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SHOWSTOPPERS (article first published : 2007-11-24)

Maritzburg Singers have long been a part of the local music scene in Pietermaritzburg, and have once again achieved great success this year with numerous concerts and a prestigious Eisteddfod Gold Medal. To round off the year, they have decided to present a show of their favourite songs from the musicals. Together with Musical Director Helen Vermaak, they have approached Hexagon Director Peter Mitchell to stage the show for them. To celebrate their year, and to usher in the festive season, they are moving from concert-style presentation to something a little more theatrical.

Showstoppers includes many showstopping songs from the great musicals such as Cabaret, Showboat, West Side Story, Fiddler on the Roof, Hello Dolly and Les MisÚrables, to name a few. Many of the beautiful arrangements of the songs are the legacy of the late Professor Leo Quayle, who arranged a hundred songs especially for the Maritzburg Singers. A printed version of his arrangements is being put together for publication, and a special concert of these songs is being planned for 2008.

The Maritzburg Singers were originally formed in 1985 by Basil Munro and Robert Caldwell, as a continuation of the Barbara Knox Singers. Its first performance was Trial by Surgery, written for the opening of the new Grey's Hospital, and was subsequently taken to the Grahamstown Festival with great success. Many shows followed, including Gnus People, Night in Vienna, Hi Jack - Hi Jill, The Time Machine and The Key of the Door. Christmas shows were popular and included Pietermaritzburg Rotary's Carols by Candlelight. Their appearances for charity are a priority, the latest being their concert for the SPCA earlier this month.

Natalie Fish was the original musical director and has, intermittently, been with the group since then. She is their present accompanist. Helen Vermaak has recently taken over the reigns for the second time, and with her vast experience with choirs and musicals, is bringing a new energy and expertise to the group. She has been responsible for the music for most of the Hexagon's musicals over the last twenty years.

Showstoppers runs at the Hexagon Theatre in Pietermaritzburg on November 30 and December 1 at 19h30. Tickets R30 booked on 033 260 5537 or e-mail hexagon@ukzn.ac.za




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