SADLY, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, which was staged at the Port Elizabeth Opera House from September 8 to 15, has come and gone. What a wonderful production it was.
Sharon Rother and Linda-Louise Swain, from Rotherswain Drama Studio, had a mammoth task to allow about 130 children (and a very talented Mr Wonka) each to have their time in the spotlight.
Port Elizabeth moms and dads had the privilege of working alongside these amazing women getting our "stars" ready for the run.
As a proud mother of two taking part in the production, I must thank the production team and backstage crew for the wonderful way they worked with and managed the children from rehearsals to actually being in the theatre. I can honestly say that they had an absolute ball – tired towards the end, but always excited to perform every night.
We are truly blessed and privileged to have people like Sharon and Linda-Louise in Port Elizabeth, giving our kids a taste of the stage and what it actually means to entertain. This is not about you at all, but it's about giving your audience the time of their lives for an hour or two, and that yes, it is hard work getting ready for opening night, but when the final curtain falls, it's all worth it in the end.
Philippa Fabbri, Port Elizabeth