What’s on this weekend in Gauteng: a lovely theatre production of Cinderella, a market, Transformers and a Parklife music festival.
This stage production is based on the Disney movie. This timeless classic about the downtrodden girl mistreated by her stepmother and sisters, but allowed by the magical fairy godmother to attend a ball and meet a prince, is the stuff little girls’ dreams are made of.
Kaylan Sabbadin plays the title role. She is a graduate of the Trinity College and Tshwane University of Technology National Diploma in Musical Theatre) Born and raised in Port Elizabeth, Sabbadin has trained in singing, dance and drama, and hopes to finish her masters in drama.
She will be “terrorised” by her two stepsisters – Genevieve Olivier (whose theatre credits include George’s Marvellous Medicine and Pippi Longstocking – The Musical) and Tanja Franszen (who studied at the School of Creative Arts in Sydney, Australia, and has been involved in various theatre productions such as Perdekoop and Hoedemoles).
The stepmother and Fairy Godmother are played by Alida Senekal, who portrays the character of Petro Bam in Afrikaans soapie Binnelanders. She has featured in The Legend of King Arthur, The Enchanted Forest, Othello, The Crucible, Animal Farm, Romeo & Juliet, The 3 Musketeers pantomime, Into the Woods and Pippie Langkous at National Children’s Theatre. Her voice can also currently be heard on the programme In Die Bed Met Bibi on VIA TV.
The Prince is played by Thokozani Jiyane, a versatile performing artist who received his training at the Tshwane University of Technology in Musical Theatre where he featured in Legally Blonde and 9 to 5 The Musical. He was most recently featured in Mr Popper’s Penguins as Admiral Drake, Delivery Man and Doc Hopper.
Cinderella Kids will run at the People’s Theatre from 5 June – 30 July. There are two shows daily at 09:00 and 11:00 during school times, and 10:30 and 14:30 on Saturdays and public holidays, certain government school holidays and certain Sundays. Tickets are R130 per person and bookings can be made through WebTickets, or by calling Peoples Theatre on 011 403 1563/2340 or emailing them at firstname.lastname@example.org
2. Field Market
Once a month this market comes to life at the Field and Study Park in Parkmore. Not only are hand crafted items on offer, but also gourmet food. Lots of fun for the kids in terms of play areas and face painting, as well as the River Cafe being right there for food and play as well.
This event will run on 10 June at the park (45 Louise Ave, Parkmore). Check out their website here.
3. Transformers Animatronics: Pretoria
We’ve written quite extensively about the transformers and now it’s Pretoria’s turn to enjoy this exhibit.
The venue is Centurion Mall, Heuwel Ave, Centurion.
The cost is: Adults R155, Children 5-17 R100, family package (adulats 2 children) = R440.
For those who like their music, there is is lots on offer, plus the aforementioned gourmet food. Check out their website here.
This event takes place on Saturday 10 June, 10am till 8pm. The venue is the Marks Park Sports fields, Randburg