Musical theatre workshop places
SOUTH Africans love musical theatre. Phantom of the Opera is pulling in the crowds at Artscape. Many of our productions tour abroad and are spectacular successes, particularly in Asia. Aside from the Waterfront Theatre School, however, opportunities to hone musical theatre skills are limited in Cape Town.
Seeing this gap, about two years ago, musical theatre veterans Anton Luitingh and Duane Alexander established the Musical Theatre Workshop (MTW). The pair host winter and summer programmes for junior and senior students.
Each workshop ends with a performance, showcasing what the students have learnt.
Building on the success of the winter workshops, Luitingh and Alexander decided to run two workshops – in December and January. There are still places available for the second workshop, which runs from Tuesday to January 8. The cost is R750 and includes a goodie bag, course materials and tickets to the showcase.
Estee Nel, 21, a Stellenbosch University graduate who attended her her third MTW workshop this month, has found the courses a good way to network and improve her drama skills. “Every time it gets better… I don’t have an agent yet and I met Paula (Pursch), which I would never have done if I hadn’t attended.”
Pierre Marais, 19, was recently awarded a scholarship to study for a two-year diploma in film at the New York Film Academy – an achievement he attributes to the workshops.
See www. musicaltheatrework shop. co. za or call Luitingh at 082 336 7913 or Alexander at 084 666 1344.