Venue Drama Theatre
Produced by: TLC (Pty)
Dates 24 to 30 June 2013
Rockville 2069 launched for the media and entertainment industry at a staged
concert of the soundtrack on Saturday 18 August. The show was followed by rave
reviews and wide-ranging acclaim and this global soundtrack of a rock opera for
the new millennium is set to take its rightful place in the spotlight. The music
was written by Johnny Ray, arranged by Johnny Ray and Kyle Petersen and
masterfully adapted and scored by Darryl Andrews, with lyrics and script by
Johnny Ray and Bruno Paiola. The script has been adapted for the stage by Shaun
Acker and Barbara McCanlis.
Rockville 2069 is a futuristic rock musical set against the backdrop of a
post-apocalyptic world and is steeped in the philosophies that characterise the
rebellion of the sixties, the seventies and those that are currently shaping our
world. The creative brainchild of composer Johnny Ray, who wrote the music and
co-wrote the lyrics and script with Bruno Paiolo, Rockville 2069 is a relevant
and contemporary rock musical set to create a new shift in this genre. It’s a
fully orchestrated production that sees over 60 artists and musicians from
different cultural and musical backgrounds collaborate to bring a new thrilling
voice to the rock musical scene.
Gavin Wright, the director, is owner and artistic director of The Fresh
Theatre Company. He was trained at UCT and L.K. School of Arts in Cape Town
In1993, he started producing his own works and quickly established himself as
He has performed throughout South Africa, produced countless shows and has
also become an accomplished “mass choreographer” in South Africa. In 2007 he was
commissioned to choreograph the Opening of Parliament’s parade.
The Fresh Theatre Company produces on average 3 original shows per year. His
aim is to always produce “fresh” productions. He has penned a wide range of
works including his own production “Twisted Vision” in Greenwich London.
Bryan Schimmel, the Musical Director, has positioned himself as one of the
leading and most diverse Music Directors, Arrangers and Orchestrators in South
Africa. He has worked in theatre, special events, recording and television
across a full spectrum of music from rock bands to Big Bands, string quartets to
symphony orchestras. His dazzling roster of theatrical productions includes
Jersey Boys, Dreamgirls, Chicago, We Will Rock You, Rent and Thoroughly Modern
Millie working with international creative teams. Together with Ian von Memerty,
Bryan co-created the massively successful, multi award winning A Handful of Keys
and played the first 350 performances.
Celeste Botha, the choreographer, started her dancing career at the age of 4
and has since been actively involved in the South African dance industry as
performer, teacher and choreographer. Her extensive dance training and
experience spans 30 years and includes ballet and contemporary dance. Since
graduating from the University of Cape Town Ballet School, Celeste has worked
with well-known contemporary and ballet dance companies both locally and abroad.
She is a company member of Jazzart Dance. Her most recent works include
choreography for The Gary Player Invitational, a ZooZoo commercial for Vodafone,
SCARS (which she co-produced and performed in), a collection of choreographic
pieces for the popular SABC TV show 'So You Think You Can Dance' as well as
choreographing an Andrew Lloyd Webber and Ben Elton musical 'The Boys in the