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March 10, 2011

A wonderful world of dance and music at the Artscape


Image provided by Allison Foat of Diva PR

There are shows that take your breath away and then there is the Cape Academy of Performing Arts’ 25th anniversary production, What a Wonderful World.

Running at the Artscape Theatre until March 13, this show takes audiences on a fantastical journey through dance, talent and music. With a cast of over a hundred performers, most of whom are students and educators at the academy, What A Wonderful World is proof that hard work and hours of practicing your craft are well worth the effort.

From the classically trained ballerinas, some of whom are the cutest you have ever seen (the dancers range in age from 5 to 25 years old), to the über flexible hip-hop dancers and kwaito movers, the performers – and their performances – are phenomenal.

A playful parody of the Harry Potter series keeps the narrative flowing between the various scenes, which include a fashion show, nautical adventure, flower exhibition, the Oscars, a Diwali festival, a tennis tournament and a township visit. The gorgeous costumes (including the adorable sailor outfits in the nautical scene) add to the allure of this show.

Managing a cast of this size and with so many small children must’ve be a nightmare, but director Debbie Turner does it with aplomb. If the kids miss a step or two, it only adds to the charm.

The fusion of modern music and tunes of yesteryear, including the title song by jazz maestro Louis Armstrong, is the perfect accompaniment to the tap, modern, hip-hop and ballet routines choreographed by Turner, Celeste Botha, Michelle Reid and others.

What A Wonderful World will have you humming long after the red velvet curtain has fallen. Definitely a must-see!

The Cape Academy of Performing Arts, an education facility in Tokai, offers courses in dance, drama and musical theatre. Find out more at www.capedancecompany.co.za. Tickets for What A Wonderful World are available at Computicket and start at R75.

The show runs until this Sunday, March 13.

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