Old favourite promises therapy through theatre

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Martinette Spoelstra (left) plays Elphaba and Ilse Fourie is Glinda,
The Wicked Wizard of Oz is coming to the City of Roses with a local, lekker family twist!
According to Xander Steyn, owner of The Rabbit Theatre School, this will not just be a retelling of the 1937 classic, but an adaptation and combination of the old movie and the Broadway musical, Wicked. He said the theatre school takes pride in the fact that the entire cast consists of everyday citizens with “normal jobs”.
“For example, our two main witches are played by the talented Bloemfontein high school teachers, Martinette Spoelstra (Eunice High) and Ilse Fourie (Hoërskool Jim Fouché). The theatre school is open to anyone who just wants a change from normality. Some of our students call it ‘therapy’ and that is exactly what theatre is,” said Steyn.
Making the show his own, Steyn added how difficult it was to write three timelines into one story. “In this rendition of the story, I tell how the human, Stanley, became the scarecrow, how the cowardly Lion, Simba, became such a softy, and how Tinman was once a munchkin boy with a terrible lisp, named Bok. It also tells the back-story of the green witch, Elphaba, and how she was never really a wicked witch but just miserably misunderstood.”
Apart from keeping locals entertained through his funny and relatable drama shows, Steyn’s main focus is to keep the arts alive, especially in the lives of the youth.
He uses the hashtag #supportlocal and #keeptheARTSalive on all his social media posts and hopes that “Bloemfonteiners” will keep on supporting shows.
The Wicked Wizard of Oz is still live on stage for the main shows on Thursday 25 November at 19:00, Friday 26 November at 19:00 and Saturday 27 November at 15:00 and 19:00. So get your tickets for only R100. Children under the age of five enter for free. Tickets are available at www.phoenixpro.co.za.
Pierce van Heerden