I have had the privilege of being able to watch, and participate in (a little backstage assistance), the College Of Magic's 30th anniversary theatrical production, Imagine!. It has a one-week run at Artscape Theatre and the last show is on Saturday evening, so you still have time to catch it, and I highly recommend that you do.
The show features past and present students of the college and showcases a number of acts that have done well at the annual World Teenage Magic Championship in Las Vegas in the US, as well as original material that has never been performed in South Africa before. A storyline has been formed around the magic, tying everything together into a narrative that is designed to appeal to children and adults alike.
The show is fantastic - this is no amateur effort - and a testament to the quality performers (and young people) that the college develops in its courses, which teach magic, illusion, mime and clowning, juggling, and ventriloquism, as well as foster entrepreneurialism, self esteem, and general life skills that the young performers will find that they can use to their advantage as they leave school and enter the workforce, as well as throughout their life. The college's students come from all sorts of backgrounds - there is a significant outreach component to the non-profit organisation's efforts - but while safe at their classes at the college each week, which is a haven for some who have to return to challenging lives, they are able to interact in a uniquely "new" South African way, forging relationships that will last a lifetime and contributing to the positive growth of our country.
I could go on about the important contribution the college makes to society but, really - go and see the show! It is a fund-raising effort as much as it is a celebration, and your participation and contribution will make a big difference.
And I guarantee that you will have a great time!
Book through Computicket. Ticket prices range from R70 to R99 (with block-booking discounts).
The remaining shows are as follows:
Thursday, 8 April 2010, 19:30
Friday, 9 April 2010, 19:30
Saturday, 10 April 2010, 14:30
Saturday, 10 April 2010, 19:30
Be aware that as it's the end of the run the seats are becoming limited as word of mouth spreads, so it's best to get your tickets as quickly as possible.