Four teens to entertain visitors at Commonwealth Games in Scotland

2014-07-11 00:00

EXCITED, but teary farewells followed four Durban teenagers last night on their way as they left to be part of the performance troupe entertaining visitors to the Commonwealth Games in Scotland.

Sinikiwe Sifumba, Emily Spencer, Chris Turner and Melissa Strydom are all theatre students with Rising Star Performing Arts Theatre School run by Gill Brunings in Westville.

Last-minute drama almost closed the curtains on Sifumba’s first international performance when her visa application was initially declined. “I was really disappointed because I put so much work into being able to go, but now I’m overwhelmed with joy,” the 18-year-old said.

In an earlier interview, Brunings said she was contacted by the National Scottish Youth Theatre. “They wanted representatives from each country in the Commonwealth to apply to be part of the performance troupe at the games.”

She said the group will hold different events with performers in the various parks where they will be hosting games events. The official opening of the games in Glasgow is on July 23.

Emily said that this was a big chance to express herself on such a huge platform. “This is important to show similarities with the other Commonwealth countries and to unite us.”

It will be Melissa’s first time overseas. “We are all going to mix and be divided into different groups, so it will be fun to learn from others.”

Chris, whose ancestry stems from Scotland, said it will be his second time visiting and said he feels a deep connection with the country. “I was so surprised when I got the call. I think this is the biggest opportunity in my life.”

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