So, we continue this incredible journey with the learners from Muizenberg High School – as we rehearse this wonderful celebratory show that has three performances – October 18,19,20.
120 years of Muizenberg School – so much heritage and history, colour and inspiration.
This is an Edwardian beach scene – yes… the warm waters of Muizenberg for a bit of “splashy splashy”.
And some on the spot choreography from the MHS kids – Freedom is Coming from Sarafina – just a taste of that freedom! We are proud of them. #MHS120
Some of the Cherry Orchard Cast joined us for an afternoon of Be an Actor for a Day unique activities and exercises to add to their basket of skills and performance preparation.
Get into the act!
- Exercises for actors
- Acting from the neck down
- Make me Believe you
- Dialogue dynamics
We had an awesome time and the actors left us with some new skills to bring to this Chekov piece which will be at the Masque Theatre in November 2018.
Chekov meets Shakespeare – as the cast exchange some classic insults and terms of endearment as well!
We joined a host event run by Air BnB Cape Town to facilitate and run a short workshop on Public Speaking. Our Be an Actor for a Day programme has some effective exercises so we introduced those and shared some preparation techniques and easy tips for Performance and Public Speaking.
We had a blast!
So, we took a sample of our programme to a retirement village in Muizenberg and surprised a handful of residents.
They did some of our favourite exercises with us and some cold readings of inspirational quotes in an exercise called Make me Believe You.
They were great! They also found the “status” activities great fun and we captured them on camera being verrrrrrrry angry!
Circle Productions teams up with Rhythm Productions Dance Centre to direct their dance story – “The Obnoxious Owl”. Celia brings her magic touch and brings the story alive. The kids love her!
“The Obnoxious Owl” – a lively story theatre piece, written by Barbara Burgess, choreographed by Kerry Domoney. Guest choreography by Kim Jansen and directed by Celia Musikanth of Circle Productions was a popular item in an evening of entertainment for all ages.
Celia with the Dancers
Muizenberg High School turns 120 years old in 2018 and Circle Productions has been commissioned to conceptualise, write, rehearse and direct the celebratory show that will be put on at the high school in October.
We have a cast of over 30 MHS kids and will be bringing in some past pupils too to add their voices, moves and musical prowess to the show.
Rehearsals got underway in May. Check out the kids during roll-call on day ONE.
Keen as mustard and ready to go!
False Bay College – Westlake – Centre for Entrepreneurship – 10 May
Who would have thought that a group of Cape Town entrepreneurs, beneficiaries of training at False Bay College, would take to our Be an Actor for a Day programme with such gusto and commitment!
We had an awesome day with them, teaching some basic vocal skills, relaxation and breathing, how to engage with an audience and then ending with their performances to a pop-up audience from the College.
These were the three top take-outs from the programme according to the participants and manager – Centre for Entrepreneurship had to say:
” Do something outside your comfort zone. Without exception, the 9 folk who participated in the day are amateur actors at best, having little acting experience overall. In order to participate, it meant overcoming some concerns and fears. Yet in doing so, they grew considerably in various ways”.
” Consider taking in new challenges with others. The camaraderie experienced was also meaningful and valuable. Entrepreneurs walk a lonely path, and events like these highlight how important a strong supportive environment can be.”
” Have Fun! The group of young people had much fun as they learnt to pronounce, project and in some cases ….pretend. The entrepreneurial journey is highly demanding and challenging; so interspersing this with genuine fun is significant. Don’t forget to have fun on your journey.”
These entrepreneurs showed us exactly why they will succeed in any business venture they undertake – we were proud of what we achieved together.
Rabbit Hole – a Play Reading at the Masque Theatre 5 – 7 April 2018.
And so it is done and dusted. It was an amazing experience for us – from the director, Coleen van Staden of Circle Productions, right down to the SM, lighting and FOH – but especially our performers and the audiences who came to experience what we had to offer. A staged playreading is not done that often and we are incredibly proud of what we achieved. Visit our facebook page and you will see some super comments there from audience members.
Here is a pic of the whole gang….. and some rehearsal shots too. We want to do it again soon. Keep an eye on our NEWS!
Mo Libretto, Roseanne McBain, Coleen van Staden (director) Suzi Gehr, Wendy Thompson (lighting operator) Patrick Jordi, Jane Philbrick (SM) Kim R2
Patron’s had this to say:
“To you all CONGRATULATIONS and a big thank you for giving me such an enjoyable evening. Coleen your direction was brilliant and to the whole cast, you delivered beautifully. Anybody who loves theatre and missed this production is much the poorer for it”
Rabbit Hole by David Lindsay-Abaire – Play Reading
Opening Thurs 5th April – Three performances only. Circle Productions brings a new performance genre to the Masque Theatre – a play reading full of energy and movement that takes the audience on a journey into the lives of a family coming to terms with a tragic loss.
Bitter and angry confrontations, as well as tenderness, gentle humour and hope, play out in this empathetic look at a family interrupted. This spirited and intelligent play-reading by a talented cast of five brings home the down-to-earth honesty of the play.