Good day Atterbury Newsletter Friends,

Good news! The renowned songwriter/pianist/ vocalist Coenie de Villiers will release his new album at Atterbury Theatre on 15 September also featuring the special artists from the album: The Mzanzi- Youth Choir, Kyle Seconna, Jaconell Mouton, Mauritz Lotz, Denny Lalouette en David Klassen.

1 September 2019, 17h00 – Rocco de Villiers: Beautiful, Beautiful Favourites

The popular Rocco de Villiers and the energetic, talented violinist Lizelle le Roux will treat the audience to a selection of their favourites: “Liewe Hemel Liewe Aarde”,” Chariots of Fire”, “Anna Aeroplane”, “Music Box Dancer”, “Kortbroek Langkouse”,” Love Changes Everything”, “Wat om te dra agter op ‘n Bakkie”, “Amazing Grace”, “Reën kan jy nie koop nie”, “Hoe Groot  is U”,  “Kla 1”, “Kla 2”, “Kla 3”, “Kla 4” and many more.  And then…the surprises! Perhaps Beethoven with a beat or Lord of the Dance?

5 September 2019, 20h00 – keelVOL

Dirk Havenga is the new music teacher in the town of Bloemendal. Once upon a time, in the big city, he experienced extreme hardship as a musician and is now attempting to turn over a new leaf in this dorpie on the platteland. He is methodical and passionate about music but hides behind a curtain of sarcasm and an unwavering work ethic. Mariette Labuschagne works in the local bookshop.

She has been dreaming about a career on stage for her entire life. All she wants to do is sing and perform – with exuberance! She is spontaneous, lively and always ready with a story or a joke. Mariette is ready for her first vocal lesson – but is Dirk? This combination of forces could either be a recipe for disaster OR it could be the best thing that has ever happened to either of them.

Germandt Geldenhuys (better known as Louis Koster in the popular kykNet-soap Binnelanders) and Je-ani Swiegelaar (better known as Sr Naomi Ferreira in Binnelanders) can be seen on stage together, for the very first time, in this bittersweet comedy. This production promises to touch the audiences’ hearts, minds, funny bones and tear ducts.

Come and be a part of this unique theatre experience where storytelling, music, voices and dreams are weaved together in a glorious tapestry. Come and discover why it is so important to find your own voice, in world that often wants to silence it.

6 September 2019, 20h00 – OPTOG! Sandra Prinsloo: Moedertaal

After the great success of “Die Naaimasjien” and  “Oskar en die Pienk Tannie”, the brilliant Sandra Prinsloo returns to the stage with  the third One-Woman  show “Moedertaal”, the story of a woman’s life. Nellie is on the breach with her memories and shares the story of her life filled with love, humor and tears. Written and produced by Nico Scheepers.

7 & 8 September 2019, Various Times – España 2019: The Cinderella Story

Helena and Maria Lorca Montoya are proud to introduce a brand new production to the Atterbury Theatre’s stage in September 2019 – A Cinderella Story! With dancers ranging from the ages of 5 years, up to the senior students and professional dancers from the Montoya Spanish Dance Theatre, we bring you a production with a twist! A celebration of dance using Flamenco, Regional and classical Spanish dance to tell a love story – there’s a prince, a king, a stepmother, two grumpy stepsisters jealous of the beautiful Cinderella,  a Fairy dance mother, mice, friends, fight scenes, glittery shoes, champagne and so much more!

10 September 2019, 20h00 – NON met Vakansie

Nuns do not usually have holidays, only occasionally a few days for a family crises. However Sister Magdalene, a Catholic nun in her fifties has come to a crossroad where life choices have to be made. She has to get away far enough, not to be influenced by anyone, to be able to think.

She manages to negotiate a breakaway and finds herself in a strange environment, a strange world that has changed and moved on since she, an eighteen year old Afrikaans Protestant girl, felt a calling to devote her life to her faith. Her crises is not her faith, but many other aspects of her life.

On an obscure island she meets a man building a beach bar, a young cheeky ex-surfer looking for a lifelong holiday. He pretends to be someone he is not, actually being the exact opposite. This is not the story that you expect, but lots of surprises, twists, humor, pathos and magical moments await the audience.

The play is intelligent, warmhearted and entertaining featuring the multi-awarded Lizz Meiring, celebrating 35 years in the industry, as Sister Magdalene and Wynand van Vollenstee as Manuel, currently seen in the popular TV Series “Ouboet en Wors as “Gielie”.

This new text was written by Lizz Meiring and directed by the legendary Gert van Niekerk.

13 & 14 September 2019, Various Times – Next Generation 4 (Kelsey Middleton Dance)

Next Generation 4 is an incentive that was started by Kmad Dance Company’s artistic director, Kelsey Middleton, in 2014, to allow young aspiring and up-and -coming choreographers to create a work on professional dancers.

Next generation 4, is proudly hosting Wayne Bester, Justone du Plessis, Mieke Prinsloo, Celia van Tonder, Monique Laurence and Mari-Claire van Heerden, as choreographers. The dancers forming part of their casts include: seasoned Kmad Dance Company dancers Nelmari Bornman, Celia van Tonder, Hardy Keeve, Monique Laurence and new comers Wayne Bester, Justone du Plessis and Penny Wolhuter.

This is a generation filled with raw talent, innovation and above all, endless passion. Do not miss this opportunity to experience Contemporary dance at its best.

15 September 2019, Various Times – Coenie de Villiers 2.2

Coenie de Villiers returns with his 22nd studio album, one year after the release of the album Pure Coenie, which won the SAMA Award as best Contemporary Afrikaans album of 2018 featuring The Mzanzi Youth Choir, Kyle Seconna, Jaconell Mouton, Denny Lalouette and David Klassen.

“That album’s distribution company folded, and the only way to get ahead, was to create something completely new,” says De Villiers. And that’s exactly what he did. “I think the new material is really fresh and exciting!” The album is called Coenie 2.2 and refers to this CD being his twenty-second. “It also references a next generation of creative work – a bit like software companies would release new generations of their products,” he says with a laugh.

Coenie enjoys releasing new albums at the Atterbury Theatre, and this album is no exception. “I was blessed once again to work with the very best talent in our country,” says Coenie. “The Mzanzi Choir sings on the album on a track that I will be sharing with icon Judith Sephuma and the incredible Busiswa.  How lucky can you be!”

Then there is the duet with Kyle Seconna, the extraordinary singer from Cape Town. “We did an Afrikaans classic in Afrikaans as well as in Polynesian – I don’t think Afrikaans and Maori have ever been sung on one song.  Kyle has an incredible voice and I am very happy to share the track with him.”

The album has a bonus for fans. Two tracks off each of the previous four albums – released over the past ten years – have been included on the CD. “It’s hard to believe that I released the previous compilation Dekade more than ten years before. People will now get the best of the past decade on one album, plus eight spanking new tracks,” says Coenie. The album will also include some important collaborations, notably with Die Heuwels Fantasties, Francois van Coke, Grammy-winner Wouter Kellerman as well as the American saxophone giant, Dave Koz.

“There are some songs that people want to hear again and again,” says Coenie. “I have only recorded Karoonag once as a solo vocal song, and that was in 1980. I made a fresh recording on this album, and I think it will be the last time that I record that song. It’s a very quiet and intimate recording produced by Jaconell Mouton. And yes, I have also included the song Namakwaland which is the rendition that Dave Koz plays on.”

Jaconell Mouton and Mauritz Lotz have worked with De Villiers over many years. “I am blessed to have them work with me on this album as well,” he says. “The previous album was very quiet and intimate, but on this album things are a bit raunchier – which is great fun!”

The first commercially available albums will be sold at the launch concerts. “And the best musicians in the country will be sharing the stage,” De Villiers enthuses. “The audience will discover the talents of a Kyle Seconna, and of course the Mzanzi Choir on their own make the price of a ticket worthwhile.”

(* The Mzanzi Youth Choir is proudly sponsored by AVBOB under the direction of James Bathingswaite.)

20 September 2019, 20h00 – The Elton John Tribute

It’s with a great pleasure to announce that Backstage Industries will be hosting the Elton John Tribute AGAIN, same time, same place – Atterbury Theatre – but this time it’s on a FRIDAY, so get ready to go BIGGER and BETTER!

So for the next month, get your funky shades, your rock star shoes and cameras ready…because on Friday 20 September, we’re gonna rock your world with the best, top hits of Sir Elton John by Francois Olivier like “Candle in the wind”, “Rocket Man” and “Don’t go breaking my heart”.

You don’t want to miss this!

23 September 2019, 19h00 – Nataniël Lentekombuis

Is your culinary creativity still captured in its winter hibernation? Does your mouth water by the thought of a funky dish to kick off the new season? Nataniël shows in Lentekombuis how to prepare quick and quirky food that will make your guests queue at your front door for more!

During these unique “cooking and chatting” events, he literally stands on stage and demonstrates simple, yet delicious dishes, while he constantly chatters spontaneously in his trademark hilarious manner.

The recipes from the particular evening’s demonstrations are available in the foyer after the show, and thereafter also on our website – share it with your people!

25 – 27 September, 20h00 – Karen Zoid Live

Since her debut in 2000, Karen Zoid has shot to fame with her authentic rock anthems, soulful ballads and enigmatic performances. Be the first to hear some of the songs from her brand new album, with golden oldies and other hits. A Karen Zoid show always promises to be a night to remember and Atterbury Theatre is one of her favourite performance venues in the country.

28 & 29 September, Various Times – The Parlotones, The Unplugged(ish)Tour

We’re thrilled to announce THE UNPLUGGED(ish) TOUR by THE PARLOTONES that will see us perform special intimate shows around South Africa in support of the release of The Parlotones ‘SOMETHING OLD, SOMETHING NEW, SOMETHING BORROWED, SOMETHING BLUE’ Unplugged(ish) album.

Recorded at High Seas Studios in Johannesburg, the recording is rich with favourites from the band’s back catalogue, as well as a stunning take of select singles off the recently released SAMA nominated album CHINA.

Join The Parlotones for a special evening and experience something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue as they take you on a journey through songs that spans 21 years.

30 September 2019, 20h00 – OPTOG! O, My Folk!

Featuring Koos Kombuis, Herman Kleinhans, Bottomless Coffee Band and Johrné van Huyssteen. Musical Director: Matthys Maree.

OPTOG! celebrates the modern songs of Afrikaans folk music with this original production!

Afrikaans music has come a long way since the Voëlvry – movement in the eighties. Koos Kombuis has traveled many miles since those sensational and meaningful campus tours that endeavored to free Afrikaans from its past.

On this stage he discovers young artists, Herman Kleinhans and the Bottomless Coffee Band. Just like Koos many years ago, they are creating a new way and new guidelines with music and lyrics. Jorné van Huyssteen, former member of Disselblom joins them with his experience crossing the country on many tours.

Spring is in the air and this is the ideal time to come to a good show and have dinner at one of our great restaurants, sitting in the open area to enjoy the mild spring weather, pure magic!