Westering High presents ‘Ipi Ntombi’ Musical

2016-07-13 06:00
Westering High cast members and directors meet original Ipi Ntombi cast member and choreographer Andy Chabeli (seated right). They are teachers, anti-clockwise, Akhona Nkumanda, Amanda Engelbrecht and Lizel Feltham.   Photo: NCEBA DLADLA

Westering High cast members and directors meet original Ipi Ntombi cast member and choreographer Andy Chabeli (seated right). They are teachers, anti-clockwise, Akhona Nkumanda, Amanda Engelbrecht and Lizel Feltham. Photo: NCEBA DLADLA

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WESTERING High School will present a South African Musical Ipi Ntombi at the Savoy Theatre in Adcockvale from 3 to 6 August.

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

To ensure that the school presents the best quality production with its multitalented learners, the school acquired the services of one of the original cast members, Andy Chabeli, to assist with the choreography and fine tuning of both song and presentation.

Westering High has been staging productions once every two years.

“We do these kind of productions once in two years because of the immense talent that we have at Westering High School,” said Production Manager Lizel Feltham.

Feltham said 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,” Steward agreed.

“Furthermore, we felt that this multilingual and multicultural musical production Ipi Ntombi could work well in exposing our own multilingual and multicultural learners in this day and age,” Feltham said.

This production, however, was not smooth sailing all the time, according to Feltham.

She said, “When you buy the rights to do any other production you usually get lots of information and materials. This was not the case with Ipi Ntombi.

“But luckily, we’ve got a very able production team made up of (Eddie) Leroux and (John) Allen taking charge of music and (Amanda) Engelbrecht and Coetzee on vocal directions.”

With this team, including Sibabalwe Ngewu doing choreography and their “secret weapon” Akhona Nkumanda – the director, Westering High School is bound to present the best production ever, believes Feltham.

“I feel very special being a member of the cast,” said Masande Nkangana in Grade 11.

Sinovuyo Blackie, also in Grade 11, likes the storyline. She said, “I like the storyline and being in this production. It’s an honour, as not everybody made it through auditions.”

“I’m impressed with what I saw. These kids are really talented. There’s little touch-ups that I need to do,” said Chabeli in his first visit to the school two weeks back.

He promised to come-back next week to deal with other issues like costumes so that the cast looks almost exactly like the original.

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