eva's incredible catalogue of work. This show features all of Eva's greatest hits performed by the diverse Tanja Storm.

Sit back and allow yourself to be transported back in time on this nostalgic journey. 

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The Good, The Bad and The Fugly

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After two sold-out seasons in Cape Town, The Good, The Bad and The Fugly is headed for their first ever performances in Somerset West. Inspired by true South African stories that seem too ridiculous to be true, The Good, The Bad and The Fugly is a musical comedy which explores social interactions behind the safety of our screens. Three women, three social media accounts and three times the drama. A tongue-in-cheek musical comedy exposing all the hilarious consequences of online personas, strong opinions and bad behaviour. This production showcases the good, the bad and the downright ugly and gives us all an opportunity to laugh at ourselves. The Good, The Bad and The Fugly sets out to embody the complexities of being a South African in today’s social networking fiasco. #nofilter 

"I wasn't sure what to expect but this show had me in fits of laughter. I honestly thought I was going to fall out of my chair at one point. On top of being hilariously relatable, it was beautifully choreographed and performed. I recommend everyone go see it. I would even go again!"

"The show was absolutely BRILLIANT! So incredibly relevant to today's day and age, I feel everybody needs to watch it, especially the people of Cape Town. I am in awe of how well written it was, but also at the vast talent of the cast; breath taking voices and incredibly skilled actors."

"It was relevant and hilarious. The cast is so talented and every moment was filled with energy and focus. Bravo!" "Fantastic - I thoroughly enjoyed the theme and the individual uniqueness of each of these talented young women. Could so relate to the brilliant idiosyncrasies they brought to their show with such humour. Great evening"   Photo Credits: Oscar O'Ryan

Nathalie Vijver graduated from UCT with an Honours degree in Drama in 1999 and has been the Head of Drama at the Cape Academy of Performing Arts for the past 13 years, lecturing and directing students of the tertiary full-time course. She is also the Director of the Nathalie Vijver School of Drama which operates as a vocational day school at the CAPA Studios. She has directed CAPA Drama Productions, ‘Fight Sin’ (2007), ‘Kissing Frogs’ (2008/2009), Razor Tongue (2010), collaborated with the Cape Dance Company in 2010 to create the ‘The Devil’s Company’ for the Grahamstown National Arts Festival. More recently Nathalie Vijver has been co-directing with Debbie Turner in CAPA’s school productions, ‘Bittersweet’ (winner of Standard Bank Ovation award at the National Arts Festival in 2013),‘Between the Lines’ (2014) for the National Arts Festival and the Cape Town Fringe, ‘Jilted’ (2015), ‘Chasing Shadows’ (2016) and ‘Ellipses’ for the National Arts Festival and the Cape Town Fringe (2017). In 2016 Nathalie directed ‘Wait’ at the Alexander Bar which was written and performed by Raine Waring. Nathalie is resident Dramaturge for the Cape Dance Company and has worked with Jose Agudo on ‘A Thousand Shepherds’ (2016/2017) and with CAPA graduates Mthuthuzeli November and Lee van der Merwe on their new work ‘Sun, The Rite of Passage’ which premiered in November 2017 in the Cape Dance Company’s season at the Artscape Theatre. Louise Newman, a singer, song-writer, voice-over artist and performer in Cape Town, was a student from the ages of 5 to 19 at the Cape Academy of Performing Arts, receiving training in dance, drama and vocals. Thereafter Louise transferred to AFDA in order to focus on her career in music, where she graduated (Cum Laude) in 2016. Louise won the award for Best Music Performance at the AFDA Experimental Festival and Best Music Performance at the AFDA Graduation Festival in 2016. Louise was also awarded Top 3rd Year Music Student at AFDA in 2016, as well as Top 2nd Year Music Student at AFDA in 2015. Louise has performed in 'It Is What It is' (2017) at the AFDA theatre as well as 'Uncle Vanya' (2017) directed by Chris Weare. Louise has also performed in numerous productions at the Artscape Theatre as well as the Grahamstown National Arts Festival including ‘Bittersweet’ (2014) ‘Between The Lines’ (2014), both of which were directed by Debbie Turner and Nathalie Vijver. Lee van der Merwe graduated from the Cape Academy of Performing Arts full-time programme with distinction in 2016. During her studies, Lee performed in many CAPA productions at the National Grahamstown Arts Festival as well at the Artscape Theatre and Baxter Dance Festival. She then went on to write, produce and co-perform the physical theatre play, ‘Laced’ which, after a highly successful premier at the Alexander Bar, toured to the Grahamstown National Arts Festival in 2017. She has been a member of the Cape Dance Company for the past 6 years performing in numerous theatres and festivals around South Africa. Lee recently choreographed and performed a solo dance work in the Awaji Art Circus International Arts Festival, Japan, and then went on to perform in the pioneering, Fleur De Cap nominated, Immersive Theatre production, ‘Immortal’. Lee is currently performing in the Fugard Theatre’s production of ‘West Side Story’ at the Artscape Opera House. Chané Otto hails from sleepy Sedgefield on the Garden Route. Having started dancing at the tender age of 7, she was drawn to the bright lights of the Mother City in 2010, where she began to set about pursuing her lifelong performing dreams, taking up a course of study at the prestigious Cape Academy of Performing Arts. During her three years at CAPA, Chané performed various lead and ensemble roles in a range of dance and theatre productions at the Masque Theatre in Muizenburg, the Grahamstown National Arts Festival and at Artscape Theatre in Cape Town. Having graduated from CAPA with a distinction in the bag in 2012, Chané has appeared in a number of roles in children’s theatre with AREP:Theatre for Life, site-specific theatre with Yellow Glove Productions, TV commercials, local TV series (Die Byl - Kyknet) and musical theatre. Chané is also a voice over artist and enjoys exploring creative choreography.

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