Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Four ‘babes’ with loads of charm

Four lovable young Durban actors are the babes in KickstArt’s Christmas family panto, Robin Hood and The Babes in the Wood, which is proving a big hit at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre, where it runs until January 9th month.

Two rounds of exhaustive auditions were held to get two pairs of babes, aged nine to 12, to play the children in the demonstrate.

Of those children chosen, two did tremendously well in the Gateway Road to Fame singing competition at Umhlanga’s Barnyard Theatre, while the additional two have appeared for KickstArt in shows such as Peter Pan and Winnie the Pooh.

There are two pairs of babes in the demonstrate – Lindsey Morris, 11, from Westville and Joshua Arnold, 12, from Umbilo, who alternating with Kiara Teunissen, 9, from Westbrook and Andrew Sutton, 10, from Mount Edgecombe.

The kids are integral to the panto – the plot combines elements of the babes-lost-in-the-forest story based on an old English ballad of 1595 (the unique manuscript is preserved in the British Museum), which tells the story of two orphaned children, abandoned deep in the forest upon the orders of their evil uncle.

This tale is combined with the Robin Hood legend and a enormous dollop of comedy in the form of Robin Hood’s motley crew of merry men in tights, a actually villainous sheriff (Iain “Ewok” Robinson) and an unforgettable dame, Nurse satisfactorily (Darren King).

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