A
 
Web www.artsmart.co.za
A R T S M A R T
arts news from kwazulu-natal

music
www.artsmart.co.za
enquiries@artsmart.co.za
 A current news
crafts - dance - drama - film & tv - literature
music - supper theatre - visual arts
miscellaneous news - festivals
letters to the editor
home page
archives A
crafts - dance - drama - film & tv - literature
music - supper theatre - visual arts
miscellaneous news - festivals
 

NB: as of 23 September 2008, all new artSMart articles are being published on the site news.artsmart.co.za.

ANGELA KILIAN (article first published : 2005-11-20)

As the Playhouse Company prepares for The Sound of Music which runs over the festive season, the cast is busy with rehearsals of the staging of this hit musical. The director is Ralph Lawson, well-known to established Durban audiences for his many performances for the Natal Performing Arts Council (NAPAC) and its replacement body, The Playhouse Company.

The cast features performers from Durban as well as Cape Town and Johannesburg. At their head in the role of Maria von Trapp, which was made famous by Julie Andrews in the film version, is glamorous South African performer Angela Kilian.

The talented actress and singer was bitten by the theatre bug at the age of six and she’s been in the spotlight ever since. She studied at the Robin Williams Drama Studio in her hometown of Port Elizabeth, performing in numerous local productions before moving on to obtain a London Trinity Performers Diploma in Cape Town at the Waterfront Theatre School.

She has since played some of the most coveted female roles in musical theatre. Angela counts as her favourites Eva Peron in Evita, Anna Leonowens in The King and I (for which she received a Showtime Award), her Vita Award-winning rendition of Marilyn Monroe in Marilyn Live and her roles as Maria in The Sound of Music and Cinderella in Into the Woods (both of which garnered her Fleur du Cap Awards) .

"I loved playing Eva Peron. The acting and singing are so integrated," says Angela. "I also enjoyed Into the Woods, which, incidentally, is how I became acquainted with Ralph Lawson. He is a real joy because as a director he is not a dictatorial. He is an extremely skilled actor, writer and director who is patient and gentle, allowing you to be part of the creative process."

Another feather in Angela's cap is her stint in the touring company of Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical Cats. Playing the role of Jellylorum/Griddlebone, Angela performed in opera houses and stadiums around the world. She also appeared as Gertie Cummings in Oklahoma!, Hodel and Tzeitel in Fiddler On the Roof, Peggen Ryan in Mame and Mrs Darling in Peter Pan as well as performing the title role in Cinderella, The Women in Men, Women and Marriage and Trouble With Woman.

Angela also works extensively for television as an actress, presenter, writer and director. She gained national exposure presenting 3:16 on SABC 2. When there's time to herself, it's spent kickboxing or doing yoga and tai chi.

In Durban to reprise her role as Maria in an earlier production of The Sound of Music that played in Bloemfontein and Pretoria, Angela is delighted to perform with children again. “They say you shouldn't work with animals or children,” she smiles, “but I adore children. On stage they come from a raw place with no technique or method, and that's amazing."

Ticket sales are brisk, so early booking is advised. Pre-booked tickets R45, R55 and R75 through Computicket or Dial-a-Seat on 031 369 9555. Tickets purchased an hour before performances cost R50, R65 and R85.




 A current news
crafts - dance - drama - film & tv - literature
music - supper theatre - visual arts
miscellaneous news - festivals
letters to the editor
home page
archives A
crafts - dance - drama - film & tv - literature
music - supper theatre - visual arts
miscellaneous news - festivals
a co-production by caroline smart services and .durbanet. site credits
copyright © subsists in this page. all rights reserved. [ edit ] copyright details  artsmart