Young artists in NC impress

2015-07-29 06:00
FROM the left are, front: Tshegofatso Mothelesi and Noclan Molusi, both students; back: Lizelle Julies, teacher, Letlhogonolo Nche, teacher, Masego Moloto and Katlego Moleko, both students, Deidre Schoeman, Rahiem Whisgary (Act) and William Nqakala.

FROM the left are, front: Tshegofatso Mothelesi and Noclan Molusi, both students; back: Lizelle Julies, teacher, Letlhogonolo Nche, teacher, Masego Moloto and Katlego Moleko, both students, Deidre Schoeman, Rahiem Whisgary (Act) and William Nqakala.

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YOUNG artists in the Northern Cape proved themselves to be hungry enough to have a piece, if not all, of the Performing Arts Scholarship of the Arts and Culture Trust (Act).

This was the experience of the Act team during its tour in the Northern Cape where it auditioned four local artists of the Mayibuye Dance Academy.

The auditions for the scholarship were held at the Mayibuye Multipurpose Centre on Thursday (24/07).

Six young performers, to be decided through the auditions, will be eligible to qualify for one of three scholarships (with a combined value of R315 000) to go towards their tuition fees for a performing arts qualification at any accredited South African tertiary institution.

The four local students who auditioned on Thursday wish to follow in the footsteps of one of their fellow dancers, who was the first recipient of the scholarship in 2015 and now studies at the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) in Pretoria.

After the auditions, Deidre Schoeman and Rahiem Whisgary of Act expressed how impressed they were about the talent they had found on the day.

“This is the highlight of our tour so far,” said the two after the auditions.

Heading to the Free State, which is the sixth province they will audition on their tour, they said the last four provinces had to put up a good performance to beat the Northern Cape this time.

“This is the second year since we included the Northern Cape in our programme. We feel it was a good move. We realised that they (artists from the Northern Cape) have always needed opportunities like these and are thus grabbing it with both hands,” said Schoeman.

“We are impressed with the high standard and confidence that we experienced with them.

“The hunger and desire for being professional performers are visible in them, and that makes them stand out. They are hungry for this opportunity, which is what we like.”

For the four, who performed individually, the auditions seemed too short.

They said they had spent three months preparing mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually for the audition.

“It was fun, because we were not nervous, thanks to the friendly team. We felt so much at home that it seemed like it was over too soon,” said the motivated students.

“But we were taught during training sessions that when a person enjoyed what they did, they became motivated and hungrier to go on. We feel that we all stand a good chance and we are prepared for the results, whatever they are.”

The only possible explanation given as to why the sessions seemed so short was due to the fact that they enjoyed the auditions so much – this was also the remark given by the Act team when they explained a similar feeling from their side.

“We all enjoyed it, because they were not even shy or afraid. Every individual had something special and was well prepared. We are proud of their teachers for preparing something so special.”

The seventh edition of the Magic in the Making Awards is set to take place at the Market Theatre in Johannesburg’s Newtown Precinct on 12 October. It will be a showcase by the six finalists to a live audience and an independent panel of judges.

The production’s variety show format will not only allow the participants to deliver pieces in dance, singing and acting, but also have a charismatic presenter bring all the acts together into a seamless performance for the audience and judges to enjoy

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