The theatre is booked for 2013. We are delighted to announce that we will be staging the Dodi Smith Classic from 7 - 14 September.
The day after the show .... bags of dirty costumes, props everywhere. Exhaustion sets in and one wonders how on earth you got through it! Every production - especially one with a cast of 130 - is a huge challenge. However, seeing those faces that light up with joy when the curtain goes up ... the tears after the final curtain - make it all worth it. We all fell into bed last night after picking costumes off the floor in the dressing rooms, throwing loads of garbage into the bins, and loading up every available vehicle with black bags of costumes and props. Thank you to the amazing "behind-the-scenes" parents and friends who kept things together. We would never have done it without you.
And now... time to face the Trinity Examinations with about 35 pupils! Busy times ahead!
Several of our pupils are in Candy Johnstone's show "To the Pointe" next weekend. Do support them! We have our tickets booked and cannot wait to sit back and relax and watch another brilliant show
The busy term has now begun! Rehearsals for "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" commence on Saturday and we have a big cast with three teams of leads. This was cast as such to ensure that all our learners get an opportunity to develop their skills and grow. We are looking forward to the challenge. There is great excitement and we have the most amazing bunch of parents in the studio, ensuring that our jobs are made so much easier. We have had a record number of offers of help from photocopying to set construction. Thank you so much for being involved with your children. This makes it such a team effort - and a production of this nature cannot be done without this support.
We have had an exciting year to date. Charlotte Huisamen and Micaela Oosthuizen both represented South Africa at the prestigious drama championships in the USA, and fared exceptionally well, winning several categories, receiving contracts, as well as opportunities to audition on Broadway etc.. . We look forward to watching their careers with interest as they both follow their dreams.
The Pearson learners were involved in a Shakespearean Festival at Pearson at the end of last term. Several learners have been involved in Community Theatre projects. James van der Merwe is currently playing the title role in "Fiela's Child" on at the Savoy Theatre until Saturday 28th July. Bookings through Computicket.
Ex-pupil : Katy Hillhouse, together with Rebecca Wood and several other performers from the PE area will perform "Screaming Petunias" at the Pemads Little Theatre this Saturday evening 21st July, as a youth DA project. Katy is currently studying in Cape Town, and Rebecca is about to wing her way to Guildford, outside London, to study at the prestigious Guildford School of the Performance Arts.
Trinity exam preparation is about to begin. Lots of work ahead of us as we tackle the busiest term of the year.
Welcome to 2012 and to another year of exciting dramatic happenings. Classes started on Monday - and the timetable is still being juggled around slightly - but am sure that we will be in the swing of things by the end of next week. 2011 was an awesome year and a very busy one. Pemads Plays by our Seniors at Pemads in the first part of the year. "The WInd in the Willows" for Clarendon, "Master Harold and the Boys" and "Commedia dell Arte" for the National Arts Festival, "The Wizard of Oz" for our annual studio production, and the pantomime "Jack and the Beantstalk" for Pemads which involved mainly Rother Swain pupils. This was apart from the Pearson end of year production and various Community Theatre projects - and then of course TRINITY EXAMINATIONS. Very happy to report excellent results there. Our matrics of last year who do subject drama all passed with A's and "Jack and the Beanstalk" won Production of the Year (Phyllis Davidson Trophy) at the Pemads awards as well as numerous acting awards. We still have the Showtime awards ahead, so will keep you updated about happenings there.
Our big focus this year is on our production. This will take place at the Port Elizabeth Opera House ( booked theatre from 3 - 15 September - Performance times to follow) and our production will be CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY. Auditions will take place at the end of the second term, with rehearsals commencing at the very start of Term 3. Trinity Examinations will be held in October/November and there will be another Isithatha Festival (still to be scheduled) - so watch this space!
The timetable is on the newsletters page. It has been slightly amended so check the times.
Wishing you all an awesome 2012. I just know that it is going t
Wizard of Oz rehearsals are well under way and we are looking forward to moving into the Opera House on 5 September. Our show runs from 8 - 10 September. Musical Direction is by Simon Stickells, and Choreography by Jerry Fortuin. Our Grahamstown Festival shows were very well attended and both received excellent reviews. ("Commedia dell Arte" and "Master Harold and the Boys") -
The Trinity Examinations are looming and we will post the exam timetable shortly. Preparation for these examinations will start in September. The Examinations start on 7 November.
Have a look at the photo gallery for pictures from last year's productions of "Stuart Little" and "Find Me"
Please note that we will have a two hour callback session on TUESDAY 21 JUNE from 3.00 p.m. - 5.00 p.m. at PEARSON HIGH SCHOOL HALL. Apologies for the distance for some, but it is the only space available to us for this day.
We are going to do have TWO CASTS of main characters and ONE CHORUS.
We really need you to make it!! Unfortunately, both Linda-Louise and I have productions on during this week and are unable to hold this casting at any other time. Please make every effort!! We need to finalise the casting before the close of term.
There will be no regular drama classes on this Tuesday.
Here he is - the winner, for the highest marks obtained from Grade 1 to 5, in the 2010 Trinity examinations - Robert Duthie!
Well done again, Robert.
The term is well under way and everything is busy... busy..busy! Several pupils have just been part of the Luke Dixon production of "A Midsummer Nights' Dream" which was put together in three short weeks with the visiting British Director. Others were involved in the Showtime production which ended a few weeks ago.
Our "Haunted Theatre" evening was a great deal of fun. (Will post some photos soon!)
and so we move forth with all the plans.
* All Senior pupils who wish to perform in our lecture/demonstration production of "Commedia Dell Arte" need to notify Sharon or Linda-Louise by the end of this week. There is a deposit of R120,00 payable. Accommodation costs will be in the region of R450,00. We will have transport groups arranged and will meet with the Grahamstown group shortly to work out the finer details. Rehearsals will take place in May and June. We are scheduled to arrive in Grahamstown on Friday 1st July and will leave on Sunday 3rd July. (Grades 8 - 12 only - no juniors)
* The Medieval Fayre is coming up at the end of March. Several pupils will be performing in this. More details to follow.
* The Elizabethan Fayre at Pearson will be a celebration of the life of William Shakespeare and promises to be a wonderful Elizabethan Feast of Food and Culture as well as a school fundraiser.
* Please note that there is no drama on Monday 21st March (Public Holiday)
* Congratulations once again to all the Showtime winners - and to Gift Buqa and Robert Duthie on their Silver and Bronze Medals from Trinity Guildhall.
* All subject drama pupils will be attending "The Caucasian Chalk Circle" directed by Robin Williams at Theodore Herzl on 23 March 2011. Tickets are priced at R60,00. Please bring money into class this week to secure your booking. It is our matric setwork play, so it is COMPULSORY! If you are unable to attend the group night, please make sure that you see it!!!
* There is a slight change to the Wednesday timetable. Please check that this does not affect you.
* Please read the newsletter under the "Newsletter" section of the website to check up on Trinity Guildhall examinations.
* Congratulations to Charlotte Huisamen who has been selected for E.P. Drama and will represent the province i
Enjoy the last hazy days of summer! Have a great week all.
25 teenagers gathered at the Little Theatre last night, to spend a night in the "haunted theatre" with "Harry" the resident ghost! A great time was had by all. Loads of tartrazine was consumed and the learners spent their evening telling ghost stories, taking part in improvisation games on the stage and touring the theatre. The proceeds of the evening were donated to the Animal Anti-Cruelty League.
Gift Buqa and Robert Duthie have been awarded the Trinity Silver and Bronze medals for the highest marks in the 2010 examinations. We are very proud of their achievements! Congratulations!
Rother Swain fared rather well at the Adult Showtime awards as well. Here are the awards received: -
Play of the Year : Master Harold and the Boys - directed by Sharon Rother. Rother Swain Productions.
Best Director: Sharon Rother for "Master Harold and the Boys".
Best Actor: Gift Buqa for his role as "Sam" in "Master Harold and the Boys".
Best Supporting Actor: Phambili Ngcayisa as "Willie" in "Master Harold and the Boys"
Best Actress: Linda-Louise Swain (shared with parent/actress/director : Lesley Barnard - for "Blythe Spirit" directed by Helen Flax.
Sharon Rother - drama teacher