Our production of Julius Caesar for the Shakespeare Schools Festival in April 2021, was a huge success. Our whole group of Westlake Primary School Drama kids learnt so much on our programme and during their preparation for the Festival. Their live performance on the Artscape Stage was a definite highlight. They grew in confidence and skill. We wanted to give at least some of the group an opportunity to grow even more.
We were excited to meet with Delia Sainsbury, owner and principal of the Waterfront Theatre School, together with Azola Mkosane, representing the Fondazione Labia to see if some of our learners could join the Waterfront Theatre School Junior Programme, 2022.
With their aim to develop and nourish the talents of young South Africans, it made sense to the directors of the Fondazione Labia, Antonia Labia-Sale and Natale Labia to further encourage growth and they agreed to sponsor some of our talented learners.
Six learners were chosen to audition for a maximum of three places and we helped our Westlake drama kids choose and prepare their audition material for 15 January 2022.
The Future is Now
The rest is history but very much the future. The Waterfront Theatre School was so impressed with the six Westlake children that all six have been offered places. The Waterfront Theatre School will sponsor three and the Fondazione Labia the other three, plus the transport and refreshments for all six.
Diego, Faith, Okuhle, Anda, Shaqheen and Anathi are doing drama, musical theatre, street dance and modern.
In mid February 2022, they will embark on a life-changing journey that they will remember for the rest of their lives.
Watch this space!