#MixTape @TheatreOnSquare Remember that song?

Dear friends and other interesting creatures,

Have you ever made a tape for someone else? Usually to share how you feeling as music speaks when we cannot? Or have you ever made a tape to listen to in the car on a long drive?

That nostalgic feeling in your heart and small smile on your face, is exactly what is celebrated in this production. I sincerely hope you make the time to see it … and remember where you were when this song was playing. :)

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MIX TAPE

Mix Tape:  a compilation of favourite pieces of music, typically by many different artists, recorded on to tape or another medium by an individual.

Where were you when that song was playing?

starring MORTIMER WILLIAMS, VANESSA FROST, and KRISTY SUTTNER accompanied a three piece band.

Directed by TERRI ELLA

MIX TAPE is a heart-warming musical comedy about three unlikely friends and the mix tapes that inspired young love, jealousy, angst and embarrassing hairstyles.

Taking you back to when headbands were cool, Alanis was a rebel, and mix tapes defined a generation – we meet Marvin (Mortimer Williams), Vix (Vanessa Frost) and Katie (Kristy Suttner). The year is 2014, Vix is on her way to Cathcart, Marvin and Katie are on their way too. They’ve been best friends “for-like-ever” but they haven’t seen each other since 1997…that’s like 17 years. Expect lots of laughs as these friends remember the magical moments of their youth.

About the cast:

Mortimer Williams is a versatile performer. His theatrical highlights include African Footprint, Grease – The Stadium Spectacular, Dreamgirls and Honk. He also has an impressive TV resume, best known for his role in Erfsondes.

Vanessa Frost is a dynamic actress best known for originating the role of Cavewoman in her internationally acclaimed hit show Defending the Cavewoman. Some of her other notable credits include 100% Sex Therapy, The Ex-Files and The Cheap Show.

Kristy Suttner has had a colourful, creative and sometimes crazy career since graduating from AFDA in Live Performance. She is a singer, actress, director and writer whose career highlights include heading up her own corporate entertainment business, co-creating and directing “Is Ja!” which toured SA, and performing in Fiddler on the Roof at the Joburg Theatre.

Terri Ella (Director) has a background in television as a director of documentaries, branded content and music videos. Mix Tape is her first theatrical project.

For a fabulous, funny musical evening with a difference, tickets can be booked by calling Strictly Tickets on 082 553 5901. You can also book online via Strictly Tickets:www.strictlytickets.com or contact the theatre’s box office on 011 883 8606.

Tickets are R140 and there are special discounts for students, seniors and group booking arrangement can be made.

Enquire about the HARD ROCK CAFÉ dinner/show special on the Nelson Mandela Square to get into the swing of things!

Running from the 30th of September 2014 to 19th of October 2014.

I wish you enough,
Wenchy

Not your usual braai day! @SirNoid #HeritageDay

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Dear friends and other interesting creatures,

I had ended our engagement. I know I have the ‘flight’ response when faced with any emotional turmoil. It has caused me much heartache in the past and even today it is something I have to fight the moment I feel my heart to be in jeopardy. At least now I am aware I do this.  Not one of my best qualities.

While we had parted ways, for some reason @SirNoid never gave up. Instead of just letting me be,  he kept pushing. There were days with harsh words,  frustration and hurtful actions back and forth … and others filled with regret, apologies, tears, madness and wishing it had turned out differently. It was a very difficult time for us all.

@SirNoid asked if we could meet as he had been on a course and felt he wanted to share some thoughts with me. We had not seen each other for a month or so by then.  I nervously agreed after trying to put it off till later in the week, but @SirNoid when on a mission, he doesn’t stop….  :) He had to see me this minute.

I had wanted to meet publicly while he wanted to speak privately.  Sjoe.  I didn’t know what to think.  I went to his place and when he opened the door,  it was kinda awkward.  Do you hug or shake hands or just kinda randomly nod?

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We had a very quick long distance hug and I remember he told me I smell nice.  He offered me a drink and when settled,  he had a notepad and started reading from it.  It was a very deep conversation and I could see he had given it much consideration and thought.

We spoke for over five hours.  We unravelled and disected our life in microscopic detail. The good,  the mediocre and the horrible. We both had regrets, apologies, tears…  The only thing louder than long emotional pauses was the sexual energy in the room.

He asked me to marry him (again) a few days later.

We eloped shortly after and married at Champagne Sports Resort in the Drakensberg,  without sharing the information with anyone.

It was quite something to have a groom arrange a wedding in under a week with only two close friends let in on the details at the very last minute.

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@SirNoid sorted everything.  I only bought his wedding band, arranged my flowers and cupcakes. @SirNoid booked a minister, bought my dress,   booked the Chapel where we only did the legal requirements (hence our two guests doubled as witnesses,  photographer’s,  best man,  bridesmaid lol …) and then we flew up to the ‘little Berg’ in a helicopter where we exchanged vows privately (each wrote their own and recited  it in tears… #gratitude #drama #happy and drank champagne where the pilot doubled as photographer. It was very emotional.  One of the very few times I have seen @SirNoid cry.

It was a very happy day. My husband did everything he could to make our wedding day and honeymoon (that truly extended over a year of many trips) special. In our hotel room he had arranged champagne,  a wrapped gift for me,  flowers,  chocolate… rose petals everywhere.  Magic! The man was impressive!

Our friends left the Drakensberg the following morning and we remained for a bit of a honeymoon.  Glorious days of sunshine in the Berg…. alone with a giant Giraffe (my favourite animal) stuffed toy @SirNoid bought me. :)

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Before hand we agreed we would keep the news secret for a bit,  let me sell my house etc but once our wedding rings were on,  neither of us wanted to take it off!

We told our kids first,  then our parents,  then our friends… I made a lovely announcements picture with us and the helicopter in the background on the top of the ‘little Berg’ that the pilot had taken.

Our news created chaos as friends and family felt betrayed, angry,  confused and we understood why… Believe me,  I had no idea an elopement was due the next week either…  but that is not what we celebrating today.  :)

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Happy Anniversary my dear husband.  Thank you for always fighting for me,  thank you for providing for me in excess,  driving me to pedicures and porn nails with your madness lol! I love you and I am happy we have kept on, keeping on.

We started our life together in complicated circumstances with x people,  many children,  divorces, financial disasters, new jobs,  moving houses… We did our best to meet everybody’s needs,  sometimes forgetting our own.

We have had MANY obstacles during our almost seven years together… and we have overcome even when it seemed an impossible task mostly because you simply refuse to give up on me. I have great respect for that. In itself, a great declaration of love. I love you and I am grateful for my life with you… Even when you can be a pain in the neck.  Literally.  :)

A comment was made recently that people do not understand why we are together… I have thought about it and it is very simple: We know what it feels like to be apart.

I wish us many years of loving,  learning, understanding,  compromise, caring, giving, allowing, accepting and forgiving, laughter, wild sexual escapades, barrels of cash and great contentment in our hearts.

Your Wenchy x

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Begin Again @mnetmovies @SterKinekor @RosebankTheZone #MMScreanings #GirlfriendsGetaway

Dear friends and other interesting creatures,

Once writer-director John Carney delivers in abundance in his latest musical offering with a splash of romance, Begin Again. Having seen the movie multiple times, I am not sure what I fall in love with more, the music or the characters, or Dan in a towel… not sure if that is in the movie, or only in my imagination – but it is an all round treat.

Dan (Mark Ruffalo), a rather handsome in a “I haven’t bathed in weeks kinda look, but I could have it going on with a little help” is a down and out music producer who has lost his edge, his home, his wife, his daughter and I am sure a cat if they had one. A country song in the making truly. It really helps that he is marvelous to look at. Besides, he seems a little bi-polar in rapid cycling mode, a ride I myself greatly enjoy.

Our Dan, having been asked to leave the record label he had set up with a friend years before, empties that hip flask like nobody’s business. He teaches his daughter Violet (Hailee Steinfeld) the art of ordering, drinking and running, a skill set we should all know…. alas at the end of that particular day, he finds himself in a pub ordering drinks he can ill afford.

Gretta (Keira Knightley) is not having the time of her life either. That very day found her walking away from her college sweetheart,  Dave (Adam Levine) Mr. Make It Big in NYC (Adam Levine) after he cheated on her. No matter what happens during the movie, I could not force myself to like him.

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She runs to the only other person she knows in NYC, the fabulously, funny and chunky Steve (James Corden) who immediately offers her a spot of tea, as one does. Steve is a street or anywhere they will let him sing kinda performer, and is hitting open mic night, dragging Gretta along in an attempt not to come home finding her hanging from the rafters.

The audience is not won over as Steve drags the unwilling Gretta onto the stage to sing a simple song. Okay look, her body language did not scream “Take me now!”. She however sings a most beautiful tune with a really amazing voice and sublime lyrics. I immediately loved it and knew I had to buy the soundtrack at once.

Dan clearly hears what I heard, as he looks and listens (no pun intended for those in South Africa) and beams as he hears other instruments joining in, angels opening the heavens – okay not that dramatic but you get my point. I loved the look on his face knowing he had struck gold. Problem is, having no real record label to back him up, he can’t sign Gretta who does not even have a demo tape.

Our Dan may be in a tight spot but the wheels starts turning, he calls in a favour and soon the decision is made to record an album on streets with no names, all over NYC. A few strange but lovely artists join in and soon we have a band rocking the city. It is awesome in it’s brilliance. The locations are varied and fun! Love! Light! Laughter!

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I do not want to give the ending away as to whom falls for whom or what happens to the music – but I do want to urge you to go and see Begin Again.  Just know you are able to Begin Again, anytime regardless. Your past does not dictate your future darlings!

 

Gretta: I told you, I write songs from time to time.

Dan: What do you write them for?

Gretta: What do you mean what for? For my pleasure. And for my cat.

Dan: Oh really? Does he like them?

Gretta: She. Yes, she seems to.

Dan: How do you know?

Gretta: Because she purrs.

Dan: Maybe she’s booing.

Gretta: No, she purrs at Leonard Cohen, too, and she has very good taste.

Dan: Maybe she’s fucking with you.

 

Check it out: Begin Again

Can a Song Save Your Life?

Wenchy

@EvitaSePerron @TannieEvita

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Dear friends and other interesting creatures,

I suspected visiting @EvitaSePerron in #Darling in the Western Cape would be emotional for me… And it has been. I’m a lost cause darlings!

I had received a lovely book from Pieter Dirk Uys for a little help I had given at one of his performances.  I had hoped to meet up again and say Thank You but he isn’t home at the moment.

It is a mosaic of our politics history.  So rich and colourful.  Beautiful as we laugh at ourselves.  Fun.  Joyful.  Made my mis my Oupa Mike and Ouma Chrissie so much.  The old music playing mixed with Poggenpoel se koeksisters. 

It is my first visit to the town of #Darling but I leave with a wish thst it may be a place where everyone knows my name. 

Daar kom die Alabama oor die see,
Wenchy

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@giftedfolks at @theatreonsquare

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The Gifted Folks Music Group
21st September at 16:00

One performance only at Sandton’s Auto & General Theatre on the Square
Introducing the Gifted Folks music group! A musical ensemble of talented classical crossover singers, song writers and instrumentalists, finely selected for their amazing natural gifts. With a Christian sacred music background, the group beautifully blends different music genres such as Opera, Church-music, Pop and African-folk, performed in a sophisticated classical style. Their uniqueness should amaze and uplift like never before. The Gifted Folks will be performing for the first time at Sandton’s Auto & General Theatre on the Square on Sunday 21st September at 4pm. Here is a chance to witness a cultural milestone in the rich and diverse music scene of South Africa. Several music groups will be showcasing their talents through a mix of cultural genres and classical performances…but something new is just about to happen!

Comprising of vocally talented singers accompanied with fine instruments like violin, viola, cello, guitars, flutes, piano, drums and rattles, the arrangement of the Gifted Folks, through its selected crossover repertoire will bring to you a renewed version of memorable songs such as Brindisi (from “La Traviata” by Guiseppe Verdi) and Habanera (from “Carmen” by Georges Bizet) to name a few operatic airs; popular songs like The Prayer by David Foster and most commonly known as a duet between the famous Andrea Bocelli and Celine Dion; and great African tunes such as Malaika, a Swahili song popularized by international artists such as South-African Miriam Makeba; and Pauni Na Ngai Ya Talo, a Rumba Church-music song by Congolese Christian-song writer/singer Paul Balenza.

Come and be seduced by the multicultural lyrics through polyphonic performances in English, French, German, Latin, Italian, Swahili and Zulu. Come and be mesmerized with the new poetic style; whether you are a fan of classic music, or you prefer the modernized music style similar to the Rhythms & Blues, this group of young experienced musicians, gathered as the Gifted Folks, will excite you during their 90 minutes dynamic performance. This will take place at 4pm on Sunday 21st September.

Tickets (R140) can purchased through the theatre’s box office, by calling tel. 011 883 8606 or by via Strictly Tickets on 082 553 5901 or online: www.strictlytickets.com There are a limited amount of media tickets available.

For further information and interviews, call Daphne or Mika
at the theatre on 011 883 8606
Visit their website: www.giftedfolks.com or call 072 266 9090
Gifted Musicians

Gifted Vocalists:
Soprano: Isabelle Makola, Larissa Ngoy, Sheila Kilambwe
Mezzo-Soprano: Isabelle Makola, Larissa Ngoy, Michael Mbunzama, Nica Kabuya, Sheila Kilambwe
Contralto: Isabelle Makola, Larissa Ngoy, Michael Mbunzama
Tenor: Daniel Kankenga, Serge Sabwa, Thommy Kumbu
Baritone: Michel Kalombo, Serge Sabwa
Bass: Forian Balagizi

Gifted Instrumentalists:
Piano/Synthesizer: Daniel Kankenga (DK), Paul Diobo
Flute: Bertrand DeLaleu, Camille Hall
Cello: Aurelia Diore, Michael Viljoen
Violin: Dorota Swart
Violist: Andrea
Percussion: Yves Laterre
Guitar Solo: Alain Ifomi
Guitar Accompaniment: Alain Ifomi, THommy Kumbu
Guitar Bass: Nestor Nkongo
Synthesizer special effects: Reddy Buazo, Daniel Kankenga
Sound engineers: Fofo Kaje, Herve Nzambe
Conductors: Paul Diobo, Isabelle Makola

Gifted Song Writers:
Daniel Kankenga
Paul Diobo
Thommy Kumbu

Working/Holiday Day 1/10 @kulula @Gautrain @swellendam1

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Dear friends and family and other interesting creatures, 

I have never been on the Gautrain alone before. @SirNoid dropped me in Rosebank station just before 7am and miss the train as I had no idea I needed to take the train to Hatfield,  get off at Sandton,  to change platforms to get to Oliver Tambo International.  My flight is at 9am. I keep thinking of #BeginAgain and the song Gretta sings about being alone in the subway.

Finally arrived at the airport looking a tad frazzled.  Running to check in,  boarded with but few moments to go.  Just happy I made it.  Perhaps I prefer the the fashioned car ride and the long hugs goodbye. 

Flight was uneventful.  Being late I did not get to choose a seat but sat next to a tiny Asian person and a snoring man. My mind was incredibly busy. Trying to work out how to handle different aspects of my life.  My book was above my head and I found it hard enough getting my laptop in there.  I wasn’t gonna take it out! 

My sis-in-law,  Jenni fetched me.  Road trip with chatter all the way.  I enjoyed it immensely.  Once in Swellendam we chilled on the deck eating chocolate cake drank tea. 

Once it got cooler we moved inside.  Jenni made supper,  I worked,  Dad made a fire. Diner was served.  Jenny showed her parents some very old pictures and soon we were all in bed. 

I wish you chocolate cake,
Wenvhy

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#gratitude #Wenchytude #JoziGem

Dear friends and other interesting creatures,

I have been doing really well.  I have worked harder than I should and my body is demanding sleep.  I have been on a very even playing field emotionally and less bipolar than normal. (As if one can turn that button on and off.)

Just in time for my first solo performance as I leave on a jet plane. My first solo flight without my husband working and me wanting a holiday, piggy backed onto one another, together. I am going to miss @SirNoid!

Sometimes it still takes my breath away that I have come relatively far in my chosen field in a short amount of time – Social Media Diva and Blogger…. Personality,  friend,  writer, Power Tweeter,  Media and off course legend!  (Inside joke with @InfiniteComPR)…

I could have done none of this without the support of my husband @SirNoid on every imaginable level.  He doesn’t like the limelight (in which I become alive)  so he is seldom with me at events, but he has given me wings,  financial support and freedom to do my thing.  I think it has been a very selfless thing to do on his part.  Huge gratitude for being at my side,  discussing, offering advice, encouraging – knowing that you can’t hold a moonbeam in your hand and loving me enough to know I come home.  :) Oh and invite him to value weekends :)

My parents and children have been a constant cheerleader squad.  @kylajeanv @KevvieCartman @LJ_Cadger @VictoriaT99 especially has only loved and encouraged… ‘That’s my mom’ is worth more awards anyone can offer. When I am able to share opportunities with them that social media gifts me,  I am so incredibly happy.

In the same vein,  my BFF  @WilhelmNiekerk has been a block of solid bear support.  Quick to judge my garments and in two seconds making me look all better,  Wil has attended many functions with me. He is a man with knowledge and a master at playing a supportive role while equally contributing.  He always makes me shine.  Thank you my friend.

Maybe when I grow up,  I can be a proper Social Media Journalist. *wink* I have SO much to learn but when you surround yourself with greatness,  it rubs off. (I give the best hugs in the business baby!)

I have had lots of help, plenty favours given and received.  I’ve been hurt, I’ve been picked up and together have kicked ass.  I’ve been embraced by a ‘tweet eat tweet’ business.  I have learned all that glitter is not gold and some will only ever smile to your face.

I have met incredible people. I love you all very much and want to thank you.  I am petrified I forget someone! I am desperately trying to acknowledge those who at the core understand who I am, and how best to use my skills in that capacity.  I never have to tone it down.  I am good enough just as I am.

My mentor and friend,  @RichSimmondsZA whom leads and guides. I continue to learn,  kick your ass when you need it as you do mine.  It is a privilege to know you as I do.

@louwbreytenbach @buzpr @ChevePeters @Chris_Verrijdt  @infinitecompr @WesleeLauder @CoLabNetwork @kevinfriedman  @KevinMcLennanZA @theBookofswagSa @FerdiWG @DianiGernandt @sa_artists @sterkinekor @SA_Reviewer_  @LouwMulder @derikvanwyk @mnetmovies @budmarsh_lodge @TheatreOnSquare @JoburgRedBus @JudyDitchfield @helendesbois @NCTParktown @mcnabsenergy @CaseyBDolan … the list goes on and on… About 18 000 long.  Hehehe (cow I am, but I worked for them dammit!)

For every invitation.  Every project you include me in,  or suggest me for because I am the right Wench for the job… OH sometimes I am also cheap,  but never easy! I am forever touched and deeply grateful that you welcome signing your name next to mine.

I wish you many followers, awesome projects,  that light bulb moment on stage when it all just comes together! You are all so incredibly gifted in what you do. I am in awe!

I thank you for your time,  as I know you will thank me for mine, and we will never forget it. 

I wish you a spot light.
Wenchy

ps. Tim,  Bee  –  I wish you didn’t die!  Look!  I promised you I wouldn’t live a little life.  We up to sparkles! You rock that underworld… #friendsindeath !

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