If you know me, you will know that I love live entertainment – a variety of it. The Puss In Boots Pantomime therefore caught my attention and this is how my Sunday afternoon was spent – I would definitely call it an investment of my time.
THE LYRIC THEATRE – GOLD REEF CITY
Strangely enough, this was my first visit to The Lyric Theatre at Gold Reef City – even though I have visited Gold Reef City many times before. It may be useful to know that it’s easy access to The Lyric Theatre if you park undercover on the 2nd floor.
The doors opened promptly at 14h00, and upon our entrance, we were surrounded with the bright and colourful décor. Young or old, if you wanted to take a photo at the display at the entrance, you could do that free of charge. Your photo was printed almost immediately and given to you in a Gold Reef City frame. A lovely keepsake of the event – thank you Gold Reef City!
As we made our way upstairs, we were greeted by friendly staff who offered us some complimentary welcome drinks and snack boxes – packaged for Hero’s. It was lovely to see so many kids all dressed up as their favourite Super Hero. I am glad that I didn’t decide to dress up too – I would have been the only adult to have done so! The foyer was beginning to fill up quickly, and the anticipation for the show evident.
The fact that the first 5 performances of this show was already sold, which speaks volumes about the production, and only served to increase the anticipation.
We made our way into the theatre a few minutes before 15h00. We were fortunate to have seats in the middle of the 4th row from the front – I think they were the purrrrfect seats! With the bright and beautifully designed curtain in front of us, the anticipation levels had peaked, and everyone was just waiting for the dimming of the light and the opening music.
The Purrrfect Pantomime Adventure
Before we knew it, the show started…..with a bang! Rich colours and beautifully designed costumes graced the stage before our eyes, bringing to life a fairy tale most of us all familiar with. This time with a twist – including South African humour which I thoroughly enjoyed! With the subtle use of adult humour, without the profanity or use of tasteless jokes, it was hilarious. This makes the show equally enjoyable to adults. Even if you don’t have children, you should watch it. It is thoroughly entertaining from start to end. I’ve been to a few shows that start off slow and where you have to wait for it to really “begin”…I can’t say the same about Puss in Boots.
My husband isn’t much of a fan of theatre performances as I am, but each time something funny was said and I looked at him, I saw him smile and giggle too!
Although the KickstArt Theatre has produced 12 sold-out, multi-award winning pantos in Durban over the past 14 years, this is their first one in Johannesburg. What a remarkable introduction to Gauteng indeed! I can be very fussy and critical, and if I don’t like something, I will say so. Similarly, when I enjoy or love something, I let it be known, and in this case, I must admit, this performance exceeded my expectations. There was absolutely nothing about the show that I could fault. Ok, there was…I missed my son! Children under 4 years old were not allowed, but understandably so.
If you’re looking for a date night idea and want to lighten things up a bit, get your paws on some tickets and watch this show.
I LOVED the song choices – carefully selected and perfectly rendered! Toe tapping indeed! A show that certainly engages the audience very well…..from start to finish. One of the highlights, for me, was the “Poker Face” scene. I’m laughing as I write this…! The entire cast was absolutely amazing. -Each of them performed their role, nothing short of what I would call a stellar performance. There was synergy, there was passion, there was creativity and humour. Each set was remarkably designed, so were the costumes. Well done to the production team and everyone involved!
Puss in Boots will be showing at the Lyric Theatre at Gold Reef City until 23 July 2017. Perfect winter entertainment for all – whether you have children or not and perhaps for those of you that still have the child in you. I suggest you Scamper over to watch Puss in Boots – it’s a must see.
For more information on tickets prices and show times, visit: Gold Reef City Website