Win 4 tickets to ‘Curtain Up!’

A scene from Curtain Up!, at Durban’s Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre from May 16.

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BY BILLY SUTER

THE popular annual Durban musical featuring a cast of talented pupils selected from schools throughout the city will be staged again at the Elizabeth Sneddon theatre – from May 16 to June 2 – and SoSuterBill has three sets of four tickets to give away to the 6pm performance opening night performance.

Details on how to enter the competition appear at the end of this story.

This year’s musical is Curtain Up!, a reprise of the first musical staged by this youth project – an original work that was directed by the late Themi Venturas and presented at the Playhouse Drama theatre 18 years ago.

Curtain Up! has now been rewritten and updated for the newly invigorated Young Performers Project (YPP) by multi-award-winning actress Charon Williams-Ros, who wrote the original script for the first production in 2001.

The show will be directed by multi-award-winning, Johannesburg-based actor, producer, director and choreographer Jaco van Rensburg, a newcomer to YPP.

As always, YPP boasts a fully professional production and creative team. This year the two professional actors who will work together with the youthful cast are Mthokozisi Zulu and Sbongiseni Shezi.  

Curtain Up! features showstopping musical theatre numbers woven into a script about a diverse group of talented young performers who take shelter from the rain in a derelict theatre where, to their delight, they discover the evocative remnants of past productions.

Inspired by the idea of bringing the old theatre back to life, the performers appeal to the new owner, Siyanda, to re-open as a community theatre, only to learn that the theatre is to be knocked down to make way for a casino.

The passion with which the young performers fight to save the theatre leads Siyanda to the realisation of where his true values lie.

Songs in the show include numbers from The Wiz, Little Shop of Horrors, Cats, Cabaret, Fiddler on the Roof, Oliver!, Rent, Les Miserables and Into the Woods, and also featured is a medley of South African numbers.

Previous YPP musicals were: Curtain Up, One Voice,  Grease,  Oliver!, Fiddler on the Roof, The Wiz, Annie, School of Rock SA, Big River, Hairspray, Seussical, Legally Blonde; the standout Can You Feel It, Footloose, Soldiers in the City, Buddy Holly and Footloose.

In 2001, the project’s founder and current production manager, on behalf of the YPP trust, Linda van der Veen, had a dream to help talented youth get a taste of the world of musical theatre, and help them decide if this was a possible career choice for them.

This project has been actively changing talented lives for some 18 years.

“The Young Performers Project’s goal is to groom talented high school youth in the art of musical theatre, under the guidance of professional directors, musical directors, vocal directors and choreographers,” says Van der Veen, who is managing director of Durban production company, Snazzi Solutions.

At the same time, she adds, the project promotes cross-cultural friendships, strong interpersonal skills, and develops a talent pool of young performers for the future of arts and culture in South Africa.

“Only through a personal experience in a professional environment can talented youth learn about commitment, disciple and achievement that will carry them through to adulthood with a sense of pride and accomplishment,”

The Young Performers Project has also been re-branded and revitalised, one of the key focus areas being collaboration and working closely with all local schools and singing, drama and dancing academies.

The Young Performers Project has partnered with eThekwini Transport Authority through the launch of three Road Safety Musical Theatre Academies this year.

“Movement through the performing arts is another form of active mobility and we are thrilled to be adding the Road Safety Musical Theatre Academy to our CSI portfolio, alongside the Go! Durban Cycle Academy,” says Thami Manyathi, head of the eThekwini Transport Authority.

Open auditions for Curtain Up! were held on March 2 and rehearsals take place after school hours – at weekends and during holidays.

Book for the production through Computicket online or via outlets at Shoprite Checkers.

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Care to put yourself in line to win one of three sets of 4 tickets to the 6pm, Thursday, May 16, opening performance of Curtain Up!, at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre at UKZN in Durban?

You simply have to be a follower of the SoSuterBill site to win.  At no cost.

If you are not already a follower, simply leave your email address in the space provided towards the end of the cover page of this site, sosuterbill.com

You will then be a follower, and receive email notification whenever I file a new story.

Once you have subscribed (there is no cost), send your NAME and PHONE NUMBER via email (NOT THIS SITE’’S CONTACT FORM) to sosuterbill@gmail.com and place the words ‘CURTAIN UP’ in the subject field. 

Note that the competition closes at 6pm on Friday, May 10, and the winner will be contacted soon after.  (The three lucky winners were Hazel Kean, Jill Seldon and Veronica Hough).

NOTE: PLEASE READ ENTRY DETAILS CAREFULLY AS SOME PEOPLE ARE ENTERING COMPETITIONS INCORRECTLY.

ALSO NOTE THAT ONLY ONE ENTRY PER SUBSCRIBER WILL BE CONSIDERED.

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2 thoughts on “Win 4 tickets to ‘Curtain Up!’

    1. I am not able to do that or else I could feed in thousands of random emails and boost my subscription base. LOL. Visit the cover page of this site for easy subscription yourself

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