Ipi Ntombi musical not to be missed

2016-08-03 06:00
Westering High School’s Ipi Ntombi Musical actors with director, second from left, Akhona Nkumanda. Photo: NCEBA DLADLA

Westering High School’s Ipi Ntombi Musical actors with director, second from left, Akhona Nkumanda. Photo: NCEBA DLADLA

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EASTERN Cape Arts and Cultural Music lovers should come in droves to watch Westering High School’s presentation of the South African Musical “Ipi Ntombi” which is staged at the Savoy Theatre in Adcockvale from today, Wednesday 3, to Saturday 6 August.

The performance of “Ipi Ntombi” was a special request from headmaster Steward Hayward who as a young man saw the original production in 1974 when it premiered.

“That first production left a lasting impression on me,” Hayward said.

The story, penned by mother and daughter Bertha Egnos and Gail Lakiar, and premiered in 1974 is about a man leaving his spouse in the village to search for work in the place of gold. His darling follows him and they get married. When they return home the war erupts.
This production has historical links with the province of the Eastern Cape.

One of the original actors was Queenstown-born Margaret Mcingana who was otherwise known as Margaret Singana. The South African Music Award (SAMA) winner, better known as Lady Africa who is known for songs like “Hamba Bhekile” and “Mama Thembu’s Wedding” shone after participating in the production that toured overseas.

To ensure that the school presents the best quality production with its multitalented learners, they brought in one of the original cast members, Andy Chabeli from the Free State, to assist with the choreography and fine tuning of both song and presentation, including costume.

Chabeli brought with him good memories of the city from the days he came here as a 23-year-old artist.

“This city reminds me of old friends like Norman Ntshinga, (rugby great and actress) Thoko Ntshinga’s father, Fats Bookholane (actor), Ben Nomoyi (filmmaker and producer), members of the Serpent players and Oscar winners (Drs John Kani, Winston Ntshona and Athol Fugard),” said Chabeli about the great thespians of the city.

The learners are assisted by an able production team of teachers with sound musical interpretation and stage presence.

Lizel Feltham is the production manager and the production team is made up of Eddie Leroux and John Allen (music), Amanda Engelbrecht and Elbe Coetzee on vocal directions, Sibabalwe Ngewu (choreography) and Akhona Nkumanda as the director.

Admission is R50 for adults and R30 for learners and pensioners.

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