Julie Andrews, composed, elegant, well-spoken… a typical English lady?
A lady, yes, but not born of noble blood. Julie Andrews is a self-made woman. She spent her childhood performing on the Vaudeville circuit, singing and dancing, two shows a day, six days a week, alongside Pops and Barbara Andrews. Little Julie would stand on a crate to sing a duet with Pops while mom Barbara accompanied them on piano.
On 1 November 1948, a thirteen-year-old Andrews became the youngest solo performer ever to be seen in a Royal Variety Performance. But all was not well in the Andrews family. Pops’ drinking was out of control. He was a violent drunk, completely unemployable. So the 14-year-old Julie became the sole provider for the bickering Andrews family… a heavy burden that would haunt her for years to come!
Please note that this show is in a Rhodes University venue and as such you will be required to show your vaccine certificate or a negative test no older than 72 hours or proof of Covid positive status within the last three months.
Presented by Wela Kapela Productions
JULIE ANDREWS UNCUT starring Alison Hillstead
Written and directed – Amanda Bothma
Musical Director and pianist – Nathan Johannisen
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Alison Hillstead was only 11 years old when her angelic voice landed her a part in Sound of Music. She has developed into a multi-faceted performer who is comfortable both on stage and in front of the camera. In 2007 she performed in Jack and the Beanstalk, a travelling pantomime in London. She has done extensive work in TV advertisements as well as work on the set of The Avengers: Age of Ultron, and Neill Blomkamp’s Chappie. In 2017 she became an ARTS Alumna, performing in Disney Land, Orlando Florida, and attending master classes by renowned industry professionals and at the New York Film Academy. Most recently, she has returned to East London, performing once again at the Guild Theatre, in the Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Broadway production version of Cinderella and at the National Arts Festival in Makhanda with Wela Kapela’s productions. Alison holds her grade 8 in singing through the Trinity College of London and her ATCL performers diploma in drama. Performing in America, London and South Africa, Alison is no stranger to the stage and is proud to be a part of Damsel in Distress (Standard Bank Ovation Award 2021).
Amanda Bothma received her Bachelors degree in Drama and Acting from the University of the Free State. She is an alumna of the Eugene O’Neill the National Theater Institute and attended the National Puppet Conference in 2018 and 2020 in Connecticut, USA. Amanda trained in the Chekov method under Mara Radulović co-founder of the Michael Chekhov Actors Studio Boston. Over the past 30 years she has written, directed and produced many dramas, pantomimes, musicals and cabarets.