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HEART BEAT (article first published : 2004-09-11)

(Response to Westville Theatre Club’s annual production written by Jess Gjestland of Gjestland & Ass)

The swashbuckling musical bash running at the Westville Civic Centre this week, might not be quite as slick a performance as you’d expect from a Broadway stage extravaganza or a TV special, but it runs them a darn close second. From the opening scene you are dazzled by about 40 scintillating dancers who burst into exuberant song and dance - girls in brilliant yellow tops and pale orange pleated skirts, men in harmonious black and yellow. It’s the annual presentation of the Westville Theatre Club.

The costume design and the set construction is outstanding and the handling of the scene-change skits in front of the curtain is fun. One of these is a skit about men being from Venus and women from Mars… the convulsions of laughter from the appreciative audience nearly brings the roof down.

Equally impressive is the “orchestral” accompaniment for the 30 odd numbers presented by an excellent eight-member band.

Nearly 60 people – cast members, producers, backstage crew, and band - all donate their time and given that the R70 admission ticket includes an ample dinner and dessert, any readers who fail to grab the remaining tickets for the shows, nightly at 19h00 between now and September 11, are really missing out .

Bookings on 031 266 5239. - Jess Gjestland




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