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DENIM TO DIAMONDS (article first published : 2006-04-24)

The Company of Theatre Arts (COTA) celebrates its 21st year of amateur theatre this year, with plans for a major production in early 2007.

COTA’s new show, Denim to Diamonds, is a celebration of the music that goes with Diamonds and Denim.

Diamonds and Denim in the same sentence? Why not? In a world where fashion flaunts convention, wealth is ostentatious and the 60's generation is still wearing their 501s, dress up, dress down! Jeans can be associated with a number of movies from Levi Strauss's original copper-riveted "waist-overalls" (as jeans were then known) to being a fashion icon in the 1950's with the release of The Wild Ones in 1953 starring Marlon Brando to the seminal Rebel Without a Cause (1955) starring James Dean. In both movies, the stars wore blue jeans, black leather jackets and tight, white T-shirts.

Dress up, dress down and enjoy the musical journey from Paul Simon's Diamonds on the Souls of her Shoes to the Beatles' Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds - symbolic of the flower-power generation, hippies and embroidered bell-bottoms - denims, of course!

Denim to Diamonds runs at the Rhumbelow Theatre from May 11 to 14. Shows take place on May 11 at 19h30 and on May 12 and 13 at 20h00. There will be a further performance on May 14 at 18h30. The venue opens 90 minutes before show for picnic dinner.

Tickets R60. Take along food picnic baskets and braais will be available. There is limited secure parking and booking is essential. A cash bar is available (no alcohol may be brought on to the premises). Rhumbelow Theatre is situated in Cunningham Avenue off Bartle Road.

The show will also travel to Umkomaas Primary School for two performances on May 19 and 20 as fund-raisers for local schools. This is part of The Company’s commitment to giving back to the community. Last year COTA raised over R11,000 through a charity performance for one of its members who was stricken with Guillam Barre syndrome. Aspiring singers, dancers and actors can contact The Company through Neil Snyder on 031 267 0109.

To book for Denim to Diamonds’s run at the Rhumbelow Theatre, contact Roland on 031 205 7602 (h) or 082 499 8636, or email roland@stansell.za.net




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