Leading Ladies, (and the Midlands’ Ella) of Sa Theatre do it for Madiba!
On 7 April 2014, South Africa’s Leading Ladies of musical theatre performed together on stage at The Auto and General Theatre on the Square, Sandton for the first time, for a good cause.
The cause was the first official blanket handover for 67 Blankets for Madiba Day – an initiative that aims to collect thousands of handmade blankets which will be distributed to those in need on Nelson Mandela Day (18 July).
Stars performing at the event included Kate Normington, Angela Kilian, Carly Graeme, Ilse Klink, Lindiwe Bungane, opera star Zandile Mzazi, Helen Desbois, Judy Ditchfield, Brenda Sakellarides and acclaimed newcomer Kiruna-Lind Devar, with a special appearance by ten year old Ella Grealy, daughter of local residentsand performers, Brendan and Annie Grealy, and goddaughter of the movements founder, Carolyn Steyn. The MC for the evening was seasoned entertainer, Yebo Gogo funny man and actor, Michael de Pinna who is currently starring in “The Twilight of the Golds” at the Auto and General Theatre on the Square.
King of fashion David Tlale, dressed Carolyn Steyn and all the leading ladies for the evening’s performance. According to Carolyn Steyn, Founder of 67 Blankets for Madiba Day: “Never before have these magnificent ladies performed together on the same stage. It is history in the making and so is 67 Blankets for Madiba Day.
Asked to tell us about the incredible evening, Ella is very composed but admits “I was nervous and scared that I would make mistakes. The other singers were so nice, and their voices amazing. I loved being on stage. I will always remember the experience as I conquered my fear of performing for an audience and singing in front of people for the first time.”
For more information on the movement, please visit the “67 Blankets for Madiba Day” Facebook Page.