Yay -local talent and local youth getting to perform makes my heart glad! And the fact that Showtime Management, SA Producers of the international hit musical, Priscilla Queen of the Desert have announced the three Johannesburg boys who join the all South African cast alternating the role of Benji when the show opens at The Teatro, Montecasino on Saturday, 29th April!
Eight year old Michael Fry, nine year old Ashton Mervis and ten year old Levi Maron are excited to be making their professional theatre debut in this major production as Benji, the son of lead role Tick played by Daniel Buys (Jersey Boys, West Side Story, Saturday Night Fever).
Benji is the real reason Tick convinces his fellow friends Bernadette and Felicia to head off into the desert in a big pink bus for a four-week stint at a Hotel Casino Resort in Alice Springs, the same resort managed by his estranged wife Marion played by Taryn-Lee Buys (Singin’ in the Rain, Jersey Boys). Interestingly, the roles of the estranged couple are played by real-life husband and wife!
Tick hasn’t seen eight-year-old Benji for years and is nervous about exposing him to his colourful lifestyle, only to be surprised that Marion has raised him to be sweet and open-minded so he’s fully supportive of his father’s sexuality and career.
The youngest Benji, Michael Fry attends St David’s Marist, Inanda where he is a member of the Junior Prep choir and drama club. He loves music and singing and has starred in a number of school productions. Michael is learning to play the piano and can sometimes be found “composing” his own music. When he isn’t busy with music, Michael’s other passion is playing cricket.
King David Sandton learner, Ashton Mervis attends musical theatre classes and he is learning Hip Hop. Ashton has performed in school productions including the Lion King. He enjoys playing the drums, piano and guitar as well as listening to music and creating new dance routine’s and break dance moves. Ashton also enjoys playing sports.
The youngest of three male siblings, Levi Maron is a Grade 5 King David Linksfield Primary School. He enjoys water sports and reading but is at his happiest when he is singing and playing the piano.
“The three Cape Town Benji’s are wonderful young actors who have thrived in their role and we look forward to welcoming their Johannesburg counterparts, confident that they too will grow and learn while working with the show’s multi-talented all South African cast and creative team.” says SA Producer, Hazel Feldman of Showtime Management.
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