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HELLO, I’M 10 (article first published : 2004-09-30)

Currently running at the Catalina Theatre at Wilson’s Wharf is Hello I'm Ten, the third production from the Catalina youth mentorship programme which has presented such entertaining shows such as Wherzit@ and Dahl-ings.

This year’s production is written and directed by 21 year old Lauren Wallett and produced by Themi Venturas.

The story deals with Sunny, delightfully played by the young and very talented (watch her!) Nokothula Vezi. She is celebrating her 10th birthday which coincides with the celebration of South Africa’s decade of democracy. Helping her to enjoy her special day is Rico the clown (Rico Torchia). In the course of events, they come across Protea, a magical talking flower with a big attitude. Protea is energetically played by Meryl Collins, a young actress who impressed me considerably in earlier productions. Wearing a delightful costume, she leads the search to discover the pot of gold at the end of the Rainbow Nation.

Richo Torchia undoubtably carries the production with his disarming chat, balloon making and entertaining magical tricks. He plays his audience well, particularly when a little boy, eager to appear on stage, battled to cope with the juggling balls!

The girls desperately needed miking as they were often difficult to hear. The Catalina Theatre has a problem with the noise coming from the overhead extractor fan and even seasoned professional performers battle to cope with it.

The show is filled with much sentiment linked to the Rainbow Nation with a strong message to respect one another and highlighting the fact that things “work better when you do them together”. The script is very lightweight but the youngsters in the audience loved every moment.

There was much audience participation which is a good thing. The more young people are able to experience the magic and thrills of live theatre, the better for the future of the industry.

The props were colourful and fun but I felt that not enough use was made of the Catalina Theatre itself. I appreciate that Hello I'm Ten is being performed in front of the set of Crooked which limits the production somewhat but there could have been stronger use of lighting, sound and smoke machine.

Sponsorship from Unilever through their product Rama has generated a Magical Muffin trick and audience members stand a chance of winning a Rama hamper. They can also sample tasty muffins and Rama flavoured spread during the interval.

Hello I'm Ten runs at Catalina Theatre; Wilson's Wharf from September 23 to October 4 at 10h00. Tickets R25. Book on 031 305 6889. – Caroline Smart




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