Mu­si­cal the­atre work­shop places

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - GOODVIBRATIONS -

ROBYN CO­HEN

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.

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