BUDDING young singers, actors, dancers and drama students take note! Director, musician, actor, singer and songwriter, Anton Luitingh, and choreographer, dancer, dance teacher, actor and singer, Duane Alexander, will be hosting musical theatre workshops in Durban from April 29 to May 2 and from May 5 to 8.
These two award-winning triple threat performers have performed locally and internationally in major music productions including Rocky Horror Picture Show, Evita, Cats, Beauty & the Beast, Grease, Chicago, Jesus Christ Superstar, Cabaret, The Sound of Music and most recently Singin’ in the Rain.
The first workshop is a weekend learning camp hosted in association with the Rising Star Performing Arts Theatre School (RSPA) at the Twin Streams Centre, Mtunzini from the afternoon of April 29 to May 2 for Grade 6 to 12 learners. The second workshop caters for juniors (7 to 13 years) and seniors (from 14 years) at Crawford College La Lucia over four days from May 5 to 8.
The cost of the camp at Mtunzini is R2100 per student and includes training by qualified professionals as well as accommodation, beverages and three meals daily. Optional bus transport at an extra cost is available to the camp from Westville on Friday afternoon.
For camp bookings, contact firstname.lastname@example.org for a registration pack. More information at http://www.rspa.co.za and venue details http://twinstreams.org/ RSPA, which has a sterling track record for managing highly successful camps for young performers, is a result driven performing arts training centre and authorized examination centre for Trinity College, London and LAMDA.
As the workshop at Crawford College takes place during the school term, classes are scheduled outside of school hours: juniors on Thursday and Friday from 2.30 pm to 5 pm and from 9 am to 1 pm on Saturday and Sunday. Classes for seniors take place on Thursday and Friday evenings from 5.30 pm to 8.30 pm and on Saturday and Sunday from 1.30 pm to 5.30 pm.
Fees are R1000 for juniors and R1200 for seniors. Participants receive a certificate and at the end of the workshops and parents are welcome to watch a special 30 minute presentation by the young stars in the making.
The Musical Theatre Workshop was established in 2010 to offer scholars, students and upcoming professionals practical training in the field of musical theatre where students learn in a safe, theatre environment that is stimulating, educational and entertaining.
Not only do students benefit from participating in professional vocal coaching, dance training and acting classes they also build on their confidence, make new friends and further their communication skills while at the same time becoming a little more expressive – perhaps even finding their true potential.
Says Duane Alexander: “We started the Musical Theatre Workshop to give children and teenagers a taste of the professional performing arts industry. We expose them to professional level production techniques, hoping to instil them with greater appreciation and fonder love of this fantastic industry.
“As two individuals passionate about our craft, we really value the opportunity to discover new potential, develop their skills, all the while building confidence and boosting self-esteem in a safe, creative and professional environment. Our hope is to uplift musical theatre in South Africa in the broader sense, but also to gear young talent for a shining career in the performing arts.”
For those interested in embarking on a career in musical theatre, the workshops create a foundation to help them on their way, with up to date triple-threat (dancing, acting and singing) training including repertoire, dance classes, acting, audition preparation, vocal training and improvisation.
The content of the courses includes triple threat training; acting, dancing, singing and many educational fun-filled activities relating to musical theatre. Participants will learn things about themselves and musical theatre that will be invaluable to assisting on their journey to reaching their dreams.
WHO IS DUANE ALEXANDER?
Born and educated in Pietermaritzburg, Duane has been dancing and performing since the age of six. He studied at the Waterfront Theatre School in Cape Town where he twice received the award for ‘Most Outstanding Student’.
He also obtained his performer’s certificate in musical theatre, and teaching degrees in both Modern and Tap dance.
After graduating, Duane performed in and was dance captain on the original SA cast and international touring companies of Cats, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, Throughly Modern Millie, Jesus Christ Superstar, Chicago, Beauty and the Beast, Grease, Cabaret, Jersey Boys, The Sound of Music and recently Singin’ in the Rain.
WHO IS ANTON LUITINGH?
Anton Luitingh has been involved in many facets of the entertainment industry, working as an actor, singer, songwriter, musical director, musician and voice artist.
He obtained his B.Drama (Hons) Cum Laude degree in Drama at the University of Stellenbosch and has since performed on local and international stages in various genres Lead roles include performances in The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Cats, Jesus Christ Superstar, Showboat, Beauty and the Beast, Porgy and Bess, Noah of Cape Town, Evita and Sunset Boulevard.
As resident director, Anton has worked with local and international creative teams behind Rent, Chicago, Phantom of the Opera, Jersey Boys, The Sound of Music and recently, Singin’ in the Rain.
WHO ARE RISING STAR PERFORMING ARTS?
Rising Star Performing Arts (RSPA), are a successful, industry recognised, results driven performing arts training centre and an authorised examination centre for Trinity College, London and LAMDA.
Their students have performed in professional productions, been cast in international movies, been the voice for multiple adverts aired on local radio stations, achieved international recognition via our exam programmes, represented South Africa performing at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, Scotland and so much more.