Sunday, December 8, 2013

Shows, Book Launches, Castings, Workshops, Theatre News and do you want to be in a flash mob?

Criss Cross Christmas
The Zone, Suncoast Casino:7 – 24 December
This festive season join the energetic trio performing in an original, delightful merry tale, Criss Cross Christmas at The Zone, Suncoast Casino and Entertainment World from 7 – 24 December. 
Renowned actress, Clare Mortimer has penned this charming play especially for the young ones which promises to be full of laughter, song, and dance and enthusiastic children even get to be a part of the play with audience participation. Joining Mortimer on stage for this comic Christmas story is much loved children’s theatre actors Bryan Hiles (Peter Pan, Cinderella, Snow White, Rumpelstiltskin) as Holly.
Date                7 – 24 December
Time               Daily at 11am
Venue             The Zone, Suncoast
Price               R60
Booking          Computicket, at the door or contact Ailsa on 083 250 2690

Book Launches

Free Arts Workshops 

As a prelude to the 2014 PANSA MUSHO! Festival, the Dutch performing artist Nick Steur will be presenting two FREE workshops in Durban for interested arts practitioners.  
The workshops focus on finding your passion, researching it, and find the strongest ways of communicating it to an audience.
The workshops will be held on Tuesday 14 January from 10.00 - 12.00, and Thursday 16 January from 10.00 - 12.00. Each workshop will hold only 15 participants, so you must sign up for one of these now!
Selected participants will be asked to do a short assignment before the workshop, and during the workshop there will be activities/assignments and discussions about how to make a stronger presentation.

Please register for the workshop that you would prefer to attend by emailing Radwinn in the PANSA office on by 15 December.
You will then receive a confirmatory email and the assignment early in January.  
This is an amazing opportunity to engage with an inspiring young artist from the Netherlands, who is creating waves with his performance art piece "Freeze" that will feature at the Musho! Festival on Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 January.  
Nick will be in Durban courtesy of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, through Twist Theatre Development Projects, and the workshop is supported by the Arts and Culture Trust

There are vacancies for senior dancer students between 18-21yrs on the 2014 Dance for All Bridging Programme in 2014
To audition, please contact Dance for All if you have recently matriculated as a dance student, or have formal training in Contemporary Dance or Ballet, are between the age of 18-21, and will not be attending any other academic or dance institution during the day in 2014.
Class times:
- Monday - Thursday: 10h00 - 16h00
- Friday: 10H00 - 13H00
Contact details:
021 697 5509

*CASTING* Mark Twain’s
“The Diary of Adam and EVE”
One Act Comedy
Seeking actors in Durban/KZN area. Please send CV & head-shot to Catarina on ASAP to reserve an audition slot.
Auditions will be held in the 2nd week of December.
Production Dates: Provisionally 6th, 7th, 8th March 2014.
“This fresh adaptation of the story by Mark Twain is a hilarious exploration of the relationship between men and women. Lonely and bored, Adam is sent Eve, an inquisitive woman with a flair for giving Earth's creatures their proper names. And though inarticulate Adam would rather play with rocks than talk to Eve, he eventually discovers a new-found appreciation for her as they weather expulsion from Eden and become new parents.”
ADAM: (MALE) 20’s – 40’s. Must be able to do a British Accent.

THE SNAKE: (MALE) “Gangster” type.

International Opportunities for Singers
Masterclass and International Scholarship Programme Opportunities for Singers
Applications are invited from prospective participants in Masterclass, to be held in Pretoria in February 2014, conducted by Professor Josef Protschka from the Musikhochschule in Cologne, Germany.
Once again, in February 2014, Professor Protschka will be offering a Masterclass for South African singers - this time in conjunction with the University of Pretoria. The Masterclass will run from Monday 3 to Saturday 8 February 2014 at the University of Pretoria. Prospective candidates are asked to forward their applications to The application should include a CV and an audio recording (preferably mp3 files). The recording should include the following repertoire: one work each from the Baroque and Classical periods (preferably Mozart), a 19th Century opera aria, a 20th Century opera aria, plus a lied of the candidate's own choice.
Eight candidates will be accepted as active participants. The deadline for submission of application materials is 20 December 2013. Selected candidates are responsible for organising their own travel to and accommodation in Pretoria, but there is no charge for the Masterclass.
One student will be chosen for an academic year’s study with Professor Protschka at the Music College in Cologne. The Apollo Music Trust will cover the expenses of that year of study.
For further information please email Richard Cock at the Apollo Music Trust ( or phone 011 447 9264.

National Children's Theatre (NCT: Application for Theatre Workshop Teachers 2014
National Children’s Theatre requires teachers for Saturday Workshops starting January 2014, in the following areas:
- Singing
- Dancing
- Speech and Drama
If you are interested, please forward your CV to Francois: before 9 December 2013.
For further information: Visit our website on

National Children’s Theatre seeks young graduate directors.
National Children’s Theatre (NCT) seeks 4 young, fresh, energetic graduates who are looking to build up their experience as directors.

NCT is providing an opportunity for aspiring young directors to gain experience under the mentorship of the CEO and Artistic Director of NCT.

Applications are hereby invited for short-term contract position of NaCTIES Junior Directors.

NCT has established a new performance group for children (ages 7-17) who can sing/dance and act, called NACTIES. This group is an advanced class selected from our regular Saturday morning Workshops. The aim is to provide the children with practical experience through the rehearsal process. Each director will be required to direct a one-act production with a cast of 5-7 children.

If you have a post graduate degree or diploma in drama/musical theatre/directing and are passionate about children and nurturing young talent, please submit a CV and short motivation to

Successful candidates will be required to attend pre-production meetings. The NACTIES class will run every Saturday 12h30 -14h30 during the school term beginning Saturday 26 January 2014. The final product will be showcased in our new box theatre at the end of the term, and parents, public and press will be invited to attend. If successful, we may add additional public performances.

Please note that this is a learning opportunity, similar to an internship, and may result in further work in the future.

Applications should be received by no later than Friday 13 December 2013. Successful applicants will be advised of interview dates. If you do not hear from us by 19 December 2013, consider your application as unsuccessful.

For further information: Visit our website on or contact Francois Theron or Moira Katz on 011 484 1584.

Want to be in a Flash Mob? 

RSPA Theatre School invite you and your friends to participate in the FIRST EVERBLUE ANGELS CHARITABLE TRUST CHRISTMAS FLASH MOB - (What is a flash mob you say…imagine gate crashing a party en force…singing and dancing the exact same thing…then disappearing into the night…THAT is a flash mob J - lots of You Tube vids if you want to see other Flash mob examples).

·         Christmas Theme Flash Mob.
·         NO CHARGE – as in participation is FREE J
·         No max age (NO EXCUSES SO MOM & DAD CAN JOIN IN!)
·         Min age 7.  
·         All performers of school age will receive a Community Service Certificate from Blue Angels Charitable Trust
·         Songs – Silent Night, O Holy Night, Santa Claus is Coming to Town & Jingle Bells (Glee Version)
·         Dancing – very basic moves!
·         We want people who want to have FUN and put a smile on someone else’s face!

NAF 2014 Fringe opens for applications

National Arts Festival 2014 Fringe opens for applications

The National Arts Festival, Grahamstown is now accepting applications for Fringe productions wanting to take part in the 2014 edition of the Festival.

The Festival will take place from 3 to 13 July 2014.

“The 2014 edition of the Festival promises to be a particularly exciting one, with the 40th anniversary of the Festival coinciding with our country marking 20 years of democracy. As always, we’re looking forward to programming a diverse selection of productions, and we’re on hand to help with any queries that artists might have before the closing date,” Fringe Manager Zee Nweba said.

Application for the 2014 Fringe can be submitted, via the Festival’s website – from Thursday, 31 October. Interested artists, performers, directors and producers can also request application forms and information booklets from the Fringe Office by email -, telephone – 046 603 1103, or fax – 086 233 2119. The deadline for registration is Friday 17 January 2014.

The National Arts Festival is sponsored by Standard Bank, The National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund, The Department of Arts and Culture, The Eastern Cape Government, The National Arts Council, City Press and M Net.

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