Schools gets to shine on Artscape stage

More than 100 Western Cape primary and high school pupils will be taking part in this year’s Artscape Schools’ Arts Festival from Monday August 13 to Tuesday August 28 at the Artscape Theatre.

“The schools’ arts festival gives pupils the opportunity to showcase their talent on a professional stage, in the form of music, verse or dance,” said Artscape’s Thokozile Ntshinga.

“The festival also stimulates a love for theatre and the performing arts, while creating an individual sense of self-esteem, pride and achievement,” she said.

Fifteen schools will share the stage each evening, with performances from classical choirs to contemporary dance. The festival culminates in a gala performance by selected schools.

Performances start at 7pm. Tickets cost R40 each and are available through Artscape Dial-a-Seat at 021 421 7839.

Sixteen finalists have been chosen for the Artscape High School Drama Main Festival. “The High School Drama Festival is aimed at giving learners a platform to create and present an original drama piece around the challenges they face in and around their communities on a professional stage, to a captive audience,” said Ms Ntshinga.

“This experience broadens their horizons by experiencing the magic of live theatre, professional lighting and sound, teaching them how essential these elements are to being a professional performer,” said Ms Ntshinga.

The finalists will spend four days at the High School Drama Main Festival where they will present their drama projects to a panel of adjudicators from Monday August 20 to Thursday August 23. At the end of the competition, the winners will be announced at a gala awards ceremony on Saturday August 25.

Tickets to the gala cost R40 and are available through Artscape Dial-a-Seat at 021 421 7839.