Triple threat Du Toit sounds good

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Stage - Tanya MacNaughton

DU Toit Bre­denkamp grew up in South Africa with a copy of The Sound of Mu­sic on VHS and ca­sual fam­ily sing-alongs of Edel­weiss while his dad, a Dutch Re­formed Church min­is­ter, played the gui­tar.

Lit­tle did he know at age 25 he would be play­ing the role of 17year-old Rolf Gru­ber in an Aus­tralian tour­ing pro­duc­tion of the stage mu­si­cal.

“We moved to Perth in 2007 from Port El­iz­a­beth,” Bre­denkamp said.

“It was then that I made the prom­ise to my­self that I would one day move to Syd­ney and try to make it as an ac­tor.”

Bre­denkamp moved to Syd­ney in Jan­uary 2015 af­ter grad­u­at­ing from WAAPA’s mu­sic the­atre course and five months later was cast in The Sound of Mu­sic.

“I’m so blessed that my first job in the in­dus­try is a part where I have a named role and song,” he said.

“I was en­cour­aged by my teach­ers at WAAPA to think of my­self as a triple threat when leav­ing the course.

“I came into WAAPA more of an ac­tor than any­thing else and like to think I left as a strong singer and sig­nif­i­cantly im­proved my danc­ing as well, which helps since the first role I got was play­ing some­one who has to sing, do a big dance num­ber and act while be­com­ing a Nazi.”

Bre­denkamp said the ex­pe­ri­ence of work­ing with per­form­ers such as Marina Prior, Lor­raine Bayly and Cameron Daddo left him in awe of their tal­ent.

He has also loved play­ing op­po­site Stefanie Jones as Liesl, where Rolf “feels pres­sured by ev­ery­one around him, when all he wants to do is be in love with a girl and give her a kiss un­der the gazebo while it’s rain­ing”.

How­ever, his favourite mo­ment, when not on stage, is when Daddo as Cap­tain von Trapp turns from hard­ened naval leader to fa­ther.

Com­mu­nity News­pa­per Group has 10 dou­ble passes to give away to The Sound of Mu­sic on Septem­ber 14. En­ter at­mu­ni­ by Septem­ber 5.

Du Toit Bre­denkamp and Stefanie Jones.

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