FIVE young performers starring in the pantomime Cinders, the True Story, currently running at the Pemads Little Theatre, PE, are the products of a unique outreach drama development programme.
In 2007 the Opera House introduced iDramadrama which was aimed at youngsters from previously disadvantaged areas ranging in age from seven to 17.
Every Saturday morning they meet for three hours of training with facilitators Sharon Rother and Linda-Louise Swain.
The past two years have heralded many opportunities for the youth and they were involved in recording the voices for a puppet show for the Phelaphepa train. They performed the show at the Northern Arts Festival and the Medieval Fayre.
Sisanda Ntlantsana is now a regular in mainstream theatre, having performed in the pantomime at the Little Theatre last year and in Timeless Revue for Pemads this year. She also just completed her run in Back to the ’80s at the Savoy Theatre, and has now joined the cast of Cinders, the True Story.
Klaas Rathabaneng and Siya Plaatjies both hail from the EP Child and Youth Care Centre, and have proved that the world can still be their oyster. Siya is also a member of the EP Youth Choir.
They will both be joining the Hamlet cast in the new year, which will be staged at Mannville, an open-air theatre, from January 16.
There are five sets of double tickets up for grabs for the Saturday December 8 performance of ‘Cinders, the True Story’ at the Little Theatre at 7.30pm.
To stand a chance to win a set, SMS the word CINDERS to 40881. The closing date is midday on Tuesday December 4. Each SMS costs R1.50. Errors and omissions will be billed. Free SMSes do not apply.