‘Seussical’ to showcase 26 young high school performers

2011-07-13 00:00

PORT Shepstone’s Nandisa Ngubelanga, who has spent the past two months travelling from the South Coast town to Durban by taxi for rehearsals and performances of Seussical, the musical based on the Dr Seuss books, believes the sacrifices she’s had to make have been worth it.

“Being part of this project teaches you discipline,” she said.

“I had to make sacrifices, I had to put in the extra hours so that I could do my schoolwork during the week and have the weekends free for the show.

“It [the project] is such a lovely platform for anyone wanting to go into the business and gives you the chance to work with theatre professionals,” she added.

Nandisa, a Grade 11 pupil at Port Shepstone High School, plays the role of Gertrude McFuzz, friend of Horton the elephant, who helps him save the tiny folk of Whoville from disaster.

Asked what she liked most about playing Gertrude, she said, “She has the same character as I do. She’s upbeat, cheerful. I identified with her so much.”

It’s the second year that Nandisa has taken part in the Rainbow Young Performers’ Project, having had a role in last year’s Hairspray.

“It’s been such a pleasure working with Greg [King] and Steven [Stead]. They have really helped me to find my identity … and they make everything so smooth,” she said.

King and Stead, the duo behind the award-winning KickStArt Theatre Company, are involved in the project for the first time.

Stead is directing and King has supplied the stunning sets and quirky puppets used in the production. Choreographer Daisy Spencer and vocal director Charon Williams Ros have also been helping them.

There are 26 young performers from high schools in KwaZulu-Natal taking part in the musical, which is supported by Rainbow Chickens, and hosted by the Performing Arts Network of South Africa (Pansa) KZN.

• Seussical will be staged at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre until July 17.

Shows are at 2.30 pm, with two evening performances at 7 pm on July 15 and 16. Tickets R85 (R70 concessions) at Computicket.

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