The Jenna Lowe Trust presents Celebrity Sunday
Sunday 7 September sees celebrities coming together for a spectacular evening of uplifting entertainment for the Jenna Lowe Trust.
Compered by the inimitable Marianne Thamm, top-class local and international entertainers include Suanne Braun, Kim Kallie, Albert Combrink, Cape Town’s best comedians and contemporary dancers, as well as Brendan van Rhyn – the 2014 Fleur du Cap winner, currently starring in the Fugard Theatre’s hit musical The Rocky Horror Show – to mention but a few! See the Baxter website for programme updates.
Proceeds to the Jenna Lowe Trust to support 19-year-old Jenna’s transplant costs. See www.jennalowe.org to follow her journey.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Zip Zap Circus is a social circus that was founded in Cape Town in 1992, to inspire young people and help build a new culture of peaceful coexistence in South Africa. Working with a diverse community of children from all backgrounds, Zip Zap helps kids to ‘dare to dream’ and learn to make those dreams a reality. Zip Zap’s programmes are all free to participants, with financial and material support coming from individuals, organization, corporations and foundations. In South Africa and the world, Zip Zap is recognized across Governments, Ministries of Education, Tourism, Arts & Culture and private societies, as a major contributor to the development within the iconic ‘Mother City’ and providing sustainability of the circus arts in South Africa.
Alan Committie is one of SA’s leading award-winning comic performers. He is best known for his stand up based one-man shows including No Seriously?, Dick and I, Fully Committied, Titanic on Ice, Stressed to Kill and Happily Ever Laughter, as well as his starring role in Defending the Caveman (over 650 performances!). Committie received a Fleur de Cap Best actor award for Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead and a Naledi theatre Award for Best comic performance for Stressed to Kill.
Alan has appeared in numerous stand-up and directed a number of projects including Offbeat Broadway 4, Cracks and the City and Not the Midnight Mass: 21year celebration. He has appeared in a number of farces for Pieter Toerien and had served as creator and executive producer of SABC3’s sitcom Those Who Can’t; and as writer and star of Van der Walt’s Fault (Mnet) and Laugh Out Loud (Mnet).
All funds raised go to The Jenna Lowe Trust to support medical costs for 19 year old Jenna who is awaiting a double lung transplant.
Meet some the Artists
Brendan van Rhyn is a free-lance actor based in Jozi with a 3-year Musical Theatre Diploma from the Tshwane University of Technology (1998-2000). His alter-ego, the deliciously decadent Cathy Specific, is undoubtedly South Africa’s First Lady of Flying and everyone’s favourite “Queen of the Skies” – a clear indication that he is at his best in lipstick and lashes! It all began for Brendan with a touring production of The Beggar’s Opera (1996) whilst on an exchange programme in England as well as being selected to study at the prestigious London School of Musical Theatre, at the Old Vic (1997). Instead, he returned to South Africa to complete his studies and pursue a career on home soil.
Brendan is a two-time Naledi Award nominee for Best Male Performance in a Musical (The Rocky Horror Show in 2008 and Tree Aan in 2011) and the recipient of a Showtime Award for Best Professional Male Performance in a Musical (Thoroughly Modern Millie – 2009). He also enjoyed a two-and-half year residency as the ‘leading lady’ in the dinner-cirque spectacular, Madame Zingara (2011-2013). Brendan is once again delighted to currently be playing the ‘sweet transvestite’ in The Fugard Theatre’s production of The Rocky Horror Show which has already enjoyed nine sold-out months and for which he has just won the coveted Fleur du Cap Award 2014 for Best Male Actor in a Musical. This cult show is currently running in Cape Town till 02 November before returning to Montecasino from 14 November – 01 February 2015
A huge thank you to Kim Kallie who is performing the weekend a The Baxter – Celebrity Sunday! Not only is she showcasing her skills and talent but she has helped SO much behind the scenes for three years now .. a good friend, 2nd mom and voice coach to Kristi and a real talent!
KIM KALLIE is a renowned South African singer who has sung since the age of 8, recorded platinum albums, travelled around the country with great bands, learnt the art of singing into a TV camera, been the voice of many an advert and has done her fair share of the leading lady roles in the theatre. Kim took a few years off to raise her children and travel the world and how lucky are we to have her back on the stage re-joining the world of entertaining. Kim has recently taken on the additional role of singing teacher and the Lowe family is so blessed that Kristi Lowe has been one of her special projects.
CAPA – The Cape Academy of Performing Arts – opened its doors in Bergvliet, Cape Town, on 19 January 1986 under the direction of Debbie Turner. Today CAPA is housed in a custom-designed building in Westlake and is an all-encompassing dance and theatre education environment in which young artists are exposed to a variety of dance techniques as well as dramatic studies and vocal training, developing and nurturing their theatrical skills for future employment. CAPA regularly performs at Artscape Theatre in Cape Town, as well as annually at the Grahamstown Festival and a highly acclaimed season at the Edinburgh International Arts Festival in the UK in 2010.
For more information, visit www.capa.co.za or contact Haley Sundelson, School Administrator on Ph: +27(0)21-7010599, Fax: 086 605 8835, E-mail: email@example.com
ALBERT COMBRINK is a classically trained pianist with an extraordinary understanding of singers and singers’ repertoire. He has worked as a vocal coach, accompanist, choral coach and voice trainer for many years. He is renowned for putting on interesting concerts with local and international artists such as Katherine Jenkins, Pretty Yende and many more. His collaborations include CD’s with Cape Philharmonic, the Cape Town Tango Ensemble and vocalist Louise Howlett. Albert enjoys collaborating with a variety of musicians, singers and instrumentalists and has been working with Kim Kallie to refine newcomer Kristi Lowe’s vocal talent for the past year.