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Song, dance, music and passion come together on stage in La Mia Passione, which is back by popular demand.
A TALE of young love, passion and drama is set to unfold at Gold Reef City, playing out against a backdrop of classic and modern dance.


The audience will definitely be mesmerised by the costumesThe audience will definitely be mesmerised by the costumesLa Mia Passione – A Night with the King, a musical, is back at the Lyric Theatre by popular demand. And again it promises to sweep audiences off to a world of wonder and amazement.

La Mia Passione, which means “my passion”, runs from 10 to 12 February. It had two sold out performances in September 2010. While there is no definite storyline, it’s a boy meets girl tale. They fall in love and live happily ever after.

Phillicia Bester, the co-founder of the dynamic art and music department at the Dunansi International Family Church (DIFC), which is behind the production, says: “Every scene tells its own story and at the end everything comes together and people can see what it is all about. They [the audience] will understand it and see the passion that one should have in life.”

Performed by a young, multi-talented group of students, the musical extravaganza is full of passion and loaded with drama. “This production will keep the audience stuck to their chairs. The music is great and the costumes unique. The artists perform with a passion that compliments the theme of the production,” she says.

“I really think it has a lasting impression, it has a world-class standard and speaks of excellence in creativity. This is the only show where people range from the age of nine months to 60 [years old].”

Maritsa van Zyl, the author and director, is an accomplished playwright who teaches theatre studies at the Creative Arts School. She explains that in today’s fast-paced world, she has observed that many people merely exist and no longer live, as they have lost their passion to live life to the full.

“This is precisely one of the reasons why I wrote this play, for ordinary people to acknowledge that this void in life causes great distress and attempts to fill it with material things and fleeting pleasures will not offer satisfaction. Instead it can destroy a person, leaving them broke and empty.”


TangoTango, just one of the dances in the musical set to sweep audiences off their feetFounded by Hendrik and Phillicia Bester, the DIFC helps people find success through training and equipping them. Many of the youth who attend the church come from broken homes or lack a fatherly figure. The DIFC opened its doors in January 1991 as a vibrant church functioning in different houses, which it has renovated into offices, a crèche and an education centre.

The DIFC dynamic arts and music department has hosted nine International Creative Arts Conferences. Its groundbreaking production was The Company in 2007, which ran for two show nights as well as a night at Beulah Park during the 2008 International Conference.

The church also produced Father to the Fatherless, with cast and crew from the Creative Arts School and music department. It was staged at the Wits Theatre for two nights and at the South African State Theatre for three nights.

In 2008 and 2010, the department took part in the FNB Dance Umbrella Stepping Stones. The same team performed at Genting Highlands in Malaysia in 2006 at an International Creative Arts Conference.

Tickets for La Mia Passione are R100 each from Computicket or the Lyric Theatre box office on 011 248 5000. For more information, contact Brigitte on 011 827 5046 or 084 456 1587.

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