Starbrite –Star Bright

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A musical Nativity pantomime, written, devised and directed by Janice Honeyman. Set in and around Cape Town, the action follows the adventures of the shepherds Klaas, Dwaas, Jaap en Swaap as they follow the bright star through the Karoo and finally meet Queenie and her backyard shebeen beauties. Joseph, the Klopse Carpenter from the Bo-Kaap, and Mary, gatecrash a backstreet party where they are given shelter in the backyard among the goats, sheep and chickens. In the original production at Artscape in the 2006-7 season, it was co-directed by Marcus Desando, with Lisa Garson as the musical director, designs by Michael Mitchell and lighting by Benever Arendse. The cast included Kurt Haupt as the puckish Archangel Gabriel, who leads a cast of 45 singers and actors, inluding the Cape Town Vocal Ensemble, 10 children from the Symphony Secondary School in Athlone and 8 children of members of the Cape Town Vocal Ensemble and Cape Town Opera personnel. Remounted at the Baxter in 2008-9 by Janice Honeyman.

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