Amoyo sets the stage on fire

2019-05-14 06:00
Amoyo dancers on stage.

Amoyo dancers on stage.

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Amoyo Performing Arts Foundation in Hout Bay hosted Faces of Amoyo, a showcase of who they are.

The foundation aims to change lives by primarily engaging with youth at risk and impoverished youth in the Imizamo Yethu and Harbour communities in Hout Bay, firstly through their after-school performing arts classes and then by delving into a deeper, trust and nurture-based relationship.

They share a vital success-focused mindset, motivation, communication and life skill enhancing thoughts, education and toolkits with the hope that their learners will continue to perform positively for the rest of the lives after matriculating.

The event on Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 May at Kronendal Primary School was a hit but sadly there was not enough paying audience, says Marilyn Noble, project administrator and coordinator at Amoyo.

Noble says so many people underestimate who and what Amoyo is. “We wanted to showcase all the different ‘faces’ to help people understand the true impact Amoyo has on the children, our community, our country,” she says.

Though the performers brought it on, Noble says preparations are never easy, given how under-resourced they are financially and with facilities and manpower.

“We have to pay for rehearsal space and it’s always a challenge to make sure every child and parent know on which days and times their children need to come to rehearsals,” she says.

Even on the actual show day we sometimes get parents wanting to send their children to Wynberg to go shopping instead of coming to perform in the show.

“We don’t have our own transport so we have to arrange transport with the local taxis and do many carloads transporting costumes and all the show requirements.

“But we are not quitters and we all do as much as we can to make the show a success,” she says.

For many of the children, it was their first time performing, their first time learning about putting a show together, and learning on and offstage etiquette.

“The experience is life changing, they learn so quickly and they were so excited, enthusiastic and proud that the show came to life the moment they all entered the stage for the big opening number,” says Noble.

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