Wednesday, August 25, 2010

A new state of the art theatre

A new state of the art theatre, the Kalahari Restaurant and Theatre, will shortly open its doors in George in the heart of the Garden Route. Theatre lovers in the Southern Cape are waiting in anticipation for this welcome addition especially as this 400 seater theatre will stage the latest productions as they come off the main circuit.

This upmarket theatre will be catering for the more discern theatre goer and music lover. The concept behind the theatre is one of quality entertainment in a pleasant and warm environment. Apart from the theatre the complex will also house a separate bar, with an 11 metre serving surface and a 120 seater family restaurant with an outside deck. A special kiddies section has been added. A focal point of the restaurant will be the grand piano mounted on a circular stage in the restaurant section.

The theatre will have tables and chairs positioned on different levels for better viewing. Food and beverages will be available from the restaurant and the bar.

The trial run at the restaurant will be towards the end of August and the theatre will follow suit. The theatre has already come up with a star studded line-up. Some of the productions will include the new Nataniƫl show, which is at present playing to full house capacities at the Emperor's Palace, the Buddy Holly Show, Vulcano with On-Que and the premier of Steve Hofmeyr's latest show Duisend en Een to name but a few. Casper de Vries has also committed himself as well as Sharleen Surtie-Richards with her local Shirley Valentyn and theatre diva Sandra Prinsloo with her sell out performance of Die Naaimasjien.

Willie Venter, who is involved in the annual Huisgenoot Skouspel. Bravo concerts at the Garden Route Casino as well as the Miss SA beauty pageants will in future also bring some of his exciting shows to the theatre on a regular basis.

The opening show on 10 and 11 September will be done by the evergreen band of highly talented performers, Clint & Co, long standing friends of one of the partners, Dietlof Henn. For many year local artist, Gerrie Pretorius from Mossel Bay had toyed with the idea of bringing quality entertainment to the people of the Southern Cape. Pretorius, who is also a developer, has teamed up with another entrepreneur from George, well-known restaurateur and construction specialist Dietlof Henn. Dietlof had a restaurant in Mossel Bay in the nineties and later opened the Carousel in George. Together with business partner Christo Strydom from the well-known Bains Game Lodge in Bloemfontein, they tackled this challenging project.

The restaurant will be open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Authentic Kalahari dishes as well as Dietloff specialities will be on the menu. When the theatre is not scheduled for shows and performances, it will be available as a venue for private functions.

Watch the press for details about the website and how to join Friends of the Kalahari Restaurant and Theatre. The programme as well as pictures and information on competitions will be posted on the website.

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