Sarafina! staged at the BreytieTUT - Tshwane University of Technology
The Department of Performing Arts (Musical Theatre) at the Tshwane University of Technology opens its Spring season with the Broadway hit musical Sarafina! The musical will be staged at the Breytenbach Theatre in October.
Originally composed, written, directed, choreographed and produced by the award-winning playwright, Mbongeni Ngema, Sarafina! is an internationally acclaimed production.
The play is set at Morris Isaacson High School in Soweto, where in 1976 students assembled to protest against Afrikaans as the only medium of instruction. Through narrative, song and dance, Sarafina! follows the activities of a fictional class and, in particular, one girl named Sarafina, who inspired her classmates with her commitment to the struggle against apartheid.
“This musical represents the history of our future,” says the director of the show, Josias Dos Moleele. “The production promises to explore themes of determination, perseverance and courage against tremendous odds. Although Sarafina! is deeply steeped in history, it refrains from becoming a glorified history lesson. It is a moving drama of joy and pain performed with a surprising amount of humour by an all-mixed race cast of gifted musicians, actors and dancers,” adds Josias.
Josias will be supported by an award-winning team which include Sidney Agnew and Letshego Seekoe as choreographers. Rostislava Pashkevitch is the Musical Director assisted by Pule Makona. Freddy Malesa, who won a Naledi award for sound, will do the sound design. Students from the Department of Entertainment Technology will do the set and lighting design. Dr Vusabantu Ngema, who is closely related to Mbongeni Ngema, will be on the producer’s seat to ensure that the show meets international standards.
Come and experience the sizzling sounds of Mbongeni Ngema with some contributions by Hugh Masekela in this life-altering production.
Performances are as follows: 11 – 20 October at 20:00 with matinee performances on 13 and 20 October at 15:00 and at 16:00 on 16 and 18 October.
Tickets are R100 and block bookings R90.
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Breytenbach Theatre, TUT, Pretoria Gauteng South Africa