‘Change the Channel’ recreates TV series hits
Recreating scenes from popular 80s, 90s and 2000s television series, The Arts Theatre’s Valentine’s production aims to have audiences reminiscing and singing along to their favourite show’s theme song.
The cabaret-style production, titled Change the Channel, starts at the theatre on February 12 and is designed to provide almost two weeks of nostalgic, light-hearted and family fun entertainment.
“We wanted to create something that would resonate with the public and TV series through the ages which are so iconic because they are an expression of a particular time,” said the director, Jacques du Plessis, who also plays in the live band.
“When you hear that theme song, it takes you straight back to a special time sitting on the couch, watching your favourite shows with your family.”
Other local musicians joining Du Plessis in the band include Brett Clur and Armand Steenkamp, and singing sensations Kay Mosiane, Marcel Corson, Megan Francis and Jon Buitendag will belt out Dawson’s Creek’s I Don’t Wanna Wait and the 80s Fame series’ Remember My Name, among the catchy theme songs.
From Ally McBeal, Smallville and Friends to Full House, Baywatch, The Love Boat and The Golden Girls, audiences will see some of their favourite US sitcoms recreated on the Arts Theatre’s stage.
They will also get to play a few rounds of musical bingo.
“We’re going to play a few medleys and get the audience to guess which sitcoms match up with which song – it’s a really fun way to get the audience involved in the show,” said Du Plessis.
The annual production, in its 15th year, serves as a fundraising event for charities and organisations around the city, each night belonging to a different worthy cause.
“It’s a way for the theatre to support the community and also a way to draw the public to the theatre,” said co-director Vicky Luff, who has choreographed a team of dancers to make the scenes come to life.
The organisations supported include the Eyabantwana Trust, Hope Schools, the Down Syndrome Association and Arcadia Rotary.
The show runs until February 23 at the Arts Theatre, which was recently up for auction but is currently up for sale.
Shows start at 7.30pm and tickets are available from the various charities at R120.
For ticket purchase inquiries contact Luff on 073-941-6893 or firstname.lastname@example.org..