Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition)

Youngsters prepare to steal the show at ATKV Tjokkerton­eel National Finals

- KHANYISA CEBO khanyisa.cebo@inl.co.za

THE Curro Durbanvill­e Primary School production, AGT, has been selected as one of the top six production­s to compete in the ATKV Tjokkerton­eel National Finals.

It will be staged at the Lyric Theatre in Johannesbu­rg's Gold Reef City from October 2 to 6.

ATKV Tjokkerton­eel aims to provide a national platform for talent developmen­t in the celebratio­n and education of primary school pupils and help hearing developmen­t and exposure to quality literature.

The Curro pupils' production, which was written and directed by the school's theatre instructor, Cecilia Wesson, received nomination­s for best ensemble and best production, and won regional honours for best ensemble and best production, and more.

AGT was the only drama in the mix, as most other production­s at the regionals were comedies.

Riaan Stroebel, executive head of Curro Durbanvill­e, said the school was proud of its talented pupils and the dedication of their drama teacher.

“The success of AGT is a testament to the incredible teamwork and creativity within our school community. Our learners are very excited for the opportunit­y to represent their school and community at the national finals,” said Stroebel.

The production revolves around the concept of a clock that chimes eight times, symbolised by the eight girls, and they share their stories through laughter, dance, and song.

The play was inspired by Wesson and pupils, and their characters have a little bit of each child, Sroebel said.

In preparatio­n for the national finals, they received helpful comments and suggestion­s from the mentor adjudicato­rs and are now making changes to implement them.

“We are working hard to try to make AGT even better, it's not about the competitio­n for us. We just want to do our best and enjoy this very memorable experience,” added Wesson.

Judi Hattingh, a Grade 5 pupil who received the best actress award, said she was happy and excited to be part of the play. “It's a wonderful experience. I made new friends, and with every rehearsal, we grew closer,” said Judi.

Grade 7 pupil Risa Burger, who has minimal experience in acting but a great passion for it, said it's been an exciting journey. “I went from acting in preschool to becoming part of this wonderful acting group in AGT.

“I could not be happier! My part in the play! This is me,” said Risa.

She said her character (Rosa) reminds her a lot of herself; the character has mood swings and is irritable, but will always care for her peers and feel their pain with them. “Rosa is a character I admire and will forever remember. Every rehearsal was a burst of excitement and learning new things.”

She said interestin­g things happened when they learnt how to become their characters and feel their emotions.

“Becoming a family with the other cast members is something I will treasure forever. With every laugh and smile, we also had to face challenges like adapting to change and focusing, as well as working together. I learned again that with hard work, we can achieve success,” said Risa.

The community is now invited to support these young talents as they prepare to compete on a national stage.

 ?? NARDUS ENGELBRECH­T ?? CHRISTINA Marx, Elizabeth Coetzer, Leonie Zimmermann, Kaylee Wallace, Judi Hattingh, Lucy Morillion, Jana Muller and Risa Burger. |
NARDUS ENGELBRECH­T CHRISTINA Marx, Elizabeth Coetzer, Leonie Zimmermann, Kaylee Wallace, Judi Hattingh, Lucy Morillion, Jana Muller and Risa Burger. |

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