Gugulethu born thespian Katlego Moncho is currently making her acting debut in David Kramer’s newest musical Orpheus in Africa.
The trained dancer plays a Xhosa maiden, a maid and tap dancer in the production that tells the story of Orpheus McAdoo and the Virginia Jubilee Singers who toured Queen Victoria’s colonies in the last decade of the 19th Century, along with the evolution of Black American music. The group was made up of first generation freed slaves, many of whom graduated from America’s Hampton University. They experiences considerable success when they visited South Africa. Katlego got involved with the production after a friend told her about the auditions.
“To my surprise I received a call while on my way home saying I was in.”
She says she’s grateful for the opportunity to work with “such beautiful souls”, to learn from them and to see how their collective creativity has brought Orpheus’ story to life.
The souls she’s referring to include Aubrey Poo (Muvhango, Scandal, The Wild, Rent, Dreamgirls) and Lynelle Kenned (West Side Story, Blood Brothers, Showboat).
Katlego also says that working with theatre legend David Kramer is a pleasure. “Just observing the man is a privilege.”
When she isn’t on stage, Katlego also works with the New World Foundation a community development and training organisations. While she hopes to appear in a few more musicals after this one, she also plans to go back to teaching hip-hop and pantsula dance lesson to her “kids” at the New world Foundation in Muizenberg.
Theatre fans can catch Katlego in action at the Fugard Theatre in Orpheus in Africa until 9 January 2016.
Tickets for the show are available from the Fugard Theatre box office on 021 461 4554 or via Computicket.