Popular ‘Back to the 80s’ showstopper to enthrall

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IF YOU missed it the first time, you will be happy to know that Showstoppers – Back to the 80s will return for one final performance tomorrow.

This wonderful show, directed by Dramsoc (Dramatic Society of East London) committee member, Jo Stemmet, is jam-packed with great music and amazing talent.

“The show is compiled of all the 1980’s favourites and had the audiences on their feet,” Stemmet said.

“The energy from the cast is magnificent, not to mention the amazing dancing from our internationally- acclaimed dancers, Ashley Behrens, Chace Collett and Tyla Meecham.”

Stemmet has been involved in the theatre scene for quite some time, both as a musician and a performer.

She obtained a Bachelor of Music degree and now teaches music and drama in East London.

“Theatre is the most amazing thing, not only does it serve as a platform for growth on both a personal and professional level, but it serves as an emotional outlet and a place where we get to have a lot of fun while sharing our passion with whoever would be willing to watch and share in it,” she said.

WINNING RECIPE: World-champion dancers, Chace Collett, centre, and Ashley Behrens performing in last year’s ‘Showstoppers – Back to the ’80s’ at the Alexander Playhouse. The hit show, which includes rock band Arockalypse, is back for one night Picture: WOLFWORX PHOTOGRAPHY

Over the years, Dramsoc has produced many entertaining year-end shows (popularly known as “showstoppers”) at the Alexander Playhouse.

“After the show last year, we received quite a bit of requests to consider bringing the show back early this year, so that’s exactly what we did!

“We are super- excited to be back and keen to have audiences come join in the fun,” she said.

Until now, these “showstoppers” were mostly compilations of popular musical theatre melodies, but at the end of last year, Dramsoc decided to bring something a bit more ‘rock ’n roll’ to East London audiences.

“We decided to approach it from a different angle and include a wide variety of favourite 80’s hits. We are also fortunate enough to have a brilliant rock band who share in our love for theatre – Arockalypse.

“They have also become well-known among East London rockers for their amazing theatrical rock shows produced at the Alexander Playhouse since 2013.

“Take the greatest 1980s hits; add a live rock band and world- champion dancers to it and you have a winning recipe,” Stemmet said.

The Friday night show starts at 7pm and tickets are available at Lee Gold Music at R90 per person. There will be seating at tables, so people are welcome to bring their own drinks and snacks

“I am pretty sure that some audience members will come back just to hear our saxophonist, Mark Lynch, play the Gerry Rafferty hit, Baker Street,” Stemmet said.

WINNING RECIPE: World-champion dancer, Chace Collett, centre, performing in last year’s ‘Showstoppers – Back to the ’80s’ at the Alexander Playhouse. The hit show, which includes rock band Arockalypse, is back for one night Picture: WOLFWORX PHOTOGRAPHY

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